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Calendar of Events for the Florida Keys

Event calendar courtesy of - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys

Calendar of Events for October
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June 03 to December 31,  in Islamorada
Diving With a Purpose, 15 Year Odyssey: Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage
June 03 to December 31
Multiple groups such as Diving With a Purpose, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Biscayne National Park, and more have spent 15 years working together to showcase cultural and natural resources throughout the country. They focus in the protection, documentation, and interpretation of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of African-Americans. This new exhibit at the History of Diving Museum, mile marker 82.9, highlights several shipwrecks and aircraft and the archaeological processes used to study them.

October 18 to October 27,  in Key West
40th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest
October 18 to October 27
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats.

October 19 to October 25,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 19 to October 25
The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein styled monster in the form of a physically perfect muscle man named Rocky, complete “with blond hair and a tan”. Tickets available online. Showtimes 7 p.m.

October 23 ,  in Key West
October 23
Get all keyed up for the spell of peace, love, and music--Woodstock style, and celebrate at Schooner Wharf Bar, along the historic waterfront. Don a set of bell bottoms, love beads, headbands and enter a '60s costume contest. Everyone will be getting groovy with tie-dye, flower power and psychedelic fun, starting at 7 p.m.

October 23 ,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…Beyond the Sunshine: A Timeline of Florida’s Past
October 23
Join Rick Baker, author, lawyer and former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city, as he shares how lessons learned from Florida’s past should help shape the decisions we make today. Baker will touch on 12,000 years of Florida history in an entertaining, fast-paced and approachable manner. He will walk you through a timeline of the risk takers, entrepreneurs and dreamers who helped to shape a modern Florida. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., lecture begins at 6 p.m. The lecture is at the Keys History & Discovery Center and Islander Resort Conference Center, MM 82. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Contact: 305-922-2237

October 23 to October 25,  in Key West
The White Rabbit’s Wonderland: A Burlesque Parody
October 23 to October 25
Take a trip down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder and whimsy! A world where the MarchHare dances with a bare derrière and tea parties are way more tasty when the Mad Hatter is only wearing pasties. “The White Rabbit’s Wonderland” at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. features a hit-list of favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, amazing aerial acrobats, brings all your favorite Wonderland icons to life. Doors open 7:30 p.m., show starts 8 p.m., age 21 and older.

October 23 ,  in Key West
Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade
October 23
The eccentric competition is likely to include canine, feline and avian critters strutting their stuff onstage at the Key West Amphitheater. "Party animals" can compete for costume prizes and glory. You will see a magic carousel of frisky pets and playful owners, all delightfully disguised, stroll, dance and even skateboard across a stage in a fun frolic for fame and fortune! Think you and your furry, feathered or slithery friend have the perfect outfit? Four categories to enter, $25 each entry; benefits the Lower Keys Friends of Animals. Starts 6:30 p.m.

October 24 ,  in Key Largo
Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center presents: Ocean Life Series
October 24
This month's speaker, Dr. Douglas Wartzok, shares underwater acoustics: marine mammals, seismic and sonar. Ocean Life Series events are free and open to the public. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., at Murray Nelson Cultural & Government Center, mile marker 102. Lecture series from 7-8 p.m.

October 25 to October 26,  in Islamorada
Fall Backcountry Fly Championship Series
October 25 to October 26
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a challenge where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given to the grand champion and runner-up, and to the anglers who catch the largest snook and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact: Paul Tejera

October 25 ,  in Key West
Fantasy Fest Masquerade March
October 25
Famed as "the locals' parade," the march typically draws high-spirited revelers wearing everything from elaborate masks and costumes to offbeat creations inspired by the festival theme. Begins at the Key West Cemetery at Frances Street entrance but revelers can join the mad march anywhere along the two routes. Start marching at 5:30 p.m.; all are welcome; free admission.

