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Events in Key West

Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

Events in Key West for April
Year: Month:   
January 01 - Aug 31, 2018, in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
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: Doris Harris 305-923-5934
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
February 28 - Apr 09, 2018, in Key West
Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
A kickoff party is to be staged at the home of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt Feb. 28, and the festival, a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years, is to continue into April and boasts a full roster of writing and painting contests, film and poetry forums, curator tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Avenue, a March 26th birthday party for the playwright, and 2 one-act theatre productions of the Pulitzer-Prize-winner's work. Presented by the newly-merged Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit and the Key West Art & Historical Society.
Contact: Shawn Cowles 305.295.6616 ext 1
March 20 - Apr 07, 2018, in Key West
Red Barn Theater presents: Native Gardens
Discover a hilarious new comedy of good intentions and bad manners. Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in the play blossoming in major theaters around the country. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose. Featuring Bob Bowersox, Rebecca Gleason, Luis Febo, and Morgan Fraga. Show times anda tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911
March 29 - Apr 04, 2018, in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Avenue Q
Once is never enough with Avenue Q! Since the show was such a tremendous hit in the 2016/17 season, the Waterfront is bringing back this monster hit for 3 weeks only. Avenue Q is the winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad. He and his friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life in a musical that is hilariously timeless.
Contact: 305-294-5015
April 01, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: John Sebastian
John Sebastian and his group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major roll in the mid-'60s rock revolution. You know the songs by heart: "Do You Believe In Magic?" "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice." "Daydream." "Younger Girl." "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" "Summer In The City." "Rain On The Roof." "Nashville Cats." "Six O'Clock." "Dar-ling Be Home Soon." "Younger Generation." These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion, they carried the musical tradition into the future. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
April 03 - 26, 2018, in Key West
Christopher Peterson's EYECONS
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.
Contact: Tickets 305-296-6706
April 04, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Broadway Backwards
Your favorite local performers prove gender doesn't matter, but love does as they explore and embrace the great songs of musical theater with a twist: the men sing songs intended for women and vice versa without changing pro-nouns. All proceeds to benefit the Key West High School Drama Club & Key West Theater production of "Legally Blonde". Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.
April 05, in Key West
Key West Theater and Rams Head Productions present: Keller Williams
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams' solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
April 06, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: The Outlaws
American southern rock and country rock band performing for over 40 years, best known for their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" and extended guitar jam "Green Grass and High Tides" from their 1975 debut album, plus their 1980 cover of the Stan Jones classic "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky". Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
April 07, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Jimmie Vaughan
Founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late '70s and '80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King, Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of '70s and '80s blues and blues-rock. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
April 08, in Key West
Key West Artisan Market presents: Ocean Awareness Edition
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Author's Nook, live music, beer, wine and food concessions. In addition, meet Coastie and learn about boating safety from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-1 Key West, experience the Key West Aquarium's Touch Tank and learn about Mote Marine Labs reef restoration projects. Guests are encouraged to ride bikes or the bus which conveniently stops in front of the Restaurant Store. Parking is available in the Old Town Parking Garage at 300 Grinnell Street. Please bring your own bags.
April 13 - May 15, 2018, in Key West
Collections, Key West presents: Visual Stories
Local artists and artisans of the Lower Keys are coming together for an end of the season show; Visual Stories. Lizzie Devries' figures made of historic shutters will mix with local exotic hardwood furnishings created by Jimmy & Karen Wray', while Craig Sasser tells nostalgic stories of the Keys. Pamela McLeod comes back to the art scene after an imposed halt by Ms Irma, she will be showing her jewelry and new sculpture designs. As a special treat, world traveler, Louis Wray will share with us his traversing talents via a photographic journey. Opening set for Friday, April 20 5-8 p.m., 6810 Front St., Stock Island.
