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Key West Events

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys

Events in Key West for April, 2016

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March 22 to April 16,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Out of the City
In this sophisticated and witty new comedy, two couples who have been close friends for years head off for a milestone birthday celebration at a B&B in the Poconos. An impulsive kiss tilts the long-term relationships, and old assumptions are shattered. Anything can happen in the woods.
Contact: 305-296-9911
March 23 to April 08,  in Key West
Fringe Theater of Key West presents: The Apple Falls
We freefall into Pauline's unreal delusions from the terrifying to the comical as she is overtaken by schizophrenia. Her bewildered loved ones, disillusioned with traditional care, must navigate the emotional pitfalls of caring for her and preserving their own lives. Show dates, times and tickets online. Performances at the Garden Club Pavilion, 1100 Atlantic Blvd.
Contact: 305-707-4053
April 02,  in Key West
Keystock Music Festival: Huey Lewis & The News
Crowds are expected to gather at Truman Waterfront for an evening musical event that in the past has hosted Grand Funk Railroad, Doobie Brothers and Three Dog Night. No coolers or lawn chairs day of show. VIP tickets can be purchased through Lazy Lakes by calling 305-745-1079. General admission tickets available for purchase online.
Contact: 305-745-1079
April 02,  in Key West
Ben Harrison Concert at The Studios of Key West
Known for his wonderful sense of the ridiculous, Ben's songs explore the unique history and ribald character of Key West. From Conch Train to Sloppy Joe's Bar 1984, Ben brings delightfully absurd tales to life. He will be highlighting new material from his latest album, Destino, plus many old favorites. Join Ben Harrison with friends and talented fellow musicians, Larry Baeder and Joe Dallas. Tickets are $30, or $25 with a Studios membership. The Studios of Key West is located at 533 Eaton Street, on the corner of Eaton and Simonton.
April 02 to April 03,  in Key West
Naval Air Station Key West 2016 Southernmost Air Spectacular
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team Blue Angels and other military and civilian aerial performances will fill the skies at this free-admission, family friendly event. In addition to the Blue Angels, aerial demonstrations by military and civilian performers, and static military and vintage aircraft are planned.
Contact: (305) 293-2673
Email: timothy.w.campbell@navy.mil
April 02,  in Key West
Seventh Annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show
Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the annual event features a kids' fishing seminar, touch tanks and live animals, educational activities, a planned art auction, marine-themed games, refreshments, food and local vendors. The show is set to take place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center on the Truman Waterfront, and celebrates the treasured Keys waters and environment.
Contact: Jason Wolf 305-393-6022
Email: jwolf@mote.org
April 03 to April 04,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: I Love Ethel, The Story of Vivian Vance
A staged reading of an exciting new play with music. The world knows Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz from the iconic TV show "I Love Lucy" that also starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. But there was so much more in the life of this very talented and complex woman.
Contact: 305-296-9911
April 03,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market: Ocean Awareness
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Email: jill@dailyplan-it.net
April 08 to April 10,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff
Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes await anglers participating in the Key West Fishing Tournament's Kickoff 2016. Participants are to vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt. In addition, cash awaits boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Awards also are presented each year in the junior division for anglers under age 15.
Contact: 305-923-5934
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
April 08 to June 07,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Roberta Marks
"Roberta Marks: a Retrospective," a cohesive exhibition of nearly thirty years of her mixed media work, is to be on display at the Custom House Museum. Marks, whose work has won many awards and is widely collected and featured at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, creates mixed media pieces via photographs, paintings, collages and constructions that investigate the mystery of being. Her constructions, fabricated using found, bought or gifted objects and materials, are portrayed as stage sets, representing the artist's existence and personal landscape. The exhibit will open on Friday, April 8 from 6:00-7:30, with special member VIP entry at 5:30 pm.
Contact: 305.295.6616 x 112
April 09 to November 30,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
April 10,  in Key West
Third Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run
Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world's only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.
April 10,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Nick Norman, Joal Rush, Lewis Brice
Nick Norman is truly the man with a golden voice; a talented singer/songwriter who delights his audiences with soulful and inspirational performances. Don't miss this exclusive intimate experience.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: keywesttheater@gmail.com
