Key West Events Calendar

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There is never a shortage of activity on Key West. A new year is here and the events keep on coming. One of the events that is near to my heart is the Key West Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Dream Catcher Charters, Inc; this tournament was founded in 1965 and has been going strong ever since. Anyone fishing in the Florida Keys can enter this seven month long tournament. Culinary delights start off the year here in the Keys; with events like the Seafood Festival and the Food and Wine Festival foodies are in heaven!  There are also many marathons and other physical events like flag football and SUP for those athletic types. And let’s not forget about the art scene; concerts, art openings, seminars and plays are abundant throughout the year, starting off with the 35th Annual Literary Seminar in January. So no matter when you visit our island Paradise, you will find as much action and entertainment or relaxation as you are looking for.

January 2017

January 5, 2017

  • KEY WEST GARDEN CLUB PRESENTS: ORCHIDS IN THE KEYS –  1:30 PM – 3:30 PM @ Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Blvd. Key West, FL 33040. Educational lectures are open to the public. Subjects pertain to gardening and environmental topics in the Florida Keys. Refreshments are served at the conclusion of each lecture. This month’s topic is: What orchids do well in the Keys? featuring Jay Pfahl, president of the Key West Orchid Society. Contact: Jane Tiedeman 305-923-3820 or tiedemanjane@gmail.comFor more information about things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

January 7, 2017

  • SOLDIER RIDE 2017 – WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT – 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM. Ride begins at BocaChica NAS Key West and ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Bayview Park with a Welcome Ceremony, followed by The Community Ride.

January 8 – 15, 2017

  • The Key West Tibetan Festival /  Sacred Art Tour 2017 / “Week of Peace” – A group of ordained Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will call Key West home for the week, hosting several events on the island.

January 9 – 11, 2017

  • RED BARN THEATRE PRESENTS: AND THEN I WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT! – 8:00 PM @ Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St,  Key West, FL 33040. Book by Eric H. Weinberger. Music by Dan Acquisto. Lyrics by Sammy Buck. Thomas Hodges, Musical Director. This award-winning one man “in-concert” cabaret musical starring Nick Cearley (The Skivvies, Buyer & Cellar) comes to the Barn for three nights only! Set to the rhythms of the disco era, our guy, Randall (an actor/singer/songwriter/dancer/secretary) is looking for love in the late 70s and early 80s. His life rushes before him like a groovy flashback in the moments before he goes on Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow” show. Tickets: $35. Call for info: 305-296-9911.

January 9 – 15, 2017

  • FLORIDA KEYS PADDLE CHALLENGE – Enjoy a true island paradise, paddling beside sea turtles and railroad visionary Henry Flagler’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ in the azure waters of the Florida Keys. Start: Curry Hammock State Park – Marathon, Fl. End: Zachary Taylor State Park – Key West, Fl. Total Distance: 65 miles. Registration Deadline: December 26, 2016. http://www.paddleflorida.org/me/paddle-florida/florida-keys-challenge-5156.html. Contact: 352-377-8342 or email Bill Richards: bill@paddleflorida.org.

January 11, 2017

  • CONCH REVIVAL PICNIC – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Don’t miss the second installation of the widely successful Conch Revival Picnic! If you’ve been in the Keys for any length of time, chances are you’ve had your fair share of tasty key lime pie and conch chowder. But what about the ultimate chilao or the Queen of all Puddings? Now is your chance to have your taste of these things and more at the Conch Revival Picnic— a heritage dinner presented by The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West featuring a cornucopia of classic Key West/Conch recipes. With the rich and varied history of people that have flowed in and out of the Florida Keys— the Calusa and Tequesta Indians, the Spanish and English, the Caribbean and Bahamian settlers, and the émigrés from nearby Cuba— our island cuisine steams from a literal melting pot of tastes and cultures. In early days, the distance from mainland food sources also impacted the menu, forcing locals to explore ingenious ways of utilizing and preserving local fruits and fish— dietary staples which were supplemented by canned milk, rice, coffee, and other shipped-in commodities. Cost: Members $40, Non-Members $50. For information call Shawn Cowles, Society Operations Manager at 305.295.6616 x 111.

January 12 – 15, 2017

  • ANNUAL KEY WEST LITERARY SEMINAR – The topic for the 35th Annual Key West Literary Seminar is “Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics” For more information go to www.kwls.org.

January 13 – 14, 2017

  • 57TH ANNUAL HISTORIC HOUSE & GARDENS TOUR #2 OF 4 – Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 PM – Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:00 PM. The annual Key West house tours are conducted by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and funded in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Each tour features lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. General admission tickets for all tours are $30 per person and $35 during the days of each tour. In January, optional Conch Tour train tickets are $35 per person (limited availability). http://oirf.org/page.php?p=tours.  No smoking, pets, food/drink or photographs will be permitted in the tour homes. Contact: 305-294-9501.

January 13 – 15, 2017

  • KEY WEST WAHOO SHOOTOUT – The 3rd annual Key West Wahoo Shootout at the Waterfront Brewery. For more information, contact: 305-896-4244.

January 14, 2017

  • 15TH ANNUAL MAYORS BALL – 6:00 PM @ Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL 33040. In support of the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. For more information, please contact Janey at: 305-731-4741 or email: jwawerna@fkcs.org.

January 14-15, 2017

  • 12TH ANNUAL FLORIDA KEYS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – The Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman’s Association is having their 12th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival at Bayview Park. Dates and Time: January 14, 2017 11:00 am – 8:00 pm and January 15, 2017 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information contact Caitlin Hemphill, Seafood Festival Coordinator at 813-362-9555 or Caitlin.Hemphill@gmail.com.

January 15, 2017

  • 19TH ANNUAL KEY WEST HALF MARATHON & 5K – 7:00 AM, participate in The Key West Half Marathon® in Key West, Florida. Race through Key West’s historic Old Town and waterfront areas January 15, 2017, during the annual Key West Half Marathon®. Set to begin at 7 a.m., the sporting challenge takes place on a flat, fast 13.1-mile half-marathon course in the scenic island city. Location of this year’s run is the Key West Historic Seaport at the foot of Margaret Street. The 5K Run will follow right after the start of the Half Marathon. Now in its 19th year, We have had participants from all 50 States and 14 countries, including Denmark, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil to name a few to compete in Key West’s balmy January climate. For more information, please contact Barbara at 305-240-0727 or email: info@keywesthalfmarathon.com. http://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/.
  • KEY WEST IMPROMPTU CONCERTS PRESENTS: CANADIAN BRASS – 4:00 PM @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,  401 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040. Now in its 45th season, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. http://www.keywestimpromptu.org/concerts/season/2017-season/#canadian-brass-2017. Tickets: $20.

January 15 – 20, 2017 

  • QUANTUM KEY WEST YACHTING RACE WEEK – Truman Waterfront. This is the only annual race week in North America. This year marks the 30th Anniversary. 150 Sailboats racing in waters off of Key West. Book Space on Amercia 2 to watch the race. For more information visit keywestraceweek.com or cantact Bill Canfield at 340-626-0239.