Contact: Call for hours 305-923-4778
Email: karen@collectionskw.com
April 14, in Key West
Mote's 8th Annual Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration
Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce its 8th annual Ocean Fest from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at NOAA's Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and newly remodeled Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment as we explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks, and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. Art activities to be led by renowned marine artist Wyland.
April 15, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: The Sunday Ramble
An celebratory night of live local music featuring Key West favorite's Cliff Cody, Nick Norman, Cayman Smith Martin, and Din Allen along with Ramble band members Jeff Clark, Ericson Holt, Claire Finley, Robyn Whitehead and Michelle Dravis. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
April 15, in Key West
Fifth Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run
Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world's only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.
April 16, in Key West
23rd Annual Taste of Key West
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place at Mallory Square. The open-air gala traditionally spotlights indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European specialties — all accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world.
Contact: 305-296-6196
April 17 - 21, 2018, in Key West
The Final Sail
This four-day challenge is the 'grand finale' of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.
April 17 - May 05, 2018, in Key West
Red Barn Theater presents: Cry It Out
Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor, Lina, also a new mom, for coffee. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap times...while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie's yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911
April 19, in Key West
South Florida Symphony presents: MW Series IV: Symphonie Fantastique
Symphonie Fantastique is an epic for a huge orchestra. Through its movements, it tells the story of an artist's self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. Nimrod Borenstein's "If You Will It It Is No Dream", based on words of Theodore Herzl, was composed as a celebration Israel's 70th Anniversary. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Road.
April 19 - 28, 2018, in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic Re-Visited, by Gayla Morgan & Monnie King
Ever wonder just how the Conch Republic was born? Four actors tell the tale in this fast-moving comedy that is filled with music, confetti, and flags - which actually IS a lot like how the Conch Republic WAS born! Find out why we seceded where others failed! Shows 7 p.m., 4/19-22, 4/24-28 at The Studios of Key West. 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581
April 20 - 29, 2018, in Key West
36th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Contact: 305-296-0213
Email: info@conchrepublic.com
April 20, in Key West
Key West Burlesque presents: Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delights
A tropical heat wave is headed this way as Key West Burlesque and Production Dujour present "Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delight" at The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. A star studded burlesque revue, the show is a tribute to the glory days of Latin and Caribbean time entertainment. Featuring a live Latin fusion band, Tropical Delights transports you to world of dazzling dancers and alluring entertainers. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: Tickets 305.985.0433
April 21, in Key West
Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band
Revelers age 21 and older can celebrate Earth Day with a "fugitive band of hippies from the 1960s who have been hiding out and performing in Key West."  The "Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band" is staged at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., with tickets priced from $25 to $35 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.  The band reunites Keys musicians to play favorites from the Age of Aquarius, popular 1960s bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Starship and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Contact: Box Office 305-985-0433
April 21, in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Spring Migration
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning what birds visit the Florida Keys on their momentous journey north. A migration game, presented by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Junior Birders and Nature Explorers, will teach about the challenges birds face and how they find nesting sites. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750
Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov
April 21, in Key West
Free Admission, First Day of National Park Week: Dry Tortugas National Park
National Park Service is offering free entrance in celebration of National Park Week. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees.
April 25 - 26, 2018, in Key West
Tennessee Williams Theater presents: Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Show times 8 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Rd.
April 27 - 29, 2018, in Key West
Key West Yoga and Wellness Fest
Honoring body, mind and spirit, use the beauty and magic of the Keys as a muse to explore inner beauty, of each other and the world around us. The Festival brings together yogis and wellness-conscious individuals to share and learn from one another as we forge our own paths to living a full and joyful life. Four Festival events include the Main Event at the spectacular Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. The Fest closes with a celebration at the Southernmost Mansion. Exclusive travel packages, VIP passes and event tickets online.
Contact: (305) 587-9115
April 28, in Key West
Key West Paddle Classic
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com
April 29, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Kevin Nealon (2 Shows!)
Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds. Shows at 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
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