Key West Events



Key West Art Garden 2017

Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artists’ art work made mostly of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. An opening reception to meet the artists and unveiling is to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. College Road, Stock Island, 305-296-1504



Red Barn Theatre presents: Camping with Henry and Tom

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 on 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. Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St.; (305) 296- 9911



Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS

A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all live, no lip sync. Enjoy 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. La te da, 1125 Duval St.; (305) 296-6706


KEY WEST – APRIL 12-29  

Waterfront Playhouse Presents: Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire.

When Margie loses her job at the Dollar Store, she faces eviction and scrambles to make a break. She thinks an old fling, who 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 why some don’t. Funny and surprisingly touching. Performances at 8 p.m. 310 Wall St.; (305) 294-5015;


KEY WEST – APRIL 20-23   

Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic . . . Revisisted!

You loved Conch Republic, the musical. Audiences did, too! So the Fringe is 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 by the way is truly how the Conch Republic began. Join the Fringe Theater in celebrating our island’s heritage and sign up for the nightly Conch Republic Costume Contest. Performances are at 7 p.m. The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.; (305) 731-0581


KEY WEST – APRIL 21-30   

35th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration

With activities ranging from a 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. (305) 296-0213




Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden Guest Speaker Series

Enjoy garden tours, and learn about the Florida Keys environment and how it affects gardening in a wide range of topics for discussion and education. Visit the website for schedule of monthly lectures, typically scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden; 5210 College Road; (305) 296-1504



Key West Paddle Classic

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 kids’ races. Contact Sue Cooper (305) 304- 4259



Key West Songwriters’ Festival

The 22nd annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience- friendly island settings. 305-304- 0814





2nd Annual Guitar Festival: 3 Concerts on 3 Keys

Enjoy three concerts throughout the Keys: June 2 in Islamorada at Coral Isles Church; June 3 in Marathon at the Florida Keys Country Club; and June 4 in Key West at the Key West Theater. Festival features virtuoso guitarists Larry Baeder, David Feder, Mike Emerson and Mateo playing blues, jazz, flamenco and classical concerts. Festival also includes arts & crafts, street fairs and the John Bartus Songwriters Festival.



Key West Pride

Key West collectively 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 race for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, and pageants to select Mr. Miss and Ms. Key West Pride. (305)294-4603



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.



Fourth Annual Mystery Fest Key West

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.” (305) 587- 9392



KEY WEST—JULY 13-15   

Mel Fisher Days

Commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher’s famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of the Atocha’s $400 million mother lode of treasure. Features 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 and 15. Proceeds from these events benefit Wesley House Family Services, Inc. (305) 296- 6533


KEY WEST – JULY 1-4,   

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 kick-off the four-day tasty fest.


KEY WEST—JULY 18–23   

Hemingway Days

The annual Key West celebration of the legendary author’s enduring work and his 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 Hemingway’s July 21 birthday.

(305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); (305) 797-0579 (literary)



Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race

This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of 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. (305) 240-0727




Tropical Heat

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. (305) 294-4603



8th Annual Key West Brewfest

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.




KEY WEST—SEPT. 6-10   

Womenfest Key West

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.



KEY WEST—SEPT. 7-11   

LGBT Art & Culture Revolution

\One Week, Two Islands. Be a part of history. Begin with an art, wine and dine experience in Key West, then be transported back in time to Cuba for the trip of a lifetime.

(954) 699- 6556


KEY WEST—SEPT. 15-OCT. 15   

Wine Dine 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.