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Events in the Florida Keys for February, 2024
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December 15 to February 11,  in Key West
Key West Museum of Art & History: Our Working Waterfront
The "Our Working Waterfront" exhibit opens Dec. 15 with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Customs House Museum, 281 Front St. The exhibit explores the diversity of maritime industries and occupations along the Key West waterfront and reveals the complex interconnections of seafront work, while integrating never before exhibited historic photos and a range of special artifacts from the museum's permanent collection. The exhibit continues through Feb. 11.

January 24 to February 17,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse: Singing in the Rain
Filled with every memorable moment from the film and a downpour of unforgettable songs, including ‘You are My Lucky Star’, ‘Fit as a Fiddle’, and ‘Make Em Laugh’, the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” will hit the the Waterfront stage and yes – it will rain! Tickets $40 to $85. Showtimes at 8 p.m., along with one Saturday matinee Feb. 3. 407 Wall Street at Mallory Square.

January 30 to February 03,  in Key West
Key Western Fest
The 2024 Key Western Fest has a dream lineup including some of the best female voices and songwriters in the country music genre. Artists include Wynona Judd, Tanya Tucker, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Terri Clark, Deana Carter, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss and many more. Single day passes are available. Main performances are at Coffee Butler Amphitheater, 21 E. Quay Rd. at Truman Waterfront Park.

January 31 to February 24,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre: POTUS
One four-letter word is about to rock the White House into a global crisis. Seven brilliant and beleaguered women risk life and sanity to keep POTUS out of trouble in this gleefully filthy and outrageously funny farce. A recent Broadway smash hit! Showtimes at 8 p.m. Tickets $49 to $70. 319 Duval Street.

January 31 to February 04,  in Marathon
Cirque Ma'Ceo
Cirque Ma'Ceo is an equine spectacular showcasing the most beautiful horses and human artists performing mesmerizing aerial dancing combined with exotic horses in a high energy acrobatic stunt show. Performances at begin at 7 p.m. nightly at San Pablo Catholic Church, 871 122nd Street. Ticket prices start at $84.

February 01,  in Key Largo
Skippers Dockside: Yappy Hour
Skippers Dockside at mile marker 99.7 oceanside, behind the Holiday Inn in Key Largo, hosts Yappy Hour to benefit Marvelous Pet Rescues from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1st. Bring your pup or meet a new furry friend that's up for adoption. Share dog tales and enjoy cocktails.

February 01 to February 03,  in Key West
Williams Hall: Bombshells
Bombshells is a one-woman show that introduces audiences to five distinct female characters, each brought to life through the talent of Erin McKenna, who skillfully embodies each character with nuance and authenticity. The play explores the diverse facets of modern womanhood, offering a compelling journey that is both humorous and poignant. Performances take place at 8 p.m. at Williams Hall, 729 Fleming St.

February 01,  in Big Pine
Florida Keys Wildlife Society Lecture Series: Dr. Doug Mader
Evening lectures at the National Key Deer Refuge Nature Center, mile marker 30.5 bayside, feature a variety of local and worldwide topics. On Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., well-known Keys veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader presents images he took during his search for the "Big Five" wild animals on his African Safari. Doors open at 6 p.m., seating is limited. Free and open to the public.

February 02,  in Marathon
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters: Florida Keys
There are no groundhogs in the Florida Keys, but there are conchs! Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters celebrates by consulting with its resident "mollusk meteorologist" in its shallow water tank. If it sees its shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter -- but here in the subtropical Florida Keys, that means mild weather with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Enjoy free admission from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., along with live music, mimosas, coffee and snacks.

February 02 to February 03,  in Islamorada
Swamp Guides Ball Fishing Tournament & Auction
In this annual all-release competition, organized by the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association, anglers target three species – bonefish, redfish and snook. The tournament benefits the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Foundation and the Guides Trust Foundation, organizations that provide funds to people in the local fishing industry in times of need. Tournament activities take place at Safe Harbor Angler House, mile marker 80.5 bayside. The online auction is open to all, not just registered anglers. Log on to bid:

February 02,  in Key West
Caliente Cayo Hueso -- Back in Time Fundraiser
Take a Trip Back to 1950s Cuba – Key West style – during this Back in Time Fundraiser for the Key West Art & Historical Society. Salsa your way down to the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House at 281 Front St. in your best Cuban attire. Enjoy cocktail hour in the museum followed by an elevated Cuban dinner under the stars on Front Street. The Pilar Rum mojitos will be flowing at the full open bar while the Latin band Caribe Key West performs while you dance the night away. It will be a caliente evening you won’t want to miss.

