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Calendar of Events for the Florida Keys

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys

Calendar of Events for February
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January 13 to March 30,  in Key Largo
25th Annual Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture Series
January 13 to March 30
The annual "Delicate Balance of Nature" lecture series, sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, is to consist of 12 presentations and, each offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center, MM 102.5 oceanside. This year's topics range from shipwrecks and lighthouses to vultures, the Key Largo woodrat and lionfish. Visit website for schedule. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is no charge to enter the park to attend the lectures.
Contact: Elena Muratori (305) 451-1202


January 20 to December 21,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Immerse Yourself! 2016 Lecture Series
January 20 to December 21
Celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary by attending a free lecture series held at the museum, located at MM 82.9, every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Adventurers from treasure hunters to aquanauts help tell the story of mankind's attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The evening lectures are informal, informative and provide a valuable educational resource at the museum, an acclaimed facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of relics and artifacts related to diving and its heritage.
Contact: 305-664-9737


January 26 to May 24,  in Islamorada
Monthly Brewmaster Dinner
January 26 to May 24
Join Cheeca Lodge & Spa and Florida Keys Brewing Co., one of the only local breweries in Islamorada, for a monthly Brewmaster Dinner, pairing local craft brews with a 6-course tasting menu from Cheeca Executive Chef Daniel Dalton. $99/person plus tax and gratuity. Open to both resort guests and non-guests. Dinner at 7 p.m., dates are the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Contact: (305) 517-4447
Email: spatel@cheeca.com

January 26 to February 13,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Mothers and Sons
January 26 to February 13
A funny and powerful portrayal of a mother who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son or their own. The complex relationships that evolve are surprising and deeply moving. Tickets available online.
Contact: 305-294-5015 Box Office


January 31 to February 11,  in Florida Keys
Paddle with the Authors from Key Largo to Key West
January 31 to February 11
Join Bill and Mary Burnham, authors of the award-winning "Florida Keys Paddling Atlas," on their annual 100-mile kayak expedition from Key Largo to the Southernmost Point in Key West. They are the only ones guiding this epic journey in entirety along the Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail.
Contact: Mary Burnham 305-240-0650
Email: mary@burnhamguides.com

February 03 to February 19,  in Key Largo
'Connections Project' Mural Debuts to Inspire Cultural Connection
February 03 to February 19
A 24-foot-long mosaic mural featuring work created by nearly 400 Florida Keys-based artists is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives. The public can view the project at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center in Key Largo. Titled "A Mosaic of the Keys," it is to remain on display there until Feb. 19 before appearing in five other "road show" exhibitions throughout the Keys.


February 05 to February 07,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament
February 05 to February 07
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate. Other awards are presented for the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck. Proceeds aid the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

February 05 to February 07,  in Key West
Civil War Heritage Days Festival
February 05 to February 07
Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West's oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island's past.
Contact: 305-292-6850


February 06 to February 07,  in Marathon
22nd Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival, featuring Marine Artist Wyland
February 06 to February 07
Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at this weekend event, located at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49, that includes live music and delicious food. Marine artist Wyland plans be on hand to create ink paintings to be auctioned live as part of the annual fundraiser. Event proceeds from the event are to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation.
Email: pkartfestival@gmail.com

February 08 ,  in Marathon
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Karolina Syrovatkova
February 08
Hailed for her "musical spontaneity and technical bravura," Karolina Syrovatkova, a Czech pianist and educator has been recognized for her innovative approach to performance. Audiences on four continents have embraced her multifaceted musical vision. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Catholic Church. Individual and season tickets available.
Email: middlekeys@floridakeysconcerts.com

February 08 to February 14,  in Big Pine
32nd Annual Winter Star Party
February 08 to February 14
Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys' clear night skies — virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event.
Contact: 352- 213-6308
Email: registrars@scas.org

February 08 to February 13,  in Key West
Key West Gallery presents: Peter Max, A Retrospective 1960-2015
February 08 to February 13
A newly-curated collection by artist legend, Peter Max's exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Key West Gallery. Included in the collection are Max's iconic Valentine's Day artworks. Peter Max will make two very special appearances at the gallery and all appearances are complimentary and open to the public with RSVP required.
Contact: 305-292-9339
Email: info@keywestgallery.com

