Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
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
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers. The 2015 festival theme is "All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show."
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities. Highlights include concerts by Buffett band members and friends, plus notable "trop" rockers. While most events are open only to registered Parrot Heads, the public is invited to the musical Margaritaville Street Fest set for 1 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 on famed Duval Street.
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West's longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
As part of the KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Series, audiences can enjoy the farewell performance, The Last Words of Ernest Hemingway. Reception begins 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St.
Contact: 305-295-9493 Box Office
The South Florida Symphony tips a top hat to the glittering lights of Broadway musical theater, one of America's great indigenous art forms, in its magnificent salute "And The Tony Goes To..." Maestra Sebrina Alfonso leads a nostalgic musical journey of songs made famous across the decades. Show at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theatre. Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m., Edwin Pitts. Tickets $25-75 at Keystix.com.
To kick off the arts & culture season, join a moderately , difficult clever hunt through Key West's historic Old Town using a phone app where teams of 2 or 4 participate by receiving clues and photos of arts and cultural venues. Prizes are to be awarded the best-costumed, fastest "crawlers." Held from 3-6 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 313 Duval Street. Sign up online.
Program features Deana Carter with local favorite Shastina Chiles. Carter is a multi-platinum, country music singer-songwriter who broke out in 1996 with the hit "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street. Tickets sold online.
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival's lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the San Carlos Institute, Studios of Key West and Key West Theater. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.
Contact: Brooke Christian (202) 841-9898
Florida Keys Council of the Arts announces its Annual Members' exhibit hosted in the Historic Gato building, 1100 Simonton St. Join the artists for an opening reception from 5 - 7 p.m. Themed Changing Tides, works from over 50 member artists feature their vision of the continuing ebb and flow of the arts spanning the Keys island chain. The water, the sky and island living challenges and joys exist in the many interpretations in diverse mediums including photography, fabric, acrylic and watercolors.
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. Locate a shipwreck on a nautical chart. Go on an 'underwater' scavenger hunt. Follow clues from a message in a bottle. 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.
This year's holiday season kicks off with art, music, food and drinks at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. A professional sand sculpting competition is to bring the beach to life Thanksgiving weekend. Free for the public you can come by and watch the sculptors at work, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Don't forget to enter into the Mel Fisher Treasure Dig and take a chance to dig for amazing prizes.
Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.
Organ, piano and timpani combine for a memorable performance to include several soloists. Starts 8 p.m., at Key West United Methodist Church, 600 Eaton St., at the corner of Simonton St.). Free admission.
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. This is a special double feature for Nov. Market traditionally held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.