January 19 – 22, 2017

  • KEY WEST KINGFISH MAYHEM – FISHING TOURNAMENT – Stock Island Marina Village,  7005 Shrimp Road, Key West, FL 33040.Key West is known for having some of the largest Kingfish ever caught in any tournament. Come fish in the beautiful waters of Key West. The 2017 Key West Kingfish Mayhem is set to be a great event with some incredible fishing. Sign up today! Contact Jimmy Wickett at 954-605-8284.  www.keywestkingfishmayhem.com.

January 20, 2017…

  • THE RED BARN THEATRE PRESENTS: MURDER FOR TWO – Friday, January 20, 2017 – Sunday, February 12, 2017. Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St. (rear), Key West, FL 33040. Everyone is suspect…one actor investigates the crime and the other plays all the suspects and the BOTH play the piano. A highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs, it’s a perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder in a witty, winking homage to old fashioned murder mysteries. Contact: 305-296-9911. http://www.redbarntheatre.com/.

January 21, 2017

  • DISCOVERY SATURDAY AT FLORIDA KEYS ECO-DISCOVERY CENTER_300 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM @ Eco-Discovery Center,  35 East Quay Road, Key West, Fl 33040. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center.Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.
  • THE KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN 2017 SEASON SPEAKER SERIES –  1:30 PM @ 5210 College Road Stock Island, Key West, FL 33040. Enjoy garden tours, as well as learn about the Florida Keys environment and how it affects gardening in a wide range of topics for discussion and education. Visit website for a schedule of monthly lectures, typically scheduled to begin at 1:30pm. “Sea Level Rise & Natural Solutions for the Florida Keys”, Chris Bergh, South Fl. Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy. Contact: 305-296-1504 or email kwbgs@kwbgs.org. http://www.kwbgs.org.
  • KEY WEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INSTALLATION & AWARDS BANQUET – 6:00 PM @ Key West Marriott Beachside Tavern N Town 3841 No. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040. 6:00p.m. Cocktails, 7:00p.m. Dinner. Contact: 305-294-2587.

January 22, 2017…

  • CONCH REPUBLIC CUP KEY WEST TO CUBA RACE WEEK – Sunday, January 22, 2017 – Friday, February 03, 2017. The CRC is a historic race that started in 1997 with direct race to Varadero then expanded to Havana in 1999. The triangle race as it has been coined, is a traditional race to Cuba that allows the racer to complete a triangle between KW and two Cuba cities – Varadero and Havana. The CRC is a non-profit organization with the mission to introduce as many of the US sailing community to Cuba as possible as well as revitalize racing in Cuba. For more information and schedule: www.conchrepubliccup.com. Contact: info@conchrepubliccup.org or 305-731-6219.

January 23 – 30, 2017

  • KELLY MCGILLIS CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL FEMALE FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – Women and girls from around the world are to meet on the playing field for hard-fought sporting acton. Each year, more than 26 teams from across the United States, Mexico, Central America, Sweden, and India participate. Contact: 305-896-8678 or email iwffa@iwffa.com. http://www.iwffa.com/iwffa-tournaments/.

January 24, 2017…

  • WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS: THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL – Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:00 PM – Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:00 PM @ Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, Key West, Fl 33040. American masterpiece about the universal pull that we all feel for “home.” Carrie Watts is an elderly widow, trapped in the tiny Houston apartment of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law, who wants to return to her hometown of Bountiful – one last time before she dies. With pension check in hand, she breaks free. Her journey is filled with humor and tenderness that’s both touching and life-affirming. Contact: 305-294-5015. https://www.waterfrontplayhouse.org/seasons/.

January 25 – 29, 2017

  • KEY WEST FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 2017 – Top Chefs and restauranteurs display culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a flavorful schedule of events for food lovers. Highlights include the lively “Duval Uncorked UnDone”, neighborhood wine strolls, food and wine pairings, intriguing seminars, and a grand tasting. Contact 800-474-4319 Email: info@kwfoodwinefest.us. https://www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com/.

January 26, 2017

  • TENNESSEE WILLIAM THEATRE & THE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY PRESENTS: UBERMENSCH – South Florida Symphony presents: Ubermensch featuring violin soloist Tessa Lark, enjoy a Korngold concerto for violin and orchestra. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre. http://sflso.org/ecwmv-event/ubermensch-superman-4/.

January 27, 2017

  • THE HEMINGWAY EXPERIENCE – 5:30 AM – 8:30 PM @ Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, 907 Whitehead St. Key West, FL 33040.Presented by Phil Greene with special guest John Hemingway at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Tickets: $65 – 75. Call Adele Williams @ 305-295-6616 ext115 for more information.
  • 2017 UNSUNG HEROES/VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ Key West Marriott Beachside Tavern N Town, 3841 No. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040. The Community Foundation sponsors the annual Unsung Heroes event to promote volunteerism and civic engagement throughout the Keys. Honorees, who are presented with a Certificate of Recognition, will be recognized at a luncheon on January 27, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Key West Marriott Beachside. Additional tickets are available for $60 per person, space available on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for this year’s nominations is December 16, 2016. https://cffk.org/nominate-your-2017-unsung-hero-now/.

January 28, 2017

  • HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR GALA 2017 – Key West Marriott Beachside Tavern N Town 3841 No. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040. The American Red Cross Gala will honor the 2017 Florence Spottswood Humanitarians of the Year, the Elwell Family, and the Lifetime Achievement honoree, Dr. Shirley Freeman. The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years in the Florida Keys.For more information please email lizlovekw@gmail.com.
  • KEY WEST HISTORIC CEMETERY STROLL – 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon, groups of visitors will be guided through the cemetery, stopping at a variety of graves whose stories will be told by volunteer interpreters. Groups will begin tours at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:00.
    For reservations and information, call 305-304-1453 or email hfkf@bellsouth.net.

January 28 – 29, 2017

  • 32ND ANNUAL KEY WEST CRAFT SHOW – Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM – Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:00 PM. The Key West Craft Show is a two day juried outdoor craft festival. This nationally recognized Craft Show brings over 100 fine and skilled craft artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex. Set among historical attractions such as Audubon House, the little White House and Mel Fisher Museum the City of Key West closes two blocks of Whitehead Street and another block of Caroline Street to vehicle traffic for the show. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of pottery, fabric, glass, wood, jewelry and other colorful handmade works by the selected artists. The show, which is in its 32nd year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was created to complement the Old Island Days Art Festival held in February. The Craft show has been recognized by the Sunshine Artists’ Magazine consistently over the last 10 years as one of their top 200 in the nation and is popular with exhibitors and visitors alike. For more information contact: www.keywestartcenter.com, Lois Songer @ 305-294-1243, kwcraftshow@earthlink.net.

