Local Events

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

Nightly, weather permitting

sunset at mallory squareSunset Celebration is a nightly Key West that takes place at hisroric Mallory Square in Key West, where locals and visitors gather to watch the sun disappear into the Gulf of Mexico.  This family friendly event features artisans, crafters, street performer, psychics and food.

 

Mallory Square
300 Duval St, Key West

Admission: FREE
Time: 2 hours before – 2 hours after sunset

The Florida keys/ August 6 2013 – March 31, 2014
Regular Lobster Season

The Florida Keys / October 15 2013 – May 15 2014
Stone Crab Season

Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with mustard dip on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.

 

Key West / December 13
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Discover the history and holiday spirit of Key West by touring beautifully decorated historic inns. Participants can visit the inns on their own each evening or in conjunction with a holiday trolley tour presented by Old Town Trolley Tours. Visit website for ticket information.

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 14
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
All boats are welcome to enter the Pine Channel Causeway parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from the new Kiki’s Sandbar (formerly Parrotdise), 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Contact: Steve Estes 305-923-5370
Email: bigpinenews@aol.com
Key West / December 15
From 1-3 p.m., kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is situated at the county’s detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-293-7300

 

Key West / December 15
Southernmost Christmas Tree Celebration

Holiday revelers enjoy free conch chowder and then board Conch Tour Trains to proceed to the continental United States’ Southernmost Point to set up the southernmost Christmas tree at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The event is an annual community thank-you party presented by the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens. The fun starts at 3 p.m., at 1401 Seminary St.
Contact: 305-294-9526

 

Key West / December 17 – January 11
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From the author of Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies is the hilarious comedy about two down-on-their-luck British Shakespearean actors who impersonate the long-lost nieces of a wealthy American dowager in order to inherit her money — a classic farce of romantic entanglements, naughty innuendos and hysterical drag. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Islamorada / December 19

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk

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Showcasing the fine arts, performance art, music and culinary nuances, the walkabout features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month. This month’s theme is Eleventh Hour Holiday Shopping.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

 

 

Key West / December 21
Presented by the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, this family-friendly and educational series invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10-11 a.m. to play games and make crafts while learning about a new topic of interest and the marine ecosystems of the Keys. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available.
Contact: 305-809-4750

 

Key West / December 22
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Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot, this monthly event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid’s activities and live street art murals. Guests will be able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

 

Key West / December 27 – 28
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation’s museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.
Contact: 305-294-9501

 

Marathon / December 27 – 30
Local’s Art Show
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The Locals Art Show, for years affectionately nicknamed the “Pigeon Poop Show” by local residents as an alternative to February’s Pigeon Key Art Fest, returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of local characters our guests encounter, as artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! This show features a variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices ranging “from tens, to hundreds, of dollars” for the more discriminating buyer. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. We hope to see you there! Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001

 

Key West / December 31
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For piratical partiers, a New Year’s Eve salute to Key West’s rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island’s Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2014. A dove release is to follow. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music, dancing and festivities until 4 a.m., without a cover charge, at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.

 

Key West / December 31
New Year’s Eve: A Key Lime Wedge “Drop”
At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, plans call for a huge replica of a Key lime wedge to splash down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome the new year on the property’s Sunset Pier. VIP tickets are available that include entrance into a private dining area for an abundant buffet dinner and four-hour open bar. At 10:30 p.m., the public will be welcomed to enjoy a free performance by Key West’s Big Bawdy Burlesque Show.
Contact: 305-295-7005

 

Key West / December 31
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The arrival of 2014 is to be heralded on the island’s Duval Street with the “drop” of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock. At midnight, the shell descends and cheers erupt. Stellar Mojo Band is to perform on Sloppy Joe’s indoor stage, rounding out the revelry. No reservations or tickets are taken, but a door charge is required to party inside the bar.

 

Key West / December 31
New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration
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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.
Contact: Joseph Schroeder 305-293-9600

 

Key West / December 31
Key West Dachshund Walk
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Frost-free Key West isn’t a winter wonderland during the holiday season, but it may become a “wiener wonderland” when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a New Year’s Eve stroll through the island’s picturesque downtown. The annual Key West Dachshund Walk, set for noon Monday, Dec. 31, provides an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year’s Eve revelry. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.
Email: keywestdachshundwalk@gmail.com

 

Key West / January 03 2014 – February 05 2014
Foliage and Flora at Frangipani Gallery
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“Foliage and Flora” is a show of new work by jewelry artist Jessica Wilson and acrylic painter Fran Decker. Wilson works with a relatively new material from reclaimed silver, Precious Metal Clay (PMC). Her latest work is inspired by jungle leaves and the smell of night air hanging heavy with the scents of flower blossoms. Fran’s new paintings this year explored the flora and fauna of the Keys. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, Jan. 3rd, 6-9 p.m., at 1102A Duval as part of the Upper Duval Art Stroll. The show can be seen until February 5.
Contact: 305-296-0440

