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Events in the Florida Keys for July, 2019
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July 03 to July 04,  in Big Pine
Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club's Pre-Independence Day Activities
On Big Pine Key, the Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club is to host pre-Independence Day activities beginning at 5 p.m., at Big Pine Community Park, mile marker 30. Attractions include vendors, food, beverages, games, family activities, 50/50 raffle and entertainment. Fireworks are scheduled at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks are allowed.
Contact: 305-923-5370

July 04,  in Key Largo
Annual July 4 Parade and Picnic
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is to host the annual July 4 parade from mile marker 98 to 100, starting at 10 a.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the old-fashioned community picnic event is to be held at Key Largo Community Park and includes vendors, free hotdogs and sodas/beverages. Free to enter the parade.
Contact: 305-451-1414

July 04,  in Key West
Rotary Club of Key West Annual 4th of July 5k Walk/Run
The Rotary of Key West civic group also stages a 4th of July 5k Walk/Run that begins and ends at the Edward B. Knight Pier, located at 1801 White St., fRace begins and ends on the Edward Knight Pier at 7:30am. Register online for $25 until 7/3/19 4 p.m. After 4pm on 7/3 price goes up to $30. Registration can be done online or in person Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm at Wildlife Sanctuary Parking Lot across from the Pier. Register Wednesday morning 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. on the Pier. T-shirt sizes are first come first serve so pick up your packet early for the most selection!

July 04,  in Islamorada
Founders Park July 4 Celebration
Enjoy family, food, fun and fireworks at Founders Park, MM 87 on Plantation Key, the site of an old-fashioned annual Fourth of July celebration co-sponsored in part by the Islamorada Village of Islands, the Upper Keys Rotary Club and many others. Entertainment and activities for kids, teens, parents and dogs, an American Pie Contest, highlight the event from 6-10 p.m., followed by a fireworks show.

July 04,  in Key West
Rotary Club of Key West Annual Fireworks Show
Now in its 34th year, the 4th of July is a Key West tradition for generations of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy the Key West Fireworks Celebration at 9 p.m. at the Edward B. Knight Pier (White Street Pier). Live local music, family friendly games, along with a spectacular view of the fireworks.
Contact: Jessica Cranney 305-773-4016

July 04,  in Marathon
Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show
For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a day of activities in Marathon including a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids' crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: [email protected]

July 04,  in Key Largo
Fireworks Show on Blackwater Sound
Blackwater Sound provides the perfect nighttime mirrorlike surface to make the annual fireworks display seem like a 3-D viewing experience designed to dazzle. The show is to take place on the bayfront in Key Largo at 10 p.m., July 4. The best seating can be found at Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Sundowners and Senior Frijoles restaurants, Caribbean Club and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, all located around mile marker (MM) 104 bayside. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited; contact restaurants directly.

July 04 to July 07,  in Key West
Seventh Annual Key Lime Festival
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the annual Key Lime Festival. Four days of culinary events for every taste are planned, including favorites from past years like the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll, and new favorites for Key Lime lovers like The Key Lime Pie Hop.
Email: [email protected]

July 04,  in Big Pine
Fourth of July Pool Party at The Perry Hotel Key West
Celebrate Independence Day at The Perry Hotel’s waterfront pool from 1–4 p.m. which will be open to the public for Independence Day (no entry fee)! Enjoy live music featuring The Jim & Jay Show, inflatable pool floats, and 4th of July favors, followed by back-to-back Happy Hour at Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill and Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar from 4-8pm.

July 04,  in Islamorada
July 4 Beach Bash at Cheeca Lodge
Spend the afternoon and evening at Cheeca Lodge, mile marker 81.8 for a holiday beach bash. From 4-6 p.m., the fun starts with live local music at the Tiki Bar, from 6-9 p.m., highlights include: music by DJ Flip; BBQ to include smoked bourbon whole bourbon hog, burgers, hot dogs, assorted chips; beverage stations. Entrance of $25 per person includes ALL YOU CAN EAT food, plus beverage sample. Drink tickets additional. For the finale - fireworks display over the ocean after sunset!