January 29, 2017

  • 23RD ANNUAL KEY WEST MASTER CHEFS CLASSIC – The 23nd Annual Master Chefs Classic® , held at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina Pier, 245 Front St, is a culinary competition and tasting that benefits the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens (MARC provides life services for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults in the Florida Keys). Restaurants compete in appetizer, entrée and dessert categories providing an amazing array of incredible food for the lucky 450 people attending. This event sells out early and it is a FUNDRAISER for MARC Inc. It is NOT INCLUDED in the Key West Food and Wine Festival’s VIP pass. TICKETS GO ON SALE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st. Tickets are NOT refundable. Please read your options carefully before you purchase your tickets at: www.keystix.com. email: info@masterchefsclassic.com or Contact Gordon Ross at 305-294-9526.
  • KEY WEST IMPROMPTU CLASSICAL CONCERTS PRESENTS: ASHU-  4:00 PM @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040. Ashu — Concert Saxophone. Back by popular demand, Ashu has cultivated a pioneering career as the first and only full-time concert saxophone soloist. He has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences around the world through his charismatic and emotive performance style. He has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international awards and competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists including the prestigious “Audience Award” from the International Musical Olympus Festival in St Petersburg, Russia. Email: kmcvhooper@comcast.net. http://www.keywestimpromptu.org/

February 2017

February 2, 2017

  • KEY WEST GARDEN CLUB EDUCATIONAL LECTURE SERIES: PREPARING FOR ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE – Jane Tiedeman 305-923-3820 – Educational lectures are open to the public, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Subjects pertain to gardening and environmental topics in the Florida Keys. Refreshments are served at the conclusion of each lecture. This month includes Bill Irwin, professor of biology aquaponics at Florida Keys Community College.
  • THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST PRESENTS: FIRST THURSDAYS – The Studios of Key West opens its galleries to the public from 6-8 p.m., for its lively First Thursdays evening. Four unique exhibitions fill the galleries, including work by Key West watercolor artist Sean Callahan and Emmy award-winning writer Garin Wolf, porcelain figures by Cathy Rose, a selection of photographs by Charles Pearson and Timothy Roeder, plus a preview of the works to be included in this year’s Anne McKee Fine Art Auction Feb.10. The Studios of Key West is located at 533 Eaton Street.

February 2 – 4, 2017

  • CUDA BOWL – Shallow-water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook up and fight their barracuda rivals. The event is headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina on Stock Island. Prizes are to be awarded to the top angler and guide in light-tackle spin and fly divisions. Visit cudabowl.com or email info@cudabowl.com.

February 2-5, 2017

  • FRINGE THEATER PRESENTS: HATE MAIL – 305-731-0581 The hilarious and offbeat ‘Hate Mail,’ written by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky features the very funny Pony Charvet and Susannah Wells as the love-torn duo whose fast-paced and sardonic story is at the heart (so to speak) of the show. What begins as an innocent letter of complaint soon blossoms into a full-fledged battle of wits. How could this not be a love story?!? Hate Mail takes us on a hilarious (and somewhat treacherous) journey of friendship, love, and loss. Pianist Michael Robinson provides the musical backdrop for the show, a feature unique to this particular production. Performances are at 7pm, at Little Room Jazz Club located at 821 Duval St. Tickets are $25.

February 2 – 27, 2017

  • CHRISTOPHER PETERSON’S EYECONS – 305-296-6706 – A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

February 3 – 4, 2017

  • 2017 KEY WEST BURLESQUE ANNIVERSARY SHOW – 305-985-0433 – Enjoy a celebration and showcase of all your favorite Key West Burlesque characters, costumes and crowd pleasing moments since the beginning. Hosted by Key West’s favorite funny man, Frankie and the Conch Republics queen of burlesque, Tatah DuJour, the 10 Year Anniversary Show stars all of your Key West Burlesque favorites including: Trixie Little, Marquee Von Phister, Cheeky Derrière, Moana Amour, Dark n Stormy, Rocky Bottoms, Velvet Garcia, Buffy L’range, The Key West Burlesque Dancers and many more.Doors pen at 7:30PM. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for General Admission, $45 for table seating and $65 for the VIP balcony.

February 3 – 5, 2016

  • CIVIL WAR DAYS HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Friday, February 03, 2017 8:00 AM – Sunday, February 05, 2017 5:00 PM – We invite you to participate in the 31st Annual Civil War Heritage Days at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on February 3,4,5, 2017. This three day event portrays the time period of 1861-1862 at a Federal fortress. First person interpretation, weapons demonstrations and camp life are featured on a daily basis. Event highlights include a parade down Duval Street, a sea battle (weather permitting), blockade runner’s trial and lecture series. Union and Confederate soldiers, townspeople, craftspeople, performers and sutlers are all part of the re-enactments, which focus on educating the public by sharing the history of Fort Taylor and life during the Civil War. For information on how to get involved, please contact Kevin Bowes at kevin.bowes@dep.state.fl.us. , or (305) 292-6850. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, located at the end of Southard Street. Begins Friday at 8am, ends Sunday 5pm. Regular Park Entrance Fee must be purchased.

February 3 – 28, 2017

  • RANDY ROBERTS LIVE – Female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with “Bette Midler”, “Cher”, and Randy’s signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! Show dates online.

February 4, 2017

  • STUDIOS OF KEY WEST PRESENTS: TOM RUSH – Tom Rush’s shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Although he’s known for his live performances, Rush’s albums are also legendary; The Circle Game, according to Rolling Stone, ushered in the singer/songwriter era.

February 9 – 11, 2017

  • SLOPPY JOE’S 13TH ANNUAL PUT-IN-BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL – Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St. Key West, FL 33040. For more information, please contact Sloppy Joe’s at 305-294-5717 or email: specialevents@sloppyjoes.com. https://sloppyjoes.com/events2/.

February 10, 2017

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: SHANE MAUSS – 305-985-0433 – Comedian Shane Mauss is touring around the country with a comedy show about psychedelics. Part stand-up, part storytelling, and part Ted talk combine for a unique, informative, and funny comedy show.

February 11, 2017

  • THE KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN 2017 SEASON SPEAKER SERIES –  1:30 PM @ Key West Botanical Garden Society, 5210 College Road,  Key West, FL 33040. Enjoy garden tours, as well as learn about the Florida Keys environment and how it affects gardening in a wide range of topics for discussion and education. Visit website for a schedule of monthly lectures, typically scheduled to begin at 1:30pm. “The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail” Andy Wraithmell, Information Specialist, Wildlife Viewing, Fl. Fish & Wildlife Commission Contact: 305-296-1504 or email kwbgs@kwbgs.org.
  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: SHANE MAUSS – 305-985-0433 – Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work. His new solo album, Next Year People, is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics.

February 11 – 12, 2017

  • GARDENFEST AND GREEN MARKET – Key West Botanical Garden Society, 5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040. A giant plant sale offers visitors the opportunity to peruse a wide array of native and exotic tropical plants, earth-based art and healthy living vendors. Enjoy a perfect day in the Garden where organic and healthy food vendors as well as a beer and wine bar will be available in the Courtyard along with the talents of local musicians. 305-296-1504, www.kwbgs.org.
  • PETER MAX – Hearts & Love: 1960 – 2017 – Hearts & Love, a newly-curated celebration and homage to Saint Valentine’s Day is a specialty collection by artist legend, Peter Max. The exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Key West Gallery, Key Wests’ premier fine art gallery. Peter Max will make three very special appearances at the gallery and all appearances are complimentary and open to the public with RSVP’s required. There are three scheduled Meet the Artist receptions: Saturday, February 11 from 1-3 pm and 7-9 pm and Sunday, February 12 from 1-3 pm. For more info visit www.keywestgallery.com or call 305-292-9339. 601 Duval Street.