 

Key West / January 05 2014
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The Prima Trio triumphed at the 2007 Frischoff Chamber Music Competition winning the coveted Grand Prize as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. The Palm Beach News described the trio as, “a virtuosic tour de force, a whirlwind of joy.” Performace at 4 p.m. at the San Carlos Institute; tickets $20.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Key West / January 09 2014 – January 19 2014
The 2014 seminar includes two independent sessions (Jan. 9-12 & 16-19) exploring the theme “The Dark Side.” Writing workshops are scheduled Jan. 12-16. Advance registration is required. A stunning lineup of celebrated authors who are to explore the mystery, crime and literary thriller genres includes Carl Hiaase, Scott Turow, Les Standiford and many more.
Contact: 888-293-9291

 

Key West / January 11 2014 – January 19 2014
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DeRubeis Fine Art of Metal Galleries, at 511 Duval St., presents a never-before-seen collection by artist legend Peter Max, as his exquisite paintings are to be on exhibition beginning Jan. 11. Meet-the-Artist receptions are scheduled to take place on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. as well as Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Contact: RSVP 888-513-8385

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 11 2014
Join a 5K/Walk & Run that benefits the Monroe County Domestic Abuse Shelter. The ninth annual race begins at 8 a.m., covers 3.1 miles and is based at the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages & Marina on Big Pine Key. Advance registration $20, $25 day of event. Children under 15, only $10. Registration forms are available online.
Contact: 305-743-5452

 

Key West / January 11 2014
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Celebrate the Symphony’s 2013-14 Season with “The Humanity of Music,” Program includes a piano trio and Blue Door String Quartet; Karl Goldmark: String Quartet in B Flat, Opus 8; Ellen Zwilich: Septet for String Quartet and Piano Trio. Tickets $150 per person, performance at Tennessee Williams Cabaret, starts 5:30 p.m. Afterward at 7 p.m., enjoy dinner at the Marriott Beachside Ballroom for a Starry Night in All White decadent evening of entertainment. Tickets and details available online.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

the Florida Keys / January 15 2014 – January 22 2014
A unique event to promote nature-based tourism on Florida’s waterways, up to 100 nature-loving kayakers embark on an eight-day traverse through the Keys, starting at Long Key State Park and ending at Zachary Taylor State Park, an approximately 70-mile distance. Deadline to register for this popular paddling event is Jan. 2, 2014. Registration includes meals, layovers, camping, side trips and return transport from Key West to start point.
Email: bill@paddleflorida.org

 

Key West / January 17 2014 – January 18 2014
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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 their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The January house tour is set for 4-8 p.m. both evenings. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org

 

Key West / January 18 2014 – January 19 2014
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A family-friendly event with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. Free admission; hours open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bayview Park at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. Fresh Florida Keys seafood and the commercial fishermen who harvest it are to be celebrated. The seafood festival’s menu features fresh grilled Florida lobster, Key West pink shrimp, fried fish, stone crab claws, smoked fish dip and more — including traditional regional favorites such as savory conch chowder, conch salad, sweet flan and Key lime pie. All seafood is to be prepared and served by local fishermen and their families. Soft drinks, beer and wine also are to be available for purchase. In addition, plans call for nonstop entertainment by local musicians.
Contact: Vicki 305-872-9026
Email: vicki@fkcfa.org

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 18 2014 – January 19 2014
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All things nautical are to be displayed and sold at the annual event. Other attractions include live music, food and beverages. The seafaring sale takes place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker (MM) 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: info@lowerkeyschamber.org

 

Key West / January 18 2014 – February 15 2014
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A Pulitzer Prize finalist and nominated for 5 Tony Awards, Other Desert Cities is one of the most celebrated plays in recent Broadway history. A daughter returns home for a Christmas gathering after writing a tell-all book about a family secret. Other Desert Cities is a searing comedy with banter that dazzles and decimates. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / January 19 2014
The perfect place to run in the middle of winter? Key West, during the Key West Half Marathon! Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the run has attracted more than 1,000 annual participants and follows a 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West past historic landmarks and the island’s scenic waterfront.
Contact: Barbara Wright 305-240-0727
Email: bwpromo3@bellsouth.net

 

Key West / January 19 2014 – January 24 2014
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The annual challenge features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. More than 100 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international regatta. To view the action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships or from land at Key West’s Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts and beaches.
Contact: 781-639-9545
Email: KWInfo@premiere-racing.com

 

Key West / January 19 2014
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Pianist Jiayin Shen and Michael Berkovsky have been collaborating since 2004 playing four-hands piano repertoire at both large and private venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. Performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Duval Street. Tickets are $20 per person.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Key West / January 20 2014 – January 27 2014
Women and girls from around the United States and the world gather in Key West for hard-fought sporting action. Each year dozens of teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe are invited to compete in the challenge, named for and endorsed by the critically acclaimed actress and former Key West resident who starred in “Top Gun” and “Witness” among other films.
Contact: Daashia Cochran 305-834-0801
Email: usadirector@iwffa.com

