What’s Happening in the Florida Keys & Key West

Big Pine & the Lower Keys Hold 29th Annual Underwater Music Festival — July 13

A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers, snorkelers and the occasional mermaid emphasizes reef preservation. The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.


For more information, visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com/calendar.cfm

Islamorada Showcases National and Local Artists — June 20

Discover local talent and find that perfect piece for your home, as the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans. As visitors explore the Art Walk, artists and galleries will be showcasing their pieces, as well as “culinary art” and live music. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month. For more information, visit www.moradawayarts.org.


The Key Lime Festival Shows Off Florida Keys Flavour — July 4-6

Salute sweet Key Lime pie and the tiny fruit that inspired it with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to Miss Key Lime and Lil’ Miss Key Lime pageants. Festival highlights are to include an attempt by four Key West chefs to set a Guinness World Record for baking the largest Key Lime pie in history – expected to exceed 15 feet in diameter. For more information, visit www.keylimefestival.com.


Key West’s Mel Fisher Days Honour Famed Shipwreck Salvor — July 11-14

The late shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher is to be honored with a festival celebrating the 28th anniversary of his discovery of the sunken Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts July 20, 1985, after a 16-year search. The festival includes games, authentic treasure prizes, a Duval Street party and concert, the chance for a hands-on “treasure interaction” and a reunion of the “golden crew” of Atocha divers. For more information, visit www.melfisher.com.


Marine Science Camps at Pigeon Key Offer Educational Fun in Marathon — July through August

Imagine your children getting hands-on education at one of the Florida Keys’ most historic locations. Both day and overnight sessions of Pigeon Key’s Marine Science Camps are available for select weeks in July and August. Learning experiences include workshops on topics such as marine mammals, reef fish and coral reef systems. More than 30,000 kids from throughout the continental United States, Alaska and as far away as China have traveled to participate. Early registration is suggested, as space is limited and slots fill quickly. For more information, visit www.pigeonkey.net.


Key West Celebrates Hemingway Days — July 16-21

The 33rd annual celebration of legendary author Ernest Hemingway’s work and vigorous Key West lifestyle features events including literary readings, the culmination of a short story competition, a fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe’s “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest and a pre-birthday “party” commemorating Ernest’s July 21st birthday. For more information, visit www.hemingwaydays.net.


Lobsterfest Gets Cracking in Key West — August 8-11

Seafood fans, get ready for lobster-inspired culinary creations, ranging from appetizers to full dinners during the annual Lobsterfest! Events include a Thursday night Lobster Boil, the Lobsterfest Duval Crawl on Friday night, a street fair where lobster dishes are the main course, a free concert and a sumptuous Sunday brunch. For more information, contact www.keywestlobsterfest.com.


Key Largo Invites You to Race “Anything That Floats” — August 16-17

The regatta world is turned upside-down in this unique, family-fun festival. Key Largo’s crazy event is an on-the-water race of vessels crafted from items found around the house. Prizes will be awarded, and afterwards everyone can enjoy a fireworks display. For more information, visit www.keylargoanythingthatfloatsrace.com

Did you know that Key Largo is the dive capital of the world? Its spectacular dive sites make it a must-experience destination for divers of all skill levels. In fact, in 1960 Key Largo became the site of the United States’ first undersea preserve, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Nowhere on Earth can divers find more friendly fish, and shipwrecks include one of the largest ever intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef. For more information about Key Largo’s diving, visit www.fla-keys.com/keylargo/diving.cfm.


To learn about more enticing Florida Keys events, visit the comprehensive calendar at www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents

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