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Scroll Down for a list of major Florida Keys events.  For specific dates & additional information visit:  http://floridakeys.net/calendar.cfm    

Fantasy Fest


Christmas & New Year Parties & Parades       Dec.

 Lobster Mini Season Week


Check for Main Season Dates


Marathon Seafood Festival     March Curried Stone Crab With Hot Marmalade Dip

Pigeon Key Art Festival

Feb 7th - 8th, 2009

7 Mile Bridge Marathon Run     April Int'l Tarpon Fishing Tournaments May


Frightfully Entertaining! Spectacular Fantasy Fest events are planned from October Fantasy Fest Schedule                             www.fantasyfest.net

During the month of  October, the Florida Keys transform into the most unique and entertaining place on earth as the week long Fantasy Festival begins.


A Key to Fun

If your open minded and you love extravagant parades combined with an endless party atmosphere, Key West’s Fantasy Fest  is the place to be. The festival includes a menu of costume competitions, masquerade balls, street fairs and galas.


Compete for over $10,000 in cash prizes that are being given away at the annual Costume competition that is being held and is commonly referred to as the Pretenders in Paradise.  The competition involves visiting and local amateur and professional costume designers and is located at the Pier House Resort.


Pet Parade Pets are welcome as well: the WKEY Pet Masquerade and Parade invites the “party animals”—and their owners—to strut their stuff down the oceanfront stage at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina (note: sometimes its difficult to distinguish the owners from the pets) For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.fantasyfest.net


Don't Miss CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS in the Keys!


~Boot Key Harbor Boat Parade Starts at approximately - 6 p.m.


Key Colony Beach Boat Parade - Sadowski Causeway at 6 p.m.

December 31st ~ KEY WEST NEW YEARS PARADE & PARTY!!- Annual New Year’s Eve Key West Celebrations
The Southernmost City celebrates New Year’s Eve with a wench drop at Schooner Wharf, a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.  Sushi at Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House. Fireworks at White Street Pier & All of Duval street is closed to traffic for pedestrian enjoyment!
Contact: (305) 292-9520; (305) 296-2388; (305) 294-4737

   Sponsored by BootKeyHarbor.com
Co-Founded in 1997 by Capt. Gregory Absten and Capt. Sam Nelson
Supported by LIGHTHOUSE CAY CLUB (Sombrero Resort)

Judging & Awards Party at Lighthouse Cay Club

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade!


REGISTRATION:    CLICK HERE for registration form to print, and then fax to 305-946-0232 or drop off at Lighthouse Cay Club Tiki Bar (Sombrero Resort)
                                    CLICK HERE  for an online registration form.s.

All boats are welcome to enter but must register. We meet just outside the harbor by the 7 mile bridge, then enter just after sunset. We proceed all the way through the harbor down to the east end and back, with judging occurring from Sombrero Resort. That's where we meet right after the parade to award trophies and prizes. 

The public may view the parade the closest at Dockside Lounge, Lighthouse Cay Club (Sombrero), Burdines Waterfront, or the Boot Key Harbor Bridge, plus the many Condo's up and down the harbor. We expect many Christmas parties at the numerous condos and apartments along the route. Meet afterwards at Sombrero Resort for the post parade party and awards. A portion of the bar proceeds at Sombrero Resort will be donated to Grace Jones Day Care Center.

 Lobster Diving

Fast Facts:

There are 3 opportunities to recreationally dive for lobster

Regular Season:

  • Typically Aug - March (Check the DNR website for details)

Mini Season Week:

  • 2 Days Sport Lobster season- Last consecutive Wed-Thurs in July

1st Week of Lobster Season:

Lobster measurement


Bag Limit: Six (6) per person per day or twenty-four (24) per boat, whichever is greater.
Boundary: All waters around the Keys extending out to 3 miles in the Atlantic and to 9 miles in the Gulf.
Diving at Night: Is permitted in state waters.
Restricted Areas: Within Pennekamp State Park: Turtle Rocks, Higdon's Reef, Cannon Patch, Basin Hills North, Basin Hills East, Basin Hills South, Mosquito Bank North, Mosquito Bank S.E., Three Sisters North, Three Sisters South.
Closed Area: Dry Tortugas National Park

Licenses Required: Recreational harvesters are required to possess a valid Florida Saltwater Fishing License with a current crawfish stamp.
Size Limit: Lobster carapace must be greater than three (3) inches. All lobster must be measured in the water and released unharmed if undersized.
Measuring Gauge: Each harvester must have a gauge made for measuring lobster while harvesting in the water.
Possession: Lobster must be of legal size before they are in possession. All lobster must remain in whole condition while at sea.
Spanish and Slipper Lobster: Closed to harvest in Key Largo and Looe Key National Marine Sanctuaries, Everglades National Park, Pennekamp State Park and Dry Tortugas National Park.
Egg-bearing Lobster: Of any species must be released unharmed. Eggs are an orange, yellow, brown, or red mass found covering the underside of the lobster's tail.
Commercial Lobster Traps: It is a felony to molest, damage, or take lobster from traps in state or federal waters.