 

Key West / January 22 2014 – January 26 2014
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Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Attendees also can participate in food-related adventures during the savory celebration. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1.
Contact: 800-474-4319; 305-304-5218
Email: info@keywestfoodandwinefestival.com

 

Key West / January 24 2014 – January 26 2014
Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament
Big king mackerel migrate to the waters around Key West each winter, and a fittingly large prize awaits the winner of this challenge. The angler who weighs in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to go home with $10,000.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
Email: lee@murraymarine.com

 

Key West / January 25 2014 – January 26 2014
Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in historic Old Town. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of pottery, fabric, glass, wood, jewelry and other colorful handmade works by more than 100 selected artists. The show is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Contact: 305-294-1241
Email: kwartctr@earthlink.net

 

Key West / January 26 2014
Local restaurants vie for top honors in three categories; appetizers, entrees and desserts. Participants get to taste all the food made at this event while judges pick the winners. Held at Westin Key West Resort & Marina Pier at 245 Front Street, open from 4-7 p.m. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit ReMARCable Citizens (MARC). Tickets are to be available Nov. 1, at keystix.com.
Contact: 305-294-9526, ext 25

 

Key West / January 26 2014
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Held in conjunction with the Key West Food and Wine Festival, the monthly artisan market is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid’s activities and live street art murals. Guests will be able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

 

Key West / January 27 2014 – February 02 2014
Modeled after a centerpiece Caribbean-style event, Antigue Race Week, the new Key West Classic Regatta is to feature historic tall ships as well as modern wooden and replica vessels in a week-long sailing event.
Contact: Capt Joshua Rowan 305-394-4389

 

Marathon / January 27 2014

Now a 15 year old Julliard Student, Adria Ye is a past winner at the Aspen Music Festival Piano concerto and has performed at the White House with her chamber group. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Catholic Church, 550 122nd Street, oceanside.
Contact: (305) 289-1110 or (216) 408-6546

 

Key West / January 28 2014 – March 01 2014
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Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this is a hilarious spoof of siblings living in Bucks County, Pa., and their movie star sister who comes for a visit with her newest boy toy. Throw in a psychic housekeeper, for good measure. Visit website for show times, tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / January 30 2014
The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Program includes Liszt: Hamlet: Symphonic Poem No. 10; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Christopher Taylor, piano: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Key West / January 31 2014 – February 01 2014
Cuda Bowl
Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions.
Contact: Justin or Loren Rea 305-744-0903
Email: info@cudabowl.com

 

Key West / February 02 2014
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The Alexander String Quartet has performed on five continents, securing standing among the world’s premiere ensembles for over three decades. They were the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Prize. The New York Times described their playing as, “vibrant, probing, assured.” With two violins, a viola anc cello. Performance is at 4 p.m. at the San Carlos Institute. Tickets $20 per person.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Marathon / February 05 2014
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Join the Miami Watercolor Society as together with Keys artists they spend the day on this historic island capturing its beauty. Meet at Knights Key, at the Pigeon Key Visitor Center, 9 a.m. Guided tour departs 10 a.m., returns 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Contact: 609-231-7045
Email: info@fkwcs.com

 

Key West / February 07 2014 – February 08 2014
A 199 mile running event that will push you as far south as you can go in the continental U.S. Starting in Miami and finishing in Key West, this relay offers runners a unique opportunity to run near the oceanside and across the southern end of the state of Florida. Along the way you run across multiple bridges including the Seven Mile Bridge, hopping from Key to Key, passing through popular destinations such as Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key and Big Pine Key. The race (and your stamina) will wrap up in the tropics of the southernmost city in the continental U.S., Key West. Clear your calendars for this one, this is a running race you don’t want to miss!
Contact: 877-837-3529

 

Key West / February 07 2014 – February 09 2014
Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West’s oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island’s past.
Contact: 305-292-6850

 

Key West / February 07 2014
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Key West’s own Conch Diva, Carmen Rodriguez presents the songbook of Carol King… from “Where You Lead” to “You’ve Got a Friend.” Note: This performance will take place at the San Carlos Institute. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Marathon / February 08 2014 – February 09 2014
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Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at this weekend event, located at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49, that includes live music and delicious food; festival goers can retain their ticket stubs and use them to get a free ferry trip and tour of historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island where Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad workers lived in the early 1900s. The offer is good for one year. Event proceeds from the event are to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation.
Contact: Denise DeCrow 440-477-7203
Email: ddecrow@gmail.com

 

