and the other islands of the Florida Keys offer dozens and dozens of special events all throughout the year – from fishing tournaments to cultural events.
Key Largo Events
Key Largo Sailfish Challenge
Fishing for one of offshore angling's greatest prizes.
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter bunny hosts this annual underwater egg hunt off Key Largo to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children.
Big Boys Off-Shore Charity Fishing Tournament
Anglers pursue dolphin fish, one of the most beautiful and plentiful fish of the offshore waters of the Keys.
Annual Coconuts Dolphin Tournament
Anglers are to compete in an event named for a Key Largo restaurant that serves up plenty of dolphin fish, known on most menus as Mahi Mahi.
Island Sun Splash - usually held in June
Local businesses offer a host of water-related activities for the whole family, including diving, snorkeling, kayaking and sailing. Participants can experience a discover-scuba class, a snorkel adventure or dive the Keys’ shipwreck trail.
Ghost Hunt Tournament
This bonefishing competition benefits the Don Hawley Foundation, which supports the Keys recreational fishing industry and marine research.
New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza.
Key West Events
Key West Old Island Days
The season's events include an art festival, crafts show, conch shell blowing contest and house and garden tours celebrating Key West culture and history.
Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival – usually held in January
Features delicious fresh seafood, live music and activities for children and families. Admission is free at Bayview Park.
Hot Havana Nights – usually held in March
Succulent cuban food, arts, dancing and the 10 piece-band Havana Sou are featured at the Key West Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road.
Hemingway Days Festival
An annual event for over twenty-five years, celebrates the legendary author’s work and lifestyle. The event comprises literary readings, a short story competition, a museum exhibit, a fishing tournament and the Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest.
Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival – usually held in February
Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their works at Marathon Community Park. The event includes live music and delicious food, and plans call for tours of historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island where Henry Flagler's railroad workers once lived.
Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival
Gourmet delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual event at Marathon Community Park.
Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run – usually held in April
An estimated field of 1,500 runners are to participate in the annual foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world.
Islamorada Village of Islands, Independence Day Celebration
Families enjoy a playground and activities for kids such as a bounce house, clowns and beach area before the fireworks at dusk. The festivities take place at Founders Park, mile marker 87, bayside on U.S. 1.
Big Pine & The Lower Keys
Annual Underwater Music Festival
For over twenty years, this quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers, snorkelers and the occasional mermaid emphasizes reef preservation. The submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.