February 02 to February 04,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament
This challenge has female anglers facing off in Islamorada against the famous tail-dancers for trophies and prizes. The tournament kick-off takes place at Whale Harbor SandBar Friday at 6 p.m., mile marker 83 oceanside. Fishing takes place Saturday and Sunday, with the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at SandBar.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: [email protected]

February 02,  in Marathon
Crane Point Hammock: Sip & Sleuth
You're invited to spend an evening solving a mysterious crime while sipping on your beverage of choice. The fun begins at 7 p.m., presented by Keys Mystery Theatre. Tickets are $35, available at the Crane Point gift shop. 5550 Overseas Highway.

February 03,  in Key West
SteamPunk Pirate Ball
Get ready for a swashbuckling good time at the SteamPunk Pirate Ball on Sat. Feb. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Key West Woman's Club, 319 Duval St. Tickets include a dinner buffet by the Royal Furniture Iron Chefs, live music by the Scallywagz, games, live and silent auctions and raffle giveaways. Costumes are encouraged. General admission $80, includes one drink; VIP $125 includes unlimited drinks. The event benefits May Sands Montessori charter School.

February 03 to February 04,  in Islamorada
Buccaneer Blast Regatta
The Buccaneer Blast Regatta hosts hundreds of youth sailors racing in Optimists, Lasers and 420 class craft. Races take place this year at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside, with racing action on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an award ceremony immediately following Sunday's races.

February 03 to February 04,  in Key West
Key West Theater: Tom Papa
As a veteran stand-up comedian, Tom Papa has found success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. He brings his live comedy show to Key West Theater for two nights, Saturday and Sunday with showtimes at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. 512 Eaton St.

February 03,  in Islamorada
Denim & Diamonds
Dust off your boots, grab a cowboy hat and put on your bling to attend the "Denim & Diamonds" fundraising event for Islamorada's Treasure Village Montessori charter school. This adults-only, 21+ event promises an evening of unforgettable fun with live music by the Coconut Cowboys, line dancing, delicious BBQ, beer, wine, raffle prizes and more. $75 tickets are available online. Raffle tickets, cash bar and game participation at the event will be cash only. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. inside the barn at Bud 'N Mary's Marina, mile marker 79.8 oceanside.

February 04,  in Key West
Artisan Market: Preserve Island Life Edition
Shop a curated outdoor market displaying delicious culinary creations, fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Listen to awesome local musicians, meet talented local authors and support the market's featured cause. This week, the focus is on the City of Key West's "Preserve Island Life" Campaign to to be more ecologically responsible and sustainable. As always, the market offers a full bar. The market is open 10 a.m to 2 p.m. every Sunday through April in Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park, 1881 White St.

February 05 to February 11,  in Big Pine
Winter Star Party
Astronomers and astrophotographers from around the globe gather in the Lower Florida Keys to enjoy 180-degree viewing of the Southern Cross and other constellations, comets and stars during the Winter Star Party.

February 06 to February 07,  in Key West
USCGC Barbara Mabrity Ship Tours
This Keeper-class coastal buoy tender of the United States Coast Guard will be open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the docks at Truman Waterfront Park. The ship is named for the original nineteenth century Key West lighthouse keeper, Barbara Mabrity.

February 06 to February 07,  in Islamorada
Poor Girl's Sailfish Tournament
This regional tournament raises money to spay and neuter feral cats in the Upper Keys. Trophies are awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers as well as for the largest dolphin fish, kingfish and tuna, among others. Tournament activities take place at the Islander Resort, mile marker 82 oceanside.
Contact: Sharon Ellenwood 305-664-2012

February 07,  in Key Largo
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture
In this installment of the weekly Delicate Balance of Nature lecture series, Dr. Jack Stein Grove, Founding Director of the East Pacific Corridor Alliance Foundation, will discuss the diversification of fishes and oceanic significance of the Isthmus of Panama. During the past 50 years, Jack has transited the Panama Canal fourteen times. His talk will focus on fish species that have migrated through the Canal, including bonefish and tarpon, including DNA of each from either side of the Americas. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the park visitor center and aquarium building. Park gate opens at 7 p.m. for entry. Admission is free. Mile marker 102.5 oceanside.