Marathon / February 08 2014 – February 09 2014
Local’s Art Show
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The Locals Art Show, for years affectionately nicknamed the “Pigeon Poop Show” by Keys residents as an alternative to February’s Pigeon Key Art Fest, returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of Keys characters our guests encounter, as local artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! This show features a variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices ranging “from tens, to hundreds, of dollars” for the more discriminating buyer. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. We hope to see you there! Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001

 

Marathon / February 10 2014
She has been the featured pianist with such orchestras as the Seoul Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, Royal Irish Academy Symphony and the Russia St. Petersburg Radio Broadcast Orchestra. Winner of the Chopin Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, Soo-Yeon Ham has been praised for her powerful yet graceful performance. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665

 

Marathon / February 12 2014 – February 15 2014
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Themed “Watermedia — A Fresh Start,” this workshop offers artists an opportunity to discover their own style, introducing unconventional painting exercises that build on strengths and help to easily overcome artistic challenges. Learn to make the most of values, handle color relationships, and create winning designs by linking a variety of shapes and edges. Held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Martin Luther Church Rec Room in Marathon. The cost for members and non-members is $220 for four days. Registration form online.
Contact: 609-231-7045
Email: info@fkwcs.com

 

Key West / February 14 2014 – February 15 2014
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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 their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The February tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org

 

Key West / February 15 2014 – February 16 2014
Enjoy food, fun, libations and more. A native plant, local and recycled art sale, workshops and presentations also round out the event, open each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org

 

Key West / February 16 2014
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Praise abounds for this exciting violin, cello and piano trio. Notable critic Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Trio Solisti the successor of the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind. Tickets are $20. Performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church door at 4 p.m.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Marathon / February 17 2014
Hailed “the most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine, violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff have earned a reputation for soulful and passionate performances marked by soloist virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing and thrilling abandon. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street, Marathon.
Contact: (305) 289-1110 or (216) 408-6546

 

Key West / February 20 2014 – March 08 2014
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Agnes and her passive husband, Tobias, and Claire, her alcoholic sister, have settled in for a homey evening of genteel sniping in their well-to-do suburban home when they are confronted by invaders. First are their best friends, Harry and Edna, who are seized by a nameless terror and have decided to move in with them. Not far behind is Julia, their daughter, on the run from her fourth marriage. Their life is upended as the dialogue stings and tickles. Show time 8 p.m., at Custom House, Custom House, 281 Front Street. Visit website for show dates and tickets.
Contact: 305-295-7676

 

Marathon / February 21 2014
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Performing Cole Porter and the Gershwins, singer/pianist Bobby Nesbitt is to delight Marathon audiences with his celebrated cabaret series and the great American standards. Performance begins at 8 p.m., tickets $24 per adult. Visti website for details.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

 

Key West / February 22 2014
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Celebrate the Symphony’s 2014 Season with “Cello Spirit,” a recital by SFSO’s principal cello and member of the Blue Door String Quartet; Arthur Cook, cello; Music of Bach & Kodaly; evening includes recital and dinner at Key West Yacht Club; tickets $95 per person, available online.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Key West / February 22 2014 – February 23 2014
The 49th annual juried fine art show is set on lower Whitehead Street and Caroline Street in historic Old Town. The highly acclaimed show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by artists from around the United States.
Contact: Lois Songer 305-294-1243
Email: kwartctr@earthlink.net

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / February 23 2014 – March 02 2014
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Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys’ clear night skies — virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event.
Contact: 305-661-1375
Email: heinrich1@windstream.net

 

Key West / February 23 2014
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The monthly artisan market is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid’s activities and live street art murals. Guests will be able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

 

Marathon / February 24 2014
Fred is back, this time with friends, reinterpreting classics of jazz giants like Gershwin, Oscar Peterson, Rogers and Hammerstein,and McFarland. They paint a musical canvas with an interpretation that is as dynamic as it is diverse, and as contemporary as it is true to the retrospective of the great jazz artists. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street, Marathon.
Contact: (305) 289-1110 or (216) 408-6546

 

Marathon / February 28 2014 – March 01 2014
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Come for the run, but stay for the sun! A comprehensive race format includes a 15K Challenge, 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run; start time for 10K is at 8 a.m. at Sombrero Beach. Runners from all over the Keys, country and world participate in this weekend-long event. Race entry fee includes t-shirts. Music, Awards, Raffles, Food and Entertainment. Male and female winner of each event receives cash prizes. Organized by Southernmost Runners Club.
Contact: 305-743-4582 or 305-289-9868
Email: sombrerobeachrun@bellsouth.net

 

Key West / March 01 2014
An Old Island Days tradition, this unique contest features novel sounds produced by contestants in several age categories as they attempt to make “music” on fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and contest begins at noon.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: oldisland@comcast.net

 

Key West / March 01 2014 – June 30 2014
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Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: ‘Conch Night’ Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; ‘Squishy Femme’ Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; ‘Graphic Design’ Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616

 