July 05 to July 07,  in Key West
Inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival
Our crew and mermaid pod are over the waves excited to bring you this three-day weekend event, packed with so many fun and mervelous events. From "Mermaid Meet & Greets" and our "Sunday Funday with Mermaids", to mermaid vendors with a splash of entertainment and heaps of ocean awareness, dancing under the sea, and much, much more! With activities for the little mermaids and adult mermaids at heart, the Key West Mermaid Festival is an entire island family friendly event welcoming Florida Keys locals and visitors from across all of our oceans!
Contact: Kristi Mills 305-304-1988
Email: [email protected]

July 11 to July 13,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Days
Come commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher’s famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of the Atocha Mother Load. Annual Dock Party at Schooner Wharf Bar on Saturday, July 13, with tours of salvaging vessels, raffle, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Private tours of the Fisher Family Conservation Laboratory July 11 & 12. Net proceeds from these events benefit Wesley House Family Services, Inc.
Contact: 305-296-6533

July 13,  in Big Pine
35th Annual Underwater Music Festival
The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: [email protected]

July 13 to July 16,  in Key West
Del Brown Permit Tournament
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released 513 permit on fly tackle off the Florida Keys in his lifetime. Begun in 2001, the tournament is based out of Hurricane Hole Marina. Each year the event makes a contribution to the Bonefish Tarpon Trust and the Jon Ain Memorial Fund to continue permit research.

July 16 to July 21,  in Key West
39th Annual Hemingway Days
The 39th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary)

July 17,  in Key West
Hemingway Days Presents “Voices, Places, Inspirations.”
This evening of readings and presentations begins with “Papa’s Poems,” presented by members of the acclaimed Key West Poetry Guild. Subsequent presenters are Kirk Curnutt, discussing notable novels about Key West and their writers; Kristina Neihouse, presenting her first novel, “Knowing When to Leave”; and Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez, sharing excerpts from his prose and poetry books. A talk back and book signing follow. Old City Hall. Free admission.

July 17 to July 20,  in Key West
Stock Island Marina Village Key West Marlin Tournament
Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: [email protected]

July 17,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum's Immerse Yourself! Free Lecture Series: Hyperbaric Medicine
Presented by Scott Fowler, Mariner's Hospital. Learn how hyperbaric medicine and decompression theory play an important role in dive safety. Fowler runs the hyperbaric chamber at Mariner’s Hospital, the only public chamber in the Keys. Starts 7 p.m. Exhibits and Museum Store will be open until 6:45, with last exhibit tickets being sold at 6:15.

July 18 to July 20,  in Key West
Sloppy Joe's 39th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest
The look-alike challenge is a highlight of Key West’s July 16-21 Hemingway Days celebration, created to salute the writing talent and adventurous life of the literary master who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s. It takes place at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., where Hemingway enjoyed sharing cocktails and camaraderie with friends. The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

July 20,  in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Invaders of the Keys
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. is hosted by Mote Marine. Activities will focus on learning about lionfish, iguanas, pythons, and other invasive species. “Invaders of the Keys,” hosted by the Key West Aquarium, will help children understand the effect nonnative animals have on the local environment.Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750
Email: [email protected]

July 20,  in Key West
27th Annual Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Email: [email protected]

July 20,  in Key Largo
REEF Citizen Science Saturday: Fish Identification Class and Dives
Reef Environmental Education Foundation presents a unique opportunity! Every July, divers and snorkelers join in the Great Annual Fish Count to learn about marine life and conduct fish surveys as a part of REEF’s ongoing Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Sightings reported by volunteer divers and snorkelers provide valuable data to researchers monitoring ocean changes. Volunteers conducting REEF surveys have discovered new species, helped establish the known range of certain species, tracked the spread of invasive species, and tracked fish populations over time. Day begins at 10AM, at REEF headquarters, mile marker 98.3 in the media. Open to divers and snorkelers. Morning classroom lessons include fish ID and an introduction to REEF's survey method. In the afternoon, head out on the water a dive/snorkel trip to two shallow reef sites, and conduct REEF surveys. Space limited. Classroom is free, diving cost per person is $55 per diver, $45 per snorkeler.