October 25 ,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center presents: Owl-O-Ween
October 25
From 5-8 p.m, enjoy spooktacular fun for the whole family, while benefiting a local organization committed to protecting Keys wildlife. Activities include fun & educational games, trick-or-treating, face painting, arts and crafts. Drinks and snacks will be served. Donations of $5/pp or $10/family greatly appreciated. Located at Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary, 93600 Overseas Highway, near mile marker 93 bayside.

October 26 ,  in Key West
Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade
October 26
The madcap merriment of Fantasy Fest is to culminate during the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West's historic downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade's elaborately costumed marching groups, dancers in bright feathered costumes and dazzling motorized floats. Join thousands of exuberant partygoers! It doesn't get any wilder than this! Parade steps off at 7 p.m.; free to spectate.

October 26 ,  in Key West
Old Island Restoration Foundation presents: Fantasy Fest Porch Party
October 26
Hosted by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, an all-inclusive $225 ticket includes a full-course, sit down dinner prepared by one of our favorite restaurants, served under the lights in the private backyard garden of the Oldest House Museum in the heart of historic Old Town, steps from Duval St. Our bar will be open all night serving plenty of cocktails, beer and wine. And we’ll have lots of beads! This is an exclusive event with a very limited amount of tickets. Gate opens at 5:00pm; Dinner 5:30pm; Parade Viewing on the Porch 7:00pm

October 26 ,  in Big Pine
'A Screaming Green Halloween' at the Key West Tropical Forest
October 26
Staged at the Historic Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, from 10AM – 2PM for children to have a fun and safe 'Trick or Treat.' Arts, crafts, bounce house, games, food and candy stations are to be set up throughout the garden so kids can be in costume, explore the Garden and participate in tricks and the hunt for treats while learning how to save the environment and respect nature! Two costume competitions with prize categories for ages 5 and under & 6–12. Costume judging begins at Noon with prizes awarded for Best Recycled Costume, Best Theme Costume & Most Original Costume. Special attention given to costumes made of recycled materials. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.

October 27 ,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
October 27
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff's Animal Farm is open 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including miniature horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, Kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, a skunk, an opossum, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

October 28 ,  in Key West
The Allman Betts Band With Special Guest Jd Simo At Sunset Green Event Lawn
October 28
The sons of Gregg Allman (Devon Allman) and Dickey Betts (Duane Betts) have joined forces to form The Allman Betts Band. The show features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. Sunset Green Event Lawn is a new multipurpose event space located at 24 North Hotel. Sunset Green will transform into a music venue providing food, drinks, state of the art sound and production creating the ultimate concert experience. Vacation packages are available through 24 North Hotel featuring discounted hotel rates & more. Tickets available online.

October 31 ,  in Key West
Annual Halloween Conch Train
October 31
Come One, Come All Aboard! The Christian Education Department invites the public to ride the Conch Tour Train, providing safe environment and treats, for an $8 donation pp. Presented by Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Boarding time 5:45 p.m. at 702 Whitehead St.
Contact: Ms. Bennett 305-294-1296 or 305-517-6611

October 31 to November 02,  in Big Pine
Sugarloaf Showdown Inshore Fishing Tournament
October 31 to November 02
Hosted by the Lower Keys Guides Association to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, this new inshore two-person team tournament targets barracuda, bonefish and permit. Open to all anglers and guides. Headquartered at the Sugarloaf Marina, and social events at the iconic Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar.
Contact: Lisa Booker 850-688-3244

October 31 ,  in Key Largo
Free Fish Identification Class wth REEF
October 31
Want to improve your fish identification knowledge? Join us each month for a free fish identification class in REEF's Interpretive Center, led by REEF volunteers Carlos and Allison Estape. Each month, on the last Thursday, Carlos and Allison share insights on Tropical Western Atlantic fish identification and behavior. Class is free and open to the public. Set for 7 PM at REEF Interpretive Center, 98300 Overseas Hwy, near mile marker 98 in the median.

Calendar of Events for October
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All events are subject to change. Contact the event coordinators for the most current dates and times.

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