Key West

‘Heady’ Competition Brings Mardi Gras Vibe to Key West

Celebrating its 38th year of delighting audiences, Key West’s Headdress Ball is set for Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. The glamorous LGBTQ gala typically features about 25 contestants showcasing huge and elaborate original masks, cowls, bonnets and other headgear — with top Florida Keys talents staging dazzling entertainment between headdress presentations.

By |2022-01-13T17:19:32-05:00January 12, 2022|

Resolve to Savor January’s Key West Food and Wine Festival

Attendees at the Key West Food and Wine Festival can enjoy gourmet galas and tastings, art and wine experiences, wine dinners, seminars and activities that spotlight the Florida Keys’ culinary scene and talented chefs. Equally appealing are the glimpses the festival offers into the island chain’s unique heritage, culture and warmly welcoming vibe.

By |2022-01-05T19:54:30-05:00January 5, 2022|

Key West’s Kelly McGillis Classic Sets the Pace for Female Flag Football Around the Globe

Teams from around the world will compete in adrenaline-packed sporting events in Key West Jan. 24-31, during the 30th annual Kelly McGillis Classic International Women’s & Girls’ Flag Football Championship. The fun includes acting workshops and performances guided by Kelly McGillis herself, a former Key West resident who co-starred in “Top Gun.”

By |2021-12-29T15:52:48-05:00December 29, 2021|

The Amazing Adventures of Santa Keys

Santa does things a little differently in the holiday-loving Florida Keys -- and he even brings some Keys warmth and cheer to people who can't spend the season in the subtropical island chain. Unless you're on the naughty list, you might just get a visit from jolly old Santa Keys this year!

By |2021-12-22T11:20:05-05:00December 22, 2021|

New Year’s Eve ‘Drops’ Sure to Dazzle Key West Revelers

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Key West typically feature balmy weather and a warmhearted welcome for visitors eager to escape freezing northern temperatures. Festivities include several offbeat takeoffs on the traditional ball drop in New York’s Times Square — even one that stars drag queen Sushi being “dropped” in a supersized red high heel.

By |2021-12-22T11:26:50-05:00December 15, 2021|

Embrace a Keys-style Holiday

This December, don’t let self-imposed “must-do” holiday tasks jingle your bells till you’re jingled out. Instead, take a Florida Keys approach. During this holiday season, adopt the Keys’ traditional laid-back attitude, refusal to take life too seriously and awareness that the very best “gift” is sharing laughter and closeness with friends and family.

By |2021-12-08T16:23:19-05:00December 8, 2021|

Allyson Gantt: Steward of the Keys’ National Parks

Allyson Gantt inspires others to care for the Florida Keys’ two national parks and their unique environments. A National Park Service ranger for over 25 years, she directs communications and public affairs for Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks — and is overseeing a year of activities for Everglades National Park’s upcoming 75th anniversary.

By |2021-12-01T14:33:26-05:00December 1, 2021|

Key West Holidays: Parade, Lights and Festive Tours

Although the southernmost island in the continental United States has never experienced a traditional white Christmas, visitors can immerse themselves in seasonal spirit and celebrations throughout December. From tours of historic lighted inns and neighborhoods, to a boat parade featuring dozens of decorated vessels, they’re sure to put the holiday spirit into overdrive.

By |2021-12-01T16:58:17-05:00December 1, 2021|

10 Experiences to Savor ‘Only in the Keys’

The Florida Keys & Key West are known around the globe for their unmatched natural beauty, laid-back atmosphere and year-round warmth. But they also offer environmental, cultural and adventure activities that can’t be enjoyed anywhere EXCEPT in the island chain. Make lasting vacation memories by undertaking 10 extraordinary “only in the Keys” experiences.

By |2021-11-24T15:46:53-05:00November 24, 2021|

Spotlight: Fritzie Estimond, Offering a Welcome as Warm as Key West

Fritzie Estimond is a welcoming presence at the Key West Business Guild’s LGBTQ Visitor Center — and the guiding spirit behind the guild’s annual events. What does she like best about Key West? The “small community” feel, the acceptance that allows people to be their authentic selves, and what she cheerfully calls “the weird.”

By |2021-11-17T17:51:27-05:00November 17, 2021|
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