Marathon / March 01 2014
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Feel like reliving the Elvis experience? Jim Jinelli’s remarkable natural vibrato and vocal range capture the passion of every song, including covers from the touring concert years of 1971-1977. Tickets $24 per adult. Performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

 

Key West / March 02 2014
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The New Yorker Magazine noted the great potential of the union of flute and guitar and named Cavatina Duo the best of its kind. The review noted Cavatina’s style, sympathy and technical aplomb, asserting that it is doubtful their sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed. Tickets $20 per person. Performance at 4 p.m., at the San Carlos Institute.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Key West / March 04 2014 – March 29 2014
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Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), Xanadu joyously spoofs the outrageously campy 1980′s film starring Olivia Newton-John. A beautiful muse descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach and inspires a struggling artist to create his biggest dream… the first ROLLER DISCO! Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / March 05 2014 – March 15 2014
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Ten performances only. It’s a fascinating true tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who is a collector of culture and above all, a survivor. Directed by Stuart Meltzer. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Starring Tom Wahl who recently won the Carbonnell Award for this role.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Marathon / March 08 2014 – March 09 2014
For more than 15 years, the Guild’s mantra of “Bringing Art & the Fabulous Florida Keys Together,” has featured local artisans who display original artwork; show is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily; presented by photographers, craftspeople and artists of the Florida Keys Art Guild. Enjoy the outdoor show, located at the entrance of the Marathon Community Park, MM 49, during the Original Marathon Seafood Festival. Admission to the art show is free.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098
Email: sarasotajoe2000@yahoo.com
Marathon / March 08 2014 – March 09 2014
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One of the middle Keys’ signature culinary and family events, gourmet delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. Florida Keys Art Guild also hosts an open-air art show at entrance to the festival.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.com

 

Key West / March 11 2014
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Celebrate the Symphony’s 2014 season with “The Splendor of Old Key West.” Join Dr. Shirley Freeman & Harvey Server as they host superstars Natasha Paremski & Zuill Bailey for a private reception at their historic Freeman-Curry House. Tickets $150 per person; starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available online.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Key West / March 12 2014
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Celebrate the Symphony’s 2014 Season with “Passion Unleashed,” as cellist Zuill Bailey, and pianist Natasha Paremski unleash their passion on Key West as they perform some of the world’s most passionate works. This package includes premium concert seating at Tennessee Williams Theatre and entrance to the post-performance Freeman/Harvey party honoring Zuill and Natasha for their support of the Symphony in the Florida Keys. All-access pass $450 per person. Tickets available online. Performance begins 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Marathon / March 13 2014 – April 12 2014
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Three women — an overworked office manager, a jilted wife, and an objectified secretary — conspire to depose their smarmy boss and begin making woman-friendly changes in the workplace. Based on the 1980 hit movie. Show dates March 13-15, 20-22, 27, 28, 29, 30 (matinee); April 3-5, 10-12. Visit theatre’s website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

 

Marathon / March 13 2014 – April 12 2014
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The Florida Keys Watercolor Society was founded by 10 local Keys artists in 1980 with a mission to promote art to the public. Showcasing colorful, luminous watercolors, the show presents original pieces by local artists. Prints are available for purchase. View the collection and vote for your favorite. As a gesture of “Artists Helping the Arts”, a percentage of all sales benefits the MCT. Located in the main gallery of the Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5) during the production of “9 to 5.” viewing is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. or before the curtain and during intermissions on performance days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Email: info@fkwcs.com

 

Key West / March 14 2014 – March 15 2014
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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 their March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org

 

Key West / March 16 2014
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This year’s Rising Star took top honors in the senior division of the 15th Sphinx Competition in 2012 as well as the Audience Choice Award. As soloist he has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the New World Symphony among others. His debut with the Cleveland Orchestra was described as “remarkably poised and elegant.” Performance is at 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Tickets are $20.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / March 17 2014 – March 20 2014
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 Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.
Contact: 303-888-4546
Email: DHorn18669@aol.com

 

Marathon / March 22 2014 – March 23 2014
Local’s Art Show
The Locals Art Show returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of Keys characters our guests encounter, as local artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! A variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices are available. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001

 

Key West / March 22 2014
Keystock Music Fest
Crowds are expected to gather at the Truman Waterfront for the daylong event featuring several musical performances. Keystock is sponsored by Lazy Lakes RV Resort, Howard Livingston and the Key West Rotary Club. Festival hours are noon to 9:30 p.m., with gates set to open at 11 a.m. No coolers or chairs are allowed.
Contact: Lazy Lakes 305-745-1079; 305-292-7729

