Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Enjoy viewing an exhibit showcasing the work of past and present Florida Keys recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship grants. The free exhibit runs through May 1 at the historic Gato Building,1100 Simonton St., Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and closing reception is set for May 1. Presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Contact: 305 295 4369
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
What if one game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" split your life into different directions, creating new parallel timelines? The people of Stock Island are about to find out that every game you play has consequences. Audiences delight in this original play exploring alternate timelines on Stock Island. Held at the Key West Theater. Showtime is at 8 p.m.; show dates are April 15-16, 18, 21-25, 28-30, May 1.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
When Bette Davis shows up at a Connecticut household, her one-night stay turns into a month of hilarious chaos. "The story is delightful, the writing is entertaining, and what comes out of Bette's mouth is priceless." (New York Post) Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
This smash Broadway hit is a laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex that's guaranteed to mesmerize. An actress comes late to an audition for a less-than impressed director, but she soon turns the session into a tango for dominance.
During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Key West musician Larry Smith will showcase his talents as composer, accompanist, and arranger for a special evening at The Studios. His eclectic program includes his personal interpretations of jazz standards, his skillful accompaniment to guest singers and instrumentalists, and his prolific and artful composing abilities. Tickets are $25, showtime 8 p.m.
The Connections Project, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts' moveable feast of small canvases comprising a 24-foot mosaic mural of six-by-six-inch fine art works, represents almost all media. This final stop on the road show is to be at the Gato Building, the council's home at Simonton and Virginia streets in Old Town. The mosaic is a signature project to promote the visual arts within the Florida Keys community, and a unique fundraiser to support arts programs that benefits Keys artists and cultural organizations.
Contact: (305) 295-4369
Crowds are expected to gather at Truman Waterfront for an evening musical event featuring the legendary musical group Grand Funk Railroad. Keystock is sponsored by Lazy Lakes RV Resort and Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band. Concert profits benefit Homes for Veterans Inc. VIP tickets, reserved seating, and general admission are to be available. No coolers or lawn chairs day of show.
Contact: Joe Cleghorn 305-292-7729
As part of the summer's Chamber Music Series, audiences can enjoy uplifting dances by pianist Svetlana Smolina. This Chamber Music Concert II "Dances From The Heart" is certain to uplift the spirits. At Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre, 5901 College Road. 7 p.m. $35 reserved; $30 general admission.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
The 20th-annual showcase of musical magic features America's foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814
Enjoy an evening of what developed from a 16-week "new" playwright workshop facilitated by renowned playwright Toby Amour. Aspiring playwrights unleashed their creative side and wrote a short play. This one-night-only showing is the first FREE rehearsed public reading as they bring their characters and stories to life. Starts at 7:30 p.m., at 411 Duval St. (rear), Parish Hall of St Paul's Church. Free Admission, a $10 theatre donation is suggested.
Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble's Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.
This second annual event is designed for LGBTA outdoor enthusiasts and adventurists who fondly remember all the fun and games of summer camp, with on-the-water tropical island activities and games for adults.
Presented by the Florida Powerboat Club, fans and aficionados can join a unique motorsports event as participants from around the United States can enjoy up to five days of motoring, boating and flying fun in tropical paradise. Featuring group rallies from Miami to Key West by air, land and by sea. See the cars, boats and motorbikes on display at the Poker Run Village, located at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, Friday 4 - 10 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
Key West's political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2015 topic is "America's Great Health Care Debate: The Legacy of Harry Truman and National Health Care".
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Our special guests the Turtle Hospital will help teach you to become a turtle ambassador! Play a game of Turtle Doctor, and learn about the life of a turtle. Dig in to find sea turtle "food." Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.
Visitors to Key West's famed Mallory Square can enjoy an attraction beyond the waterfront pier's famed nightly Sunset Celebration: touring the U.S.C.G.C. Eagle, a historic 295-foot sailing barque used as a Coast Guard training vessel. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. The presence of the Eagle, called "America's tall ship," highlights a long weekend blending seafaring tradition with performances, artistry and more. Friday through Sunday, the fun is to extend from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and feature free tours of the Eagle. Events are to conclude when the Eagle departs Mallory Square Monday, May 25.
In this challenge headquartered at Conch Republic Seafood Company, more than $15,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats. Registration is Friday, at Conch Republic Seafood Co.,631 Greene St. Fishing Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
The grand finale of the 75th Season Celebration will feature a cast of 20 performing numbers from the Waterfront's hit musicals over the years; a tribute to great moments from Waterfront Playhouse musicals. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Female anglers can vie for $10,000 in cash and prizes during the 2015 Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship. Scheduled Saturday, May 30, the event offers prizes for the winning boat team and top five individual anglers. The angler who catches the heaviest dolphin during the daylong tournament earns a $3,000 cash purse. The second-place angler is to receive $1,500 cash, while $500 awaits the third-place finisher and prizes reward the fourth- and fifth-place participants. Proceeds are to benefit the Jose Wejebe "Spanish Fly" Memorial Foundation.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364