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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 July
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January 01 to August 31,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
January 01 to August 31
Anglers of all ages and abilities can target more than 40 species of fish in the Key West Fishing Tournament, a free-entry multidivision challenge that takes place Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2019. The tournament features divisions for men, women, junior anglers ages 10 to 15 and Pee Wees under 10 years old — making it ideal for extended families and multigenerational groups who want to share the angling experience.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-923-5934

June 03 to September 02,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum Salutes Military with FREE Admission
June 03 to September 02
History of Diving Museum is once again participating as a Blue Star Museum. Since the programs’ inception in 2010 HDM has collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, along with more than 2,000 museums across America. This unique platform offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and up to five family members, from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day. Over 1,500 individuals have benefited by visiting the History of Diving Museum alone.

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.

July 16 to July 21,  in Key West
39th Annual Hemingway Days
July 16 to July 21
The 39th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary)

July 17 ,  in Key West
Hemingway Days Presents “Voices, Places, Inspirations.”
July 17
This evening of readings and presentations begins with “Papa’s Poems,” presented by members of the acclaimed Key West Poetry Guild. Subsequent presenters are Kirk Curnutt, discussing notable novels about Key West and their writers; Kristina Neihouse, presenting her first novel, “Knowing When to Leave”; and Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez, sharing excerpts from his prose and poetry books. A talk back and book signing follow. Old City Hall. Free admission.

July 17 to July 20,  in Key West
Stock Island Marina Village Key West Marlin Tournament
July 17 to July 20
Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317

July 17 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum's Immerse Yourself! Free Lecture Series: Hyperbaric Medicine
July 17
Presented by Scott Fowler, Mariner's Hospital. Learn how hyperbaric medicine and decompression theory play an important role in dive safety. Fowler runs the hyperbaric chamber at Mariner’s Hospital, the only public chamber in the Keys. Starts 7 p.m. Exhibits and Museum Store will be open until 6:45, with last exhibit tickets being sold at 6:15.

July 18 to July 20,  in Key West
Sloppy Joe's 39th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest
July 18 to July 20
The look-alike challenge is a highlight of Key West’s July 16-21 Hemingway Days celebration, created to salute the writing talent and adventurous life of the literary master who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s. It takes place at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., where Hemingway enjoyed sharing cocktails and camaraderie with friends. The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

July 20 ,  in Key West
27th Annual Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race
July 20
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727

July 20 ,  in Key West
Hemingway Days presents: Running of the Bulls
July 20
A festival tradition, this wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar and features Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners and entrants dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West. The fun starts on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s. Starts at 1 p.m., free to spectate.

July 20 ,  in Key West
Native Plant Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
July 20
The Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9am to noon. Nursery volunteers have propagated 161 species of plants bringing the inventory to more than 1,500 plants which attract butterflies and birds. Many plants are on the State of Florida endangered species list. Sizes range from one-gallon to 15-gallon pots. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. All proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
Contact: 305-296-1504

July 20 ,  in Key Largo
REEF Citizen Science Saturday: Fish Identification Class and Dives
July 20
Reef Environmental Education Foundation presents a unique opportunity! Every July, divers and snorkelers join in the Great Annual Fish Count to learn about marine life and conduct fish surveys as a part of REEF’s ongoing Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Sightings reported by volunteer divers and snorkelers provide valuable data to researchers monitoring ocean changes. Volunteers conducting REEF surveys have discovered new species, helped establish the known range of certain species, tracked the spread of invasive species, and tracked fish populations over time. Day begins at 10AM, at REEF headquarters, mile marker 98.3 in the media. Open to divers and snorkelers. Morning classroom lessons include fish ID and an introduction to REEF's survey method. In the afternoon, head out on the water a dive/snorkel trip to two shallow reef sites, and conduct REEF surveys. Space limited. Classroom is free, diving cost per person is $55 per diver, $45 per snorkeler.

July 20 ,  in Islamorada
PADI Women Dive Day
July 20
History of Diving Museum will join the global PADI Women Dive Day community to celebrate women in diving. The Museum will kick-off the day with a morning presentation by director and journalist Karuna Eberl. She will be speaking on her film The Guerrero Project, which is highlighted in the Museum's current Featured Exhibit. Slide on up to Sailfish Scuba for an afternoon dive trip focusing on heritage awareness dive practices. Divers will get to explore an archaeological site that the Diving With a Purpose group did research on. Call or go to our website for more details on pricing and how to sign up.

July 20 ,  in Florida Keys
Eighth Annual Hemingway Century Tour
July 20
A tradition that began several years ago, continues! A couple of runners started the tradition of riding their bikes from Key Largo to Key West the day of the Hemingway 5K race. After the 100-mile ride, they would arrive in time to register for the race and run the 3.1-mile course. Afterwards they would drink a couple of beers at the race party and hit Duval Street until 4 a.m. Starts 7:30 a.m. at Key Largo Bike, 91946 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. There will be 4 scheduled stops for food and hydration. Register online.
Contact: 305-395-1551

July 20 ,  in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Invaders of the Keys
July 20
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. is hosted by Mote Marine. Activities will focus on learning about lionfish, iguanas, pythons, and other invasive species. “Invaders of the Keys,” hosted by the Key West Aquarium, will help children understand the effect nonnative animals have on the local environment.Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750

July 24 ,  in Key Largo
Sips & Science with Coral Restoration Foundation
July 24
This month's topic, Coral Treatment to Beat the Heat, is presented by Matz Indergard. Does prior exposure to high temperatures help prepare corals for elevated temperatures in the future? Join CRF staff to explore thermal resilience of corals before placing them out on the reef. Sips & Science is a free monthly talk series hosted by Coral Restoration Foundation. As part of CRF's commitment to reducing single-use plastics, they will fill any reusable cups with a complimentary glass of wine or water! Starts 6 p.m., at CRF Exploration Center, 5 Seagate Blvd.

July 27 ,  in Marathon
Volunteer for a Shoreline Cleanup at Long Key State Park
July 27
Long Key State Park, located at mile marker 67.4, invites you to join the park’s first monthly shoreline cleanup, from 9AM to noon. This cleanup will take place along the main day use area of the park, heading down towards the west end. With two daily high tides, marine debris arrives on the shoreline, and the wrack line, the line of debris left on the beach by high tide, is where most of the debris is, like grasses, crustacean shells, feathers, and litter, such as plastics. Come prepared to get your feet wet and walk through the wrack line. Wear shoes you do not mind getting wet or dirty. Please bring a reusable water bottle. No single-use water bottles! A hat and sunscreen is also recommended. Staff will provide water for refills, garbage bags and gloves. The park entry fee will be waived for those participating in this event. 

July 27 ,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Donovan
July 27
Pro surfer-turned musician Donovan Frankenreiter will be back to send out his breezy, laid-back vibes and upbeat lyrics in an early evening performance at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. The show is part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello Series,” a program established to promote the arts and foster the Fort as a community venue. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the “backyard casual” setup that will include food vendors and cash bar. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the 6pm doors-opening for $30. Limited special VIP tickets with cash bar and seating available for $50. Children under 12 are free. Limited parking is available, bicycling is encouraged.
Contact: 305-295-6616 x 114

Calendar of Events for July
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