Key West, Key West things to do in June, Key West Events
Ah, Key West in June. The locals are settling in for a few relatively tourist-free months and enjoying the beginning of another lazy, sultry summer. Walk along North Roosevelt and savor the warm, salty breezes, or sip a margarita at Rooftop Cafe and watch the sun set. Visiting our little island in June may mean fewer crowds, but there’s still plenty to do, see, and enjoy all month long.
Here’s what’s waiting for you this month in Key West:
This family-oriented tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, snapper
and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler and heaviest fish by a juvenile angler. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. All proceeds benefit disabled and/or needy veterans in Monroe County. Hosted by VFW Post 3911 and Key West Harbor Yacht Club. Registration forms and rules are to be available at Key West Bait and Tackle; Murray Marine; Esky Rod Shop; Key West Harbor; VFW Post 3911; and Reef Light Tackle (Big Pine Key).firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509-7244
South Florida Symphony presents Chamber Music Series
The World of Pride summer solstice series performance is to cast members of the South Florida Symphony performing music of Gay Composers from Baroque to the present. Selections will range from Handel to Copland. Musicians will discuss how being gay affected their lives and their music. Starts 7 p.m. at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676 Website: southfloridasymphony.org
Key West Pride Key West
Key West shows its Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! This five day celebration includes a film festival, dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, clothing-optional pool parties, water excursions, a street fair, Pride Pageants, and a ‘Pride in Our Community’ Parade down Duval Street.
Contact: Guy Ross 305-294-4603
Del Brown Permit Tournament
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well. http://delbrown.com
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
Long distance solo swimmers and relay teams of two to six people, with or without fins, can compete in this United States Masters Swimming-sanctioned even, a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West. The clockwise route around the island takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Smathers Beach. Open for all age groups.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562
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Key West West Africana Festival
Explore music, art, and Key West’s Afro-Caribbean culture during a three-day destination retreat focusing on thought, culture and wellness. The festival is to integrate music, art and cultural tourism, exploring Afro-Caribbean culture in Key West. Join scholars as they discuss their research and wellness experts present their practice areas.
Contact: Chris Norwood
Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby’s two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $15,000 in the tournament’s divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Greg Oropeza 305-304-1348
Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament
Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West’s annual Hemingway Days, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total. For anglers, the Key West Marlin Tournament provides a chance to emulate Ernest’s passion for deep-sea fishing. Email: email@example.com http://keywestmarlin.com
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
SNEAK PEAK AT JULY’S EVENTS IN KEY WEST
Sloppy Joe’s 35th Annual Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest’s preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, and the newest “Papa” is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.
Resources for planning a Key West vacation:
Party in Key West – Online Key West guide for anything and everything to do in Key West, Florida. Key West The Right Way
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