April 12 to April 17,  in Key West
The Final Sail
This four-day challenge is the 'grand finale' of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.
April 13 to April 30,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Enchanted April
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they could never have expected. Tickets available online.
Contact: 305-294-5015 Box Office
April 15 to July 31,  in Key West
Key West Art Garden 2016
Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; an opening reception is planned April 23 from 12-3 p.m., to meet the artists, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Art Garden, light refreshments. Entrance is free.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
April 16,  in Key West
Key West Art Center’s Associate Members’ Show Opening Reception
The Key West Art Center's annual Associate Members' Show opens with a festive reception from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The Key West Art Center celebrates the artistic talent of over 25 Associate Members in a show comprising works by artists in various stages of careers, in a variety of media and stylistic approaches. This very diverse show confirms the amazing wealth of artistic talent found throughout our islands. This evening is a collector's chance to purchase new art, speak with our artists from up and down the Keys and enjoy the tasty abundance of refreshments for which this annual reception is known. The show will remain on exhibit through May 2nd. The Key West Art Center is a non-profit community art gallery located at 301 Front Street, and is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.
Contact: (305) 294-1241
April 16,  in Key West
19th Annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk
Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from age 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers. Starts at 8 a.m., from McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street.
April 16,  in Key West
Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers at Fort East Martello
Singer and musician Amy Helm and her band The Handsome Strangers are to perform an outdoor evening concert at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. They will perform from Helm's debut "Didn't It Rain," an album saturated with a roots-rock vibe and recorded in her father's barn in Woodstock, N.Y., home of the Midnight Ramble. Doors open at 4:45. TBA at 5:45 with Helm taking the stage at 7p.m. Concertgoers may bring low-profile chairs or blankets for the "backyard casual" setup that will include food and libations from local vendors. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for only $20 at or at the door for $25.; children under 12 admitted free. Parking will be available for $5, bike parking is free.
Contact: 305.295.6616 x 106
April 16 to April 24,  in Key West
Free Admission During National Park Week at Dry Tortguas National Park
In honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to join its year-long centennial celebration, by offering free entrance days in 2016. Visitors are invited to celebrate the past 100 years of these glorious places nationwide that have been set aside for all generations. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees of $10 per visitor.
April 16,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Celebrate Earth Day
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Learn what each of the three R's of Earth Day signify: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. 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: rachel.pawlitz@noaa.gov
April 18,  in Key West
Taste of Key West
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place at the Truman Waterfront overlooking Key West Harbor.
Contact: 305-296-6196
April 21 to April 24,  in Key West
Fringe Theater of Key West presents: Conch Republic, The Musical!
The smash hit returns for its riotous fourth year. The rollicking musical tells the tale of the Conchs taking on the Feds, succeeding from the U.S. to keep the town open to tourism. A tale so wacky it has to be true! Show dates, times and tickets online. Performances at Key West Theater (Formerly Eaton Street Theater), 512 Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-707-4053
April 22 to May 01,  in Key West
34th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Contact: 305-296-0213
April 22,  in Key West
Earth Day 2016 at Key West Turtle Museum
Join the celebration from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited to tour the Turtle Museum and meet representatives of local organizations that are addressing the concerns and conservation of wildlife in the Florida Keys. Admission is free. The Key West Turtle Museum is located at 200 Margaret St. in Key West's Historic Seaport.
April 22,  in Key West
Earth Day Beach Scrub ‘n Grub
Help Pitch In! Beach Clean-up for a cause. Prizes awarded for most trash collected! Takes place at Smather's Beach in Key West. Lunch and celebration to follow at Divers Direct. Bring your friends & family! Starts at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at Divers Direct. Free to participate.
Contact: RSVP 305-293-5122
April 24,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market: Conch Republic "Brew" Days
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Email: jill@dailyplan-it.net
April 26 to May 14,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: The Cripple of Inishmaan
The people of Inishmann learn that a Hollywood director is coming to a neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him.
Contact: 305-296-9911
April 28 to May 01,  in Key West
Key West Paddle Classic
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com