Calendar of Events

Current Florida Keys Arts & Culture Events

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  • Jan 14, 2024 - Mar 14, 2024 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Art Guild of the Purple Isles: Judged Art Show
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  • The annual Judged Art Show featuring works by members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles is to be on display at Florida Keys History & Discovery Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The center is located at mile marker 82 oceanside on the property of the Islander Resort.
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  • Jan 17, 2024 - Apr 17, 2024 Islamorada Environmental
  • History of Diving Museum: Dive into Art - Coral Creations
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  • See the History of Diving Museum's featured exhibit, "Dive Into Art: Coral Creations." The exhibit showcases art from across the Florida Keys, including works from local schools and members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles. Each piece focuses on a theme of coral conservation, with educational interpretation provided by local coral conservation groups.
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  • Feb 23, 2024 - Apr 28, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Art & Historical Society: Shadow & Light Art Exhibit
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  • The juried exhibit, "Shadow & Light" celebrates the work of over 50 Keys artists who contributed works in a variety of mediums that capture the natural light of the Florida Keys. These visual expressions evoke contemplation, wonder and introspection. The exhibition runs through April 28 in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
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  • Mar 1, 2024 - Mar 26, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Tennessee Williams Festival
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  • In celebration of Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, the Key West Art & Historical Society hosts an annual ‘Tennessee Williams Key West Festival,’ a month-long series of arts and cultural events that takes place each March across multiple venues. The yearly festival includes a museum fundraiser, plein air painting, poetry and short story writing contests, lectures, museum tours, film screenings, live theater events, and a birthday party complete with cake and bubbly to honor the life and accomplishments of Williams. The full schedule of events is available online.
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  • Mar 2, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Jag Gallery: Living My Life Like A Song
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  • A very special gallery tribute dedicated to celebrating the life of the legendary Jimmy Buffett featuring artworks and words from a circle of the musician and singer-songwriter’s circle of artist and writer friends from Key West and beyond, all in support of the Singing for Change Charitable Foundation. An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 1075 Duval St.
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  • Mar 5, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Tennessee Williams Theatre: Little Women
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  • Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The struggle during the Civil War of these “Little Women” to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.” Tickets $45 to $155. Showtime 8 p.m. 5901 College Rd.
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  • Mar 7, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Studios of Key West: First Thursday Open House
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  • During the First Thursday Open House event, the Studios keep the lights on late and throw the doors open to celebrate the newest work in its galleries. Stop in to say hello, relax with a glass of wine on the rooftop terrace, tour the third floor artist studios and see the just-installed exhibitions in the various galleries. 6 to 8 p.m. at 533 Eaton St.
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  • Mar 8, 2024 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys: Annual Cocktail Party
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  • Gear up for a night of Southern charm and elegance as Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys proudly presents its 21st annual cocktail party with a Kentucky Derby theme. Guests are encouraged to don their most dashing Derby attire. For ladies, that includes those fabulous hats and fascinators, and for gentlemen, seersucker and bow ties. Prizes will be awarded for the best ladies’ hat or fascinator, best gentlemen’s bowtie, and best-coordinated couple, so come ready to showcase your Derby fashion flair. The event includes Southern culinary delights, live music, live and silent auctions and gaming tables. 5:30 p.m. for VIP guests; 6:30 for general admission at Cheeca Lodge and Spa, mile marker 82 oceanside.
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  • Mar 9, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: One Music Family
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  • Ralph De Palma presents an epic night of music celebrating the release of The Soul of Key West: Vol III, the latest in his series of books documenting the Key West music scene through richly textured photography and stories from the musicians themselves. The event begins at The Studios' Helmerich Theater from 7 to 8 p.m. with a book signing celebration, followed by musical performances from 8 until 10 p.m. Tickets $30 to $75. 533 Eaton St.
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  • Mar 9, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest
  • 305-294-9501 E-mail Website
  • An island tradition, this unique contest celebrates the historic importance of conch in the Keys and features contestants in several age categories attempting to make "music" with fluted conch shells. The contest takes place in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street. It's free to participate in, and to attend. All ages are invited to compete. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the contest starts at noon.
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  • Mar 9, 2024 - Mar 10, 2024 Marathon Arts & Culture
  • Marathon Seafood Festival
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  • The Marathon Seafood Festival is the premier event for delicious fresh seafood and entertainment in the Florida Keys. There is to be live music throughout the festival weekend, games for children and adults, raffle giveaways, and over 200 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, art, boats and more. A U.S. Navy fighter jet flyover is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. $5 per person, per day. Kids 12 and under free with paying adult. On Sunday, both active and retired military and law enforcement personnel are free. The festival takes place at Marathon Community Park, 200 36th Street oceanside. Parking is available directly across U.S. 1 at Stanley Switlick Elementary.
