Celebrate the biggest treasure find in Key West history!!
28 years ago Mel Fisher & his crew found over $400 MILLION in shipwrecked gold, silver and emeralds that had been sitting on the ocean floor for more than 300 years! And being true “Key Westers”, we throw a party every year as big as the booty to commemorate that famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha (yay!)
The 3-day gala is packed with incredible events and is sure to capture the fascination of young and old alike. Enjoy contests, live entertainment, raffles, intriguing stories, and abundant riches at various points across the island. All net proceeds will benefit Wesley House Family Services, a local company working to promote & enhance the safety, well-being and development of children by educating, supporting, and meeting the needs of families in the Florida Keys. Some of our favorite highlights include:
Dock Party at Schooner Wharf Bar —– Visit the vessel that found the loot!
For the first time since the 1980s, Mel Fisher’s famous 100′ treasure salvage vessel JB Magruder will be on display at the dock behind Schooner Wharf Bar at the Historic Seaport! See treasure-hunting equipment up close, meet the current crew & alumni, and enjoy great lunch specials.
**Ask the team how you can sign up to dive the wreck site of the Atocha and help search for the fortune in treasure that remains to be found! Explore with the professionals and take home authentic shipwreck treasure. Click here to learn more about the Atocha Dive Adventure.
Date: July 10th
Location: Schooner Wharf Bar
VIP Tours of the Fisher Family’s PRIVATE Conservation Laboratory
Go behind the scenes and see millions in authentic treasure!
View pieces of history kept in the family’s private collection and learn how each artifact is carefully conserved using the highest standards of archeology and conservation. Get up close and personal with some of the actual goodies brought in by Mel and his crew and take advantage of the opportunity to ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the loot. These guides will leave you bursting with knowledge on how to care for sunken treasure you may find on your own!
Space is limited to 8 people per tour giving you a personalized peak at this world-famous find — something you certainly won’t find anywhere else!
Date: July 10th
Times: 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm
Location: Mel Fisher’s Treasures, 200 Greene Street (side entrance, look for the pirates)
The Amazing Mel Fisher Treasure Hunt!
Organize your team of 2-4 people and register online to win the grand prize of $5,000! Your team will follow the clues and solve the riddles while you explore and experience everything Key West has to offer — from world famous bars and restaurants, to favorite local hideouts, iconic landmarks, and even some of Mel Fisher’s favorite haunts. You will enjoy the sights and visit the hotspots in this unique island paradise. Earn the most points for your team and the $5,000 prize could be yours!
Click here for more information including complete event details & rules/regulations.
Date: July 11th
Time: 7pm (Registration at 5:30)
Location: Half Shell Raw Bar, 231 Margaret Street
Mel Fisher Days’ Sizzlin’ Street Fair
Bring your friends & family and spend the day rockin’ in the street with the SPAM ALLSTAIRS! Duval Street converts into one giant Block Party from 2pm-8pm Saturday. Enjoy lunch & drinks from Key West’s hottest restaurants, street vendors, a dunk tank, games, & more. There will be over $20,000 in silent auction items up for grabs from authentic treasure to hotel stays, spa packages, fishing excursions, and more.
Winners of the Treasure Hunt are announced and in the event of a tie, a final showdown between teams will take place live on stage — who would want to miss that?!
Date: July 12th
Location: 200 Block of Duval Street
For more information on Mel Fisher Days including a complete Schedule of Events, please visit www.melfisher.com/mfd/ or call 305-295-7929.