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Events in the Florida Keys for November, 2019
Year: Month:  
October 31 to November 02,  in Big Pine
Sugarloaf Showdown Inshore Fishing Tournament
Hosted by the Lower Keys Guides Association to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, this new inshore two-person team tournament targets barracuda, bonefish and permit. Open to all anglers and guides. Headquartered at the Sugarloaf Marina, and social events at the iconic Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar.
Contact: Lisa Booker 850-688-3244
Email: [email protected]

November 01 to November 03,  in Islamorada
Robert-James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy tournament series.
Contact: 305-664-2002
Email: [email protected]

November 01 to February 09,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: A Literary History of Key West Exhibit
This exhibit will concentrate on a handful of writers who have found the tranquil and accepting character of Key West a perfect place to pen their novels, tomes, plays and poems.  While the exhibition is enlightening, it is by no means comprehensive.  Instead, the aim is to present a cross-section of authors that span many genres and time periods.  In addition, the exhibit will serve as a springboard for discovering other authors and recognizing the island’s cultivation of inspired works. The mission of the KWAHS is to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public.

November 02,  in Key West
27th Annual ABC 5K Walk/Run
Sponsored by Zonta, this running race benefits women’s health screenings and breast cancer awareness in the Lower Florida Keys. Race begins and ends at Salute on Higgs Beach. Registration is at 7am and start time is 8am from race start/finish at Salute! 1000 Atlantic Blvd in Key West. All participants receive a participation medal and the first 400 registrants will get a t-shirt . Register early! Per person cost is $35.
Email: [email protected]

November 03 to November 11,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: The Informer
A teacher and his wife terrified that their son, a fanatic member of the Hitler Youth, will denounce them for their critical comments about the regime. Showtimes 7 p.m., tickets online.

November 03,  in Key West
Key West Artisan Market: Trop Rock Edition
Enjoy a full bar, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Stock your pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, pickles and so much more. Listen to awesome trop rock musicians catch a live radio show and meet celebrity authors. Free entry & parking. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach. Bring your own bags. A fantastic, family-friendly, free event.

November 03 to November 10,  in Key West
Race World Offshore Key West Championships
High-speed offshore powerboats are to compete in Key West, known internationally as one of the top venues for offshore powerboat racing. Three separate days of racing are scheduled including Wednesday, Nov. 6; Friday, Nov. 8 and the finals on Sunday, Nov. 10. Before and in between race days, are various social events -- including a planned Thursday, Nov. 7, concert headlined by country music star Lee Brice -- and the opportunity to for close views of raceboats and meeting crew members at the Truman Waterfront Race Village.

November 06,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…Everglades Restoration: Protecting, Conserving and Strengthening
Join Steve Davis, Ph.D., as he tells of the place known as the River of Grass – the Everglades. Established as a national park in 1947, it is home to more than 70 threatened or endangered species. One out of every three Floridians relies on the Everglades for their water supply. The Everglades are in trouble and restoration of this damaged subtropical ecosystem is well-known and well-documented. Hear from Dr. Davis about restoration efforts. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., lecture begins at 6 p.m. The lecture is at the Keys History & Discovery Center and Islander Resort Conference Center, MM 82.
Contact: RSVP  305-922-2237
Email: [email protected]

November 07,  in Key West
Rams Head Productions presents: Lee Brice
Lee is a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA nominee and a double ACM award winner, and he's taken five radio singles to #1: “A Woman Like You," “Hard To Love," “I Drive Your Truck," “I Don’t Dance," and “Drinking Class.” Show starts 7 p.m., Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront, 21 Quay Rd. Tickets available online. VIP packages available.

November 07 to November 09,  in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament
War heroes compete with world class anglers for prizes and trophies in this annual event targeting snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. In honor of Veteran's Day, the event will host two war heroes to join the competition. The acclaimed event was inspired by 41st President George Bush, an avid Keys angler and a regular visitor to Cheeca. Proceeds benefit the locally based nonprofit Guides Trust Foundation (GTF) for Florida Keys guides in need.
Contact: Lisa Thornhill 305-712-7166
Email: [email protected]

November 08,  in Key West
Rams Head Production presents: Justin Hayward at Key West Theater
Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

November 09,  in Marathon
Ninth Annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest
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 must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Contact: 305-743-4985
Email: [email protected]