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  • Mar 10, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Coffee Butler Amphitheater: Foreigner
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  • Foreigner's Farewell Tour stops in Key West on Sun., March 10th for a performance at Coffee Butler Amphitheater. The group is to perform greatest hits, like "Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” and “Hot Blooded." Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. 21 Quay Rd.
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  • Mar 11, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Tennessee Williams Classic Movie: Baby Doll
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  • Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, “Baby Doll” centers on Archie (Karl Malden), a failing cotton gin owner who is married to Baby Doll (Carroll Baker), a 19-year old childlike beauty whose father arranged the marriage for financial reasons. The film begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St.
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  • Mar 13, 2024 - Apr 6, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Waterfront Playhouse: Murder on the Orient Express
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  • A snowdrift stops a luxurious train in its tracks… an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, and the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – this is Ken Ludwig’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Tickets $40 to $85. Showtimes at 8 p.m. with one Saturday matinee March 23. 407 Wall Street at Mallory Square.
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  • Mar 13, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Fringe Theater: The Last 5 Years
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  • A poignant and devastatingly honest look at love and loss between two artists whose first date and last goodbye take place over five years. The musical's innovative structure takes us through their story from start to finish (and finish to start). This show has strong language and adult themes. Tickets $45 to $60. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Armory, 600 White St.
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  • Mar 14, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Happy Hour With the Historian: Tennessee Williams in Key West
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  • Join Key West Art & Historical Society curator, Dr. Cori Convertito, as she discusses Tennessee Williams' residency in Key West, which spanned more than 30 years. The highly-acclaimed playwright worked in a writing studio at his house that was located on Duncan Street. When asked why he chose to spend much of his time in Key West, he is known to have said, "but I work best here." Tickets are required for the happy hour discussion that takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Comedy Key West, 218 Whitehead St.
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  • Mar 14, 2024 Marathon Arts & Culture
  • Connections Project: Marathon Reception
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  • For years, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts has gathered mini-canvases from area artists to create one large Keys art mural/mosaic for its annual Connections Project. This year, the council is creating five separate murals and, at each opening reception to be held in each region of the Keys, there will be live music to create a multi-faceted celebration of the artistic spirit that makes the Keys so special. The free Marathon reception on March 14 takes place from 4:30 to 6 :30 p.m. at Sparky's Landing at mile marker 54 behind the Fairfield Marriott. Attendees may purchase their choice of individual canvases from the mosaic for $100 each.
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  • Mar 15, 2024 - Mar 16, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Home Tours
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  • The Old Island Restoration Foundation’s Key West Home Tours are among America’s oldest and longest-running, dating from 1960. This 64th series features self-guided tours of 5 Key West homes and gardens between 1 and 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. $55 per person. Addresses of featured homes are to be provided when tickets are purchased.
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  • Mar 15, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • FKSPCA: Spring Social
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  • Animal lovers can join the fun at the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' biggest celebration of the year -- the annual Spring Social at Harry S. Truman Little White House. A lavish buffet by Catered Affairs (with vegan and vegetarian options) is to be accompanied by free beer and wine and a cash liquor bar, live music and the presentation of the inaugural Champion of Animals Award to honoree Sue Turner. General admission $60; VIP tickets$125, which include early access to the silent auction and a champagne reception.
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  • Mar 16, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: Artist Studio Tours
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  • Hop on a bike or carpool with friends and spend an art-filled afternoon exploring the homes and studios of Key West artists. Produced by The Studios of Key West, the annual Artist Studio Tour takes you on a self-guided journey through the secret lanes and hidden alleys of Old Town. One of the most popular events of the year, the Artist Studio Tours present the island’s art community in a brand new light. Spend an afternoon discovering new artists, peeking into inspiring workspaces, and perhaps finding a unique souvenir or piece of art for your home. $30. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information on locations will be provided to ticket holders.
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  • Mar 17, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Theater: Far From the Shamrock Shores
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  • When Suzanne Moore takes the stage on Saint Patrick’s Day, you know you are going to have a night of the best Irish music on the island. In 2023, Suzanne debuted at the Key West Theater to a sold out crowd and this year she brings along a host of world-class musicians to the concert stage to take you on a magical musical journey celebrating the stories of Irish American immigration through song. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. 512 Eaton St.
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  • Mar 20, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Tennessee Williams Theatre: Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock n' Roll, Part 4
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  • Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars/groups/genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, and more. Tickets $45 to $145. Showtime 8 p.m. 5901 College Rd.
