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Through July 15: Miami International Piano Festival, Miami Beach. Witness the emergence of the next great generation of keyboard giants and brilliant prodigies in an intimate, non-competitive setting. This is the 22nd year of the festival. Location, tickets and admission details online;

May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6: Lighthouse Storytime & Crafts, Jupiter. Ideal for kids ages 8 and under. Meet under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut for story time and craft activity about lighthouse keepers, Florida history and people as well as local plants and animals. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way; free but space is limited;

May 8, 15, June 5, 19, July 10, 24, Aug. 7, 14, 28: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. RSVP required. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way; $20;

May 8-12: Key West Songwriters’ Festival, Key West. The 24th annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings. Over 200 performers and over 50 shows, and most shows are free. 305-304-0814;
May 10-12: Rolling Loud Festival, Miami. Party for a weekend at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami at one of the world’s largest hip-hop festivals, featuring performances from Cardi B, Travis Scott, Kid Kudi and others. Miami Gardens Hard Rock Stadium; 347 Don Shula Drive;

May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, this is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road; free; 305-761-2929;

May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14: Wynwood Artwalk, Miami. Held every second Saturday, this event features openings at art galleries, institutions and businesses. Art enthusiasts from all overcrowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami art scene. 6-10 p.m.; N.W. 2nd Ave. and N.W. 23rd St.; free; 305-814-9290;

May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. Local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. 6-9 p.m.; galleries of Morada Way, between Mile Markers 81 and 82; free;

May 16-19: Key Largo Original Music Festival, Key Largo. Multiple melodic happenings set the stage for music lovers during the annual festival, featuring live and original performances. Over 50 songwriters from Nashville and around the U.S. are expected to appear during the four-day festival on various intimate stages. Live entertainment includes pop, rock, blues, jazz and country music from such performers as LaLa Deaton, Adrienne Z, RJ Comer and Matt Feranti. Sunday finale to feature crawfish boil and pig roast. 104450 Overseas Highway; free; 305-394-3736;

May 17-19: Redland International Orchid Show, Homestead. The largest annual orchid show in the U.S. featuring educational exhibits and orchid vendors. An American Orchid Society judged event that showcases various types of orchids, plant and supplies for sale. Hear lectures, try your look at one of the many raffles and taste an assortment of delectable treats from around the world. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 S.W. 187th Ave.; admission is $10; 305-247-5727;

May 17-19: KEYS100 Ultra-Marathon, Florida Keys. The race is a point-to-point event beginning in Key Largo to Marathon for the 50-mile race and Big Pine Key for the 50 km race, ending in Key West on the Atlantic Ocean at Higgs Beach.

May 18, June 14-15, July 12-13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14: Full Moon Kayak Tour, North Miami. Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. Offered monthly, your tour guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. The group will paddle under the full moon for 2½ hours, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast s’mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature. 7:30 p.m. check-in; 3400 N.E. 163rd St.; $50 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under;

May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21: Downtown Hollywood Artwalk, Hollywood. Recurring every third Saturday, this event features pop-up shops, artist showcases, vintage shopping, boutique goods, live music and more. Stroll through downtown Hollywood on a guided tour to learn about Hollywood and the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. 5-10 p.m.; 1945 Hollywood Blvd.; free; 954-924-2980;

May 18, June 16, July 16, Aug. 15: Jupiter Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, Jupiter. Climb the lighthouse for the full moon for this 75-minute tour. RSVP required. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way; $25;

May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28: FATVillage Artwalk, Fort Lauderdale. FATVillage, a community home to local artists and creative businesses, presents a night of great art, food and music every last Saturday of the month. 6-11 p.m.; 523 NW 1st. Ave.; free; 954-540-9897;


June 1: Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival, Marathon. Don’t miss this high-action event as High Five Dragon Boat arrives in Marathon for the only beach-launch boat race of its kind. Bring a team or come and watch as boats race along a 400-meter course parallel to Sombrero Beach.

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30-11 a.m.; tickets are $20-$25; tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue; 305-763-8026;

June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring the area’s best local jazz artists to the city’s scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free; 954-828-5363;

June 5: Founder’s Day at Whitehall, Palm Beach. Founder’s Day gives visitors free access to this National Historic Landmark in honor of the museum’s founder, Jean Flagler Matthews, who rescued the estate from demolition and established the Flagler Museum on June 5, 1959. The museum’s extensive collection of art, furniture and historic objects related to life during the Guilded Age will be on display. Noon-5 p.m.; 1 Whitehall Way; free; 561-655-2833;

June 12-16: American Black Film Festival, Miami. The nation’s largest gathering of black film and TV enthusiasts gather at Miami Beach. Includes master classes, panel discussions and more. Passes range from $200$950, with discounts for attendees under the age of 29.

