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
Two great MainStage shows are planned for this sixth summer season, and more. "Bad Jews" is a hilarious off-Broadway smash hit, and "Water By The Spoonful" is a powerful look at family and redemption. Visit website for tickets and show times.
Gin Blossoms exploded onto the music scene in the 90s with their quadruple platinum album 'New Miserable Experience' which yielded the radio mega hits "Found Out About You," "Hey Jealousy," "Allison Road" and "Until I Fall Away." They followed it up with another string of hits including "Follow You Down" and "Til I Hear It From You" (co-penned by Marshall Crenshaw). Gin Blossoms bring their infectious pop rock sensibilities to Key West. Showtimes 6 PM and 9 PM. Event is ages 21 and over.
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the fourth annual Key Lime Festival. A Key Lime martini Sip and Stroll, and Key lime rum sampling and distillery tour are among events to kickoff the weekend-long event.
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. 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 Harbor Walk in Key West, FL. A ticket booth will be open at noon for at-the-door sales and will-call tickets. Come early, enjoy the scenic Key West Harbor, and enjoy the entertainment. The $25 entry fee includes a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket to present at nine local establishments along the Harbor Walk for a free beverage or food item. Advance sales are only at Schooner Wharf Bar. Day of event sales at Sunset Pier only. $1000 in free entries to active, local military. Pre-register by email.
Contact: Rick Dostal 305-766-0239
The band, cofounded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. After 23 years, 10 records, over 2700 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2018. Show starts at 8 p.m.
For over 40 years, singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray's approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. Show time 8 P.M.
Maestra Sebrina Alfonso welcomes Excelsa Quartet as a guest artist headliner for the 2016 Summer Chamber Music Concert Series of the South Florida Symphony in the Keys, a much-talked-about innovative groups that promises to bring sweet summer sounds to South Florida. Excelsa Quartet fashioned its name from "Picca excels," a distinct species of Northern European spruce trees used to make the top panel of fine musical instruments. Showtime 7:30 p.m., tickets $35. Performance at The Studios of Key West.
The captivating, fun, and exciting spirit that came to be known as "Beatlemania" is alive again in The Return - the world's most authentic and entertaining Beatles tribute band. These four lads have carefully and skillfully recreated the Beatles experience by not only performing all the great songs of the original four, but also by sporting the same suits, boots, mop-tops, musical instruments, and gear. Show starts 8 p.m.
Come commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher's famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of its Motherlode. Friday Kick-off party at the Schooner Wharf Bar with salvage boat tours, raffles, drink specials and live entertainment! The Block Party is Saturday, 6pm-10pm, at Custom House on Front Street, and features a first-ever $2,500 T-Shirt Lottery, food and drink vendors, a free concert and a huge silent auction. 100% of net proceeds from these events are to benefit Wesley House Family Services.
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. Join our special guests from the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Learn how to read animal footprints and how to protect Key deer. May and June is peak spawning season for Key deer. There will be a game of "What Made Those Tracks?" and other hands on activities. 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.
The 36th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (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 festival, 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.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
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 21 and 22, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23.
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. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727