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  • Mar 21, 2024 The Florida Keys Arts & Culture
  • Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk
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  • The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District’s Third Thursday Art Walk in Islamorada is the organization’s landmark, monthly event. On the Third Thursday of each month, Keys-inspired fine artists, vendors, residents, and visitors congregate on Morada Way in Islamorada to celebrate the arts and culture in the Florida Keys. Enjoy a relaxing evening from 6-9 p.m. perusing local fine art, imbibing local craft beer and wine and listening to music, in the area between mile markers 81 and 82.
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  • Mar 23, 2024 - Mar 24, 2024 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Island Fest Featuring the Taste of Islamorada
  • (305) 664-4503 Website
  • This fun annual Island Festival features a juried art show, a sand sculpture competition, the "What Floats Your Boat" homemade boat race, live music, great food, classic cars, and on Sunday, the annual "Taste of Islamorada" restaurant competition. Free entry; onsite parking $5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside.
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  • Mar 25, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Taste of Key West
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  • This free admission, open-air event features an assortment of beverages and palate-pleasing plates. Restaurants and food vendors from across the Lower Keys and Key West donate their culinary talents to create delectable small plates. Food ranges from seafood, tropical and Caribbean flavors, to European dishes, vegetarian offerings, and desserts. Buy tickets based upon what looks best! A large assortment of wines and beers will also be offered. VIP passes are available. Proceeds from food and beverage tickets benefit AH Monroe, providing medical and life assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.
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  • Mar 26, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Tennessee Williams Birthday Party
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  • The final, celebratory event of the Tennessee Williams Festival is the annual birthday party in his honor. This year marks the 113th anniversary of his birth. The public is welcome to celebrate with champagne and cake at the Tennessee Williams Museum from 5 to 7 p.m. at 513 Truman Ave.
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  • Mar 28, 2024 The Lower Keys Arts & Culture
  • Connections Project: Lower Keys Reception
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  • For years, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts has gathered mini-canvases from area artists to create one large Keys art mural/mosaic for its annual Connections Project. This year, the council is creating five separate murals and, at each opening reception to be held in each region of the Keys, there will be live music to create a multi-faceted celebration of the artistic spirit that makes the Keys so special. The free Big Pine Key & the Lower Keys reception on March 28 takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce at mile marker 31, Big Pine Key. Attendees may purchase their choice of individual canvases from the mosaic for $100 each.
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  • Mar 29, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • South Florida Symphony: Masterworks IV - Stravinsky, Ravel, Bernstein, Zwilich
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  • South Florida Symphony Orchestra transports you to the high-octane spirit of 1940s Times Square in Bernstein’s "Three Dance Episodes" from the hit Broadway musical On the Town, and a visit with Clarinet Concerto, Zwilich’s stirring elegy on 9/11. Then, be seduced at a Spanish tavern during Ravel’s rhythmic Bolero and be spellbound by Stravinsky’s celebrated nod to Russian folklore, the magical Firebird. Tickets start at $25. Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 7:30 p.m.
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  • Mar 29, 2024 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Dive Into Art & Music
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  • Join the History of Diving Museum team for a benefit concert, art exhibit and special musical tribute to musician, artist, and avid diver Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Enjoy live music, an art sale, dinner, dancing and more from 5:30 to 9 p..m at Safe Harbor Angler House, MM 80.5 bayside.
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  • Mar 30, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Harry S. Truman Little White House: Easter Egg Roll
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  • In addition to the traditional Easter Egg Roll on the lawn, guests will enjoy arts and craft activities, live music, refreshments, photos with the Easter Bunny, and each child will leave with a commemorative wooden Easter egg. The event is free for all ages. 9 to 11 a.m. on the Little White House grounds. 111 Front Street.
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  • Mar 30, 2024 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Pops in the Park: March Madness
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  • Florida Keys Community Concert Band presents "March Madness," a rousing event featuring games and puzzles for the audience – including a life-size human checkerboard game – punctuated by college fight songs and marches, along with sports and game show themes. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. The free concert starts at 4 p.m. at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside
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  • Mar 31, 2024 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Artisan Market: Let's Get Hoppy!
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  • Key West Artisan Market celebrates all things beer & Easter with the 'Let's Get Hoppy' Edition March 31 from 10 am to 2 pm at Higgs Memorial Beach, Key West. Bring the kids for the annual free Easter Egg hunt -- kids 12 and under can hunt eggs hidden around the park and exchange them at the Artisan Market booth for candy and prizes. As always, there will be bloody marys, mimosas, a full bar, coffee, juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls offering eat-here or take-away. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers.
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