February 08 to February 10,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theatre: ONE WEEKEND ONLY Annual Variety Show & Silent Auction
The annual ONE WEEKEND ONLY Variety Show and Silent Auction takes place each evening Feb. 8, 9 and 10, featuring actors, dancers and singers from the theatre and the Marathon community. Doors open each night at 5 p.m. for the silent auction, followed at 7 p.m. by a dynamic variety show hosted by Jaimie Roberts and Dion Watson. When the curtain falls at 9 p.m., stay for a complimentary buffet of food donated by local restaurants and a champagne toast in honor of 80 years of the Marathon Community Theatre! Tickets $45. 5101 Overseas Highway.

February 08,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society: Distinguished Speaker Series -- The History of Indian Key
Native Americans began visiting and living on Indian Key around A.D. 800, and were likely a submissive tribe to either the Tequesta or Calusa chiefdoms. In 1829 the island’s population was around 50 people, mostly transient fishermen, turtlers and wreckers. Jacob Housman of Key West bought Indian Key in 1831 and set out to build his own wrecking empire to compete with the monopoly in Key West. In 1840, Indian Key was attacked by a large party of Indians. Join speaker Barbara Edgar, president of the Matecumbe Historical Society, to learn about this along with more fascinating history of Indian Key, Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. Tickets $15.

February 08,  in Key West
Florida Keys Council of the Arts -- Paint the Music & Dance the Paint Cuban Art Exhibit
"Paint the Music and Dance the Paint," a new exhibition of contemporary Cuban Art curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez, opens with a reception Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Historic Gato Building in Key West at 1100 Simonton St. The collective exhibition represents the artwork of more than 25 established Cuban artists. Refreshments will be served. The show will continue through May 1.

February 08 to February 10,  in Big Pine
Cuda Bowl
The toothy barracuda are prey for competitors in this annual challenge. The all-release flats tournament got its name because it’s scheduled each year just before the Super Bowl NFL football championship. The event is headquartered at South of the Seven Restaurant on Sugarloaf Key, mile marker 17. Prizes are awarded to the top angler and guide in spin and fly divisions. Top scoring female and junior anglers are also recognized.
Email: [email protected]

February 09,  in Key West
The Studios of Key West: Anne McKee Fine Art Auction
This popular art auction features original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry pieces and more created by celebrated and renowned local masters to fresh new Florida Keys emerging artists. Proceeds are divided with half going directly to the artist, and the other half to the Anne McKee Artists Fund, supporting grants for projects by local artists in the visual, performance and literary arts. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. with the auction starting at 5 p.m. 533 Eaton St.

February 09,  in Marathon
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters: New Moon Party
The aquarium holds its first New Moon party Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with free admission. Enjoy live music, beer and wine at happy hour prices and appetizers.

February 09 to February 11,  in Islamorada
Otherside Board Sports: Wind Games
The Wind Games are a three-day adventure at Whale Harbor filled with friendly competitions, live music and good vibes for all ages. Check-in, warm ups and an evening opening party take place Friday. A variety of fun and exciting races in the categories of kits, kite foil an wing foil take place Saturday and Sunday with riders accumulating points based on participation and score -- the rider with the most points at the end of the weekend wins the grand prize. Proceeds from the 12-mile round trip race across the water to Alligator Reef Lighthouse are to be donated to the restoration effort for the light. Spectators are welcome with viewing from the beach at Whale Harbor and from the deck at SandBar, mile marker 83.4 oceanside.

February 10,  in Key West
S/V Argo Navis: Doggie Day Sail
Well-behaved pups are welcome on the luxurious, 75-foot sailing vessel Argo Navis for the Doggie Day Sail from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch included. Doggie Day Sails happen once a month all winter long. Cost is $100 per person, with or without a pup. A portion of each reservation is donated to the Florida Keys SPCA for animal rescue and care. The human lunch menu includes pork or brisket sliders, cucumber salad, pasta salad, and various other sides and desserts. The menu for canine passengers includes hot dogs, dog treats and barbeque burnt ends. There will be toys, treats and give-aways for all. Limited to 24 guests and 14 dogs. Board the boat at 0 Margaret Street in the Key West Historic Seaport.