February 12, 2017 

  • KEY WEST IMPROMPTU CLASSICAL CONCERTS PRESENTS: ETHOS PERCUSSION GROUP – 4:00 PM @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040. Ethos Percussion Group. The superlatives just keep coming as Ethos enters its third decade of exceptional music-making and devotion to the world of percussion. All individually accomplished artists, the members of Ethos are equally at home with contemporary classical website press kit repertoire or in collaborations with master-musicians from non-Western traditions. Their unique performances seamlessly transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience. http://www.keywestimpromptu.org/.
  • VISIT THE SHERIFF’S ANIMAL FARM – Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300. Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is open 1 – 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the many animals at the farm. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex. Open house is held the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: THE OUTLAWS – 305-985-0433 – For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs and endured tragedies to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre.

February 14, 2017

  • 34TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S GALA – Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040. As we plan our most magical 34th Annual Valentine’s Gala we pay tribute to these two great individuals, Edith and Edward, by setting this year’s Valentine’s Gala Theme as Hat’s Off to Edith and Good Knight Edward. Both Edith and Edward were instrumental in developing what has become known as one of the best holiday parties in Key West, supporting our Children. Edith and Al Amsterdam hosted our first Valentine’s Gala at their Curry Mansion Inn. The Gala which started in 1983 has continued through the years. Still family owned the family promised to continue their parents’ tradition. Our hosts this year are Edith’s children, Patsy and Phil. Edward Knight joined Edith in her efforts by pledging his support and staff to host the Valentine’s Day Silent Auction, which has become the Largest Silent Auction in the Keys. Edward Knight and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Knight & Gardner Realty staff have volunteered each year to run the huge silent auction. The performance area will boast some of Key West’s most talented performing artists such as the Honey Mouth Band. The event will feature the island’s largest silent auction, open bar, dancing, and an elegant and abundant dinner designed and prepared by chef Warren of Destination Carterers of Key West. This signature event is sponsored in part by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Curry Mansion Inn, Ricks/Durty Harry’s and Sloppy Joe’s Bar. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Wesley House Family Services. For tickets go to www.keystix.com. For more information contact Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000.
  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: PUDDLES PITY PARTY – 305-985-0433 – Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that continues garnering rave reviews around the world.

February 17 – 18, 2017

  • 57TH ANNUAL HOUSE TOURS – 3RD OF 4 – Friday, February 17, 2017 4:00 PM – Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:00 PM. The annual Key West house tours are conducted by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and funded in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Each tour features lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. General admission tickets for all tours are $30 per person and $35 during the days of each tour. http://oirf.org/page.php?p=tours.

February 17, 2017…

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: 129 MILES FROM WALMART – 305-985-0433 Email Website
    Did you know that Key West is about 129 miles away from the nearest Walmart? That is just one of the many reasons life in the Keys is not like anywhere else in the country. This inspired evening of one-acts includes original short plays by some of Key West’s best, and celebrates those who are living their lives a bit differently than most.

February 18, 2017

  • PRESIDENTIAL FAMILIES SERIES: IN THE SHADOWS OF THE WHITE HOUSE 4PM – Little White House Museum, 111 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040. Presented by the Harry S. Truman Little White House., descendants of four former United States presidents are to share memories and insights about their forebears’ vacations and retreats during a presentation at Florida’s only presidential museum. Held on the grounds of the 111 Front St. residence where former President Truman spent 11 working vacations during his 1945-1953 administration.Tickets available through Keystix.com.
  • STUDIOS OF KEY WEST PRESENTS: SUSAN WERNER – A giant on the singer-songwriter scene, Werner is wry and passionate in her famous live shows. This season, she returns with a new album and a Broadway-bound musical under her belt. A ‘jill’ of all trades, Werner explores classic Cuban music for a special Key West show, alongside old favorites and plenty of surprises.

February 19-27, 2017

  • FRINGE THEATER PRESENTS: COCK TALK – 305-731-0581 – Think ‘Vagina Monologues’ for men and you’ve the basic concept behind the insightful presentation Daniel, Richie, and Jimmy planned. Just three guys talking about …. well, you know. But their evening takes an unexpected turn in this hilarious new script from a local playwright. Very adult. Performances set for February 19 & 20 and 26 & 27 at 7 p.m., Aqua Night Club at 711 Duval Street.

February 21, 2017

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES – 305-985-0433 – With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like “I Don’t Want To Go Home”, “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town”, “The Fever”, “This Time It’s For Real”, “Talk To Me” and their definitive fun-time cover of “We’re Having A Party”. The Jukes’ legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, Stonesy rock and roll.

February 21, 2017…

  • RED BARN THEATRE PRESENTS: I DO, I DO! – Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040. In this tuneful and heartwarming musical, we follow Agnes and Michael through 50 years of marital bliss, infidelity, children, incompatibility, old age, and simple joys. From the creators of “The Fantastics”, this endearing musical spans the years of 1895 to 1945, rolling out one catchy song after another in this bedroom comedy. Tickets: $25 – 45. http://www.redbarntheatre.com/.

February 22, 2017

  • SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY PRESENTS: ORDER BY DISORDER – Enjoy Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, also featuring Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) Suite. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre.

February 25, 2017

  • KEY WEST HISTORIC CEMETERY STROLL – 9:30am – noon @ Key West Cemetery. Groups of visitors will be guided through the cemetery, stopping at a variety of graves whose stories will be told by volunteer interpreters. Groups will begin tours at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:00.For reservations and information, call 305-304-1453 or email hfkf@bellsouth.net.
  • STUDIOS OF KEY WEST PRESENTS: LARRY SMITH, THE WOODSTOCK SESSIONS – Larry Smith releases two new albums with one great concert. The instrumental originals on The Woodstock Sessions were recorded in upstate NY this past summer. Dreamsmith is a collection of original songs examining life in today’s America, co-composed with Adrienne Zolondick, and featuring Geoffrey Lowe and Skipper Kripitz.
  • RORY CARROLL RETURNS TO COAST – 617.418.9085 – Nashville’s Rorey Carroll began making a big a name for herself from coast to “COAST” in 2016. Referred to as “Outlaw Folk’s newest star,” Carroll completed her second album at the end of 2016, “Love Is An Outlaw,” one of the top 15 country and Americana albums. Tickets available online. Seating limited.
  • 10TH ANNUAL WORLD SWORD SWALLOWER’S DAY AT RIPLEY’S BEIEVE IT OR NOT – 305-293-9939 – Sword swallowers will risk their lives when they “drop swords” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Watch as solid steel will go down the hatch – hopefully without a scratch — as individuals demonstrate sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley’s Key West Odditorium, located at 108 Duval Street. Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are FREE. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour the Odditorium.

February 25 – 26, 2017

  • THE OLD ISLAND DAYS ART FESTIVAL – Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:00 AM – Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:00 PM. Along WhiteheadStreet from Greene Street to Eaton and on Caroline Street. The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two day juried outdoor fine art festival. This nationally recognized show brings over 100 fine artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex. Set among historical attractions such as Audubon House, the Little White House and Mel Fisher Museum, the City of Key West closes two blocks of Whitehead Street and another block of Caroline Street to vehicle traffic for the show. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists. Tropical themes are abundant here, but contemporary and traditional styles make something for everyone! The show, which is in its 52nd year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. That building is now home for the KWAC and displays works by the 60 plus local members. The first show was held on the sidewalk on Front Street, near the current gallery and artists used clothespins to attach their work to the fence in front of the old Custom’s House. Since then the show has been held annually and grown from just local artists and now includes exhibitors from across the country and Canada. The Old Island Days Art Festival is seeking artists for its 52nd annual Fine Art Show in Key West. This nationally recognized event attracts fine artists from across the country. Exhibitors include painters, sculptors, photographers, collage artists and other non-functional fine art. Reports from the 2015 show exhibitors were positive and they were pleased with the number of buyers. For more info please contact: Lois Songer @ 305-294-1243.
  • KEY WEST GARDEN CLUB – GARDEN TOURS – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ Key West Garden Club, 1100 Atlantic Blvd. Key West, FL 33040. Peek behind the walls and visit beautiful gardens with plant id’s and docents. This year the tour includes gardens of Inns and B&B’s. Sharon Jones (305) 432-3696 / Donna Farrow (410) 544-2379. http://www.keywestgardenclub.com.

