Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys
Events in The Florida Keys for May, 2013
|April 06 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). In an April kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
|April 30 to May 25, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Oklahoma Smith and the Pantheon of Annihilation
Parody, adventure and humor abound in this original action adventure as famed explorer Oklahoma Smith and his trusty sidekick set out to find the lost "Book of the Dead" and save the world. The plot twists and turns as each major decision in this "choose your own adventure" is decided by the audience. Visit website for show times and tickets.
|May 04 to July 31, in Key West|
|Key West ART Garden
Come enjoy large outdoor masterpieces made by local artists. Each piece is crafted from recycled materials and fits into the natural beauty and backdrop of the Gardens. On Saturday, May 4, an opening reception is planned, to highlight the special exhibit which runs through July; meet the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour, refreshments are to be available; free entry to the opening reception, set for 3-5 p.m. Located at 5210 College Road.
|May 19 to May 22, in Islamorada|
|Outback Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard
|May 22, in Islamorada|
|Free Ladies Fishing Seminar
Meet at the Tackle Center of Islamorada from 5-7 p.m. for a free ladies fishing seminar. Topics are to include inshore and offshore tactics: tying basic knots, rigging, throwing a cast net, finding bait, fighting a fish, gaffing, how to tag a fish for the FWC, how to properly release a fish and anything else we can help you learn on the water to become a better angler. Beverages will be provided. Register online.
Contact: Brittney Novalsky 321-917-4256
|May 23, in Key West|
|Key West Turtle Museum Free Lecture Series
Learn how integral sea turtles have been to the Florida Keys and how a booming industry sowed the seeds of its own collapse. In coordination with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, the lecture is to be presented in the Key West Turtle Museum, located at the Key West Bight, starts at 7:30 p.m.
|May 24 to May 26, in Florida Keys|
|Florida Keys Dolphin Championship
This new, Keys-wide dolphin challenge is to pay out $15,000 to the first-place winner, and cash and prizes are to be awarded in 36 other categories. Among the first 200 teams that register for the tournament, the team who catches the tournament's largest dolphin over 55 pounds is eligible to win the 24-foot-long SeaHunter boat. Registration/weigh-in locations include Buzzards Roost and Garden Cove Marina in Key Largo, Plantation Yacht Sales in Islamorada, Tarpon Creek Marina and Restaurant in Marathon, Boondocks Grille and Draft House in the Lower Keys and Dante's Restaurant at Conch Harbor Marina in Key West. Registration is $600 per team.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
|May 25, in Marathon|
|MaraTri7, a Marathon Triathlon
Beginning at 8 a.m. at the west end of Sombrero Beach, nearly 100 triathletes are to set off for this family friendly event that has become a fundraiser for Marathon High School athletic teams. MaraTri7 is open to teams and individuals. The race begins on Sombrero Beach. When the start whistle blows, all racers dive into the ocean, swimming parallel to the Middle Keys' best beach. Then racers run out of the water to their bikes, riding off for a loop around the Sombrero Golf Course. Upon their return, racers don their running shoes and race down local streets, returning to the finish chute between palm trees and cheering fans. MaraTri offers two distances — a traditional sprint distance of a half-mile swim, 13.6 mile bike and 3.1 mile run and also a "minisprint" that is half that. Visit the website for registration costs and details.
|May 26, in Big Pine|
|Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling ahead. Visit the Farm on Facebook! The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
|May 31 to June 01, in Key West|
|Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
In this challenge headquartered at Key West's Historic Seaport, more than $13,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674