November 09,  in Key Largo
First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run
Runners can enjoy the sunrise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico while participating in the race that crosses a portion of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, including the Jewfish Creek Bridge. Race format for 2019 includes a half-marathon and four-mile run/walk.
Contact: Henry Menendez 305-383-8245
Email: [email protected]

November 09,  in Islamorada
Volunteer for a Clean Seas Florida Keys, Marine Debris Shoreline Cleanup
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary seeks volunteers for a Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys marine debris cleanup, at Harry Harris Park, 50 East Beach Rd., in Tavernier, Florida, starting at 9 a.m. Participants will catalog debris collected to assist NOAA in studying and addressing marine debris issues. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

November 10,  in Marathon
22nd Annual Taste of the Islands
A family-friendly day of food, art, music and fun in the sun. Annual fundraiser for BPW (Business & Professional Women) of Marathon. The event showcases local food, craft beers & wine, frozen drinks, raffles, silent auction, kids activities, vendors, art, farmers market & live entertainment all day. Held at Marathon Community Park. $5 admission. Kids under 12 free. FREE ADMISSION for veterans with ID.
Email: [email protected]

November 11,  in Key West
United States Navy Veteran's Day Parade
Starting at 4 p.m. and expected to travel down United St. to Duval St., the parade is sponsored by the Naval Air Station Key West.

November 11,  in Marathon
Dolphin Research Center Salutes Veterans and Military with Free Admission
To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is offering free admission to veterans, current military service personnel and their accompanying spouses and children in honor of Veterans Day. Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the nonprofit facility, open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 Overseas Highway on Grassy Key.
Contact: 305-289-1121

November 12,  in Big Pine
Pop & Pour at The Perry
Head over to Salty Oyster at The Perry Hotel for an evening of pouring bubbles and popping some bubbly! Pop & Pour is a paint and sip class where artist Jasmine Jones will teach the newest fluid art craze: alcohol inks! In a small class setting you will learn step-by-step, all her tips and tricks for creating your very own masterpiece, ready to hang in your home.  Your spot must be reserved in advance, click here to reserve your ticket today!

November 14 to December 07,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: A Greater Tuna
What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Didi Snavely, and Bertha Bumiller have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small-town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas’ third-smallest town. Greater Tuna, the prequel to the Theater’s 2014-15 season’s "A Tuna Christmas,”features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna, Texas. A tour-de-farce of quick change artistry, our two actors travel across the stage like two whirling dervishes donning costume after costume, persona after persona. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all. Showtimes 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee 3 p.m.

November 15,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony presents Masterworks I: Beethoven, Mahler, Barber
Enjoy a concert with both symphony and song: Barber’s dreamy Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, both featuring Brandie Sutton (Bess from Porgy & Bess). Performance at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd.

November 16,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Feathered Friends of the Keys
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from 10-11 a.m., hosted by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, a prime birdwatching location. Children will learn how migrating birds rely on the rich resources of the island chain during their seasonal journeys. 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
Email: [email protected]

November 17,  in Key West
Key West Artisan Market: Fill the Pantry
The focus is on fresh, locally sourced food offered by our growers and makers, from 10AM to 2PM. Stock your pantry and fridge with fresh produce, exotic fruits, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, pickles, nuts and so much more. Then share the bounty by bringing canned goods for donations to help a community kitchen fill their pantries to provide meals and snacks for our community's under-served children. Enjoy drinks, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Listen to awesome local musicians and more. Bring your own bags!

November 19 to November 23,  in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: The Last Flapper
The life of the tragically brilliant Zelda Fitzgerald is told by Zelda herself, and as it turns out, Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald has a lot to say on the subject of her husband, her work, and her life.  Performance at Key West Woman's Club, 319 Duval St. Fringe Theater is Key West's community-focused theater providing unique opportunities for people to see and do theater. 
Contact: 305-731-0581
Email: [email protected]

November 20,  in Marathon
Sip and Shop
Kick off the holiday season with a free event to benefit the Marathon chapter of Business and Professional Women, and its adult scholarships programs. From 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott, located at 2146 Overseas Highway; shop among jewelry, clothing, health & beauty, home decor and more. Fashion show, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
Contact: Jeanine 631-275-2161
Email: [email protected]