February 26, 2017

  • KEY WEST IMPROMPTU CLASSICAL CONCERTS PRESENTS: XAVIER FOLEY — DOUBLE BASS –  4:00 PM @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040. Xavier Foley — Double Bass. From Marietta, Georgia, double bassist Xavier Foley is the First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition. As such, he has appeared as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi on October 2014. Xavier is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions. Xavier performs as part of the Sphinx Soloist Program sponsored by the GM Foundation. He is Impromptu’s Rising Star recipient for 2017 and his appearance in Key West is made possible by the Gail Williams Munder Concert Series. http://www.keywestimpromptu.org/.

February 28, 2017…

  • WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS: AVENUE Q – Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:00 PM – Saturday, March 25, 2017. Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, Key West, FL 33040. Avenue Q is the winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book and one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. Part flesh, part felt and all heart, Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad. He and his friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life in a musical that is hilariously timeless – with hysterical songs such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is for Porn, “ and “It Sucks to Be Me.” Preview Tickets: $25, Regular Tickets: $55. www.waterfrontplayhouse.org.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS! – 305-842-1666 – Celebrate the 106th birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West during the month of March. Highlights include a series of classic movies adapted from Williams’ award winning plays, a poetry contest, artist challenge, staged readings from his plays, letters & journals, a film forum, and much more. Visitors are invited to tour the educational and historic Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, at 513 Truman Avenue, near Duval St. For month-long events, tickets and venues, visit twkw.org.

March 2017

March 1, 2017

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: ALAN CUMMING – 305-985-0433 – Alan has written for The NY Times, Newsweek, Harpers Bazaar, Out, Globe and Mail, and two books; Tommy’s Tale and his NY Times Best Selling memoir, Not My Father’s Son. A tireless champion for LGBT civil rights and HIV/AIDS, Alan serves on the Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project and the Ali Forney Center to name but a few. In 2009, Alan was made an OBE in the Queen’s Honors List and by his homeland, Scotland, for which he was a vocal supporter of the YES for independence campaign, he has been awarded the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, as well as recently having his portrait unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

March 2, 2017

  • KEY WEST GARDEN CLUB EDUCATIONAL LECTURE SERIES: SPONGES, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE – ane Tiedeman 305-923-3820 – Educational lectures are open to the public, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Subjects pertain to gardening and environmental topics in the Florida Keys. Refreshments are served at the conclusion of each lecture. This month features Shelly Krueger, Florida Sea Grant Marine Agent with University of Florida.

March 2 – 31, 2017

  • CHRISTOPHER PETERSON’S EYECONS – 305-296-6706 – A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

March 3 – 27, 2017

  • RANDY ROBERTS LIVE – Female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with “Bette Midler”, “Cher”, and Randy’s signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! Show dates online.

March 4, 2017 

  • CONCH SHELL BLOWING CONTEST – 305-294-9501 – An island tradition for over 50 years, this unique contest celebrates the historic importance of conch in the Keys and features contestants in several age categories attempting to make “music” with fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10 a.m., contest starts at noon.
  • KEY STOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL – 305-745-1079 – Crowds are expected to gather at Truman Waterfront for an evening musical event that in the past has hosted Grand Funk Railroad, Doobie Brothers, Three Dog Night and Huey Lewis & the News. No coolers or lawn chairs day of show. Headline act TBA.

March 7, 2017

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: MARC COHN – 305-985-0433 – Joined by an all-star band, Marc will be performing his Grammy-winning record in its entirety, from start to finish. From the iconic opening track “Walking In Memphis,” to the album closer “True Companion,” fans will hear a sequence of songs that have surely stood the test of time.

March 10, 2017

  • STUDIOS OF KEY WEST PRESENTS: BEN PEGG AND KYLA PISCOPINK – Local talents Kyla Piscopink and Ben Pegg join forces for a night of original music and choreography. The innovative founder of Dance Key West, Kyla tells stories through a combination of structured movement and improvisation. Ben Pegg’s smooth vocals recall the late Jeff Buckley and his virtuosic guitar playing is rightly compared to Michael Hedges and Stanley Jordan.

March 12, 2017

  • KEY WEST IMPROMPTU CLASSICAL CONCERTS PRESENTS: INTERSECTION TRIO – The typical Intersection program is an irresistible blend of classical, jazz. Latin, Broadway/film music, vital new commissions and the group’s own original compositions and arrangements. Show starts 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.

March 13 – 16, 2017

  • MARCH MERKIN INVITATIONAL PERMIT TOURNAMENT – 303-888-4546 – A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist – in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Yacht Harbor Marina on Stock Island.

March 17 – 18, 2017

  • 57th ANNUAL KEY WEST HOUSE AND GARDEN TOURS – Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes NOT included. Tickets are $30. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.

March 20, 2017

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: JOHN HIATT – 305-985-0433 – John Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (“The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), and even the cartoon bear band of the Disney film, The Country Bears. He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which is a Hiatt composition. Peformance at 8 p.m.
  • SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY PRESENTS: AND THE TONY GOES TO… – The symphony tips their hat to Broadway in an homage to Tony award-winning musicals. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre.

March 21, 2017 

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: GET THE LED OUT – 305-985-0433 – Led Zeppelin’s days of reunion touring may be over, but Get the Led Out’s Zeppelin tribute show hits all the right notes for fans looking to reminisce over the iconic band’s heyday. Handpicked by Jimmy Page himself to perform at one of his charity’s fundraising events, Get the Led Out have the band’s sound down to a tee. Event is age 21 and over.

March 24, 2017 

  • 10th ANNUAL FLORIDA KEYS SPCA SPRING SOCIAL – Tiffany Burton (305) 294-4857 – Enjoy a paw-tastic experience to help raise funds to benefit a Keys-based animal shelter; event is open to the public, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Key West Golf Course. Highlights include a VIP champagne reception prior to the main event, a first class dining experience with tables of food from restaurants all over Key West and parking provided at Florida Keys Community College with HTA Trolley service to and from the event. Also features a silent auction, live auction, raffles, complimentary beer & wine, music and more. VIP and General Admission tickets online at keystix.com.

March 26, 2017

  • KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS: JEFFERSON STARSHIP – 305-985-0433 – The members of Jefferson Starship past and present have been exploring the mysteries of music for more than 1000 collective years. Give or take. Today’s Jefferson Starship remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jefferson legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music, on and off stage.
  • KEY WEST IMPROMPTU CLASSICAL CONCERTS PRESENTS: IMANI WINDS – Internationally acclaimed, Imani Winds is a Grammy-nominated quintet that has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Performance is at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.

