• "Blog dog" Giulio and his new sister Rosa enjoy the "dog days" of summer in Key West.


  • By: Steve Smith
  • August 19, 2015

As the dog days of summer draw to a close, we Key Westers continue to find fun things to do while watching the hours drift by. For example, Saturday, Aug. 22, will find me at 1605 N. Roosevelt Blvd. for the Death by Tako and Key West Burlesque Late Summer Luau.

Key West dogs

“Blog dog” Giulio and his new sister Rosa enjoy the “dog days” of summer in Key West.

If you have not discovered Death by Tako, a waterside gastronomic experience, this evening will be a unique Key West highlight. And if you’ve been there, you’ll understand why the luau is a don’t-miss treat. Chef Andrew Nguyen pairs a three-course Hawaiian flair dinner with a lusty luau performance by Key West Burlesque.

The following weekend, pack a blanket and a chair and head to historic Fort East Martello for a concert under the stars. Pro surfer turned singer/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will wow you with his unique style of music, which has evolved over the last 10 years and comes from his heart and soul.

Australian pop singer Cody Simpson is Donavon’s special guest performer. The evening includes food from some great local purveyors and (of course) a cash bar. Sponsored by the Key West Art & Historical Society, the event is a feature of the organization’s music series.

Key West concert poster

Don’t miss the sure-to-be-great concert by Donavon Frankenreiter at Fort East Martello.

Blink your eyes and September will be here — kicking off with the sixth annual BrewFest set for Labor Day weekend. Fans of beers and ales can sample more than 150 varieties including unique microbrews.

Beers range from intriguingly named offerings such as Purple Haze lager and Hemp Ale to our local favorite Key West Sunset Ale. The schedule includes dinners, cigar and beer gatherings, a beach festival, pool parties and even a “beer run” with medals for those participating — plus the Signature Tasting Festival followed by a lively Second Line March.

The weekend event, sponsored by the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic and the Southernmost Beach Resort, benefits Rotary charities.

Just when you think there’s time to slow down and relax, Womenfest Key West arrives. For well over three decades, we have opened our doors to women from around the world for a fun-filled weekend of frolic. This year’s schedule features pool parties, sunset sailing, wine tastings, burlesque shows and the annual “King of Womenfest” pageant featuring Spikey Van Dykey, King Nick Xanders, Frenchie and the 801 girls.

Key West restaurant

Hungry for a unique Key West experience? Then head for Death by Tako for some amazing tacos.

If you haven’t made plans to visit us during the next few weeks, jump online and find that perfect place to stay and play. The Florida Keys & Key West website contains a wealth of information about all the Keys as well as Key West. You’ll find insights on accommodations, events, attractions, how to get to the welcoming island chain and much more.

Next time I will share updates on transportation into the Keys, as well as some great stops if you choose to drive the Overseas Highway across our 42 scenic bridges. Stay tuned!

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