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
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.
Experience an intimate evening of hearing this virtuoso guitar soloist while enjoying the gourmet cuisine at Antonia's Dinner Concert. "World Class Concert..." (Miami Herald) Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. 615 Duval St.
Contact: Reservations 305.771.0280
Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday. The festive feast celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
The Key West Business Guild presents this all-male celebration that typically includes pool and dance parties, on-the-water adventures and a fashion show that raises money for a local non-profit organization.
This year's event— open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike— features international bestselling and global multi-award winning author Jeffery Deaver and includes multiple workshops, presentations and panel events with other renowned crime fiction and true crime authors and one-on-one consultations with publishing industry experts. Also featured is the presentation of the inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award.
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. Learn some cool facts about sharks, see how sharks find food, and play a game of Shark on the Prowl! 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.
Key West Burlesque presents the hottest event of the summer at Mellow Ventures/Death by Tako, 1605 N. Roosevelt Blvd. The "Late Summer Luau" is a sultry and sizzling night of food, fun and fabulous performance in the heat of the warmest month of the year. Enjoy island inspired food to pair with an evening of South Pacific-influenced entertainment.
Celebrate the birthday of the National Park System with living history demonstrations at Dry Tortugas National Park, located approximately 70 miles west of Key West, accessible by private or charter boats, ferry or seaplane which offer daily departures from Key West. Park Visitors will step back into 1861 as they explore the park and experience re-enactors scattered about the island engaged in activities typical of daily life at Fort Jefferson for residents of the island during the Civil War era. As an added bonus, Monday is a National Park fee-free day; entrance will be free August 25 in celebration of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service.
Contact: Ferry 305-294-7009; Seaplane 305-293-9300
Pro surfer-turned musician Donavon Frankenreiter is to send out his breezy, laid-back vibes and upbeat lyrics at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Frankenreiter will perform from nearly ten years of solo hit recordings, including his May 2015 release "The Heart". Also featured: Australian pop singer Cody Simpson. Advance purchase tickets $25; $30 at the door. Children under 12 free. Parking available for $5, free bike parking. Doors open 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305.295.6616 x 106