March 28, 2017

  • RED BARN THEATER PRESENTS: CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM – 305-296-9911 – Bristling with humor, this delightful play is fictionally based on a 1921 camping trip taken by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Warren G. Harding. An easygoing satire of politics and history, it draws upon quotes and biographies to paint a realistic and far-from-sugar-coated picture of this trio, whose private personas often differed from the exemplary personalities known to the public.

March 31, 2017

  • STUDIOS OF KEY WEST PRESENTS: ANTILLES MUSIC ENSEMBLE – Seven or eight musicians strong, the Antilles Music Ensemble charts a course through early 20th century Caribbean dance music, with an eye toward the islands, an ear for French Creole rhythms and a scholar’s appreciation for the earliest forms of Jazz. We challenge you to stay in your seats for this one!

April 2017

April 1 – 15, 2017 

  • RED BARN THEATER PRESENTS: CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM – 305-296-9911 – Bristling with humor, this delightful play is fictionally based on a 1921 camping trip taken by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Warren G. Harding. An easygoing satire of politics and history, it draws upon quotes and biographies to paint a realistic and far-from-sugar-coated picture of this trio, whose private personas often differed from the exemplary personalities known to the public.

April 2, 2017

  • FOURTH ANNUAL COW KEY BRIDGE RUN – Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world’s only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.

April 3 – 29, 2017

  • CHRISTOPHER PETERSON’S EYECONS – 305-296-6706 – A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

April 4, 2017

  • South Florida Symphony presents: Untamed Spirit – Enjoy Peter Schickele: P.D.Q. Bach: of Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra. Featuring Jeffrey Biegel, piano. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre.

April 5, 2017

  • Studios of Key West Studios presents: Catie Curtis – With 14 albums under her belt and over 20 years as a perennially popular headliner Catie Curtis has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the White House. Her friend Mary Chapin Carpenter writes: “Have you ever been to a show where you feel an invisible wall between you and the performer? Catie Curtis pulls the walls down.”

April 6, 2017

  • Arts Council Presents the Fifth Annual Connections Project 2017 Tour – 305.295.4369 – The Connections Project innovative road show continues with a reception April 6-17 at Royal Furniture, and April 18- May 12 at the Gato Building in Key West, featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The exhibit is open to the public. The large-scale mosaic mural features art by almost 400 Florida Keys residents and is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives.

April 7 – 9, 2017

  • Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff – 305-294-8843 – Traditionally, 15 target species and $5,000 in cash prizes await anglers. Participants vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt. In addition, cash awaits boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Awards also are presented each year in the junior division for anglers under age 15.

April 8, 2017

  • Migration Mania & Great Egg Hunt – Age groups compete to find the hidden prize-filled eggs, including the special golden one. Kids enjoy games, arts & crafts, Nancy Forrester’s exotic birds, butterflies from the Butterfly Conservatory, and a “selfie” corner with costumes. Of course, there will be a native plant sale, bounce house, prize drawings, and refreshments. Member families and children under 3 are admitted free; non-members are $5 per child over age 3 (their adult companions are free). Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road.

April 12 – 29, 2017

  • GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire – Box Office (305-294-5015) Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. When Margie loses her job at the Dollar Store, she faces eviction and scrambles to make a break. She thinks an old fling, who’s made it out of South Boston to become a successful doctor, might be her ticket to a new start. An insightful dark comedy, this recent Broadway hit asks why some people manage to escape from the situations into which they are born—and some don’t. Funny and surprisingly touching. Performances at 8 p.m.

April 15, 2017

  • Earth Day 5k Run/Walk – Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from age 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers. Starts at 8 a.m., from McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street.

April 20 – 23, 2017

  • Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic, the Musical … Re-visited! – 305-731-0581. You LOVED Conch Republic, the Musical. We did, too! So we’re bringing it back, with a twist here and a tuck there. Learn the story of how the Conch Republic began. It will be an evening of song, dance, and plenty of flags — which is in truth HOW the Conch Republic began! Join us as we celebrate our heritage. You can even sign-up for our Conch Republic Costume Contest – awards nightly! Performances at 7 p.m., The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street.

April 21 – 22, 2017

  • Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium – 305-294-9911 – Key West’s political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2017 theme is Harry S. Truman’s Legacy on Latin and South America. Located at 111 Front St.

April 21 – 30, 2017

  • 35th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration – 305-296-0213 – With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.

April 23, 2017

  • Vintners Dinner – Uncorking a different kind of passport to the palate! Participating chefs in the 9-course dinner include Zach Brinker, Jose Gomez, David Fuhrman, Henry Christian, Alex Beaumont, John Correa, Martha Hubbard, Scott Maurer and Richard Tallmadge. In the Flagler Ballroom of the Casa Marina Resort there will be of course, flowing grape, too. Wine representatives and winemakers from some of the top wineries and vineyards will be on-hand to pour and discuss their best labels in-depth. Event runs from 6pm until 10pm. Tickets are on sale NOW by accessing http://ahi.ticketleap.com/vintners-dinner-2017/
  • Coffee Butler: Hukilau Nights – Key West Theater recreates the iconic Hukilau Bar onstage for Coffee Butler: Hukilau Nights. Relive a taste of old Key West as Coffee Butler and friends perform the classics that made the Hukilau famous. The bar will also be featuring tropical drink specials throughout the event. Starts at 8:00pm. All tickets can be purchased online at www.thekeywesttheater.comor by calling 305-985-0433.
  • The Cashflow Club Investors Meeting – The Key West Cashflow Club is a group for people who want to take control of their financial strategy, and for those who want to network with investors and entrepreneurs. Join us on the journey to financial freedom from 1pm until 3pm at Wendy’s. For more information, my email clslafter@att.net can be used.

April 24, 2017

  • 22nd Annual Taste of Key West – 305-296-6196 – Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place for the first time at Mallory Square. The open-air gala traditionally spotlights indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European specialties — all accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world. Tickets available for purchase online.

April 25, 2017…

  • Red Barn Theatre presents: Short Attention Span Theatre – 305-296-9911 – What do you get when you take a company of actors, directors, and filmmakers and mix in fresh, fun, 10-minute plays? Short Attention Span Theatre, that’s what! This evening of shorts typically includes lots of laughs and incredible talent. A high-octane evening of fun for everyone!

April 25 – 30, 2017

  • The Final Sail – This four-day challenge is the ‘grand finale’ of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.

April 27 – 30, 2017

  • Key West Paddle Classic – Sue Cooper 305-304-4259 – Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.

