June 2016

June 8-12

? Key West Pride – Key West shows its Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! The five-day schedule includes daytime pool and beach parties, late-night drag shows, on-the- water adventures ranging from snorkeling and kayaking to glass-bottom boat tours, a street fair, a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, and pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride.

June 10-12

? Third Annual Mystery Writers’ Key West Fest – Fans of mystery fiction can learn how their favorite authors craft tales of murder and mayhem. The festival features acclaimed authors sharing insights on intrigue with readers and offers aspiring writers a chance to pitch their plots to editors and e-book publishers. Call: 305-587- 9392 or Email: info@mysterywriterskeywestfest.com. The MWKWF is sponsored by the Key West Citizen daily newspaper and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.  Event registration is $175 (early-bird special of $150 for those who register by May 1) and includes all panels, presentations and four meals.

June 11

? VFW Fishing Tournament – This family oriented tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler, heaviest fish by a juvenile angler, pee-wee and active service member. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. All proceeds benefit disabled and/or needy veterans in Monroe County. Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509- 7244 / Email: psty2k@yahoo.com.

June 16 – 19

? 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 at cnorwood@keywestafricanafestival.com.

June 17-29

? Michael Charles in Concert at Chicagos Key West – Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles embarks on his ninth consecutive tour in 2016, the Coming Back Home Tour, which will once again take him to the far corners of the USA, Canada, and Australia. Charles has graced countless stages all over the world. Shows are set for 8:30 p.m. at Chicagos, 610 Greene St. Contact: 305-741- 7891.

June 18

? Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West – The officially sanctioned event is a 12.5- mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open to all age groups. Individual swimmers and relay teams can compete. The route takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Higgs Beach. Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809- 3562 / Email: aqualb@aol.com; lori.bosco@fkcc.edu.