Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Honoring World AIDS Day, the Symphony will perform music of the theater, Old Blue Eyes, Louis Armstrong with special guest singers to perform your favorites. Starts at 8 p.m., at Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.
Sponsored by the Key West Business Guild, this LGBT holiday event is full of of festive activities as well as special retail opportunities on the island. Events include "flash mob shopping sprees" for gifts galore, holiday lights tours, a hometown holiday parade experience and Christmas caroling.
Key West Holiday Fest features a series of enchanting holiday-themed events through December. It kicks off with the Lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Key West Bight on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Gather at Green and Elizabeth Streets for the best viewing, and visit Seaport restaurants and shops. The Harbor Walk of Lights stretches the entire length from Green Street to the Ferry Terminal. Other Dec events include holiday inn tours, jazz concerts, snorkeling trips, pet photos with Santa and much more. Complete schedule of events online.
The Key West Triathlon and Expo expects to host a maximum of 1,000 participants and some of the sport's best known triathletes; TRIKW allows you to bask in the warm weather and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while the rest of the country is experiencing winter. Olympic and Sprint distances. Race day is Dec. 6.
Contact: Doug Bradshaw 305-797-8361
Experience three days of piracy as Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park transforms into a British stronghold defending her shores against an invasion of pirates. Step back in time to encounter piracy from 1675 through 1825 with pirate encampments, living history demonstrations, live battles, activities for the kids, and more, from 10 am. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit website for details and activities schedule.
Contact: Jai Somers 305-797-1659
The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. Featuring marching groups and motorized and nonmotorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Starting at Truman Avenue and White Street, it proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street.
Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West's Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport.
Inspired by the unique and colorful environment of the Florida Keys, Clara and her young Prince encounter enchanted landscapes complete with snowy egrets on shimmering salt ponds, a wicked Rooster-King, an exquisite Sea-Star Fairy, and "underwater" sequences of almost unimaginable beauty. Local children, adults and community leaders are cast alongside a nationally-cast corps de ballet in this spectacularly crafted semi-annual production of a beloved classic. Shows held at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
From 1-3 p.m., kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and petting zoo and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm is situated at the county's detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public. The Sheriff's Animal Farm is open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Winner of the Drama Desk and Evening Standard Award for Best Play, NOISES OFF is a delirious romp of slamming doors, bickering actors, pretty girls in their underwear, mayhem and errant sardines. The New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written!" Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play ... A romantic comedy full of revelations set in 1939 Atlanta on the eve of World War II and the opening night of Gone With the Wind.
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. Many Keys' critters are experts at playing hide and seek. Play a game of Can You Find Me? Learn how animals use camouflage and their surroundings to survive. 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 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
Estranged brothers. Old scores. An ancient furniture appraiser. A look at family relationships, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions. Performances at 8 p.m., at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum (The Garret), 200 Greene Street.
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Transportation between homes is NOT included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation's museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.
The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.
Contact: Bob Oberle 305-304-2643
The arrival of 2015 is to be heralded on the island's Duval Street with the "drop" of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock.
Frost-free Key West becomes a "wiener wonderland" when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a noontime New Year's Eve stroll through the island's picturesque downtown. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.
For piratical partiers, a New Year's Eve salute to Key West's rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island's Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2014. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music, dancing and festivities at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.
At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, a huge replica of a Key lime wedge splashes down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome the new year on the property's Sunset Pier.