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Taste the Florida Keys

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk

When: Feb. 21, 2019
Location: Islamorada
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, as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-9 p.m. A great pre-holiday celebration. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

Original Marathon Seafood Festival

When: Mar. 9, 2019 - Mar. 10, 2019
Location: Marathon
Website | Email | 305-743-5417
One of the middle Keys’ signature family events, delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. An open-air boat show is to be staged at entrance to the festival.

28th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest

When: April 6, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Location: Founder’s Park
Website| Email | 305-664-4503
•Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a “Taste of the Islands” foodie competition. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder’s Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. On-site parking for a $5 donation. Sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.

37th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration

When: Apr. 19, 2019 - Apr. 28, 2019
Location: Key West
Website | Email | 305-296-0213
With activities such as 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.

Shrimp Road Seafood & Craft Beer Festival

When: Apr. 20, 2019
Location: The Lower Keys
From 2-7 p.m., experience the best seafood, craft beer, and local artisans the Florida Keys have to offer! In collaboration with the Florida Keys SPCA, this dog- and family-friendly fest will take place just outside of The Perry Hotel on the pier at Stock Island Marina Village.

Key Largo’s Original Music Festival

When: May. 16, 2019 - May. 19, 2019
Location: Key Largo
Website | 305-394-3736
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Multiple “on the water” venues feature Nashville’s hit songwriters and musicians as well as unique local entertainers. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.

Seventh Annual Key Lime Festival

When: Jul. 4, 2019 - Jul. 7, 2019
Location: Key West
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A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the annual Key Lime Festival. Four days of culinary events for every taste are planned, including favorites from past years like the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll, and new favorites for Key Lime lovers like The Key Lime Pie Hop.

Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend

When: Aug. 30, 2019 - Sep. 1, 2019
Location: Marathon
Website | 1-877-484-9342
Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, live music concert and fireworks show.

40th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest

When: Oct. 18, 2019 - Oct. 27, 2019
Location: Key West
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats.

22nd Annual Taste of the Islands

When: Nov. 10, 2019
Location: Marathon
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A family-friendly day of food, art, music and fun in the sun. No admission fee, taste tickets will be sold to sample culinary treats from area restaurants including a NEW smoked fish dip amateur competition, as well as enjoy craft & domestic beers and wines. Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business & Professional Women, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Marathon Community Park. Proceeds benefit local scholarships. Premier vendors and artists are to have their creations for sale.