February 10,  in Key Largo
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Campfire Program - Key Largo History & Trivia
Test your knowledge of Pennekamp and Dagny Johnson parks and the Key Largo area in this ranger-led campfire program at the Snook Pavilion. S'mores kits available for purchase after the program. Arrive before 6 p.m. when the park gates close.

February 11,  in Key West
Key West Artisan Market: Super Bowl Stock Up!
Shop a curated outdoor market displaying delicious culinary creations, fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Listen to awesome local musicians, meet talented local authors and support the market's featured cause. This week, let's get ready to rumble with the Super Bowl Stock-up Edition -- find everything you need for your game night or Super Bowl party. As always, the market offers a full bar. The market is open 10 a.m to 2 p.m. every Sunday through April in Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White St.

February 11,  in Key West
Conch Republic Polar Plunge
Make a splash for a cause that matters on Super Bowl Sunday, rain or shine at 12 noon behind Salute Restaurant at Higgs Beach, 1100 Atlantic Blvd. Dive into the 14th year of this beloved plunge, embracing the joy of supporting the essential services provided by Samuel's House. Your $50 participation fee includes an official T-shirt, a cool symbol of your support.

February 11,  in Big Pine
Sheriff's Animal Farm Open House
Visit the family-friendly Monroe County Sheriff's Animal Farm, open the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Visits are free of charge, but donations are always welcomed. Stock Island Detention Center, 5501 College Rd.

February 12,  in Key West
Coffee Butler Amphitheater: Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson and family return to Key West's amphitheater for one night, Monday Feb. 12. Experience the magic as this living legend shares his music and stories from a remarkable career that has touched the hearts of millions. Tickets available online. Showtime 7 p.m. 21 Quay Rd.

February 12,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater: February Fishing Seminar - Slow Pitch Jigging
February's free fishing seminar, hosted by The Tackle Box and presented by JohnnyJigs Custom Saltwater Jigs and Tackle, teaches you all about the gear and techniques for slow pitch jigging. Doors open at 5:30; seminar starts at 6 p.m.

February 13,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys Brewing Company: Fat Tuesday
Join in the fun at the brewery's annual Fat Tuesday celebration. MEAT Eatery will be serving traditional Cajun cuisine and there will also be tacos from Taco Jalisco. Don't miss the Girl Scout Cookies and Beer pairing -- a flight of 5 beers paired with 5 cookies! Girl Scouts will also be there selling cookies. Entertainment by the one-and-only Lawrence "Lipbone" Redding, noted for his ability to vocally imitate trombones, bass and percussion. There will be free Mardi Gras beads available for everyone. 5 to 9 p.m.; 81611 Old Highway at Morada Way.

February 14,  in Key West
Tennessee Williams Theatre: A String Quartet Plays Love Songs
Indulge your special someone in an enchanting evening as the string quartet weaves a musical tapestry of love songs across genres. From timeless classical favorites to cinematic melodies and your favorite love ballads, experience the universal language of love as the strings serenade you and your Valentine to the sweet sounds of Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Puccini and many more.

February 14,  in Key Largo
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture
The spectacular annual migration of monarch butterflies appears to be unraveling in response to a changing environment. Dr. Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia Distinguished Professor of Ecology, will examine leading edge science on how and why monarchs migrate, and how emerging monarch responses to human activity hint at the new normal for this species.7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the park visitor center and aquarium building. Park gate opens at 7 p.m. for entry. Admission is free. Mile marker 102.5 oceanside.

February 14,  in Key West
Wesley House Family Services Valentine's Day Gala
Take your special someone to the annual Wesley House Gala Family Service's Valentine's Day Gala. The "Keys Formal" event features the island's largest silent auction, open bar, live music and dancing, and an elegant dinner designed and prepared by Catered Affairs. Custom House Museum, 6 to 9:30 p.m. 281 Front Street.

February 14,  in Key West
The Studios of Key West: Rodney Crowell in Concert
Crowell came to prominence in Nashville in the 70s as a songwriter before establishing himself as a critically-acclaimed solo artist. He has 15 number-one hits to his credit and tracks recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris and Willy Nelson. NPR declared him the "elder statesman of the Americana scene." Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the roof at Hugh's View. Ticket prices vary, starting at $85. 533 Eaton St.