April 28, 2017

  • 35th Annual Radio Day – A live remote broadcast donated by WEOW 92.7 will showcase pre-recorded radio spots by local businesses that support the Club’s mission. The event features live music by Total Recall; an outdoor block party with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Centennial Bank; a fabulous silent auction; celebrity bartenders; and a reverse Chance Drawing with a $4,500 Grand Prize. You need not be present to win! Proceeds from the event support Zonta Scholarships for local girls and women; the Heart Health Initiative which provides free comprehensive blood screenings to 80 local women annually; and our newest project, Journey to Success, which offers hands on training and practical tips to women and high school students to assist them in procuring employment and advancing their careers. If you’d like to support this vital Lower Keys-wide event benefiting women and girls in our community by purchasing a radio ad or a reverse chance drawing ticket or donating a silent auction item, please call Carolyn at 305-797-6558. ***A portion of Catherine Street between Simonton Street and the entrance to Gato Building parking lot will be closed. A Special Event Permit was purchased authorizing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages within the enclosed area***

April 29, 2017

  • 7th Annual Mariners March 5K – The Mariners March is for runners and walkers of all ages… there’s even a children’s “Fun Run” down Truman Avenue. There will be food, music and fun for the whole family. Register today: http://www.themeruns.com/mariners-march-5k/2017 Mariners March pre-registration is just $30 or $35 on the day of the race. Children and teens under 18 yrs only $20. Kids 9 and under ‘Fun Run’ at 9:00 am is FREE. Theme Runs specially designed puzzle piece medals to the first 300 entrants and t-shirts to the first 300 entrants. Awards to top overall male/female runners and overall masters male/female runners. Awards also given to the top 3 runners in each 5 year age bracket. Awards also presented to the top 5 male/female walkers. Post-race refreshments, raffle and awards follow the 9:00 am childrens’ Fun Run.

April 30, 2017

  • Dirty Dog Wash – Looking for a fun day for you and your pooch? Get your dog washed for a donation, check out local pet vendors, have some drinks, and a whole lot more!! It’s going to be a fun day for all and some of our own adoptable doggies will be there to play. We hope to see you there!! Please contact Tiffany at 305-294-4857 or at tiffany@fkspca.org for more information. From noon until 3:00pm t the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa located at 1 Duval Street.
  • ReMARCable Mattheessen’s Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit Social – from noon until 5:00pm at the Key west Garden Club 1100 Atlantic Blvd. The funds raised go to the Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens (MARC). Bring the family and bring your friends! For more info contact Gordon Ross at 305-294-9526 ext. 25.
  • Key West Theater Presents: AMERICA – America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include “Horse With No Name”, “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics. All tickets can be purchased online at www.thekeywesttheater.com or by calling 305-985-0433.

May 2017

May 4 – 27, 2017

  • Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS – 305-296-6706 – A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

May 5 – 7, 2017

  • Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade – 305-295-6616 – If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Fans of “outsider art” can celebrate the renegade metal sculptor’s legacy with a people-powered parade of mobile sculptures crafted in the spirit of his extraordinary creations. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade features colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — and are to follow a route along the length of Key West’s Duval Street.

May 6, 2017

  • Key West Theater presents: Christopher Cross – 305-985-0433 -Enjoy smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, “Sailing,” and more from Christopher Cross’ 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single “Ride Like the Wind” rocketed to the #2 spot — the massive success of the second single “Sailing” made Cross a superstar — as well as a broad range of his latest work – the songs where his heart (and his art) truly lies.
  • Relay for Life – Relay for Life teams from local businesses and organizations will raise money for cancer research during the event. There will be entertainment and fun all day. It’s not too late to enter a team for Relay for Life.  Currently, some teams participating are First State Bank, Lower Keys Medical Center, Key West United Methodist Church, HOB Cancer Fighters and more. Lower Keys businesses or organizations also can be a named sponsor of the event. Luminarias in honor of loved ones can be sponsored for the event for $10 each. If interested in sponsoring a team for Relay for Life, becoming a sponsor or a volunteer, contact Linda Russin, lead for the event, at Island 106.9 FM at 305-296-1069 or cell at 954-471-1804.

May 8, 2017

  • ReMARCable Surf and Turf Event to benefit MARC program – Appetizer from 6pm till 7pm at the Gardens Hotel then Surf and Turf from 7pm till 9pm at the Secret Villas of Key West 603/605 Free School Lane. $150 per person, $250 per couple. Contact Gordon Ross for more info: 305-294-9526 ext. 25.

May 10 – 14, 2017

  • Key West Songwriters’ Festival – Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814 – The 22nd annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.

May 10 – 27, 2017

  • FOREVER PLAID – Box Office (305-294-5015) – Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. Forever Plaid is one of the most beloved musicals of our generation. One stormy night, four eager singers known as “The Plaids” meet their untimely ends. Miraculously they return from the afterlife to do the show they never got to perform. The boys deliver an unforgettable show that will have audiences tapping their toes to the great pop hits of the 1950s – including “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Heart and Soul,” “Sixteen Tons,” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.” Performances at 8 p.m.

May 12 – 14, 2017

  • Key West Co-Ed Mahi Masters – Lee 305-296-0364 – In this challenge, cash prizes are awarded to the male and female angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. There is no limit on the number of participating boats.

May 13, 2017

  • The Key West Botanical Gardens 2017 Season Speaker Series – Enjoy garden tours, as well as learn about the Florida Keys environment and how it affects gardening in a wide range of topics for discussion and education.  Visit website for a schedule of monthly lectures, typically scheduled to begin at 1:30pm. “Protecting Plants & Wildlife at Boca Chica Naval Base”  Edward M. Barham, Environmental Director, NAS Key West. Contact: 305-296-1504 or email kwbgs@kwbgs.org.
  • Littles on the Lighthouse Lawn – Families are invited to come enjoy playing on the beautiful lighthouse lawn and develop friendships with other local children and parents. Meets the 2nd Saturday morning of the month from 10 – 11:30 am. Open to any family with children ages 0-5. Coffee is provided and families are encouraged to bring a snack and blanket. The program will run October-May of the year, avoiding the hottest months.  Each meeting will open with songs and stories, we will then have free play with fun toys provided and lots of time for parents and children to socialize. The program is free for KWAHS members and $5/family for non-members. If financial assistance is needed, please call the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition helps families before, during and after pregnancy. For more information on any of our free programs, please visit KeysHealthyStart.org call 305-293-8424, email info@KeysHealthyStart.org. If you need accommodations to participate, call Adele Williams, KWAHS, at 305-295-6616 at least 3 days in advance to make your request.

May 15, 2017

  • Queen Mother Pageant – Benefiting the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys, Inc. For more information, contact 305-296-9741. Taking over Duval Street in front of La Te Da, contestants compete in categories such as “evening gown,” “talent” and of course, the interview to decide who will be crowned the 34th Queen Mother. Queen Mother serves as charitable ambassador at many events throughout the Keys during her reigning year. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

May 17, 2017

  • The opening of new Hemingway Rum Company Distillery & Experience Center in Key West, the home of Papa’s Pilar Rum. 1:00PM – 4:00PM

May 17 – 27, 2017

  • Fringe Theater presents: Shirley Valentine – 305-731-0581 – Shirley might as well talk to the wall for as much as anyone listens to her. So she does. Talk to the wall. Constantly. While wondering how the rebellious girl who was Shirley Valentine has become the invisible mother-wife Shirley Bradshaw. Don’t miss this delightful celebration of life as an ongoing adventure. Performances at 7 p.m., May 17-20 and 24-27 at Parish Hall behind St Paul’s Episcopal Church at 401 Duval Street.

May 18, 2017

  • The Key West Theater Presents: The Wailers – The legendary Wailers band is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to faithful fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers are making musical history! The band that created, recorded, and performed Reggae music for all generations will have you skanking in the aisle with your favorite songs from Exodus, Kaya, Legend, and Rastaman Vibration, to today’s exciting new music! From Familyman’s signature booming bass to Junior and Donald’s electrifying rock/blues guitar licks and leads, the sound, the power, the heartbeat of Reggae music will have you calling out for more!  All tickets can be purchased online at www.thekeywesttheater.comor by calling 305-985-0433.

