Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
The Tourism & Development Council of the Florida Keys
Intended for novice anglers, enjoy a weekend of learning and a non-intimidating, fun competition with the Ladies Let's Go Fishing university organizers. Species include legal inshore and offshore fish. Choose an optional charter experience or fish on your own boat. This is a casual tournament with prizes for heaviest offshore fish, longest inshore fish and drawings for prizes of those who caught fish, plus bonus drawings.
Author Cynthia Byrd Conner will detail her father's captivating life as the first African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in the United States Armed Forces. Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Sherman Byrd was an expert in conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical bomb disposal. To request a spot for this 7 p.m. Zoom presentation, email Emily at [email protected] to get sign-in information. Presented by the History of Diving Museum.
Military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel are honored as part of the annual Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas and Marina, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd. on Duck Key. Highlights of the "heroes in action" Labor Day weekend event, presented in partnership with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise, include a Friday family fun night with food, games and a movie under the stars, a virtual 5k race and Sunday heroes tributes with a barbecue and live music outdoors. The event is free
Four-person teams can sign up to compete! The derby competition will be designed to allow teams and coordinators to maintain safe social distance while still encouraging the removal of lionfish from our reefs! NEW this year, are two divisions: Apex Predators and Reef Defenders. Thursday a virtual, mandatory Captain's Meeting is set for the team captains. Teams may collect lionfish Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12. All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station by 10AM Sunday. All lionfish
Since 2013, swimmers participate in an 8-mile roundtrip race from Islamorada to the Alligator Lighthouse and back. Proceeds help provide scholarship opportunities to those students in need and who wish to pursue competitive swimming, as well as raise awareness of the need to preserve the treasured, historic offshore lighthouses along the Florida Keys. Social distancing protocols will be in place for all activities.
Join Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in a celebration of marine conservation. Morning activities include ocean adventures of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, all alongside marine life experts. Afternoons feature free seminars from renowned experts in a variety of marine topics. Evenings boast food, drinks and fun with friends old and new. All events are open to the public.
Watersports enthusiasts on paddleboards and other self-propelled watercraft can race around the continental United States' southernmost island during the annual Key West Paddle Classic. Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the 12-mile challenge takes competitors past island landmarks such as the Southernmost Point marker, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and Mallory Square, site of Key West's nightly sunset celebration.
Audiences can rock, sway and sing along to some of America's hottest contemporary hits and classics at the annual Key West Songwriters Festival, the largest festival of its kind. Since 1997 BMI has been a presenting sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America's most scenic highways to raise money for charity. Riders traverse the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1), the roadway from mainland to the Lower Florida Keys, that features dozens of bridges and long vistas of breathtaking open water. Bikers have a great ride and a fun time, while helping charity organizations.
An elite collection of musicians feature live knee-slapping and foot-tapping performances. The four-day festival features music to excite all ages and tastes, offering attendees an intimate look behind the original hits of songwriters/performers from Nashville, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Florida, all excelling in country, folk, pop, rock and blues.
Join the Florida Keys SPCA to benefit the homeless animals of the Lower Keys! Their biggest celebration of the year is at the Key West Golf Course that includes dinner, a live & silent auction, entertainment, complimentary wine & beer with cash liquor bar. VIP tickets include a Champagne Reception starting at 5:30pm before the main event, passed appetizers, a sneak peek at one of the largest silent auctions on the island, reserved seating and VIP food stations. The VIP Reception begins at 5:3