February 15 to February 19,  in Key West
Presidential Families Weekend
A series of special events takes place over Presidents' Day Weekend at the Harry S. Truman Little White House. On Thursday, Feb. 15, there is a kickoff "Happy Hour at Harry's" cocktail and trivia event. Sat. Feb. 17, a panel of presidential descendants discusses "Political Maneuvering." Other weekend highlights include Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of Harry S. Truman, performing the acclaimed stage production, "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" on Sunday and Monday, and a Sunday presentation by artist Tom Corbin, who sculpted the monumental Harry Truman bronze in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. There will also be a traditional President's Day cookout on Monday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with picnic-style food available for purchase. Find more event information and ticket sales online. 111 Front Street, Key West.

February 15,  in Islamorada
Connections Project: "Making Music in the Keys" Islamorada Reception
For years, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts has gathered mini-canvases from area artists to create one large Keys art mural/mosaic for the annual Connections Project. This year, the council is creating five separate murals and, at each opening reception to be held in each region of the Keys, there will be live music to create a multi-faceted celebration of the artistic spirit that makes the Keys so special. The free Islamorada reception on Feb. 15 takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hale Gallery at mile marker 81.8 bayside. Attendees may purchase their choice of individual canvases from the mosaic for $100 each.

February 15,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society: Donovan Frankenreiter with Goodnight, Texas
Professional surfer turned singer/songrwriter Donavan Frankenreiter performs with Goodnight, Texas as his backing band in a concert under the stars on the grounds of historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Feb. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the backyard casual setup that is to include food vendors and a cash bar. Tickets $25.

February 16,  in Islamorada
Beats on the Bay: Kendell Marvel
Bring your chairs and pillows for a night of great music during this Outlaw Country edition of Beats on the Bay. Grammy-winning songwriter Kendell Marvel entertains with his supersized vocals on songs mixing country and roadhouse rock and roll. Gates open at 5 p.m. with music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. $10 parking fee. Food trucks will be on site serving food, beer, wine and other beverages.

February 16,  in Key West
Tennessee Williams Theatre: Drum Tao
Drum Tao combines the unique sounds of Japanese Taiko drums with flute, harp and guitar, along with energizing choreography, vibrant sets and contemporary costuming, to create a large-scale performance experience that captivates audiences' eyes and ears. Tickets $35 to $145. Showtime 8 p.m. 5901 College Rd.

February 16 to February 17,  in Key West
Key West Home Tours
The Old Island Restoration Foundation’s Key West Home Tours are among America’s oldest and longest-running, dating from 1960. This 64th series features self-guided tours of 5 Key West homes and gardens between 1 and 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. $55 per person. Addresses of featured homes are to be provided when tickets are purchased.

February 16,  in Marathon
Curry Hammock State Park: Starry Starry Night
oin the Florida Keys Astronomy Club for a magical evening under the stars. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. as the light fades. Please arrive early. The Curry Conservation Cart will roll out with star-themed activities before the program begins. Bring your own chairs, snacks and bug spray. Free with regular park admission. The park is located at mile marker 56.2 oceanside on Crawl Key.

February 17,  in Key Largo
Garden Club of the Upper Keys: Garden Walk
Tour the gardens at this year's selection of private homes at your own pace using your own transportation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Garden club members are to be on hand at each location to aid in plant identification. Before, during or after your garden tours, stop by the Francis Tracy Garden Center, mile marker 94 bayside, for an art show and plant sale. Tickets, $30 per person, available online or at a variety of Upper Keys locations.

February 17,  in Big Pine
8th Annual Run With Deer 5k Run/Walk
The Florida Keys Wildlife Society's Run With Deer 5k Run/Walk takes place Sat., Feb. 17 at 8 a.m. within the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge. Stay tuned for details and registration information.

February 17,  in Islamorada
Pops in the Park: Where the Wild Things Are
Florida Keys Community Concert Band performs animal-themed music beginning at 4 p.m. with a free performance titled "Where the Wild Things Are." There will be special treats and activities for dogs and families in attendance including animal balloons and a pet parade, along with adoptable puppies. Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. Bring chairs and blankets for seating.

