The Florida Keys & Key West

Calendar of Events

Current Florida Keys Events

  • Jan. 1, 2019 - Aug. 31, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Fishing
  • Key West Fishing Tournament
  • Doris Harris 305-923-5934 Email Website
  • Anglers of all ages and abilities can target more than 40 species of fish in the Key West Fishing Tournament, a free-entry multidivision challenge that takes place Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2019. The tournament features divisions for men, women, junior anglers ages 10 to 15 and Pee Wees under 10 years old — making it ideal for extended families and multigenerational groups who want to share the angling experience.
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  • Jan. 23, 2019 - May. 3, 2019 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • Arts Council Presents the Connections Project 2019 TOUR
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  • The Florida Keys Council of the Arts has launched its seventh annual Connections Project Keyswide road show featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. Currently in Islamorada, at Ocean Sotheby's International Realty, its upcoming exhibition opening dates and venues are  Feb. 12 at Royal Furniture in Marathon, March 1 at Marathon’s Shady Palm Gallery, March 15 at Big Pine Key’s Artists in Paradise Gallery, April 9 at Royal Furniture in Key West and May 3 at the Gato Building in Key West. Receptions with wine and hors d'oeuvres are open to the public. After connecting with the art, patrons can also collect art by making a $50 donation for one canvas or a $125 donation for three at any reception or online. Once the road show has ended, donors receive a randomly selected piece of the mosaic in the mail. Each work includes an artist statement providing insight into the origin of the work and the artist’s thoughts and inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project directly benefit Keys artists and arts organizations.
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  • Feb. 22, 2019 - Apr. 30, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Artist Paul Arsenault Exhibit at Custom House Museum
  • 305-295-6616 x112 Email Website
  • Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society, the work of artist Paul Arsenault is to be featured at a special opening reception on February 22 from 6–7PM in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. “Coastal Trade: Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West” is an exhibit of over 30 of Arsenault’s paintings that are a window into the pioneering days of southwest Florida’s maritime trading networks, presented along with artifacts from Arsenault’s personal collection and the Society’s archives. Exhibit runs through April 30.
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  • Feb. 23, 2019 - Mar. 30, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key West Burlesque presents: Backroom Burlesque
  • 305.294.0555 Website
  •  Key West Burlesque is back and better then ever! It has found its home at the Back Space inside of SideBar, 504 Angela Street. Join the excitement two nights  a week (Fri & Sat) for this amazing show. February 23 & March 2, enjoy 'Backroom Rhapsody: A Tribute to Queen,' a dazzling extravaganza of song and dance that can’t be missed. The show incorporates several of the legendary bands greatest hits and unforgettable songs into a high energy, glamour filled production with an all-star cast that includes Tatah DuJour, Moana Amour, and the Key West Burlesque Dancers. March 9, 16, 23 & 30, 'Lets Misbehaves: A Titillating 1920's Style Revue' features a rotating cast of weekly guest performers including Sofia Luna, Moana Amour, and Cheeky Derrière. Tickets sold online.
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  • Mar. 1, 2019 - Mar. 31, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Studios of Key West presents: Tom Majors, Tribute to Wood
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  • As an island community, Key West enjoys a particular closeness to nature, in all its beauty and occasional peril. Palm trees and banyans define our look, cypress groves protect us, and hardwoods remind us of long gone tropical hammocks. The Tom Majors Tribute to Wood is a month-long, island-wide celebration of the creative potential of wood, and its ability to point the way to a more harmonious relationship to the natural world. It is conceived and coordinated by The Studios of Key West, in partnership with artists and organizations across the island.
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  • Mar. 7, 2019 - Apr. 6, 2019 Location: Marathon Category: Arts & Culture
  • Marathon Community Theater presents: La Cage
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  • La Cage… is a bevy of sight, gags, wildly drawn characters, and rompery, truly the fabric of a farce. Here amidst the age-old triangle of mother, father and child we find a real family.  Georges and Albin, partners for over 20-years, learn Jean-Michel, Georges' son from a one-night fling, is engaged to be married to Anne. George and Albin are the owners of the infamously bawdy and risqué St. Tropez nightclub, La Cage aux Folles. When Anne's parents arrive to meet Jean-Michel’s parents, the farce and fun begins. Anne's father is the Director of the conservative ‘Tradition, Family, and Morality’ Party, and committed to closing down St. Tropez’s immoral businesses, one of which is La Cage aux Folles. Show times 8 p.m.