July 20 to July 24,  in Key Largo
Lobster Sport Season Information Booth
Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission emphasize the importance of responsible catching and proper measuring of lobsters and the need to protect lobster habitats during the annual spiny lobster sport season that begins this year at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, and ends at midnight Thursday, July 25. An information booth geared to help travelers coming to the Florida Keys for lobster mini-season is to be open at Key Largo’s Waldorf Plaza, mile marker 100 oceanside near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Planned hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, through Tuesday, July 23, in front of Divers Direct. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are to staff the booth to demonstrate how to properly measure harvested lobsters and provide the latest lobster-catching rules and regulations, which are different in the Keys than in other areas of the state. Coast Guard Auxiliary members will be there promoting safe boating information.

July 20,  in Islamorada
LobsterPalooza 2019
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, join a lobstering "how-to" seminar, refresh your knowledge of fishing regulations with Everglades Park rangers, meet some of the Florida Keys' Wild Bird Center friends, enjoy raffles, win prizes and more. Located at World Wide Sportsman, mile marker 81.5.

July 20,  in Key West
Hemingway Days Caribbean Street Fair
Presented by Literacy Volunteers of America–Monroe County. Several blocks of Key West’s famed Duval Street, beginning at Front Street, are closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Email: [email protected]

July 20,  in Key West
Hemingway Days presents: Running of the Bulls
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. Starts at 1 p.m., free to spectate.

July 20,  in Key West
Native Plant Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
The Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9am to noon. Nursery volunteers have propagated 161 species of plants bringing the inventory to more than 1,500 plants which attract butterflies and birds. Many plants are on the State of Florida endangered species list. Sizes range from one-gallon to 15-gallon pots. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. All proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: [email protected]

July 20,  in Islamorada
PADI Women Dive Day
History of Diving Museum will join the global PADI Women Dive Day community to celebrate women in diving. The Museum will kick-off the day with a morning presentation by director and journalist Karuna Eberl. She will be speaking on her film The Guerrero Project, which is highlighted in the Museum's current Featured Exhibit. Slide on up to Sailfish Scuba for an afternoon dive trip focusing on heritage awareness dive practices. Divers will get to explore an archaeological site that the Diving With a Purpose group did research on. Call or go to our website for more details on pricing and how to sign up.

July 24,  in Key Largo
Sips & Science with Coral Restoration Foundation
This month's topic, Coral Treatment to Beat the Heat, is presented by Matz Indergard. Does prior exposure to high temperatures help prepare corals for elevated temperatures in the future? Join CRF staff to explore thermal resilience of corals before placing them out on the reef. Sips & Science is a free monthly talk series hosted by Coral Restoration Foundation. As part of CRF's commitment to reducing single-use plastics, they will fill any reusable cups with a complimentary glass of wine or water! Starts 6 p.m., at CRF Exploration Center, 5 Seagate Blvd.

July 27,  in Marathon
Volunteer for a Shoreline Cleanup at Long Key State Park
Long Key State Park, located at mile marker 67.4, invites you to join the park’s first monthly shoreline cleanup, from 9AM to noon. This cleanup will take place along the main day use area of the park, heading down towards the west end. With two daily high tides, marine debris arrives on the shoreline, and the wrack line, the line of debris left on the beach by high tide, is where most of the debris is, like grasses, crustacean shells, feathers, and litter, such as plastics. Come prepared to get your feet wet and walk through the wrack line. Wear shoes you do not mind getting wet or dirty. Please bring a reusable water bottle. No single-use water bottles! A hat and sunscreen is also recommended. Staff will provide water for refills, garbage bags and gloves. The park entry fee will be waived for those participating in this event. 
Email: [email protected]

July 27,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Donovan
Pro surfer-turned musician Donovan Frankenreiter will be back to send out his breezy, laid-back vibes and upbeat lyrics in an early evening performance at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. The show is part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello Series,” a program established to promote the arts and foster the Fort as a community venue. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the “backyard casual” setup that will include food vendors and cash bar. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the 6pm doors-opening for $30. Limited special VIP tickets with cash bar and seating available for $50. Children under 12 are free. Limited parking is available, bicycling is encouraged.
Contact: 305-295-6616 x 114

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