Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Enjoy viewing an exhibit showcasing the work of past and present Florida Keys recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship grants. The free exhibit runs through May 1 at the historic Gato Building,1100 Simonton St., Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and closing reception is set for May 1. Presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Contact: 305 295 4369
What happens when a divorced couple - both remarried - realize they still have feelings for each other? A play about the joyously irresponsible defense of the bohemian lifestyle. Performances at 8 p.m., the Eaton Street Theater (Formerly Club Chameleon), 310 Eaton Street.
The Key West Art Center, located at 310 Front Street, features an artist show and opening reception for talented local artist Maggie Ruley. An opening reception is planned Friday, February 27 from 5 - 7 p.m., meet the artist at 4:30 p.m. The show runs through March 12. Maggie Ruley paints with an exuberant style, filled with all the colors and light of our surrounding environment. Her paintings invoke a sense of delight in the viewer, and include a sense of humor and whimsy.
An evening with Terry Barber is part of the Tropical Beats Tantalizing Excursion series presented by the South Florida Symphony. Barber is a classically trained vocalist. The countertenor is to serenade audiences with extraordinary vocal range and versatility. Concert, with food and wine, is to be held at San Carlos Theater. Tickets $125, available online.
Contact: Box office 305-849-1927
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 the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Celebrate the 104th birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West during the month of March. Highlights include a series of classic movies adapted from Williams' award winning plays, a poetry contest, artist challenge, staged readings from his plays, letters & journals, a film forum, and much more. Visitors are invited to tour the educational and historic Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, at 513 Truman Avenue, near Duval St. For month-long events, tickets and venues, visit twkw.org.
In celebration of 30 years of treasure, the program topic this week is: Solving a Sunken Mystery: The 450th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Santa Clara. An in-depth review of the archaeology and history of this unparalleled, early-colonial time capsule. Explore artifacts firsthand! Ticketed event, at $25 pp. Presented by Corey Malcom, museum archaeologist. Program is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Museum Library.
Contact: 305-294-2633 Ext 22
A portion of Key West's famed Duval Street known for its eclectic galleries comes alive with art exhibitions, receptions and culinary offerings during this monthly event. Participants can explore galleries, boutiques and food and wine emporiums during the event that usually takes place the first Friday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. SoDu Gallery, at 1102B Duval St., presents the watercolors of partner Karen Beauprie for this month's art gallery and café walk.
Contact: Fran Decker 305-849-1581
From 8-10 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. Ronny Cox got his start as an actor thanks to music - as the guitarist in the "dueling banjos" scene in Deliverance - and these days mostly spends his time playing and telling stories to live audiences.
An Old Island Days tradition, this unique contest features novel sounds produced by contestants in several age categories as they attempt to make "music" on fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and contest begins at noon.
Bishop Albert Kee welcomed visitors to Key West's Southernmost Point marker, acting as a smiling ambassador for the island while selling fluted, pink-lined conch shells beside the iconic landmark. He is being honored with the unveiling of a life-size bronze sculpture of him at the Southernmost Point. Celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the marker.
Contact: Bruce Neff 305-393-9777
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. 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. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Project Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY, on flute, cello and bass. Blending their classical training with a wide-ranging adventurous taste in musical styles, Project Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages, offering a musical experience that defines a new level of entertainment. Performance at 4 p.m., at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Tickets available online.
Same-sex couples planning to marry in Key West or the Florida Keys can find information about everything from historic locations to caterers at the Gay Key West Same-Sex Wedding Expo, expected to feature approximately 40 displays showcasing wedding services in the Keys. The gathering is to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom at the Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
A delightful fact-based backstage comedy about the thin skins and rampaging egos when Lawrence Olivier and Kenneth Tynan court Orson Welles to direct at the National Theater in London. Performances at 8 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street (at Simonton).
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes NOT included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
The Waterfront Playhouse takes on its biggest musical challenge ever with SPAMALOT -- the splashy musical that was nominated for 14 Tony Awards. The hilarious retelling of the legend of King Arthur will include over 30 set pieces, a cast of 14, over 150 costumes and a live orchestra! Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award for Best Musical "Resplendently silly!" (The New York Times) Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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. Discover how to send secret messages and break codes with nautical flags and play a family-friendly "Talk Like a Sailor" game! Take home flags that spell your name. 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.
Learn first-hand about many of the fascinating people who contributed to Key West's history. Visitors are escorted to grave sites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. Grave sites to be visited include: Among the gravesites to be visited are those of the Porter family, Frederick Weedon, William Curry, the Mitchell family restoration, George Adderley, Sandy Cornish, and Wilhelmina Harvey. The tour will take approximately 90 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and plan to walk over a mile on uneven ground. Bottled water will be provided. A donation of $10 (cash or check) per person to the Historic Florida Keys Foundation is recommended. Space is limited.
Contact: Pre-register 305-304-9931
A heart-tugging valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love. This hesitant romance between neighboring farmers in Ireland is a tender and comic paean to the endearing belief that love will find a way.
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. 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
DeCoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs and passionate advocates of the arts based in New York City. Impromptu Concerts has chosen to present clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn and piano. Performance is at 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Tickets available online.
The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road. Program includes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Natasha Paremski, piano; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5. Tickets available online.
Join the magically talented host, Nick Lopaco, world-renowned magician and burlesque show host extraordinaire. Enjoy a fun-filled mélange of song, dance and magic. Show at 8 p.m., historic Eaton Street Theater, 512 Eaton St. Tickets start at $25 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating, $45 for VIP treatment.
The Miss Gay Southernmost USofA and Miss Gay USofA Classic are to be the first preliminary pageants to allow contestants to compete in the annual Miss Gay USofA pageant held annually in Dallas. This pageant of female impersonation starts on the Fury Water Sports Catamaran for a two-hour sunset cruise where all can meet contestants, judges, and sponsors. Miss Gay Southernmost USofA and Classic pageants will be Saturday night followed by performances on Sunday and Monday night at La Te Da.
Enjoy a free family concert in the Oldest House Museum Garden. Starts at 2 p.m. The USAF Band of the West travels more than 125,000 miles annually and provides hundreds of performances to military and civilian audiences. The concert is to feature a variety of music including everything from Patriotic selections to Jazz and Klezmer.