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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 May
Year: Month:   
April 01 - May 04, 2017, in Key West
Cuban Master Photographer Raúl Corrales Exhibit of Rare Hemingway and Cojimar Images at SALT Gallery
Cuba's Master Photographer Raúl Corrales is best known for his profound images of the Cuban Revolution. But before the Revolution, Corrales embraced life in the tiny fishing village of Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway wrote of and fished for giant marlin. This rare portfolio of images, "Hemingway in Cuba," will exhibit during the month of April at SALT Gallery in Key West. The work will be hosted by Saúl Corrales, son of the late photographer, and curated by the renowned critic and historian of Cuba's photographic arts, Rafael Acosta. A special preview and reception will be held from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, April 1 at SALT Gallery's 830 Fleming Street location.
Contact: Jeffrey Cardenas 305-395-0799
April 06 - Jul 31, 2017, in Key West
Key West Art Garden 2017
Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore a unique blend of sculptured art with Mother Nature that enhances both. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artist's art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Art displayed throughout the garden allows visitors to reignite their sense of exploration finding each treasure and appreciating the workmanship in the nature and art. An opening reception to meet the artists and unveiling is to be held on Wed., April 26 from 4-6 p.m. with art walk to follow.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
April 06 - May 12, 2017, in Key West
Arts Council Presents the Fifth Annual Connections Project 2017 Tour
The Connections Project innovative road show continues with a reception April 6-17 at Royal Furniture, and April 18- May 12 at the Gato Building in Key West, featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The exhibit is open to the public. The large-scale mosaic mural features art by almost 400 Florida Keys residents and is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives.
Contact: 305.295.4369
April 07 - Nov 30, 2017, 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: 305-923-5934
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
April 25 - May 13, 2017, in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Short Attention Span Theatre
What do you get when you take a company of actors, directors, and filmmakers and mix in fresh, fun, 10-minute plays? Short Attention Span Theatre, that's what! This evening of shorts typically includes lots of laughs and incredible talent. A high-octane evening of fun for everyone!
Contact: 305-296-9911
May 02, in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: Portraits, a free play reading
Enjoy a free play reading at 7 p.m. at the Little Room Jazz Club, located at 821 Duval Street. The program, entitled Key West Portraits, features the short plays written during this year's Playwrights in Paradise workshop. There is no fee for attending the performance, no tickets required.
May 04 - 27, 2017, 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: 305-296-6706
May 05, in Key West
Sloppy Joe's Bar Celebrates 80 Years at Duval and Greene Streets
Sloppy Joes is a Key West landmark located at 201 Duval Street since May 5, 1937. The bar is on the National Register of Historic Places and was a favorite watering hole for the late author Ernest Hemingway. Live music is scheduled from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday. A giant birthday cake is to be served at 5 p.m. and attendees can enter drawings for Sloppy Joe's gift cards. Free admission.
May 05 - 07, 2017, in Key West
Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
If one man's junk is another man's treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Fans of "outsider art" can celebrate the renegade metal sculptor's legacy with a people-powered parade of mobile sculptures crafted in the spirit of his extraordinary creations. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade features colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — and are to follow a route along the length of Key West's Duval Street.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Email: mgieda@kwahs.org
May 06, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Christopher Cross
Enjoy smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, "Sailing," and more from Christopher Cross' 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single "Ride Like the Wind" rocketed to the #2 spot -- the massive success of the second single "Sailing" made Cross a superstar -- as well as a broad range of his latest work - the songs where his heart (and his art) truly lies.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: info@thekeywesttheater.com
May 10 - 27, 2017, in Key West
FOREVER PLAID
Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. Forever Plaid is one of the most beloved musicals of our generation. One stormy night, four eager singers known as "The Plaids" meet their untimely ends. Miraculously they return from the afterlife to do the show they never got to perform. The boys deliver an unforgettable show that will have audiences tapping their toes to the great pop hits of the 1950s - including "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Heart and Soul," "Sixteen Tons," and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing." Performances at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office (305-294-5015)
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org
May 10 - 14, 2017, in Key West
Key West Songwriters' Festival
The 22nd annual showcase of musical magic features America's foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814
Email: kwswf@aol.com
May 12 - 14, 2017, in Key West
Key West Co-Ed Mahi Masters
In this challenge, cash prizes are awarded to the male and female angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. There is no limit on the number of participating boats.
Contact: Lee 305-296-0364
Email: lee@murraymarine.com
May 14, in Key West
Celebrate Mother's Day at the Animal Farm Celebration
Bring the family and join the fun at the farm; the event is free of charge and offers something for everyone. Of course, you can visit with all the animals at the farm. The event takes place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
May 17 - 27, 2017, in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: Shirley Valentine
Shirley might as well talk to the wall for as much as anyone listens to her. So she does. Talk to the wall. Constantly. While wondering how the rebellious girl who was Shirley Valentine has become the invisible mother-wife Shirley Bradshaw. Don't miss this delightful celebration of life as an ongoing adventure. Performances at 7 p.m., May 17-20 and 24-27 at Parish Hall behind St Paul's Episcopal Church at 401 Duval Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581
May 18 - 20, 2017, in Key West
Flying Carrs Circus "Around the World in 80 Minutes!" visits Key West
This all-new show features seven performances at The Studios of Key West. Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world's most popular cultures, including a Samba Carnival, a Hawaiian luau, a Flamenco duel from Spain, a trip to Asia, Africa, and more in one action-packed and positively unforgettable celebration. Enjoy more than 20 circus acts from around the world, including Aerialists, Jugglers, Acrobats, Dancers, Clowns, and more.  
May 19 - Aug 11, 2017, in Key West
Key Lime Pie-Making Class: Make Your Own Mini-Pie!
Go behind the scenes at Key West's sweetest spot for key lime pie and learn to make Key Lime Pie Co.'s award-winning recipe of all-natural ingredients. In this class held each Friday, each participant will make his/her own mini key lime pie of graham cracker crust, key lime filling, and whipped topping—tasting encouraged! Experience pie making in our live kitchen—under the tutelage of one of our seasoned pie makers—where thousands of delicious key lime pies are made every week! After creating your mini pie masterpiece, you can pack it up for later or relax and savor right away. Class is approximately 1 hour in duration; $20 per person. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
Contact: 855-SWT-PETE
May 27 - 28, 2017, in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Big Head Todd and The Monsters
Big Head Todd and the Monsters are best known for their platinum-selling record Sister Sweetly, and from that record the hit song "Bittersweet," but have also been fans of blues music since their first days together playing music in high school. In 1997 they recorded a song with John Lee Hooker for their album Beautiful World, but it was in 2011 that the band really delved into the blues with their first Big Head Blues Club project, 100 years of Robert Johnson, which featured guest appearances by BB King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards, and more. That album led to a limited number of tour dates under the Big Head Blues Club moniker that same year. "The Songs of Willie Dixon," tribute is the next chapter in what seems to be becoming a new tradition for the band.
Contact: Tickets 305-985-0433
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