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  • Mar. 7, 2019 - Apr. 6, 2019 Location: Marathon Category: Arts & Culture
  • Florida Keys Watercolor Society presents: 37th Annual Judged Exhibition
  • View over 60 paintings in watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and more. The artwork is for sale with 20 percent of sales going to Marathon Community Theater as a gesture of "Artists helping the Arts." The exhibit opens for daytime viewing on Thursday, March, 7 and can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday thru April 6, and during evenings before the curtain and during intermission of the Marathon Community Theatre's Performance of “La Cage aux Folles.” Take a chance on winning one of two original framed watercolors donated by acclaimed artists. Tickets are 6 tickets for $5- 13 tickets for $10- and 30 tickets for $20. Your ticket gives you a chance to win "Fading Away" by artist Nancy Murphree Davis and "The Guardian" by West Palm Beach Artist Charles Passarelli. Drawing is on Wednesday, April 10 and each paintings will be shipped free of charge anywhere in the USA to the 2 different winners, need not be present to win.
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  • Mar. 9, 2019 - Mar. 30, 2019 Location: Islamorada
  • Matecumbe Historical Trust presents Historical Trolley Tour of Islamorada
  • Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940 Website
  • Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge, MM 81.5. The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free. Held each Saturday in March.
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  • Mar. 10, 2019 - Apr. 7, 2019 Location: Key West
  • Key West Artisan Market
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  • Browse among culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, live music, craft beer, wine and art and food concessions. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a NEW location this year, at Higgs Beach. Bring your own bags. A fantastic, family-friendly, free event. Dates: March 10 is Bikes, Trikes & Boards, focused on alternative ways of getting around in our community; March 24 is Art of the Art Edition; April 7 is Ocean Awareness.
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  • Mar. 19, 2019 - Apr. 26, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • 'Visions of Cuba' Cuban Art Exhibit at the Gato Building
  • 305-295-4369 Email
  • This collective exhibition of contemporary Cuban Art, curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez, represents the artwork of more than 50 prominent Cuban artists who now live in cities throughout the world, many of whom attended the ISA, Institud Superior of Art in Havana, and have participated in the Havana Biennial. The Gato Building itself is steeped in Cuban Heritage, originally a Cuban Cigar Factory. “Visions of Cuba” showcases a variety of community artists, ranging from students to professionals, and promotes the significant cultural connection between Cuba, Key West, the Gato and artists. View the exhibit inside the Gato Building, open daily Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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  • Mar. 20, 2019 - Mar. 30, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Fringe Theater presents: The Clean House
  • 305-731-0581 Website
  • Enjoy this quirky comedy, a Pulitzer Prize nominated play written by contemporary American playwright Sara Ruhl, that takes place in “metaphysical Connecticut.” It is a concoction of real and surreal story lines that take the audience on a fantastical journey that searches for meaning among life’s messier moments. The ensemble of diverse and whacky characters drives the play’s action which stops periodically to allow the characters to say things directly to the audience. Showtime 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. (The Parish Hall sits at the back of the property.) Tickets $35 general admission, $45 reserved seating. Seating is limited. Tickets are available online.
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  • Mar. 22, 2019 Location: Key West
  • 12th Annual Florida Keys SPCA Spring Social
  • Tiffany Burton (305) 294-4857 Email Website
  • Enjoy a paw-tastic experience to help raise funds to benefit a Keys-based animal shelter; event is open to the public, from 5:30-9:30 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 or call.
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  • Mar. 23, 2019 Location: The Lower Keys
  • Bubbles & Bids
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  • An evening dedicated to a great cause, held at the Perry Hotel Key West’s Salty Oyster from 4–6 p.m. Enjoy a silent auction featuring gift baskets, gift certificates, vacations, and more. All proceeds from silent auction and a percentage of special craft beers purchased are to be donated to the Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys. Open to the public.