November 20 to November 24,  in Key West
Key West Film Festival
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival's lineup is to feature special events, as well as screenings at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers. Each year, the festival awards $10,000 in student filmmaker scholarships — including $5,000 to recognize aspiring Florida filmmakers, their heritage and creative vision.
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563
Email: [email protected]

November 21,  in Key Largo
38th Annual Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Cook-Off, Taste of the Upper Keys
This year contestants will be competing for over $3000 in cash prizes and gift certificates.  Cook-off participants – cooking teams, volunteers, judges and those who simply come to eat – are an enthusiastic and loyal audience. The public is invited to take part in the competition, or simply come to enjoy all the nibbles that are offered. The culinary competition sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, and open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. A limited number of sampling tickets are to be sold at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, so get tickets early!
Contact: Eileen or Elizabeth 305-451-1414

November 21,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between MM 81 and 82, as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. A great pre-holiday celebration. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

November 21,  in Key Largo
Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center presents: Ocean Life Series
This month's speaker, Sarah Fangman of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, shares information on protecting the Keys' marine ecosystem. Ocean Life Series events are free and open to the public. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., at Murray Nelson Cultural & Government Center, MM 102. Lecture series from 7-8 p.m.

November 22 to November 25,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Hair In Concert
The international musical hit that changed the sound and the face of the Broadway musical. Tickets available online, showtimes 8 p.m.

November 22,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents 'Key West Collects: Our Community Treasures'
This exhibit of unusual and wonderful collections of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork and objects collected by Key West/Florida Keys residents opens with a special reception from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Exhibit is to be on display through Jan. 5, 2020.
Contact: Cori Convertito, Ph.D. 305-295-6616
Email: [email protected]

November 24,  in Marathon
Banana Bay Bazaar
The Banana Bay Bazaar is a premier art and culture event held the last Sunday of every month at the infamous sunset bar, The Pointe. This outdoor, fully immersive experience will showcase diverse arts and local vendors bringing together some of the best attractions to give attendees a wonderful taste of The Florida Keys. Celebrate the afternoon with live local music, food trucks and drinks offered at The Pointe, from 1-6 p.m., inside Banana Bay Resort, mile marker 45.9 bayside.  

November 27 to December 31,  in Key West
Key West Holiday Fest
A merry range of celebrations during Key West's busy holiday season includes lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, Holiday Historic Inn Tours and a lighted boat parade with festively lit vessels and good cheer. Other events include the annual hometown holiday parade, festive island lights tours via the Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley, seasonal artisan markets and bazaars, pet photos with Santa, a “Violins in Motion” concert and multiple New Year’s Eve “drops” that spoof New York City’s annual Times Square “ball drop.”

November 27,  in Key West
Lighting of the Bight: Key West Harbor Walk of Lights
Gather on the Harbor Walk plaza at Greene and Elizabeth St. to best see the official lighting of the 2019 Key West “Harbor Walk of Lights” with more lights and creative displays than last year, all continuing the “Maritime History of Key West” theme! The Key West “Harbor Walk of Lights” traditional main features will light up that night, including the Fishing Buoy Tree, a fresh pine Nautical Christmas Tree and the original Key West Lobster Trap Tree. Harbor Walk of Lights, lit nightly through New Year's Eve, stretches along the Key West Historic Seaport and Key West Bight Marina.

November 30,  in Big Pine
Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
Highlights of this holiday event, set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: [email protected]

November 30,  in Key Largo
Garden Club of the Upper Keys presents: Holiday Craft Festival
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., browse among unique vendors of all kinds: heirloom crafts, artists, plants, jewelry, baked goods, and more at the Francis Tracy Garden Center, MM 94.
Contact: Beverly Middleton 305-451-8137

November 30,  in Islamorada
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park Band Concert: Leftover Turkey Tunes
Florida Keys Community Concert Band Presents its 2019-2020 season at Islamorada Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission is free for all concerts.

November 30,  in Marathon
Marathon Garden Club's Annual Holiday Bazaar and Rummage Sale
From 9AM to 3PM, at Marathon Garden Club, MM 50, enjoy a day of baked goods, vendors, orchids, premium plants and unique gifts. Master gardeners are to be on hand to answer questions. A huge plant sale features native species to the Florida Keys.

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