February 22, 2014
Find hundreds of marine- and watersports-related vendors offering wares to thousands of buyers seeking deals on new and used boats, marine equipment, electronics, fishing tackle, dive gear, nautical arts and crafts, and more. Located at Founders Park, MM 87 bayside, on Plantation Key.
February 20, 2014
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 mile marker 81 and 82 – formerly named Industrial Road – as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, redfish and tarpon. The field is limited to 30 boats.
February 15, 2014
A free concert at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band
The public is welcome to attend and vote for the best chili at this tasty event, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; local restaurant and amateur chefs ratchet up the rivalry for the best chili, and the ICF Florida state and world cook-off champions and contestants compete for the finest title. Attendees can sample tastes of all chili entrants; held at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, on the Old Highway at MM 81 oceanside. Live musical entertainment also is planned. This event is dog-friendly. No admission fee. The chili-chowing competition helps benefit local charities.
February 9, 2014
Enjoy an open Bluegrass Jam for all ages and skill levels. Come to listen, pick or just enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the park. From 1-5 p.m., at Southwinds Park, MM 82.1.
A boat tournament among actively employed bartenders and their restaurant employee co-workers, this locals’ favorite challenge offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars. A hilariously competitive event, the tournament kicks off at the Island Grill from 4-8 p.m. Fishing is on Monday with a grand awards party on the beach at the Island Grill starting at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $125 per angler. Entry is limited to actively employed bar and restaurant employees who are on the schedule at least one day per week. Teams are limited to 5 anglers per boat. Over the years teams have come from all over the country to represent their bars. Prizes are awarded to the top three bars as well as the top four anglers. Other fun prizes are awarded to hard luck and outstanding catches.
February 8, 2014
For 27 years, the Seminar Series has been one of the nation’s most popular educational course on recreational marine fishing tactics and techniques. Hosted by George Poveromo, host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network, and Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman, the event is to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the Performing Arts Center at the Coral Shores High School (89901 Overseas Highway). Fishing specialists, offshore and back country pros and light tackle legends are to join the lineup of course presentations. Tickets are $55 per person.
February 7, 2014
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate, as well as those recognizing the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck.
February 4, 2014
Listed as one of the world’s premier ensembles, the Boston Globe raved about their “lyricism… and dream-come-true performances.” This is the heart of all chamber music literature. To experience the Beethoven Cycle is one of the world’s great musical experiences. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance is located at Island Community Church, on US1 at mile marker (MM) 83.3, bayside.