 

the Florida Keys / March 24 2014
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Key West’s own version of the hysterical off-Broadway hit. Local stars and celebrities read from the most unintentionally hilarious celebrity autobiographies. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / March 25 2014 – April 26 2014
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Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. This comedy explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Directed by Carole MacCartee. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / March 27 2014
The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Program includes Mozart: Sympohony No. 35 Haffner; Zwilich: Shadows for Piano and Orchestra. Also featuring Jeffrey Biegel, piano; Schumann: Symphony No.1 Spring. Tickets available online.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Key West / March 28 2014 – March 29 2014
The unique marine environment of the Keys island chain, which includes the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, is to be celebrated at this festival. Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the family-friendly free-admission Ocean Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scheduled attractions include live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities including face painting, educational displays, food and beverages, a silent auction and more. The festivities take place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located on Key West’s Truman Waterfront past the end of Southard Street. The visitor center for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the facility houses exhibits that showcase the region’s unique ecosystem including a living reef exhibit created by Mote Marine Laboratory. A fishing seminar is planned for kids ages 5-11 that features instruction and barge fishing. To participate, youngsters must register online. A Tuna Trot 5k run/walk is also to be a part of the festivities.

 

Key West / March 29 2014
A Key West Southernmost Runners sanctioned 5K race, the event starts at 8 a.m. from Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town. Race day registration is at 7 a.m., adults $30, age 13-18 years $20, 12 & under free with an adult. Awards are to be given to Male and Female Overall Winners, Masters (over 40) winners and more. Walker Awards will go to the first five male and female walkers. First 200 participants are to register receive a free t-shirt. Register online at active.com. Also, a Kids Fun Run follows after the race, along a half-mile course.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022
Email: robertadepiero@gmail.com

 

Key West / March 29 2014
Located at the Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town, the festival is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for all ages and celebrates the Keys’ marine environment. It is a fundraiser for Mote Marine Laboratory’s Coral Reef Restoration Programs. Highlights include kids’ activities, a fishing seminar for kids — the first 100 kids under age 12 who are registered online receive a free rod — live entertainment all day, more than 70 arts, crafts, food vendors & exhibitors as well as a silent auction. Howard Livingston and the MM 24 Band are to headline the day of fun.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022
Email: robertadepiero@gmail.com

 

Key West / March 30 2014
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The monthly artisan market is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid’s activities and live street art murals. Guests are able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

 

Key West / March 30 2014
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Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is renowned for violins, and their music will take you soaring. The New York Times states, ” . . . warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases.” Performance is at 4 p.m., at Tennessee Williams Theater. Tickets $30 and $50, and are to be available online.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Key West / April 01 2014 – September 30 2014
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The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit explores the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616

 

Key West / April 04 2014 – April 06 2014
Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes highlight this open-to-the-public event, heralding the beginning of more than eight months of exciting Keys fishing. Cash awards await individual participants who catch the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt, and for boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Junior anglers under age 15 can also fish. Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2014.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

 

Marathon / April 05 2014
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A field of 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest of the 43 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club.
Contact: 305-395-7040

 

Key West / April 05 2014
The Great Egg Hunt and Wild Bird Show! From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this family-friendly educational event creates awareness and appreciation for the birds that visit the Garden. Enjoy educational activities, egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, live bird presentations and much more. Admission is $5 per person, Botanical Garden members are admitted free.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org

 

Key West / April 06 2014 – April 21 2014
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The crowd-pleasing MADE IN KEY WEST BAND rocking through a collection of country, cowboy, folk, rock, and blues music including original compositions about legendary characters in Key West history is back by popular demand, John Wells heads up the musical group with Gary McDonald, George Halloran, Tom Murtha and music legend Paul Cotton of the seminal seventies band, POCO. Five performances only; visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / April 06 2014 – November 30 2014
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
Email: kwft@comcast.net

 

Key West / April 08 2014 – April 19 2014
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Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Souvenir is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a tone-deaf woman who is convinced she is an operatic diva. Using her own fortune, she teams up with a mediocre accompanist, Cosme McMoon, in the hope of achieving success. Wickedly funny and full of heart. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Marathon / April 11 2014 – April 13 2014
16th Annual Captain Leon Shell Memorial Sailfish Tournament
The 16th annual tournament offers two full days of sailfishing and a $25,000 cash purse. The winning boat team is to receive a grand prize of $20,000 cash (with 20 registered boats), and cash prizes to first and second runners-up. Trophies are to be awarded to the top boat teams and individual sailfish anglers. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Florida Keys.
Contact: Matt Anthony 305-684-9799
Email: sparkyslanding@aol.com

 

Key West / April 12 2014 – April 13 2014
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, the Key West Garden Club features five delightful gardens to explore. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at any of the individual gardens or at the Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Visit website for more information.
Contact: 305-294-3210

 

Key West / April 15 2014 – July 31 2014
The cost of admission brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org

 

Key West / April 23 2014 – April 27 2014
This four-day challenge is to offer up to $50,000 for first place prize, $15,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Early entry angler fee per angler is available. Visit website for details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474

 

