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January 2021: Florida Keys Events

Due to the coronavirus crisis, most near-term Florida Keys special events have been or are likely to be canceled. If you see an event listed, please check the event’s website or call its organizer for more details.

Image for Figure Drawing: Virtual Classes with Lothar Speer
  • Jan 5, 2021 - Mar 30, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Figure Drawing: Virtual Classes with Lothar Speer
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  • The Key West Art Center is happy to have Lothar Speer return as a figure drawing instructor on Zoom as a virtual art instructor. Lothar studied at The National Academy of The Fine Arts, Vienna, where he received The Johannes Fueger Medal, a European distinction in the field of figure drawing. This workshop is an introduction to this powerful tradition for artists of all levels. Lothar has been teaching the figure for over three decades and delights in adjusting his feedback to each student's level and needs. The principles learned here are universal and can be applied to any subject matter and develop skill which is the prerequisite for powerful personal artistic expression. Classes are held Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit KWAC website for more information.
  • Jan 5, 2021 - Jan 7, 2021 Islamorada Fishing
  • Islamorada Sailfly Tournament
  • Randy Towe 305-394-2667 Email
  • This time of year the weather is ideal for a hot Atlantic sailfish bite. Enter for a chance to compete in a tough yet exciting angling event to kick off the year.
Image for A Virtual Happy Hour with the Historian
  • Jan 6, 2021 Key West
  • A Virtual Happy Hour with the Historian
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  • In 2022, the island of Key West will be celebrating its bicentennial. In observing this milestone, this talk will be an abbreviated history of Key West from its founding in 1822 through to the present day. A swift canter through the island’s history – approached decade by decade – demonstrates how it has taken on many different identities and functions. Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society. Event from 4-5 p.m.
Image for Marathon Community Theater presents: The Vagina Monologues
  • Jan 7, 2021 - Dec 23, 2020 Marathon Arts & Culture
  • Marathon Community Theater presents: The Vagina Monologues
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  • An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler, introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnessed her best friend give birth, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows at 8:00 pm with a 3:00 pm matinee offered on Sunday, January 17. Tickets $25 pp.
  • Jan 8, 2021 - Jan 9, 2021 Islamorada Fishing
  • Fish for Holly Sailfish Tournament
  • Annie Hagen 305-304-1762 Website
  • Created to raise monies for Keys scholarships and domestic violence initiatives, this memorial tournament honors the late Holly Given, a Keys resident and avid angler. Headquartered out of Whale Harbor Marina, participants are to compete for top male, female and junior angler awards as well top offshore, bay boat, and fun fish categories.
  • Jan 9, 2021 The Lower Keys
  • Stock Island Art Stroll
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  • Experience Stock Island's unique art scene and creative culture, tour Stock Island's best art studios from 11am - 5pm. Start at The Perry Hotel with featured artist Jasmine Jones, who creates her artwork using a combination of alcohol inks, acrylic paint and resin layers to create a body of work with a greater depth than traditional two dimensional paintings.. Make a day of it and treat yourself to lunch at Salty Oyster, dinner at Matt's Stock Island, relax in the hammock gardens, and more!
Image for Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…History in Images: Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Jan 13, 2021 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…History in Images: Dry Tortugas National Park
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  • Join a live virtual lecture, from 6-7 p.m. (ET), presented by James A. Kushlan and Kirsten Hines. You’ll hear about the lighthouse built in 1826, the nation’s most ambitious masonry fortification Fort Jefferson and its role in the Civil War, and Dr. Samuel Mudd and the other Lincoln conspirators imprisoned there. You’ll see images of its waters, coral reefs and aquatic life, which remain among the most biologically intact in the American tropics. Lecture is free for members and $5 for non-members. Register in advance.
Image for The Studios of Key West presents: Livingston Taylor
  • Jan 13, 2021 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Livingston Taylor
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  • Part of TSKW's Old Town, New Folk music series. Described as “equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon,” Livingston delights audiences with his charm, upbeat storytelling and vast repertoire musical genres – including folk, pop, gospel and jazz. Tickets for this virtual concert are $25, $22 for TSKW members. Starts 8 p.m.
  • Jan 14, 2021 - Jan 17, 2021 Key West Fishing
  • Key West Kingfish Mayhem
  • Jimmy Wickett 954-605-8284 Email Website
  • Headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, this four-species event enhances what was formerly a king mackerel tournament by adding tuna, mahi and wahoo. Anglers are to vie for cash prizes.
Image for 61st Annual Key West Home Tours
  • Jan 15, 2021 - Jan 16, 2021 Key West
  • 61st Annual Key West Home Tours
  • 305-294-9501 Email Website
  • Tour elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. January tours are offered 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. For each tour, the number of visitors allowed inside each home will be limited, masks will be required and hand sanitizers will be provided. Reservations for tour time slots are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Image for Native Plants for Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
  • Jan 16, 2021 Key West
  • Native Plants for Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
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  • The plant nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs, vegetables and vines for sale from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 150 species of plants are available with plants that attract birds and butterflies, in one- to 10-gallon pots.  Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15 percent discount.  The Garden is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation and all proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. Face masks are required and social distancing protocol will be strictly followed.  The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. 
