Events in the Florida Keys

Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

Events in Florida Keys for 2024

  • April 28 - July 31 Key West
  • Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden: Art in the Garden
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  • Emphasizing harmony with nature, the return of Art in the Garden showcases local art and sculptures with artistic expressions. Artworks are earth-friendly in the selection of materials and themes and include recycled, repurposed, and natural material. Meander over garden boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade, colorful blossoms and winged creatures to spot many beautiful works of art. View daily through July 31. 5210 College Rd.

  • May 15 - August 11 Key West
  • Florida Keys History & Discovery Center: Summer Palette Art Show
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  • Get swept away by a wave of vibrant hues and playful compositions that capture the essence of summer at this art show collaboration featuring the works of vibrant local artists from the Jessica Ann Art Gallery. The center is located on the Islander Resort property, mile marker 82 oceanside.

  • June 17 - June 21 Islamorada
  • Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
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  • The annual Gold Cup consists of 5 days of fly fishing out of Islamorada for the silver king. The hotly contested competition ends with the top angler and guide having their names added to the 61-year-old perpetual trophy. Headquartered at the Lorelei Restaurant and Marina, mile marker 82 bayside, the all-release fly fishing event is limited to 25 anglers by invitation only. Partial proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation of the Florida Keys.

  • June 19 - June 19 Islamorada
  • History of Diving Museum: Immerse Yourself
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  • This month's free Immerse Yourself program is on Florida's Sustainable Seafood, presented by Sarah Curry, filmmaker and executive director of Sereia Films. She'll inform on the diversity of Florida-farmed seafood and provide an overview of the aquaculture industry in Florida. 7 p.m. at the museum, 82990 Overseas Hwy. Please RSVP online in advance or call 305-664-9737.


  • June 20 - June 20 Islamorada
  • Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk
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  • The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District’s Third Thursday Art Walk in Islamorada is the organization’s landmark, monthly event. On the Third Thursday of each month, Keys-inspired fine artists, vendors, residents, and visitors congregate on Morada Way in Islamorada to celebrate the arts and culture in the Florida Keys. Enjoy a relaxing evening from 6-9 p.m. perusing local fine art, imbibing local craft beer and wine and listening to music, in the area between mile markers 81 and 82.

  • June 20 - June 22 Islamorada
  • University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Celebrity Fishing Tournament
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  • Anglers are invited to join UM sports celebrities to fish for the highest aggregate weight of 3 dolphin fish (mahi-mahi) and other species in this fundraiser for charities including the Ari Arteaga Foundation, the Upper Keys Foundation and the UM Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Tournament events take place at several Islamorada locations including Ocean View Inn, Three Waters Resort & Marina and La Siesta Resort & Villas. The public is invited to attend the tournament's social events to meet and greet their favorite UM players. Find tickets and details online at CanesFish.com

  • June 21 - June 21 Key Largo
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Learn About Coral Restoration
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  • Join the Coral Restoration Foundation team in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center auditorium at 1 p.m. for a presentation about the science of corals and the coral restoration work being done in the Florida Keys. Free with regular park admission. Mile marker 102.5.

  • June 21 - June 21 Islamorada
  • Island Grill: Full Moon Party with Kiss Army Live
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  • Get ready to rock with "KISS Army" live in concert under the stars at Island Grill's next Full Moon Party, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The KISS tribute band performs the iconic songs of the famous band in full KISS makeup and regalia. Tickets are available online with VIP and Platinum level service available. Mile marker 85.5 oceanside

  • June 21 - June 23 Key West
  • Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
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  • Anglers targeting dolphin fish can compete for $15 thousand in guaranteed cash prizes during the Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby June 21 through 23, with weigh-ins and tournament activities at Beachside Resort & Residences, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd. The team weighing in the heaviest dolphin fish takes home a grand prize of $5 thousand. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Key West High School graduates attending University of Florida.

  • June 23 - June 23 Key West
  • Sheriff’s Animal Farm Open House
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  • 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.

  • June 26 - June 26 Islamorada
  • Florida Keys History & Discovery Center: Sunken Treasures Youth Program
  • Kayla (386) 846-9564 Email Website
  • Kids age 6 through 12 are invited to take part in the Sunken Treasures youth program from 9 a.m. to noon at the History & Discovery Center. They'll learn about real shipwrecks - some filled with treasure - through history that have been found in the waters around the Florida Keys. Parent must call or email to register children in advance. $35 per child.