Every year Marathon Key goes lobster crazy when the "open" lobster season officially opens in early August. During this month you can often find restaurants that will cook your catch!  If you would rather simply enjoy the harvest, you'll find  unlimited lobster specials from one end of the island to the next!  Anyone familiar with Florida and diving knows that the Spiny Lobsters that are local to our waters are prized catches. They can reach up to 2 feet in length, weigh up to 15 pounds and can be found under nearly every rock close to shore. 

  • The two-day Sport Lobster Season is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July, beginning at 12:01 A.M. on Wednesday and ending at 12:00 midnight on Thursday.  Regular lobster season begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends March 31st at midnight.

  • Anyone planning to hunt lobster in Florida territorial waters must have a valid recreational saltwater license as well as a crawfish permit ($2.00) to catch lobster. One-year licensees for residents are $13.50, while non-residents can purchase 3-day ($6.50), 7-day ($16.50), or 1-year licenses ($31.50.) Active military personnel stationed in Florida are considered to be residents. Licenses are available through local tax collectors, many tackle shops, and marine supply stores. 

  • The bag limit for Florida state waters (nine nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico and three nautical miles off the Atlantic coast) is six lobster per person per day. During the mini-season, the bag limit in all Florida counties is 12 per person, per day. The exception to this rule is Monroe County (the Keys) that has a six lobster per person, per day limit year round. 

Seafood FestivalMarathon Seafood Festival

Stone Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival
The annual Marathon Seafood Festival is sponsored by the Marathon chapter of the Organized Fishermen of Florida and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.

Located at mile marker 52 (bayside), the airport will be transformed into a fairground and market for the festival, with vendors offering fresh seafood and desserts such as Key lime pie as well as arts and crafts, nautical goods and other merchandise. Additional attractions will include boat displays, experimental aircraft demonstrations, airplane rides, jet fighter pilot simulations and special activities for children including a balloon tent.

Fast Facts:
Marathon Seafood Festival
Where: Marathon Airport, MM 51, U.S. 1, located in the center of Marathon

The annual Marathon Seafood Festival celebrating the fishermen, their catch and their history.

To be held on the grounds at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, MM 51, there will be music, a nautical flea market, marine equipment, boat show, arts and crafts, airplanes, and FOOD - wonderful dished made from fresh local seafood.

The "fairgrounds"will be open from 10am to 9pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.


The Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run

Send a legal-size, self-addressed stamped envelopes to the Marathon Runners Club to receive their applications.

The Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest segmental bridges in the world, is the centerpiece of the 113-mile Overseas Highway that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland. The annual race gives runners the chance to traverse the entire expanse of the landmark bridge. The competition is limited to the first 1,500 entrants whose fees are received via U.S. mail. The race often fills to capacity within a few days after applications have been distributed.

Fast Facts:
The Annual Seven Mile Bridge RUN!
Where: Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon, Florida Keys
Mail your SASE to
Marathon Runners Club
P.O. Box 500110
Marathon, FL 33050 
by Feb. 1 to get your application.
Mail the application back within 2 days of receipt via express mail.
More info by phone at 305-743-8513

Divisions within the run traditionally include men's, women's, children's, age 75 and older, and wheelchair, with prizes awarded to top finishers. The one-of-a-kind run over water is both scenic and challenging due to the "hill" created by the shape of the bridge. The bridge will be closed to traffic 7 -9 a.m. to accommodate the event. All traffic to and from the mainland is obviously interrupted, as there is no alternate route.

The race is run by the Marathon Runners club a small group of individuals who put this event together to raise money for local youth organizations. 
I call it a mail lottery, you mail in a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope, and about the last week in Feb. They mail out all the applications. The first 1500 back to the Marathon post office box are in. Many out of town and state clubs have taken to sending a prepaid fed ex or express Mail, envelope to get applications ASAP


Marathon Annual Tarpon Tournaments - Catch the Fever!Sea bass fishing, Bass fishing, tarp fishing, shook fishing 

100 Pounds of White Lightning on a Rod!  If you haven't experienced the thrill of a monster Tarpon strike be sure to visit Marathon in the Florida Keys anytime during the month of May and brace yourself for the experience of a lifetime..

International Tarpon Tournament Annual Anglers in one of the longest-running tournaments in the Keys are to catch and release mighty silver kings using 12- and 20-pound tackle.
Contact: (305) 743-6139Email: worldclassan@comcast.net

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