February 17,  in Key West
FKSPCA 5th Annual Pup Crawl
People and their pups are invited to register from 12 to 1 p.m. at one of two locations -- Hank's Hair of the Dog Saloon at 409 Caroline St. or Tattoos & Scars at 512 Green St. -- then at 1 p.m. stroll to all the participating bars in any order from 1 to 5 p.m.. The other locations are General Horseplay, Island Dogs Bar, Retro Room and Shots and Giggles. There will be a best trick contest at 2 p.m. at General Horseplay and at 4 p.m., a costume contest at Tattoo & Scars. There will be lots of fun activities along the pup crawl including toys, treats, one drink at each bar for humans, and more. There will be a dogs-only hydration station at Rick's bar. Proceeds support Florida Keys SPCA.

February 18,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys Brewing Company 9th Anniversary Festival & Iguana Races
Join the brewery crew for a super fun day from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. filled with live music, food trucks, face painting, special release local beers, island vibes and good times. Iguana races take place at 5 p.m. with proceeds supporting Upper Keys Humane Society. *No iguanas will be harmed.

February 21,  in Key Largo
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Delicate Balance of Nature Lecture
This Wednesday's Delicate Balance of Nature lecture is about the important ecological roles of parasites in coral reef systems, presented by Dr. Paul Sikkel from the University of Miami. Park gates open at 7 p.m. and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m., plus a drawing for native plants after.

February 21,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum: Immerse Yourself Presentation
David Saint-Pierre is a French-Canadian historian and author who was born and raised on the shores of the St. Lawrence river in eastern Quebec. He will present a fascinating program on the wreck of the RMS Empress of Ireland, which sank in the St. Lawrence in 1914 with over a thousand lives lost. He'll present information and photos from a recently found album documenting the various salvage and diving operations that took place after the tragedy. Register online for either the 7 p.m. in-person presentation at the museum or to join virtually. The program is free to attend. The museum is located at mile marker 82.9 bayside.

February 22 to February 23,  in Key West
Fringe Theater: Key West Characters - True Stories
An evening of short plays, monologues and musical tributes that celebrate Key West. True stories include portrayals of Mrs. Ellen Sanchez, Bette Page, Sushi, Fats Navarro, Frank Merlo and more. Tickets $35. Doors at 6:30, seating is first-come, first seated for this special, community-focused program at Williams Hall, 729 Fleming St.

February 22,  in Islamorada
CCA Florida Keys Chapter Annual Banquet
The 39th Annual Coastal Conservation Association Florida Keys Chapter Banquet & Auction takes place at "The Barn" at Bud N' Mary's Marina, mile marker 79.8 oceanside, from 6 to 10 p.m. The night kicks off with an open bar and appetizers to be enjoyed while perusing an expansive silent auction and raffle, followed by a catered dinner and live auction featuring top-of-the-line fishing equipment and exotic trips around the world. Don't miss the fishing party of the year to raise funds to help protect and enhance our marine resources.

February 22,  in Key Largo
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Creature Feature
Walk on the wild side at this week's Creature Feature from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the visitor center. Visit the Reptile Discovery Table and learn all about some scaly, live animal ambassadors. Included with regular park admission. Mile marker 102.5 oceanside.

February 22,  in Key West
College of the Florida Keys VIP Series: Presentation by Dr. Doug Mader
The College of the Florida Keys' V-I-P Speaker Series features a presentation on the effects of global warming on wildlife by Keys' veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader. He'll touch on the impacts that increasing temperatures have had on sea turtles and other wildlife. 7 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. Tickets $5 at the door.

February 23 to April 28,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society: Shadow & Light Art Exhibit
The juried exhibit, "Shadow & Light" celebrates the work of over 50 Keys artists who contributed works in a variety of mediums that capture the natural light of the Florida Keys. These visual expressions evoke contemplation, wonder and introspection. The exhibition runs through April 28 in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.

February 23 to February 24,  in Key West
Key West Garden Club: Garden Tours
Nature lovers can tour the lush and verdant gardens surrounding four private Key West homes Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, during the once-a-year tours presented by the Key West Garden Club. All the tours this year are within easy walking distance of each other on VonPhister St. in the Casa Marina area. Participants can also explore the West Martello Gardens at the club's headquarters at 1100 Atlantic Blvd. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Garden Club or at two of the private garden locations on tour days.