Key West / April 25 2014 – April 27 2014
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The story of those historic “mouse that roared” moments in April 1982 when Key West declared its independence from the United States. It’s a rollicking musical tale of the Conchs taking on the Feds in one of the greatest PR stunts ever. Show time 8 p.m., at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Visit website for tickets; three nights only!
Contact: 305-295-7676

 

Marathon / April 30 2014 – May 02 2014
Tarponian Tournament
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential “hot spots” are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
Email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

 

Key West / May 01 2014 – May 04 2014
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During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com

 

Marathon / May 01 2014 – May 04 2014
A $10,000 first prize awaits the angler with the largest bull and cow combined, as well as prizes awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail, grouper and snapper.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
Email: carlson.jack@ymail.com; bigtimetackle@comcast.net

 

Key West / May 06 2014 – May 24 2014
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This is the musical tail, uh, tale, of Roland, a 29-year-old career-driven lawyer looking for a wife. He follows the advice of his womanizing best buddy: get a dog for the summer as a ready-made conversation starter. When Roland adopts tiny (and invisible-to-the-audience!) Cupid, his world is turned upside down. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / May 06 2014 – May 31 2014
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A fresh assortment of 10-minute plays funnier and more thought provoking than ever! By Various Playwrights starring Various Actors! Directed by Mimi McDonald and Various Others! Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / May 07 2014 – May 11 2014
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The 19th-annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814

 

the Florida Keys / May 16 2014 – May 18 2014
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This Keys-wide dolphin challenge allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West, and weigh in at five locations. An unlimited number of anglers can join a team, in this boat/team event. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Email: fishnkw@aol.com

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / May 16 2014 – May 18 2014
Cash and prizes await anglers, also including first-place trophy to the angler who catches the 21st annual tournament’s largest dolphin. If the winning dolphin weighs more than 50 pounds, additional cash is awarded. While dolphin is the only species of fish eligible for cash awards, rods and reels are also to be presented for the heaviest wahoo and tuna caught. Presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Entry fees are $150 for open and $50 for youth.
Contact: 800-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

 

Key West / May 30 2014 – May 31 2014
Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
In this challenge headquartered at Conch Republic Seafood Company, more than $13,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats. Registration is Friday, fishing Saturday.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
Email: wave.whacker@hotmail.com

 

Key West / June 01 2014 – September 30 2014
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For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West’s most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616

 

Key West / June 07 2014
VFW Fishing Tournament
This family oriented tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler and heaviest fish by a juvenile angler. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. The entry fee is $200 per boat and includes four tournament t-shirts, four tickets to the Captain’s meeting, four tickets to the awards barbeque and chances to win door prizes. All proceeds benefit disabled and/or needy veterans in Monroe County. Hosted by VFW Post 3911 and Key West Harbor Yacht Club. Registration forms and rules are available at Key West Bait and Tackle; Murray Marine; Esky Rod Shop; Key West Harbor; VFW Post 3911; and Reef Light Tackle (Big Pine Key).
Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509-7244
Email: psty2k@yahoo.com

 

Key West / June 11 2014 – June 15 2014
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Key West shows its Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! This five day celebration includes a film festival, dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, clothing-optional pool parties, water excursions, a street fair, Pride Pageants, and a ‘Pride in Our Community’ Parade down Duval Street.
Contact: Guy Ross 305-294-4603
Email: guyaross@kwbgonline.org

 

Key West / June 14 2014
Long distance solo swimmers and relay teams of two to six people, with or without fins, can compete in this United States Masters Swimming-sanctioned even, a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West. The clockwise route around the island takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Smathers Beach. Open for all age groups. A swim meet is held June 15.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562
Email: aqualb@aol.com; lori.bosco@fkcc.edu

 

Key West / June 20 2014 – June 22 2014
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A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby’s two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $15,000 in the tournament’s divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Greg Oropeza 305-304-1348
Email: greg@smithoropeza.com

 

Marathon / June 28 2014 – June 29 2014
The Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Fun Fishing Tournament
Top prizes of $700, $350 and $200 await individual adult anglers who catch the tournament’s three heaviest dolphin, with additional cash awards for the heaviest blackfin tuna and wahoo. Headquartered at Burdines Waterfront restaurant, the 14th annual challenge is open to adult and junior anglers.
Contact: Brenda Duff 305-743-5317
Email: burdineswaterfront@gmail.com

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 04 2014
Celebrate Fourth of July Fireworks
The Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club’s annual 4th of July fireworks are to take place at Big Pine Community Park, MM 30 bayside at the end of Sands Road. Live music, food and ice-cold beverages are to be accompanied by games and activities for both adults and kids. An expanded fireworks show is set to go off at nightfall, or about 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-872-2411

 

Key West / July 10 2014 – July 13 2014
This annual celebration brings together Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts in a celebration of the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha.
Contact: 305-296-6534

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 12 2014
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A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers, snorkelers and the occasional mermaid emphasizes reef preservation. The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

 