  • June 26 - June 27 Islamorada
  • Islamorada Fishing Club Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament
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  • Teams of up to four anglers compete for top prizes with the total combined weight of three fish determining the winning team. If up to 25 boats register, first prize cash winnings can reach $25,000. Tournament activities are to be held at the Islamorada Fishing Club, 80939 Overseas Highway.

  • June 28 - June 30 Big Pine Key
  • Florida Keys PBA Charity Dolphin Tournament
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  • This fishing tournament is hosted by volunteers of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association and headquartered at Oceans Edge Resort and Marina on Stock Island. Cash prizes for first- through fourth-place anglers are based on the number of entries, and increase as participation increases. Cash prizes are also awarded to top junior, female and PBA member. Over $15 thousand in prizes are to be awarded. The angler with the biggest tuna wins a rod and reel combo. Register online. Proceeds primarily benefit the Autism Society of the Keys and the Love Fund.

  • July 03 - July 07 Key West
  • Key West Key Lime Festival
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  • Key West's annual Key Lime Festival celebrates the world’s most sensational citrus with a bountiful array of festivities across the island where Key lime pie was conceived. Over five days, lovers of the lime can indulge in a full menu of activities including a gravity-defying Key lime pie drop competition from the top of the Key West Lighthouse; a Key lime cocktail sip and stroll, Key lime brunches and dinners, and of course, the world famous Key lime pie eating championship at 1:30 p.m. on July 4th at Southernmost Beach Cafe at 1405 Duval St.

  • July 03 - July 03 Big Pine Key
  • Big Pine Key 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
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  • The Lower Keys Rotary Club will host Independence Day festivities on Wednesday, July 3, starting at 5 p.m. at Big Pine Community Park, 31009 Atlantis Dr. There will be vendors, food, beverages, games, family activities, and entertainment. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. Admission is free. No coolers, pets, or personal fireworks are allowed.

  • July 04 - July 04 Big Pine Key
  • Marathon 4th of July Parade, Celebration & Fireworks
  • A full day of beachside activities begins with a patriotic parade starting at 11 a.m. July 4, from Marathon High School to Sombrero Beach, and fireworks starting at approximately 9 p.m. hosted by the City of Marathon and the Rotary Club of Marathon. US1 Radio 104.1 will play patriotic music along with the fireworks display. Boaters are encouraged to watch from offshore of Sombrero Beach.

  • July 04 - July 04 Key West
  • Rotary Key West 4th of July 5k Walk/Run
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  • Get a healthy start to the 4th of July with Key West Rotary's annual 5k walk/run. Register online in advance or at the starting line at 6:45 a.m. the morning of the race at Edward B Knight/White Street Pier, 1801 White Street. Race starts at 7:30 a.m.

  • July 04 - July 04 Key West
  • Key West 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
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  • Since 1976, the Rotary Club of Key West has presented the island’s annual fireworks show. Staged from the Edward B. Knight Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at 1800 White St., fireworks are to begin at 9 p.m. A free Patriotic Party celebration begins at 5 p.m. with music, along with drinks and food including burgers and hot dogs for purchase, with proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club’s scholarship fund.

  • July 04 - July 04 Key Largo
  • Key Largo 4th of July Parade
  • Key Largo's 48th annual 4th of July Parade takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in the northbound lanes of US 1. Patriotically decorated floats range from boats to cars to bicycles, with area school and community groups represented. The parade route along US 1 runs from mile marker 98.2 at Anthony's clothing store north to the Diver's Direct plaza. "Super Soaker" water guns are a longstanding tradition with people on floats shooting to "cool off" the crowds, so if you don't want to get wet, move to the back of the viewing area along the highway

  • July 04 - July 04 Key Largo
  • Key Largo 4th of July Fireworks
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  • A 4th of July "Celebrating Freedom" celebration capped by a grand fireworks display takes place in Key Largo at Rowell's Waterfront Park, mile marker 104.5 bayside, beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, food and beverages for purchase, games and fun activities for kids. No coolers or outside food or drinks are allowed, but please do bring your chairs and blankets. A VIP tent is available for adults 21+ for $50 per person with alcohol service. Fireworks are to begin at 9:15 p.m. over Blackwater Sound. Offsite parking with shuttle service is available at Key Largo School, mile marker 104.8 oceanside.

