Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit explores the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This Pulitzer Prize winning play centers on a young woman and her mother, who spend a desperate evening unraveling their sometimes tense and sometimes tender relationship after the daughter makes a stunning and unthinkable announcement. Starring Connie Hurst and Susannah Wells. An overwhelming and powerful night of theatre.
Contact: Box Office 305-296-9911
An All-American celebration of Florida's official and one of the most tasty pies! Salute sweet Key Lime pie, and the tiny fruit that inspired it, with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt for making the largest pie EVER.
Benefits Hospice of the Florida Keys and the Visiting Nurse Association takes place at the luxurious Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Collection, located at 1500 Reynolds St. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The celebration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. The traditional buffet offers hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings for $25 per adult, $10 per child between 3 and 12 and free for children younger than three. General admission (no meal) tickets are $10 and include watermelon, popcorn and soft drink. For first-class service and a lavish buffet and "best seats on the beach," tickets $125 per person. Live music, a silent auction and lots of children's games round out the fun-filled family festivities.
Contact: Casa Marina 305-294-8812
Join a celebratory Independence Day event honoring our local active military and Key West's penchant for fun! Bar Stroll will begin at Sunset Pier, Ocean Key Resort, 0 Duval St., on the Historic Harbour Walk in Key West. Advance ticket sales are at Dante's, and Schooner Wharf Bar. Day of event sales at Sunset Pier only. Tickets are to be available beginning Thursday, June 28th.
Contact: Rick Dostal 305-766-0239
This annual celebration brings together Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts in a celebration of the anniversary of Fisher's discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts in July 1985 after a 16-year search. The galleon sank approximately 35 miles southwest of Key West during a 1622 hurricane. Fisher's son Kim Fisher leads the continuing search for Atocha artifacts and treasures that still remain undiscovered. Festival highlights include a dock party with the salvage crew, behind-the-scenes tours of the Fisher family's private artifact conservation lab, a team treasure hunt and a rollicking street party that recalls Mel's exuberant spirit.
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well. The tournament angler who catches the highest total inches of permit on fly on the flats earns the title of grand champion. Awards also await the grand champion guide, runner-up grand champion and the angler who catches the event's largest permit.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969
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. The farm has a few new animals to visit, including two Alpacas - Arabella and Snowflake - and Hemingway the Toucan. Come on out and meet them! 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. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling ahead. Visit the Farm on Facebook! The Animal Farm is traditionally open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Often called the classic play of our time, 'Godot', as it's often referred to, is about two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone named Godot to arrive and provide their lives with meaning. The play, considered the most magical allegory of our time, will star Tony Konrath and Bob Bowersox, supported by Karl Stahl, Ross Pipkin, and newcomer Dre Cooper, It has just completed a stunning revival on Broadway.
Contact: Box Office 305-296-9911
The 34th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, a theatrical premiere, short story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a pre-birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 294-0320 (literary)
Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total. For anglers, the Key West Marlin Tournament provides a chance to emulate Ernest's passion for deep-sea fishing.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Enjoy the last concert of the season with the Blue Door String Quartet performing works by Hugo Wolf, Amy Beach, and Brahms! The evening will start with a complimentary reception at 7 P.M., followed by the performance at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $25 for General Seating.
Contact: Box Office 305-295-7676
The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.
Literary events during Hemingway Days 2014 celebrate the literary accomplishments and exuberant Key West lifestyle of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, whose granddaughter Lorian Hemingway directs this competition. The winner is to be announced at 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., at a free-admission awards reception that includes a reading of the winning story, a presentation on Casa Antigua's history by owner Tom Oosterhoudt and tours of the architecturally unique property.
Presented by Helpline of the Florida Keys, as part of the Hemingway Days celebration; the outdoor fair is from noon to 9 p.m. Much of Duval Street is closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. From noon to 3 p.m., seafood fans are invited to enjoy the inaugural Bubba Cuzzy Shrimp-Off Competition.
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar! The Lazy Dog Paddle Board Race will take place before the 5K and kicks off at 6PM. The 4 mile paddle board challenge will start at the Beach by the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
This is the story of a 650 pound, grief-stricken, guilt-racked man seeking reconciliation with his estranged daughter. At times hilarious, and others heart-breaking, the play stars one of Key West's comic gems, Chad Newman, in a rare but riveting dramatic performance, supported by Melody Moore, Quincy Perkins, Julia Tetreault, and Tammy Shanley. Winner of the Lortel, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards last year.