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Events

 

January

 

Plena Libre

Held in early January

Location:  East Martello

305-292-4646

Admission Charged

Put on your dancing shoes! The rhythms, sounds and island soul shake the town during the Founders Plena Libre outdoor festival at East Martello.

 

Sculpture Key West

Held mid January – late March

Location: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

305-295-3800

Sculpture Key West is an annual exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture that takes place every winter at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West.

 

February

 

Founders Society Annual Anniversary Gala

Held in early February

Location: Key West

305-292-4646

Join the Founders Society as it celebrates its anniversary of bringing quality music, dance and theater to the Key West stage.

 

May

 

Key West Songwriters Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Key West

305-296-4222

Showcases some of America's foremost performing songwriters, staged in audience-friendly island settings.

 

Dolphin Masters Invitational

Held in late May

Location: Key West

305-296-7511

Annual fishing tournament with a large purse.

 

June

 

Tavernier Creek Marina Dolphin Rodeo

Held in early June

Location: Key West

305-852-5854

Amateur Tournament Cash Prizes with a Jr. Angler Division

 

Pridefest Key West

Held early – mid June

Location: Key West

305-292-3222
Event honoring diversity, openness and freedom in the city that is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top gay and lesbian vacation destinations.

 

Cuban American Heritage Festival

Held in mid June

Location: Key West

305-295-9665

Showcases the culture and customs Cubans brought to Key West.

 

Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby

Held in late June

Location: Key West

305-296-7511
Event raises money for college scholarships.

 

July

 

Lower Keys Permit All-Tackle Tournament

Held early – mid July

Location:  Islamorada

305-664-2444

All-release tournament featuring trophies and prizes in fly, spin and artificial categories.

 

Geiger Key Dolphin Tournament

Held in mid July

Location:  Key West

305-296-3553
Modified release with four categories: combined weight, bull, cow and junior.

 

Hemingway Days Festival

Held in mid – late July

Location: Key West
Annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle highlighted by the Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest.

 

Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament

Held in mid – late July

Location: Key West

305-292-2710
Catch-and-release tournament held in conjunction with Key West’s annual Hemingway Days Festival.

 

Reef Awareness Week

Held in late July

Location: Key West

305-294-3100
Spearheaded by the organization Reef Relief, the weeklong event showcases North America's only living coral barrier reef with activities for all ages.

 

August

 

Key West Summer Food & Wine Festival

Held in early August

Location:  Key West

305-296-6909

Showcases the talents of Key West’s master chefs as well as the quality and diversity of the island’s culinary offerings.

 

Key West Fishing Tournament's Swordfish Tournament

Held in early August

Location: Key West

305-295-6601

 

Key West Fishing Tournament’s Flats S.L.A.M. Tournament

Held in mid – late August

Location: Key West

305-295-6601
Anglers receive citations noting their catches and qualify for a variety of trophies.

 

September

 

Women Fest

Held in early September

Location: Key West

305-296-2491
A lesbian-oriented festival of art shows, sailing and snorkeling, comedy performances and other activities.

 

Annual Key West Poker Run

Held in mid September

Location: Key West

305-292-1170
Motorcycles cruise from Miami to Key West to raise funds for local charities.

 

October

 

Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

Held in early October

Location: Marathon and Lower Keys

305-743-3900
A celebration of the natural wonders of Florida wildlife at the peak of the fall birding season. Presentations and field trips focus on education.

 

Goombay Festival

Held mid – late October

Location: Key West’s Bahama Village

305-747-4544
Two-day street fair in Key West's historic Bahama Village.

 

Fantasy Fest

Held in late October

Location: All of Key West

Each year there is a different theme for this costumed, fun-filled event.  Come enjoy the costume competitions, grand parade and wacky sights and sounds.

 

November

 

Key West Old Island Days

Held in early November

Location: Key West

305-294-9501
Events include an art festival, crafts show, conch shell blowing contest and house and garden tours celebrating Key West culture and history.

 

Key West Offshore World Championship

Held in early November

Location: Key West

305-296-6166
High-speed powerboats continue Key West's longstanding tradition.

 

Annual Talent Show

Held in mid November

Location: Tennessee Williams Theatre
305-292-4646
The Founders annual talent show is a dream come true for many of the talented community performers. Watch as rising stars, both young and old, perform everything from show tunes to modern dance routines, rock n' rock, hip hop and magic tricks before a captivated crowd and prestigious panel of local celebrity judges. 

 

Pirates in Paradise

Held late November – early December

Location: Key West

305-296-9653
Historic Seaport and other venues throughout Key West are transformed into a pirates' stronghold with mock sea battles, a thieves' market featuring arts, crafts and more.

 

December

 

Key West Holiday Parade

Held in early December

Location: Old Town

305-292-8101
Family-friendly parade through Old Town celebrating the holiday season.

 

Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament

Held in early December

Location: Islamorada

305-664-4735
First leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship.

 

Key West Lighted Boat Parade

Held in mid December

Location: Key West Harbor

305-292-3773
Event features decorated and lighted boats cruising through Key West Harbor and the waters of the Historic Seaport.

 

New Year’s Eve Key West Celebration

Held on New Year’s Eve

Location: Various locations in Key West

305-292-9520

Southernmost City celebrates New Year's Eve with conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe's Bar, "wench" drop at Schooner Wharf Bar, and red high heel drop with drag queen Sushi at Bourbon Street Pub/ New Orleans House.

 

Arts & Entertainment 

 

Tennessee Williams Theatre
Performing Arts Centers for Key West
5901 College Road

Key West, FL 33040
305-296-1520

Call for performance schedule

 

Key West Pops Orchestra

Key West, FL 33041

305-293-7658

Call for performance schedule

The Key West Pops Orchestra has three concerts per season filled with Pops music, Opera, and Broadway favorites to enrich the cultural performance of the Florida Keys residents.

 

The Waterfront Playhouse

310 Wall St.

Key West, FL 33041

305-294-5015

Call for performance schedule

The Key West Players have been presenting the magic of live theatre for over 65 years!

 

Key West Symphony Orchestra

1025 White St

Key West, FL 33041
305-292-1774

The Key West Symphony is proud to be the center of cultural activities on beautiful Key West. Only in Key West can you swim with a whale in the morning and conduct the great masters that evening.

 

The Red Barn Theatre
319 Duval Street, Rear

Key West, FL 33040
305-296-9911

Enjoy great live theater productions at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West, Florida. See live comedy, drama, musical theater, and cabaret shows in an intimate small theater. Great stage shows featuring the finest professional actors, dancers, singers and directors from Key West's own famous arts community, as well as visiting stars. Enjoy fabulous theatrical entertainment in a unique, casual, romantic Island setting.