February 08 to March 12,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Buyer and Cellar
February 08 to March 12
An out-of-work actor gets hired by Barbra Streisand to be the clerk in her Malibu estate's basement arcade where only Babs herself is the buyer.
Contact: 305-296-9911


February 09 ,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum's Free Lecture Series: The Archaeology of a 16th Century Shipwreck
February 09
In 1991, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum began research on an ancient, mystery shipwreck known only as the "St. Johns Wreck." After many years of detective work, all evidence now indicates it is the site of the 1564 galleon Santa Clara. MFMHS archaeologist Corey Malcom will share details of the investigations - from the sea floor to the Spanish archives - that gave this shipwreck a name and allow its story to be told. Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, lecture is presented in the courtyard, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Chairs are provided on a first come first serve basis.
Contact: 305-294-2633 ext 22
Email: cmalcom@mfmm.org

February 09 ,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Karolina Syrovatkova
February 09
Hailed for her "musical spontaneity and technical bravura," Karolina Syrovatkova, a Czech pianist and educator has been recognized for her innovative approach to performance. Audiences on four continents have embraced her multifaceted musical vision. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at Island Community Church. Individual and season tickets available.
Email: upperkeysconcerts@gmail.com

February 12 to February 13,  in Key West
56th Annual Key West House & Garden Tour
February 12 to February 13
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The February tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes NOT included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org

February 12 to February 15,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: The Skivvies
February 12 to February 15
Back at the Red Barn with a NEW SHOW. One of the hottest cabaret acts EVER in New York!
Contact: 305-296-9911


February 13 to February 14,  in Key West
GardenFest: The Green Market Place
February 13 to February 14
Enjoy native plants, palms and orchids, Earth-based arts and crafts, green and healthy-living products and services and lunch and music in the "Beer Garden". This year is to also feature a new 'Kids Science Corner.' Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org

February 14 to February 15,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Bartenders Sailfish Open
February 14 to February 15
This fun one day of sail fishing is only for actively employed bartenders and restaurant employees. Trophies are awarded for individual anglers as well as the bars a team represents, with the huge perpetual trophy going to the winners along with bragging rights for the whole year.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

February 14 ,  in Key West
Sail Key West on Valentine's Day
February 14
Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your special someone on Schooner America 2.0's Champagne and Aphrodisiac Pairing Sunset Sail. As you sail along in beautiful blue waters, take in all the romance that Key West has to offer while being treated to a six course pairing menu. On this 2.5-hour sail, enjoy picturesque 360-degree views on the majestic Schooner America 2.0, a state-of-the-art yacht built in 2011.
Contact: 646.772.4880
Email: heather@classicharborline.com

February 14 ,  in Key West
33rd Annual Wesley House Valentine’s Day Gala
February 14
This signature fundraiser features some of Key West's most talented performing artists, the island's largest silent auction, open bar, dancing, and an elegant and abundant dinner buffet. The Theme this year is New Orleans Masquerade. Come with your best mask ready for some delicious food. Located at Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street 6:30-9:30 p.m. VIP tickets also available. Purchase tickets online.
Contact: 305-809-5000


February 14 ,  in Key West
Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts presents: Eroica Trio
February 14
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. Show starts 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.


February 16 ,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum's Free Lecture Series: The Search for the Spanish Pirate-Slaver Guerrero
February 16
On December 19, 1827, while attempting to sail to Cuba with 561 African captives, the Havana-based pirate slave ship Guerrero became engaged in battle with a British Royal Navy schooner; in the confusion both ships wrecked on a Florida Keys reef. In a bold, audacious move, many of the pirates escaped, but Guerrero was a total loss and never sailed again. Enjoy an overview of the ship's fascinating history and outline today's efforts to locate and document its remains on the sea floor. Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, lecture is presented in the courtyard, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Chairs are provided on a first come first serve basis.
Contact: 305-294-2633 ext 22
Email: cmalcom@mfmm.org

February 18 ,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
February 18
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.


February 18 to March 05,  in Key West
Fringe Theater of Key West presents: The Lion in Winter
February 18 to March 05
In 1183 an aging King Henry II summons his imprisoned wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and three crown-seeking sons to a reunion to name his successor. Treachery and deception follow in this dynastic chess game. Show dates, times and tickets online. Performances at St Paul's Church Sanctuary, 401 Duval.
Contact: 305-707-4053


February 20 ,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Winter Concert Series with Robert Randolph
February 20
Featured performer is Robert Randolph and the Family Band, his accompanists, with Caffeine Carl. Randolph calls his "thing" really upbeat, uptempo, with great guitar riffs. Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street. Tickets available online.


