|March 01 to June 30, in Key West|
|Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Marky Pierson, Night Visions in Technicolor
Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: ‘Conch Night’ Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; ‘Squishy Femme’ Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; ‘Graphic Design’ Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|March 25 to April 26, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Clybourne Park
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. This comedy explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Directed by Carole MacCartee. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
|April 01 to September 30, in Key West|
|Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Key West or Bust, A History of Tourism
The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit explores the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|April 06 to April 21, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Conchs, Cowboys and Tales of Old Key West
The crowd-pleasing MADE IN KEY WEST BAND rocking through a collection of country, cowboy, folk, rock, and blues music including original compositions about legendary characters in Key West history is back by popular demand, John Wells heads up the musical group with Gary McDonald, George Halloran, Tom Murtha and music legend Paul Cotton of the seminal seventies band, POCO. Five performances only; visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
|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). 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; Doris 305-295-6601
|April 08 to April 19, in Key West|
|Waterfront Playhouse presents: Souvenir (A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins)
Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Souvenir is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a tone-deaf woman who is convinced she is an operatic diva. Using her own fortune, she teams up with a mediocre accompanist, Cosme McMoon, in the hope of achieving success. Wickedly funny and full of heart. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
|April 15 to July 31, in Key West|
|6th Annual Key West Art Garden
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
|April 16, in Islamorada|
|History of Diving Museum presents: William Beebe in the Galapagos
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "William Beebe in the Galapagos" presented by Jack Grove. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits before the event.
|April 17, in Islamorada|
|Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
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.
|April 17, in Key West|
|Walk on White
Enjoy as you stroll along exhibitions and receptions at art galleries and retail venues along White St., from Southard to United streets. From 6-9 p.m., the monthly Walk includes Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery, Studios of Key West, Armory Main Hall, Space 2 Gallery and more, as well as restaurants and shops. Featured this month at the Harrison Gallery, Jimmy Wray and (son) Louis Wray. Jimmy Wray assembles antique architectural elements recovered from old houses in Key West into frames for beveled mirrors, providing a truly unique stage to see oneself. Through photography, Louie calls us to relinquish thoughts of our self, and to expand our imaginative pallets into the natural unknown.
|April 18 to April 27, in Key West|
|32nd 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.
|April 18, in Key Largo|
|Ocean Life Lecture Series: Ocean Drones, Developing Advanced Tools for Marine Research
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Kevin Boswell, Ph.D., is to share his recent research using ocean drone acoustics and video in areas as divers as Alaska and the Florida coast, whose data helps better understand marine and coastal ecosystems. Free and open to the public, the popular Ocean Life Series runs from 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102). Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
|April 20 to April 27, in Key Largo|
|Key Largo Conch Republic Days
The week-long family-friendly and lighthearted independence celebration is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Visit website for complete event details.
|April 23 to April 27, in Key West|
|Key West Sailfish Championship
This four-day challenge is to offer up to $50,000 for first place prize, $15,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Early entry angler fee per angler is available. Visit website for details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
|April 25 to April 27, in Islamorada|
|Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
|April 25, in Marathon|
|Bobby Nesbitt Returns to Marathon Community Theatre
Bobby Nesbitt returns to Marathon Community Theatre with Key West’s favorite "girl singer" Carmen Rodriguez in their hit show Thanks for the Memories–A Salute to the USO, starting at 8 p.m. The show tells the history of the USO and the stars that entertained the troops. From it’s beginning in 1941 through Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East, the USO and the entertainers known as "soldiers in greasepaint" were always there. Bobby and Carmen will spotlight the WW 2 era and the heyday of the Hollywood Canteen and the Stage Door Canteen when stars like Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore and the Andrews Sisters were the headliners. They will also take a look at later years when Marilyn Monroe entertained in Korea and Martha Raye took "Hello Dolly" to Vietnam. Tickets available online or at the Theatre box office, open weekdays and show nights from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994 Box Office
|April 25 to April 27, in Key West|
|Key West Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic (The Musical)
The story of those historic "mouse that roared" moments in April 1982 when Key West declared its independence from the United States. It’s a rollicking musical tale of the Conchs taking on the Feds in one of the greatest PR stunts ever. Show time 8 p.m., at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Visit website for tickets; three nights only!
|April 26, in Islamorada|
|Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; Young Musicians Concert
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
|April 30 to May 02, in Marathon|
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492