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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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April 04 to November 30,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
April 04 to November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718

May 12 to October 30,  in Key West
"A Sense of Place - Richard Kemble 1932-2007" Exhibition at Historic Gato Building
May 12 to October 30
Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble's Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.
Contact: 305-295-4369

September 08 to October 18,  in Key West
Educator Appreciation Days at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
September 08 to October 18
Summer is almost over and school will soon be in session, and Ripley's Believe It or Not! wants to thank Florida K-12 educators by offering them some extended summer fun with the return of Educator Appreciation Days. For these dates, admission is FREE for educators in the state. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission; they just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction. Additionally, up to three guests that come with an educator get 50% off their admission. Located at 108 Duval St.
Contact: 305-293-9939

October 01 to October 29,  in Key West
The Studios of Key West presents: Cómo lo vemos a Usted Exhibition
October 01 to October 29
The "How We See You" exhibition is the result of a project undertaken by American photographer Jeffrey Cardenas and Cuban photographer Yanela Piñeiro. The exhibition, which debuted at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana December 2014, highlights the diversity of Cubans living in the barrio of La Habana Vieja. The public can see the work and meet the photographers at the opening at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, from 6-8 p.m.

October 08 to October 11,  in Key West
SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
October 08 to October 11
Presented by Pat Croce's Rum Barrel, this event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events include the race and a Sunday Paddle Board race for the Special Olympics of Monroe County.
Contact: 305-766-5284

October 09 to October 11,  in Key Largo
Fourth Annual Downtown Key Largo Songfest
October 09 to October 11
This year's singer-songwriter line-up includes Mark Bryan, founding member and lead guitarist of Hootie & The Blowfish. We also have returning, Nashville songwriter Jon Nite, hot off his 4th #1 single ("Smoke" with country band, 1000 Horses). Speaking of #1 writers from to the Festival this year is Jim McCormick, writer of two recent #1s: Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," and Jason Aldean's "Take A Little Ride." Three venues, three nights of live music!
Contact: Robert DiGiorgio 305-619-0172

October 09 to October 10,  in Islamorada
8th Annual Mad Dog Mandich Inshore & Offshore Fishing Classic
October 09 to October 10
Anglers compete in an offshore division targeting dolphin, kingfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper and grouper; and new this year is an inshore division in which anglers compete for mangrove snapper, spotted sea trout, redfish, snook and tarpon. A portion of the proceeds of this boat/team tournament are to benefit Mariners Hospital Oncology Services.
Contact: Leah 305-667-0399

October 09 to October 11,  in Key Largo
Robert James Sales Baybone Celebrity Tournament
October 09 to October 11
The second tournament in the Redbone Trilogy targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Past participants include legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mark Cooper and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
Contact: 305-664-2002

October 09 ,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Series Lecture:
October 09
Ocean Life Series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. This month Dennis Giardina explains the impact of nonnative, exotic, or alien species -- animals and plants living outside their native ranges as a result of human activity. Only a small portion of these species become invasive. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society, as well as Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.
Contact: 305-396-7000

October 10 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Delve Our Shelves
October 10
To commemorate the museum's 10-year anniversary, enjoy as they bring out items quarterly to give visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at a unique collection of diving memorabilia. This month features Art McKee, Father of Modern Treasure Diving. See autographed postcards, including one with McKee in a Mark V helmet; learn about his life, influences and accomplishments. From 2-4 p.m., RSVP by Oct. 8.
Contact: 305-664-9737

October 11 ,  in Key West
Sixth Annual Wine on the Water
October 11
Presented by the Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Sail aboard the Fury catamaran while celebrated Chef Scott Maurer from Key West's Hot Tin Roof is slated to prepare five courses, to be paired with a fine wines portfolio. A VIP pre-party starts at 4 p.m., sunset dinner sail at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the delicacies, there is to be live entertainment and onboard raffle prizes including trip packages, spa treatments, dinners and luxury items. Tickets $85 pp, $25 pre-party. Space limited.
Contact: Lynne Hernandez 305-710-3962

October 11 ,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
October 11
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 11 to October 14,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Fall All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship
October 11 to October 14
Known locally as the "Fall All-Tackle," the three-day challenge attracts energized newcomers to face seasoned veterans, in a competitive format since 1970. Up to 25 participants can fish in the tournament. One angler per boat pairs with a licensed captain to vie for division winners' trophies. The three largest bonefish and three largest permit are to be scored by length, not weight.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

October 15 to October 20,  in Key West
Key West Halloween Half Marathon and 5K Run
October 15 to October 20
A Halloween-themed running event that encourages people to dress in their favorite costumes. The race day for the half marathon and 5K are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18. On the other event days, parties will be held at local restaurants and bars.

October 17 ,  in Marathon
Fifth Annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest
October 17
The much-anticipated opening of Florida's stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Individuals and two-person teams must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Contact: 305-743-4353

October 17 ,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: What Floats Your Boat?
October 17
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Find out why boats sink, and learn the different parts of a vessel. Build your own boat and see if it's seaworthy! Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.
Contact: 305-809-4750

October 17 ,  in Key Largo
Underwater Pumpkin Carving
October 17
Divers become underwater artists as they turn pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces beneath the sea in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Prizes such as dive trips are awarded the most creative jack-o-lantern. Entry fee is $85 per certified diver for the 8:30 a.m. two-tank, two-location dive(s) including tanks, weights, snorkel equipment and pumpkin! Space is limited, contact Amoray Dive Resort to make reservations.
Contact: 305-451-3595

October 18 ,  in Key West
Standup Paddle Invitational 2015
October 18
Join a 2-mile paddle board and beach obstacle course to support Special Olympics Florida Monroe County. This all-levels event is fun for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Race is to be a loop style course offering a great view for our spectators. Registration fee $25. Board rentals available through Lazy Dog.