February 21 ,  in Big Pine
17th Annual Island Grass Music Fest
February 21
Attendees can rock to music by renowned regional bands and entertainers as well as benefit Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys. The event is set for 1-6 p.m., at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, mile marker 27.5 on U.S. Highway 1. Free admission. Silent auctions, vendors with food & beverages and goods.


February 21 ,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market: Recycle-Upcycle
February 21
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Email: jill@dailyplan-it.net

February 22 to March 07,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Conchs, Cowboys and Tales of Old Key West
February 22 to March 07
Back in the saddle again, Red Barn's most popular musical group features John Wells, Gary McDonald, Paul Cotton, Tom Murtha, George Halloran and some special guests! A rousing night of musical fun.
Contact: 305-296-9911


February 22 ,  in Marathon
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Miami String Quartet
February 22
Their diversity in programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble and impeccable musicality has made the Miami String Quartet one of the most sought after quartets in chamber music today. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at Marathon High School Performing Arts Center. Individual and season tickets available.
Email: middlekeys@floridakeysconcerts.com

February 23 ,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Miami String Quartet
February 23
Their diversity in programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble and impeccable musicality has made the Miami String Quartet one of the most sought after quartets in chamber music today. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at Island Community Church. Individual and season tickets available.
Email: middlekeys@floridakeysconcerts.com

February 23 ,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum's Free Lecture Series: History, Archaeology of Key West Turtling Industry
February 23
The long-running Key West turtling industry helped to shape the island's identity and economy for over 150 years, but it was done at an unsustainable cost to Keys and Caribbean Green Sea Turtles. The story of this unique business is examined through historical research, oral history, and the archaeological excavation of the Key West Turtle Kraals. Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, lecture is presented in the courtyard, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Chairs are provided on a first come first serve basis.
Contact: 305-294-2633 ext 22
Email: cmalcom@mfmm.org

February 25 to March 06,  in Key Largo
Shrek, The Musical
February 25 to March 06
Enjoy an evening with the tribe of fairy tale misfits in this adapted-for-the-stage production that has had successful runs in the UK and U.S. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. matinee, at Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Center, MM 89.9. Tickets sold online.
Email: boxoffice@thekeyplayers.org

February 25 ,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony presents: One Thousand and One Nights
February 25
Enjoy a program including Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian tales, with Mexican-American violinist Elena Urioste showcasing her artistry in Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. Key West performances take place at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road on the campus of Florida Keys Community College. Pre-concert chat 6:45 p.m., concert begins 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Tickets 305-295-7676


February 26 to February 27,  in Islamorada
Spring Backcountry Fly Championship Series
February 26 to February 27
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.


February 26 to February 28,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Winter Classic
February 26 to February 28
A family-formatted boat tournament that features nine offshore target species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 12, and teen division for anglers between 13-19 years of age.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

February 27 ,  in Key West
World Sword Swallower's Day at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
February 27
Sword swallowers will risk their lives when they "drop swords" at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world on February 27. Watch as solid steel will go down the hatch - hopefully without a scratch -- as individuals demonstrate sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley's Key West Odditorium, located at 108 Duval Street. The show will start at 2 p.m. with an official worldwide "swallow" at 2:27 p.m. to coincide with the 2/27/16 date. Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are FREE. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour the Odditorium.
Contact: 305-293-9939


February 27 ,  in Islamorada
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; Love is in the Air
February 27
A free concert at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada's Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Highlights include a teddy bear picnic, pet parade (bring your dog!) and flowers for the audience in honor of Sadie Hawkins Day.
Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com

February 27 ,  in Key Largo
36th Annual Garden Walk 2016
February 27
This unique tour showcases the beautiful private garden properties in the Upper Keys. The event also is to include a private garden tea party with live music, artisans, plant sales, original art, refreshments and more.
Email: jbirdsfly@aol.com

February 27 to February 28,  in Key West
Old Island Days Art Festival
February 27 to February 28
The 51st annual juried outdoor fine art festival features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by more than 100 artists from around the United States and beyond. The event takes place on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town.
Contact: 304-294-1243


February 28 ,  in Key West
Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts presents: Badke String Quartet
February 28
Show starts 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Formed in 2002 and widely recognized as one of Britain 's finest string quartets, the Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.


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