Key West / July 13 2014 – July 16 2014
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.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969
Email: loren@keywestdesign.com
Key West / July 16 2014 – July 19 2014
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, 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.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com

 

Key West / July 19 2014
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! The Lazy Dog Paddle Board Race will take place before the 5K and kicks off at 6PM. The 4 mile paddle board challenge will start at the Beach by the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Email: barb@keywestspecialevents.com

 

Key West / August 14 2014 – August 17 2014
Tropical Heat offers All Male-All Adult fever-pitch revelry on the island whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. The festival includes more than a dozen intriguingly decadent events ranging from drag shows to themed pool parties and gatherings at island clubs.
Contact: 305-294-4603; 800-535-7797
Email: guyaross@kwbgonline.org

 

Key West / August 28 2014 – September 01 2014
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More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on to be 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 great activities on tap.
Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com

 

Marathon / August 29 2014 – August 31 2014
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Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Welcome program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show. For all available Marathon accommodations, rates, activities and details, visit website.
Contact: 1-888-313-5749

 

Key West / September 04 2014 – September 07 2014
Womenfest offers a wide range of activities guaranteed to appeal to a broad range of interests. Golfing with palm trees and iguanas, clothing-optional pool parties, a sizzling dance club scene, and women-only water excursions that range from jet skis to dolphin watching all promise to pique the interest of the more adventurous while film, live music, and special comedy shows offer the opportunity to enjoy paradise at a slower pace. All of this on a tropical island that is “close to perfect but far from normal.”
Contact: 800-535-7797; 305-294-4603
Email: admin@kwbgonline.org

 

Key West / September 05 2014 – September 07 2014
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.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

 

Key West / September 18 2014 – September 21 2014
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It’s an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys’ scenic Overseas Highway – designated Florida’s only All-American Road – from mainland Florida to Key West to raise money for charity. Winner takes all, and can win a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle or cash. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Keys-wide events planned for the entire week.
Contact: Drew Peterson 305-235-4023
Email: drew@petersonsharley.com

 

Marathon / September 18 2014 – September 21 2014
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon “slam”), as well as the tongue-in-cheek “wet pants” champion titles for anglers wading from shore. The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide. Notable and celebrity participants have included crooner Perry Como during the early 1960s, former U.S. Rep. Dante Fascell, Broadway actor David Wayne and Heublein Inc. magnate John Martin of A-1 Sauce fame.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

 

the Florida Keys / September 23 2014 – September 28 2014
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The peak of the fall birding season, this event includes an opening reception, dinner, presentations, Keys-wide field trips focusing on education and conservation as they relate to Keys birds and wildlife, nature photography, hikes, kayak excursions and a family-fun environmental fair.
Contact: Kristie Killam 305-872-0774
Email: kristie_killam@fws.gov

 

Key West / October 09 2014 – October 13 2014
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Presented by Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel, 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.
Contact: 305-766-5284
Email: liz@somomarathon.com

 

Key West / October 17 2014 – October 26 2014
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers.
Contact: 305-296-1817
Email: info@fantasyfest.net

 

Key West / October 17 2014 – October 18 2014
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Held in Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets.
Contact: Bob Oberle 305-304-2643
Email: boboberle@hotmail.com

 

Key West / October 20 2014
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Be super, be evil, be AWESOME and get your run on! Dress up as your favorite Superhero or Super Villain and run, walk or fly to the finish line. Prizes are awarded for most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. Winner medals and awards are to given for overall male and female winners, masters (40+) male and female winners. Register online. Race starts at 6 p.m. The race begins and ends at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and ends with a luau. Come for the run, stay for the fun!” ?
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563
Email: beth@themeruns.com

 

Key West / November 02 2014 – November 09 2014
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High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in this 32nd 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.
Contact: 305-296-6166

 

Key West / November 07 2014 – November 10 2014
Experience “Vientos del Alma,” a celebration of traditional Latin American cultural arts featuring dance and percussion workshops, artists’ exhibits, poetry readings, wine tastings, culinary surprises and a spectacular theatrical concert. Vientos del Alma (Winds of the Soul) highlights include: InnerNacionalSound’s Christian Monzón and Valerie Carr, renowned Miami-based Tango Times dance luminaries Roxana Garber and Oscar Caballero and an outstanding international line-up of local and visiting musicians, folk dancers and thrilling performers. Visit website for details and tickets; events to be held at San Carlos Institute.
Contact: 305-394-0808

 

Key West / November 12 2014 – November 16 2014
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 Tropic Cinema and San Carlos Institute. 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.
Contact: 941-527-9385; 305-295-9112

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 29 2014
Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

 

Key West / December 04 2014 – December 07 2014
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.
Contact: Doug Bradshaw 305-797-8361
Email: dougtrikw@gmail.com

 

Key West / December 31 2014
New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration
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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.
Contact: Bob Oberle 305-304-2643
Email: boboberle@hotmail.com