October 21 to October 25,  in Key Largo
Humphrey Bogart Film Festival
October 21 to October 25
The third annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is to screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics and a group of movies celebrating the life and films of the man the American Film Institute named "America's greatest male screen legend," as well as a look at the life of his wife, Lauren Bacall. The festival, hosted by the screen legend's son, Stephen Bogart, is the only event of its kind, and is backed by the Bogart Estate. Special guests are to include Eddie Muller, an acclaimed novelist and film historian nicknamed "Czar of Noir," and Monika Henreid, a documentary filmmaker and daughter of "Casablanca" star Paul Henreid, who played Victor Laszlo in the famed movie. Purchase special event tickets and get complete festival information online.

October 21 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Lighthouses of the Florida Keys
October 21
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event, presented by local artist and advocate "Lighthouse Larry" Herlth, alongside Brenda Altmeier, specialist with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The History of Diving Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event. A reception is planned between 5 and 6:45 p.m. to commemorate the museum's 10-year anniversary.
Contact: 305-664-9737

October 22 to October 30,  in Key West
"King Neptune's Curse: Aliens vs. Coast Guard"
October 22 to October 30
The historic U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, docked at Key West's Truman Waterfront and operating as a maritime museum, will host this interactive experience. The Coast Guard and attendees will battle "aliens" trying to take over the USCGC Ingham. Each compartment will have various challenges for attendees to complete to "protect" the ship. Shows are scheduled each evening Oct. 22-30 except Oct. 26 and 29. Tickets are to be on sale beginning at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 per person for active military personnel and $8 per child age 12 and under. Closed-toed shoes are required.

October 23 to October 24,  in Key West
Goombay Festival
October 23 to October 24
Held in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets. Visitors can experience sights, sounds and flavors recalling Key West?s Bahamian heritage.

October 23 to November 01,  in Key West
36th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest
October 23 to November 01
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers. The 2015 festival theme is "All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show."
Contact: 305-296-1817

October 25 ,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
October 25
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 25 ,  in Key West
6th Annual Zombie Bike Ride
October 25
Join the wild run from Stock Island to Downtown Key West. Event starts at 2 p.m. at Fort East Martello, featuring a 4 p.m. concert and the bicycle ride departs at 6 p.m. for Duval St. Bikes available for rent, all bikes must be equipped with lights.

October 26 ,  in Key West
Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk
October 26
Be super, be evil, be awesome and get your run on! Dress up as your favorite Superhero or Super Villain and run, walk or fly to the finish line. Prizes are awarded for most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. Winner medals and awards are to given for overall male and female winners, masters (40+) male and female winners. Register online. Race starts at 6 p.m. The race begins and ends at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and ends with a luau.
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563

October 28 ,  in Key West
Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade
October 28
The wacky costume contest for domestic pets and their people is a highlight of the island city's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival. A magical carousel of frisky pets and playful owners delightfully disguised get ready to frolic for fame and fortune. FREE to watch; fee to enter; benefits Lower Keys Friends of Animals; located at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. Starts 5:30 p.m.

October 29 ,  in Key West
Smallest Parade in the Universe
October 29
Artists and creative spirits are to display unique miniature floats in Key West's PG-13 event, set for 5-9 p.m., at Key West's newest microbrewery, Waterfront Brewery, located at 201 William St. Creativity is encouraged. Each float's visuals and theme must be "PG-13" rated. The tiny floats will be displayed on a specially crafted replica of Key West's Duval Street and projections will be flashed on the "street" to make them look like full-sized parade floats. Proceeds are to benefit the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens. Spectator tickets are $20 per person, available online for purchase at

October 30 ,  in Key West
Fantasy Fest Masquerade March
October 30
Thousands of masked and costumed partiers are to unleash their intergalactic alter egos during the free-spirited Fantasy Fest Masquerade March, a lively walking parade through Key West's historic Old Town. The masquerade march typically attracts spirited bands and merrymakers wearing everything from feathered masks and finery to offbeat costumes inspired by the festival theme. Free to enter and watch, the 2015 promenade is to start at 5 p.m. at the Key West Cemetery's Frances Street entrance. Participants are to proceed along two routes, stopping for libations at bed-and-breakfast inns along the way.

October 30 to October 31,  in Islamorada
Fall Backcountry Fly Championship Series
October 30 to October 31
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.

October 30 ,  in Marathon
Crane Point Hammock’s Creepy Carnival
October 30
In the Middle Keys, Crane Point's Haunted House inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and freaky characters will set a spooky tone for the year's eeriest holiday. The fright-fest begins at 6 p.m., at the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, The eerie event is to feature spooky special guests like the Bearded Lady, Crazy Clowns and Wolfman. Geared toward youngsters age 12 and under, the fright-filled fun is free to the public.
Contact: 305-743-3900

Calendar of Events for October
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