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  • Mar. 24, 2019 Location: Key West
  • Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
  • Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300 Website
  • Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
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  • Mar. 27, 2019 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories
  • 305-922-2237 Email Website
  • Spend an evening with Professor and Performance Storyteller Caren S. Neile as she shares stories of the pirate Black Caesar and Robert the Doll. Live the legends of the Florida Keys and other parts of this extraordinary state including the Barefoot Mailman, Addison Mizner and the Ashley gang. The presentation will include modern technology with good old-fashioned storytelling and the human brain. Attendees have a chance to share their own Florida stories and to pick up a signed copy of Florida Lore. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
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  • Mar. 27, 2019 Location: Key West
  • Trident True presents: Southernmost Veteran’s Tribute
  • Allison Calhoun 720-822-9802 Email Website
  • Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ingham ship, a national historic landmark and memorial museum, to honor our veterans and raise funds to provide 25 local veterans with a day aboard local charter fishing boats. There will be live music by local musicians, magic by Frank Everhart, and demonstrations by U.S Navy SEALS. Raffle drawings will include fishing charters, water sports, sunset sails, and much more. Cost is $75 per person, includes 1 drink with hors d’oeuvres. The Ingham is located in the Truman Waterfront Park. Event held from 5PM - 9PM. Tickets available online. Trident True is a nonprofit organization offering nationwide events and fundraisers supporting our U.S. military veterans who are transitioning back to civilian life.
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  • Mar. 28, 2019 - Mar. 29, 2019 Location: Islamorada
  • Reef Environmental Education Foundation presents: Free Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshop & Dives
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  • The classroom portion covers the background of the invasion, lionfish biology and ecology, impacts, current research findings, and hands-on lessons in how to safely collect and handle lionfish using hand nets, pole spears and ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Units. Participants who complete the classroom session will have the opportunity to obtain a permit to collect lionfish using hand nets in Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPAs) within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Following the classroom session, divers and snorkelers join an accompanying boat charter to practice the collection and handling techniques. The workshops and dives are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Classroom lecture and demonstration from 6PM-8PM Thurs., March 28 at REEF Headquarters 98300 Overseas Hwy, in Key Largo. Registration starts at 5:30PM. Friday, March 29, two tank dive with Key Dives, in Islamorada. Check-in Time at 8AM at dive shop. The workshop and dives are free and have limited availability. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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  • Mar. 29, 2019 - Mar. 30, 2019 Location: Key Largo
  • REEF presents: Winter Lionfish Derby Weekend
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  • Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains, and all team members are encouraged to attend, 6:30 - 7:30pm, at REEF headquarters, 98300 Overseas Hwy. The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat. Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed. Saturday, March 30th at Sharkey’s Pub and Galley Restaurant Teams may begin collecting lionfish at sunrise. All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station by 5 p.m. (dock at Sharkey's Pub & Galley) From 5-6 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings. Awards will immediately follow scoring. Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5PM. Sharkey's will be offering lionfish tastings and drink specials open to public. Registration cost: $120 per team (minimum 2 people per team, maximum 4 people)
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  • Mar. 29, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • American Bombshells Concert
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  • Join a spectacular Key West concert featuring the American Bombshells, the country's best patriotic show. Enjoy a magical evening on the grounds of the Truman Little White House. The American Bombshells, a modern day twist on the Andrews Sisters, serve as Ambassadors of America's Gratitude, traveling the globe with an All-American show that dazzles in three part harmony. Don't miss THE American Bombshells as we honor our Military and Veterans! Show starts 8 p.m., at Harry S. Truman Little White House. Tickets sold online.
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  • Mar. 30, 2019 - Mar. 31, 2019 Location: Key West
  • NAS Key West 2019 Southernmost Air Spectacular
  • Emma Edgar Harlow 305-293-2503 Email Website
  • The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels will be taking to the skies at Naval Air Station Key West. The 2019 theme is "Women in Aviation" with a focus on the "Future of Flight." Organizers expect highlights to include civilian performers like an all-female parachute jump team, the Misty Blues, Patty Wagstaff flying an Extra 330SC, Ashley Shelton, Wing Walker and the world famous Shockwave Jet Truck. Gates open 9 a.m., air show starts at 10:30 a.m., Blue Angels fly at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
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  • Mar. 31, 2019 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • BayJam 25
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  • This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay. Admission is free, donations are encouraged. Proceeds go to student art and music scholarships.
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  • Mar. 31, 2019 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo
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  • The Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition in 2005. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d’Andé Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and Infiorata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States. Performances take place at 4 p.m. at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 401 Duval St.
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