May 19 – 21, 2017

  • Key West Co-ed Mahi Masters Fishing Tournament – Cash prizes are awarded to the male and female angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches.  There is no limit on the number of participating boats. Contact:  Lee 305-296-0364 or email lee@murraymarine.com.
  • Florida Keys Dolphin Championship – Keys-wide challenge allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West, and weigh in at five locations. http://www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com/ / Jim Sharpe 305-395-3544 or email Jimsharpejr@aol.com.

June 2017

June 1 – 29, 2017

  • Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS – 305-296-6706 – A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

June 7 – 11, 2017

  • Key West Pride – Matt Hon 305-294-4603 – 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, 2017

  • Fifth Annual VFW Fishing Tournament – Curly McGinn (305) 304-1182 – Sponsored by the Southernmost VFW Post 3911, 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. Entry fee $200 per boat By May 19, 2017; $250 per boat after May 19, 2017. All proceeds benefit disabled and veterans in need throughout Monroe County.
  • 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.

June 16 – 18, 2017

  • Fourth Annual Mystery Fest Key West – 305-587-9392 – Open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike—2017 headliners are John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest and author of ‘Strange Tribe,’ Keynote Speaker Clifford Irving, and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter past-President Randy Rawls. Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen and Heather Graham are the featured presenters among a criminally stellar hit-list of some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts. Highlights include presentation of the 2017 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award, a ghost tour hosted by Heather Graham and a panel on ‘How to Commit a Perfect Murder.’

July 2017

July 1 – 4, 2017

  • Fifth Annual Key Lime Festival – A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the fourth annual Key Lime Festival. A Key Lime martini Sip and Stroll, Key lime rum sampling and distillery tour as well as a new Key Lime Pie Hop are among events to kickoff the four-day tasty fest.

July 6 – 29, 2017

  • Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS – 305-296-6706 – A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

July 8 – 11, 2017

  • Del Brown Permit Tournament – Loren Rea 305-360-6969 – 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.

July 13 – 15, 2017

  • Mel Fisher Days – Come commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher’s famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of the Atocha Mother Load . Annual Dock Party at Schooner Wharf Bar on Saturday, July 15, with tours of salvaging vessels, raffle, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Private tours of the Fisher Family Conservation Laboratory July 13 & 14. Contest: Enter to win an Atocha Coin July 13-15! For more information, visit http://www.melfisherdays.com or call 305-296-6533. 100% of all net proceeds from these events will benefit Wesley House Family Services, Inc.

July 18 – 23, 2017

  • Hemingway Days – (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary) – The 37th annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest and a birthday “party” commemorating Ernest’s July 21st birthday.

July 19 – 22, 2017

  • Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament – Tim Greene 305-304-0317 – 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 festival, 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.

July 22, 2017

  • Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race – Barb Wright at 305-240-0727 – This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West’s most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.

August 2017

August 16 – 20, 2017

  • Tropical Heat – 305-294-4603 – The Key West Business Guild presents this all-male celebration that typically includes pool and dance parties, on-the-water adventures and a fashion show that raises money for a local non-profit organization.

August 31, 2017 – September 4, 2017

  • Eighth Annual Key West Brewfest – 800-354-4455 – More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this “tasty” 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.

September 2017

September 1 – 4, 2017

  • Eighth Annual Key West Brewfest – 800-354-4455 – More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this “tasty” 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.

September 6 – 10, 2017

  • Womenfest Key West – 305-294-4603 – Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women flock to Key West each year for this renowned celebration for lesbians and their friends. Activities generally include dance parties, poolside gatherings, sailing and snorkeling, live music, comedy performances and more.

September 7 – 11, 2017

  • Key West to Cuba Festival – Wendy DeLucca 954-699-6556 – Two Islands – One Week – Be a Part of History! Begin with an Art, Wine & Dine Experience in Key West, then be transported back in time to Cuba for the trip of a lifetime.

September 8 – 10, 2017

  • Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament – 305-664-2002 – In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted “flats grand slam.” The event raises funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

September 15 – October 15, 2017

  • WineDine Key West – Dine, Shop and Relax during this month-long moveable feast. Cuisine connoisseurs can enjoy multi-course prix fixe meals at several Key West restaurants during WineDine KeyWest. Restaurants include casual waterfront spots, trendy bistros, eateries specializing in fresh Florida Keys seafood and award-winning gourmet emporiums. Local spas and chic boutiques are also participating in the celebration. Register free online.

October 2017

October 1 – 15, 2017

  • WineDine Key West – Dine, Shop and Relax during this month-long moveable feast. Cuisine connoisseurs can enjoy multi-course prix fixe meals at several Key West restaurants during WineDine KeyWest. Restaurants include casual waterfront spots, trendy bistros, eateries specializing in fresh Florida Keys seafood and award-winning gourmet emporiums. Local spas and chic boutiques are also participating in the celebration. Register free online.

October 6 – 8, 2017

  • SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon – lizlovekw@gmail.com – This event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events include the race and a Sunday Paddle Board race for the Special Olympics of Monroe County.

October 13 – 16, 2017

  • Sixth Annual Standup Paddle Invitational 2017 – 305-923-0288 – Join a 2-mile paddle board and beach obstacle course to support Special Olympics Florida Monroe County. This all-levels event is fun for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Race is to be a loop style course offering a great view for our spectators. Registration fee $35. Board rentals available through Lazy Dog.

October 20 – 29, 2017

  • 38th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest – 305-296-1817 – This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats. The 2017 festival theme is “Time Travel Unravels.”

October 27, 2017

  • The Smallest Parade In The Universe – A dazzling event from 5-9 p.m., at the corner of Caroline and William streets, at Key West Waterfront Brewery. Artists, craftsmen, model makers and creative types are encouraged to participate, making floats no larger than 18 inches! Proceeds benefit the MARC house. Up to $2,000 in prizes.

November 2017

November 5 – 12, 2017

  • 36th Annual Key West World Championship Races – 305-296-6166 – Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.

November 15 – 19, 2017

  • Key West Film Festival – Beth Moyes 305-747-8563 – Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival’s lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the San Carlos Institute, Studios of Key West and Key West Theater. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.

December 2017

December 1 – 31, 2017

  • Key West Holiday Fest – Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West during the month of December. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.

December 8 – 10, 2017

  • Inaugural Key West Grand Prix of the Sea – (407) 985-1938 – Experience non-stop racing action as Sea-Doo, Yamaha, and Kawasaki personal watercraft racers take to the water averaging 75 mph. This race is the final round in 2017 and serves as the overall championship for the PRO Enduro and International Amatuer Championship. Jetcross Jet Ski stand up races will also be a part of this family friendly event free to the public.

December 9, 2017

  • Key West Triathlon and Expo – The Key West Triathlon and Expo expects to host a maximum of 1,000 participants and some of the sport’s best known triathletes; TRIKW allows you to bask in the warm weather and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while the rest of the country is experiencing winter. Olympic and Sprint distances.

December 31, 2017

  • New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration – The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.

 

 

 

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