  • July 04 - July 04 Islamorada
  • Islamorada 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
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  • The Upper Keys Rotary Club and the Village of Islamorada co-host an Independence Day Celebration at Founders Park, mile marker 87, from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Food and beverage options will be available including food trucks and soda, water, beer and rum punch for purchase. Activities include music, face painting, a Patriotic People and Puppy Parade at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks beginning after sunset. Attendance is free, with a $10 donation for parking. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

  • July 04 - July 06 Islamorada
  • Billy Knowles Memorial Poor Boys Tarpon Fly Tournament
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  • A fun tarpon-on-fly tournament open to all anglers. The team with the most releases of tarpon 4 feet and longer wins. Boats can leave from any dock from Harry Harris Park to Duck Key. Tournament events are held at the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar, mile marker 82 bayside.

  • July 04 - July 04 Key Largo
  • Watch Key Largo 4th of July Fireworks at Mote Marine Lab's Key Largo Coral Nursery
  • Katie Cleek (305) 395-2757 Email Website
  • Join Mote Marine Laboratory to watch the Key Largo Fourth of July Fireworks from the coral nursery at Reefhouse Resort & Marina, mile marker 103.8 bayside, a prime viewing spot on Blackwater Sound. Before the fireworks, explore Key Largo’s first and only land-based coral nursery, where Mote scientists lead resilience-focused reef restoration efforts. Nursery opens at 8 p.m.; fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Walk-in available for $5 per person for walkers and bikers - this option does not include parking. VIP access for $50 per vehicle includes covered parking just steps away from the coral nursery and fireworks viewing, plus a tour of the coral nursery. Space is limited for both options, so reserve your spot in advance online.

  • July 04 - July 04 Key Largo
  • 4th of July at Caribbean Club
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  • Celebrate July 4th with live music by the Bootleg Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Two bars will be open with themed drink specials and there will be food by the Take Two Food Truck. Fireworks blast off at 9:15 p.m. Come early for a good spot, chairs and blankets are welcome. Located at mile marker 104 bayside.



  • July 06 - July 06 Key West
  • Key West Mermaid Festival at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
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  • The Key West Mermaid Festival is back for the second-annual Meet the Mermaids event at the Eco-Discovery Center. Attendees can expect a "mer-velous" pod of mermaids to meet and mingle with and take "shell-fies." As you move from one ocean-themed exhibit to the next, you'll encounter special guests including King Neptune, Ariel and Prince Eric, and members of the Key West mermaid pod. There will be giveaways of a special King Neptune coloring page and more. Ocean and mermaid-themed costumes for kids are encouraged but not required (no glitter, please). The event is free, but a $10 donation is requested to fund the Eco-Discovery Center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 35 Quay Rd.

  • July 12 - July 13 Key West
  • Key West Association of Realtors Charity Fishing Tournament
  • 305-296-8259 Website
  • Anglers fish for the largest dolphin fish by weight with prizes awarded for first, second and third place fish, with additional prizes for largest tuna and wahoo. Tournament activities are based at Key West Yacht Club, 2315 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Tournament proceeds benefit the KWAR CARES Foundation, providing help to many charities in the Keys. Captains meeting is July 12 with fishing on July 13.

  • July 12 - July 13 Big Pine Key
  • 40th Annual Underwater Music Festival
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  • Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Underwater Music Festival with a free welcome event and tour Friday evening at Mote Marine, 24244 Overseas Highway on Summerland Key to learn about coral restoration efforts. Then on Saturday, join the underwater "musicians" in costume or just come as you are to dive and snorkel Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary about 6 miles south of Big Pine Key. Trips can be booked with area dive operators. Each year, costumed divers pretend to play faux musical instruments in the undersea environment to ocean-themed music piped underwater. Hosted by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and local radio station, U.S. 104.1 FM, the ocean celebration encourages environmentally responsible diving and preservation of the world’s coral reefs, and also offers a bucket-list underwater experience.

  • July 13 - July 13 Key West
  • Studios of Key West: One Night Stand
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  • Since 2007, "One Night Stand, the 24 Hour Theater Project" has prompted creative thinkers to develop new theater from start to finish in only 24 hours. With the clock ticking, dozens of people work together at a wickedly fast pace to write, memorize, rehearse, create backdrops and sets, and comb the island for costumes and props. The result? Four brand new pieces of theater presented in front of a live audience. Performances at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Helmerich Theater. 533 Eaton St.