  • Jan 17, 2021 Key West
  • 23rd Annual Key West Half Marathon & 5k Run
  • Barbara Wright 305-240-0727 Email Website
  • Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the race follows a 13.1-mile course that includes Old Town Key West and the scenic waterfront. The race typically attracts American and international runners to compete in Key West's balmy January climate. Named as one of the United States' leading winter half marathons, Best Destination Half Marathons and Bucket List Best Half Marathons, is ranked among 13 must-do U.S. half-marathons by COVID-19 safety protocols are to be in place.
  • Jan 19, 2021 - Jan 20, 2021 Islamorada Fishing
  • IFC Sailfish Tournament
  • IFC 305-664-4735 Website
  • Presented by the Islamorada Fishing Club, the event this year is the second leg of the three-pronged Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series. It typically draws a field of up to 30 boat teams of elite sport fishermen. A total cash payout for a full field at the IFC Sailfish Tournament could reach $30,000.
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  • Jan 20, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Fringe Theater 2021 Season
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  • Fringe Theater’s 2020-21 season was designed with three things in mind: safety, creativity and flexibility. One-person shows are to be presented online and in-person, and readings are free and online. Visit website for current productions and readings.
  • Jan 21, 2021 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Morada Way Art Walk
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  • From 6-9 p.m., stroll among outdoor artisans. Presented by Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, a non-profit organization in the heart of Islamorada between mile marker 81 and 82, comprised of Morada Way Clay, Jessica Ann Art, Rum Brush, Limelight Studio/Gallery, and other creative partners. Admission is free, social distancing protocols are to be in place.
Image for Key West Art Center and Gallery presents: Online Art Class with Priscilla Coote
  • Jan 21, 2021 - Jan 22, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Art Center and Gallery presents: Online Art Class with Priscilla Coote
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  • Key West artist Priscilla Coote "takes" students to Bahia Honda State Park via video, where she paints from the water using her Amphibious Easel. She explains how she chooses the subject matter and all the considerations that go into painting on the scene in an active environment. Then students join her in the studio to paint along as she interprets her plein air painting into a finished studio work. Students will be sharing what they create for a positive, personalized experience. Medium can be oils or acrylics. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from a wonderful instructor whose work is collected worldwide. Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. each day. Visit KWAC website for class fees and information.
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  • Jan 22, 2021 The Lower Keys
  • LIVE on the Lawn at The Perry Hotel: Ciara Rae
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  • Join The Perry for another exclusive concert on the new Barrel House event lawn featuring Ciara Rae, a country/southern rock artist from Nashville! This exclusive performance will be limited to 100 guests - please reserve your chair or blanket space on the lawn for up to 4 guests using the link. In the interest of social distancing, reservations are required and tickets must be purchased in advance. *Due to hosting it outdoors, this event is dependent on weather. Performance starts at 8 p.m.
  • Jan 22, 2021 - Jan 24, 2021 Marathon
  • Island Boat Show
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  • Boating and watersports aficionados can browse among top boat brands at the event, staged at Hawks Cay Resort, mile marker 61 on Duck Key. Boat brands and vendors expected to be featured in the open-air show include Worldcat, Contender, Robalo, Sailfish, Cobia, Twin Vee, Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Stingray, Wellcraft, Bob Hewes, Century and Grady White. The show is to take place 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
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  • Jan 27, 2021 - Jan 31, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Food and Wine Festival
  • Email Website
  • Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual celebration. Whet your appetite for island-style excellence, showcasing local chefs’ culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Ticket sales available online.
  • Jan 27, 2021 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Keys History & Discovery Center Presents: Florida Bay & the Everglades, An Ecological Update
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  • Join a live virtual lecture from 6-7 p.m., presented by Dr. Steven Davis of The Everglades Foundation, for an update about the Everglades and its ecology. Established as a national park in 1947, the Everglades is home to more than 70 threatened or endangered species and one out of every three Floridians relies on the Everglades for their water supply. Named the River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas the same year the park was established, the effort to conserve the Everglades has been ongoing for many decades. Lecture is free for members; $5 for non-members. Register in advance.
  • Jan 28, 2021 - Jan 30, 2021 The Lower Keys Fishing
  • NEW DATES: Sugarloaf Showdown
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  • Postponed from Nov. 2020. Angling teams are to pit their skills against the Lower Florida Keys’ wiliest in-water inhabitants. Presented by the Lower Keys Guides Association, the tournament raises money for the Florida Keys Guides Trust Foundation. The foundation provides funds to assist fishing guides who are recovering from an illness or injury. According to tournament organizers, participants are to follow Monroe County COVID-19 health safety protocols throughout, including social distancing and wearing facial coverings when appropriate.
Image for Sundance Film Festival 2021 Satellite Screens: Tropic Cinema
  • Jan 28, 2021 - Feb 3, 2021 Key West
  • Sundance Film Festival 2021 Satellite Screens: Tropic Cinema
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  • This year, Sundance Film Festival is doing things differently by bringing the Fest to Key West audiences with a Sundance Satellite screen in the local community, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. Offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform alongside drive-ins, independent art-houses and a network of local community partnerships in select cities, the Utah festival's characteristics remain the same: celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and adventurous audiences.
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  • Jan 30, 2021 The Lower Keys
  • Full Moon Beach Bash
  • Enjoy an outdoor Full Moon party at LL’s Test Kitchen at the Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina. They are open to the public and tickets will be available online via OpenTable. From 5-10 p.m., tickets $35 per person. Social distancing and COVID-19 protocols such as wearing face masks are to be in place.
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