June 15: Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West, Key West. Ever wondered what it’d be like to swim around the Last Key? Now participants can try it during the Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West event. The 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. 1000 Atlantic Blvd; 305-809-3562;

June 22: J.A.H Cultural Festival, West Palm Beach. J.A.H FEST is the second annual Caribbean-American music festival celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage month. The event will feature vendors, musicians, DJs from various islands in the Caribbean and Caribbean cuisine. Be your own bartender: BYOB. 4-10 p.m.; Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St.; $20; 561-859-7552;

June 22-23: Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Homestead. Annual event showcasing local agriculture and tropical fruit plants. Booths feature local wines, yummy foods and rare fruit samplings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 24801 S.W. 187th Ave.; $8 for ages 12 and up and free for ages 11 and under; 305-247-5727;

June 28-30: Mystery Fest, Key West. Fans of whodunits can learn how authors craft tales of murder and mayhem during the 6th Annual Mystery Writers’ Key West Fest. Presented in part by the Mystery Writers of America, the festival features authors sharing insights on intrigue with readers and offers aspiring writers a chance to pitch their plots to editors and e-book publishers. 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30-11 a.m. Sunday; 926 Truman Ave.;


July 4-7: Key Lime Pie Festival, Key West. Taste some of the best key lime pies in the area at this annual festival. Some events are free to watch, others have an entrance fee in order to participate. Various locations throughout Key West;

July 4: America’s Birthday Bash, Miami. Largest Independence Day celebration in South Florida. Enjoy live music, food and drink, children’s activities and a 30-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m. Park opens at 10 a.m.; live music at 2 p.m.; Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.; free;

July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth at Flamingo Gardens, Davie. Celebrate Independence Day 1930s style. Barbecue and picnic lunches at the Flamingo cafe, jazz and swing music, vintage model A cars. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road; $9.95 for ages 12 and up, $6.45 for ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under; 954-473-2955;

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Delray Beach. This event, all along S.R. A1A & Atlantic Avenue features back to back live music from 5-9:30 pm, a Kid’s Corner, food trucks and a beer garden. Culminating with a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. Free;

July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, Coconut Grove. Celebrate Independence Day the good old fashioned way with hot food, live music, games and crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway; $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for children under age 6
Then, at 6 p.m. head over to Regatta Park, where kids can play in the family fun zone while the grownups listen to Miami favorites the Spam All Stars. Picnics encouraged. A free shuttle will run to nearby parking lots and garages before and after the fireworks. 6-9 p.m.; 2699 SW 27th Ave.;
July 4-7: Florida Supercon, Miami Beach. Florida Supercon is a comic book, anime, video game, fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Highlights include celebrity guests, Q&A sessions, films and shorts. 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, 10-1 a.m. Friday, 10-2 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; 1901 Convention Center Drive; tickets start at $40; 954-399-1330;

July 5-7: Key West Mermaid Festival. Key West. Three-day event with mermaid-themed activities in various locations.

July 6-8: Islamorada Summer Classic, Islamorada. Family oriented, anglers focus on nine backcountry and blue water species, with boats having the top weight and release receiving trophies.

July 13: Underwater Music Festival, Big Pine Key. A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers and snorkelers, emphasizing reef preservation and tips on how people can enjoy the ocean while minimizing the impact on the reef and overall marine environment. Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; $10 per person in advance; 305-872-2411;

July 13: Schooner Wharf Bar Dock Party, Key West. Mel Fisher’s famous 90-foot treasure salvage vessel JB Magruder will be on display at the dock behind Schooner Wharf Bar. Sign up for a tour on board to see the latest treasure-finding technology that scours the ocean floor for centuries-old coins, gold bars, gold chains, emeralds and silver ingots. Silent auction, cupcake contest, raffles, live music and book signings. 3-9 p.m.; 202 William St.;

July 13-14: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. This 27th annual festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden features the mangos of Cuba, but also lets you buy hand-selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world’s only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, an International Fruit Market, activities for kids and more. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 10901 Old Cutler Road;. $25 for adults, $18 for ages 65 and up, $12 for ages 6-17, free for ages 5 and under; 305-667-1651;

July 18-21: Hemingway Days, Key West. The 39th annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle features literary readings, a Look-Alike Contest, a Marlin Fishing Tournament, 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race and the Hemingway Century Tour. The 100-mile bike ride from Key Largo to Key West. 305-797-0579;

July 24-28: Miami Salsa Congress, Miami Beach. Held every summer in Miami Beach, The 18th Annual Miami Salsa Congress (MSC) is a five-day Latin music and dance event featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top salsa talent. 6-8 p.m. daily; 4525 Collins Ave.; $10- $230; 305-220-7115;

July 23-28: BugFest-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Kick off the lobster mini-season with a party, a lobster hunting class and a workshop before The Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest. Prizes will be given in several categories, including biggest lobster. $20 registration includes a BugFest T-shirt and goody bag;


Aug. 8-11: Key West Lobsterfest, Key West. To celebrate the start of lobster season, this 23rd annual event’s festivities include Thursday’s Lobster Boil, Friday’s sail and snorkel trip, Saturday's street fair and free concert, and Sunday’s lobster brunch. Advance reservations required for the brunch. 305-294-7170;

Aug. 16: Viernes Culturales Arts and Culture Festival, Miami. Little Havana's art and culture festival features music and art by local artists around the iconic Domino Plaza. Enjoy dancing, eating and shopping. 7-11 p.m. Free. Along Southwest 8th Street from 13th to 17th Avenues. 424 Greene St.; 305-643-5500;

Aug. 29-Sept. 2: Key West Brewfest, Key West. More than 150 beers and microbrews are on tap at this 10th annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities. Various establishments throughout Key West; $50 ($40 in advance); 800-354-4455;


Sept. 14: Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, Islamorada. Swimmers participate in an eight-mile race from Islamorada to the Alligator Lighthouse and back. Proceeds benefit the “Friends of the Pool” in Islamorada to help provide scholarship opportunities to those in need and preserve treasured historic lighthouses on Florida’s coastal waterways. Registration is $150.

Sept. 28: Conch Life Scramble, Islamorada. A wacky on-the-water charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat. Proceeds benefit Keys charities.

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