  • July 13 - July 13 Key West
  • Studios of Key West: One Night Stand - The 24-Hour Theater Project
  • Website
  • Since 2007, One Night Stand has prompted creative thinkers to develop new theater from start to finish in only 24 hours. With the clock ticking, dozens of people work together at a wickedly fast pace to write, memorize, rehearse, create backdrops and sets, and comb the island for costumes and props. The result? Four brand new pieces of theater presented in front of a live audience. There will be two performances at 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at The Studios.

  • July 14 - July 17 Big Pine Key
  • Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament
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  • Anglers fly fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as anglers.

  • July 14 - July 28 Key West
  • Sheriff’s Animal Farm Open House
  • Website
  • 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.

  • July 16 - July 21 Key West
  • Hemingway Days
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  • Ernest Hemingway look-alikes, writers, anglers, and fans of the late author’s work are to gather in Key West for the annual Hemingway Days celebration. The festival honors the legacy of the American literary giant who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. Events include the legendary Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, the wacky Running of the Bulls on Sat. July 20, a presentation on Key West in the 1930s, a commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Hemingway's July 21 birth, a museum exhibit, a 3-day marlin tournament, a 5k run and paddleboard race, a street fair and more.

  • July 17 - July 20 Key West
  • Key West Marlin Tournament
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  • Coinciding with the 44th annual Hemingway Days celebration, anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. The event awards $25,000 to the first-place team with the most points for blue marlin, white marlin and spearfish. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day for additional points. Entry is limited to the first 75 boats. Tournament events are based out of Stock Island Marina Village, 7005 Shrimp Rd..

  • July 18 - July 18 Islamorada
  • Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk
  • Website
  • The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District’s Third Thursday Art Walk in Islamorada is the organization’s landmark, monthly event. On the Third Thursday of each month, Keys-inspired fine artists, vendors, residents, and visitors congregate on Morada Way in Islamorada to celebrate the arts and culture in the Florida Keys. Enjoy a relaxing evening from 6-9 p.m. perusing local fine art, imbibing local craft beer and wine and listening to music, in the area between mile markers 81 and 82.

  • July 18 - July 18 Islamorada
  • Key West Art & Historical Society: Happy Hour with the Historian
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  • This Happy Hour with the Historian presentation by Dr. Cori Convertito delves into how the City of Key West was revitalized beginning in 1934 through art as part of special programs through the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project. After the city and its residents fell into debit due to the departure of the once-flourishing sponge and cigar industries, a group of federally-sponsored artists arrived in Key West to document the island city's tropical beauty. Their works were made into brochures, posters and postcards that were sent across the country to entice tourists to visit America's only Caribbean city.

  • July 20 - July 21 Key West
  • Key West Lionfish Derby
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  • The second annual Key West Lionfish Derby kicks off with a captain's meeting Friday evening at Finz Dive Center, 6003 Peninsular Ave., with the goal of removing as many invasive lionfish from Keys waters as possible. Fishing for lionfish is to take place Saturday and Sunday, with weigh-in each day from 3 to 5 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at The Docks, Stock Island, 6840 Front St. Prizes will be awarded for largest, smallest and most lionfish.

  • July 20 - July 20 Key West
  • Hemingway Days: Running of the Bulls
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  • A festival tradition, this wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar and features Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winners and entrants dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West. The fun starts on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s at 1 p.m. Free for spectators.

  • July 20 - July 20 Key West
  • Hemingway 5k Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race
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  • The Hemingway 5k Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race is to challenge competitors Saturday, July 20. Registration opens at 3 pm. at Southernmost Beach Cafe, 1405 Duval Street. The paddleboard race starts at 5:30 p.m. from Higgs Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd; and the 5k Run/Walk starts at 7:30 p.m. at Southernmost Point. The awards party is from 8 to 10 p.m. at Southernmost Beach Cafe with food and beverage tastings, raffles and entertainment. The athletic challenges are part of Hemingway Days, a six-day commemoration of the life and work of the author who lived and wrote in Key West for most of the 1930s.


  • July 28 - July 28 Key West
  • Sheriff’s Animal Farm Open House
  • Website
  • 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.