February 23,  in Key West
Key West Theater: Best of Key West Songwriter Festival Series
The Best of Key West Songwriters Festival Series at Key West Theater presents Wendell Mobley & Lee Thomas Miller on Friday, Feb. 23. Both are top Nashville songwriters with songs you'll instantly recognize that have been recorded by famous artists including Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and many others. Doors open at 7; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

February 23 to February 25,  in Marathon
Sombrero Beach Run Weekend
Each year, several hundred racing circuit runners are attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine and athletic fun. Stocked with food, drinks, music and entertainment, the running event is to be staged Saturday, Feb. 24 at Sombrero Beach at the end of Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50. Awards are given to overall finishers in the 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk. Those completing the event’s 15k challenge receive special gifts. Celebrations and beach activities fill the weekend.
Contact: 305-743-4582
Email: [email protected]

February 24 to February 25,  in Key West
Key West Art & Craft Festival
The Key West Craft Show and Old Island Days Art Festival are now combined to create the Key West Art and Craft Festival. This new event includes artist demonstrations, a patron comfort station with valet package check, upscale food trucks, plenty of seating, and fun events and activities for children. The location for the combined show is along the Quay at Truman Waterfront Park, 100 Southard Street.

February 24 to February 25,  in Islamorada
Gigantic Nautical Market
You’ll find bargains on everything nautical including clothing, fishing and diving gear, boats, motors, furniture for your boat and home, original artwork and much more. There’s fun for the entire family. Gates open at Founders Park at mile marker 87 bayside at 8 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. There will be 18 food trucks spread around the park. Parking is available at Coral Shores High School with free shuttle service to the park.

February 24,  in Key West
Tennessee Williams Theatre: Mike Super, Illusionist
Through spectacular illusions and his down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the "trick." He is the winner of the NBC TV show "Phenomenon" and was a top finalist on "America’s Got Talent." Tickets $35 to $145. Showtime 8 p.m. 5901 College Rd.

February 25 to February 26,  in Key West
Tennessee Williams Theatre: Bobby in the Lobby
After a four year hiatus, Bobby Nesbitt brings back his acclaimed series “Bobby in the Lobby” to the cabaret, celebrating one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, the brilliant Cole Porter. Joining Bobby will be Key West singer Carmen Rodriguez, and from New York, Susan Powell and Richard White. White is renowned for being the voice of Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Appearing Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. Tickets $85 to $105. 5901 College Rd.

February 25,  in Big Pine
Sheriff's Animal Farm Open House
Visit the family-friendly Monroe County Sheriff's Animal Farm, open the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Visits are free of charge, but donations are always welcomed. Stock Island Detention Center, 5501 College Rd.

February 25,  in Key West
Schooner Wharf Bar: Wrecker's Cup Race
The second of the 39th annual Wrecker's Cup Race Series to Sand Key kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. The all-in-fun race series recalls the tradition of the wreckers from Key West in the 1800s. All sailing vessels, local sailors and visiting yachtsmen are welcome to join the regatta. Spectators can view from Schooner Wharf and the Historic Seaport. After the races, first, second and third place will be awarded in each division, with trophies, a bottle of Pusser’s rum, Schooner Wharf Bar tabs and wrecker T-shirts as prizes. Future races are to be held March 31 and April 28. Find Schooner Wharf Bar at 202 William St.

February 25,  in Key West
Key West Artisan Market: ReMARCable Edition
Shop a curated outdoor market displaying delicious culinary creations, fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Listen to awesome local musicians, meet talented local authors and support the market's featured cause. This week, the market celebrates the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens who have developmental disabilties. As always, the market offers a full bar. The market is open 10 a.m to 2 p.m. every Sunday through April in Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White St.

February 25,  in Big Pine
Old Wooden Bridge Kids Fishing Tournament
Help foster the love of fishing in kids through this free catch and release tournament, presented by Lower Keys Rotary and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. All fishing rods, reels and bait are included. Prizes for the biggest fish in each age category. Registration at 8:30 a.m.; fishing from 10 a.m. until noon.

February 28,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys History & Discovery Center: The Tycoon & the Trail
The center welcomes Thomas Lockyear, manager of the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City, for a presentation on how the building of Tamiami Trail, the road across the Everglades, changed South Florida. Advance registration required. $10 for in-person attendance; $5 virtual. Doors open at 5 p.m. with appetizers and a cash bar. Lecture 6 to 7 p.m. The museum is located at the Islander Resort, mile marker 82 bayside.

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