  • August 02 - August 04 Key Largo
  • Miami Boat Rally
  • 305-204-1819 Email Website
  • Designed as a recreational, nautical and sporting activity for the whole family, up to 100 boats of various sizes and models are expected to meet up and safely navigate roundtrip from/to Miami, through staged stops and sandbars offshore of Key Largo and Islamorada then on to Marathon. Each boat earns points for timing and activity participation based on the rally schedule. An awards ceremony with prizes and raffle drawings is to cap off the fun.

  • August 07 - August 11 Key West
  • Key West Tropical Heat
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  • Enjoy five days of sizzling happenings in the island city whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. The festival’s events range from all-male theme parties, pool parties and entertainment showcase at the island’s LGBTQ venues. Attendees can also enjoy activities ranging from eco-tours to museum explorations.

  • August 08 - August 08 Key West
  • Key West LobsterFest Lobster Boil
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  • Join the Key West LobsterFest's annual Lobster Boil at the Porter Mansion from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The traditional opening meal event for LobsterFest includes fresh lobster, jumbo Key West shrimp, red skin potatoes, corn on the cob and fresh baked jalapeño corn bread. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful outdoor garden, full bar and music. Tickets go on sale in late July. 429 Caroline Street.

  • August 08 - August 11 Key West
  • 27th Annual Key West Lobsterfest
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  • Seafood lovers can chow down on Florida’s clawless lobster during this tasty “feast-ival” with a savory schedule of events ranging from a traditional lobster boil to open the festival Thursday night at the Porter Mansion, to special dinners, a pub crawl, pool parties and a lively street fair. The flavorful festivities celebrate the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season that opened Aug. 6. The free street fair takes place Saturday, Aug. 10th on Duval Street from noon until 11 p.m. with live music and over 80 vendors selling fresh Florida lobster plus other many other food and drink options.

  • August 10 - August 10 Key West
  • Truman Little White House: Paint & Sip
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  • Take inspiration from the tropical landscaping and grounds during the TRU-ly Amazing Art Paint & Sip event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Relax and enjoy sipping wine while creating artwork painted on an authentic 1911 roof thing from the Truman Little White House as a canvas. Tickets $35. 201 Front St.

  • August 10 - August 10 Key West
  • Southernmost Beach Resort: Circus of the Sea
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  • The Southernmost Beach Resort presents Circus of the Sea -- a talented family of acrobats performing a one-hour, pirate-themed acrobatic and aerial show. Enjoy aerial stunts, trampolines, funny skits, drinks, snacks, face-painting and more. Tickets include access at 6 p.m. to the resort's Pineapple Pool for a pre-show pool party at 6 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. 1319 Duval St.

  • August 12 - August 12 Key West
  • Key West Theater: August and 30 Years After - A Counting Crows Tribute
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  • 2023 marked the 30th anniversary of the debut smash record "August and Everything After" from Counting Crows. Celebrate the milestone with the Tim Williams Band as they perform the album front-to-back, complete with an opening set of 1993 pop-rock hits. Shows start at 8 p.m. 512 Eaton St.

  • August 12 - August 12 Key West
  • Coffee Butler Amphitheater: Stick Figure
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  • Stick Figure, featuring the distinctive vocals of Scott Woodruff, headlines a show at Coffee Butler Amphitheater that also includes SOJA and Little Stranger. Show starts at 7 p.m. 21 Quay Rd.

  • August 15 - August 15 Key West
  • Key West Theater: Peter, Brendan & Jim Mayer
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  • Peter Mayer, his son Brendan Mayer and brother Jim Mayer perform together as a trio. Peter and Jim are long-time members of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, and Brendan has emerged as a strong songwriter and performer in his own right. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. 512 Eaton St.

  • August 15 - August 15 Islamorada
  • Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk
  • Website
  • The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District’s Third Thursday Art Walk in Islamorada is the organization’s landmark, monthly event. On the Third Thursday of each month, Keys-inspired fine artists, vendors, residents, and visitors congregate on Morada Way in Islamorada to celebrate the arts and culture in the Florida Keys. Enjoy a relaxing evening from 6-9 p.m. perusing local fine art, imbibing local craft beer and wine and listening to music, in the area between mile markers 81 and 82.

  • August 16 - August 16 Key West
  • Key West Theater: Jesse Rice
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  • Key West Rum Fest Presents singer-songwriter Jesse Rice, known for songs including "Cruise," "Where the Map Turns Blue" and more, appears in concert at Key West Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8. 512 Eaton St.

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