Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Everyone is suspect...one actor investigates the crime and the other plays all the suspects and the BOTH play the piano. A highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs, it's a perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder in a witty, winking homage to old fashioned murder mysteries.
The CRC is a historic race that started in 1997 with direct race to Varadero then expanded to Havana in 1999. The triangle race as it has been coined is a traditional race to Cuba that allows the racer to complete a triangle between KW and two Cuba cities - Varadero and Havana. The CRC is a non-profit organization with the mission to introduce as many of the US sailing community to Cuba as possible as well as revitalize racing in Cuba.
American masterpiece about the universal pull that we all feel for "home." Carrie Watts is an elderly widow, trapped in the tiny Houston apartment of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law, who wants to return to her hometown of Bountiful - one last time before she dies. With pension check in hand, she breaks free. Her journey is filled with humor and tenderness that's both touching and life-affirming.
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.
Educational lectures are open to the public, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Subjects pertain to gardening and environmental topics in the Florida Keys. Refreshments are served at the conclusion of each lecture. This month includes Bill Irwin, professor of biology aquaponics at Florida Keys Community College.
Contact: Jane Tiedeman 305-923-3820
The hilarious and offbeat 'Hate Mail,' written by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky features the very funny Pony Charvet and Susannah Wells as the love-torn duo whose fast-paced and sardonic story is at the heart (so to speak) of the show. What begins as an innocent letter of complaint soon blossoms into a full-fledged battle of wits. How could this not be a love story?!? Hate Mail takes us on a hilarious (and somewhat treacherous) journey of friendship, love, and loss. Pianist Michael Robinson provides the musical backdrop for the show, a feature unique to this particular production. Performances are at 7pm, at Little Room Jazz Club located at 821 Duval St. Tickets are $25.
Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions.
Contact: Justin or Loren Rea 305-744-0903
The Studios of Key West opens its galleries to the public from 6-8 p.m., for its lively First Thursdays evening. Four unique exhibitions fill the galleries, including work by Key West watercolor artist Sean Callahan and Emmy award-winning writer Garin Wolf, porcelain figures by Cathy Rose, a selection of photographs by Charles Pearson and Timothy Roeder, plus a preview of the works to be included in this year's Anne McKee Fine Art Auction Feb.10. The Studios of Key West is located at 533 Eaton Street.
Female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with "Bette Midler", "Cher", and Randy's signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! Show dates online.
Enjoy a celebration and showcase of all your favorite Key West Burlesque characters, costumes and crowd pleasing moments since the beginning. Hosted by Key West's favorite funny man, Frankie and the Conch Republics queen of burlesque, Tatah DuJour, the 10 Year Anniversary Show stars all of your Key West Burlesque favorites including: Trixie Little, Marquee Von Phister, Cheeky Derrière, Moana Amour, Dark n Stormy, Rocky Bottoms, Velvet Garcia, Buffy L'range, The Key West Burlesque Dancers and many more.Doors pen at 7:30PM. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for General Admission, $45 for table seating and $65 for the VIP balcony.
Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West's oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island's past.
Tom Rush's shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Although he's known for his live performances, Rush's albums are also legendary; The Circle Game, according to Rolling Stone, ushered in the singer/songwriter era.
With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States "Painter Laureate." The artist has had the distinct honor of painting the last seven Presidents of the United States and the world's best loved celebrities, among them the young sensation Taylor Swift. Three scheduled Meet the Artist receptions, Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 pm; and Feb. 12, from 1-3 p.m. RSVP required.
Comedian Shane Mauss is touring around the country with a comedy show about psychedelics. Part stand-up, part storytelling, and part Ted talk combine for a unique, informative, and funny comedy show.
Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work. His new solo album, Next Year People, is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics.
A giant plant sale offers visitors the opportunity to peruse a wide array of native and exotic tropical plants, earth-based art and healthy living vendors. Enjoy a perfect day in the Garden where organic and healthy food vendors as well as a beer and wine bar will be available in the Courtyard along with the talents of local musicians. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road.
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff's Animal Farm is open 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the many animals at the farm. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Open house is held the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
This signature fundraiser features some of Key West's most talented performing artists, the island's largest silent auction, open bar, dancing, and an elegant and abundant dinner buffet. The Theme this year is Hat's Off to Edith (Amsterdam) and Good Knight Edward. Located at Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street 6:30-9:30 p.m. VIP tickets also available. Purchase tickets online.
Join in celebrating the season during this month's Walk on White, including galleries along White Street from Southard to United Streets and onto Truman Ave. Shop this evening for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift among venues, shops, and art galleries will be displaying stunning wearable pieces as well as works that make a statement in your home. Harrison Gallery is featuring Helen Harrison's The Queen sculpted from palm and stone, as well as encaustic paintings by artist Pamela Kostmayer.
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 their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The February tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes NOT included. Tickets are $30. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Did you know that Key West is about 129 miles away from the nearest Walmart? That is just one of the many reasons life in the Keys is not like anywhere else in the country. This inspired evening of one-acts includes original short plays by some of Key West's best, and celebrates those who are living their lives a bit differently than most.
A giant on the singer-songwriter scene, Werner is wry and passionate in her famous live shows. This season, she returns with a new album and a Broadway-bound musical under her belt. A 'jill' of all trades, Werner explores classic Cuban music for a special Key West show, alongside old favorites and plenty of surprises.
Presented by the Harry S. Truman Little White House., descendants of four former United States presidents are to share memories and insights about their forebears' vacations and retreats during a presentation at Florida's only presidential museum. Held on the grounds of the 111 Front St. residence where former President Truman spent 11 working vacations during his 1945-1953 administration.
Think 'Vagina Monologues' for men and you've the basic concept behind the insightful presentation Daniel, Richie, and Jimmy planned. Just three guys talking about .... well, you know. But their evening takes an unexpected turn in this hilarious new script from a local playwright. Very adult. Performances set for February 19 & 20 and 26 & 27 at 7 p.m., Aqua Night Club at 711 Duval Street.
In honor of Presidents Day, all national parks will waive their admission fees. Visitors are invited to celebrate these glorious places nationwide that have been set aside for all generations, to enjoy great scenery and history. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees.
With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like "I Don't Want To Go Home", "Love On The Wrong Side Of Town", "The Fever", "This Time It's For Real", "Talk To Me" and their definitive fun-time cover of "We're Having A Party". The Jukes' legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, Stonesy rock and roll.
In this tuneful and heartwarming musical, we follow Agnes and Michael through 50 years of marital bliss, infidelity, children, incompatibility, old age, and simply joys. From the creators of "The Fantastics", this endearing musical spans the years of 1895 to 1945, rolling out one catchy song after another in this bedroom comedy.
Enjoy Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, also featuring Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) Suite. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, peek behind the walls and visit beautiful private gardens. Admission is $20 per person. Located at West Martello Tower on Higgs Beach.
Contact: Donna Farrow 410-544-2379
Larry Smith releases two new albums with one great concert. The instrumental originals on The Woodstock Sessions were recorded in upstate NY this past summer. Dreamsmith is a collection of original songs examining life in today's America, co-composed with Adrienne Zolondick, and featuring Geoffrey Lowe and Skipper Kripitz.
Nashville's Rorey Carroll began making a big a name for herself from coast to "COAST" in 2016. Referred to as "Outlaw Folk's newest star," Carroll completed her second album at the end of 2016, "Love Is An Outlaw," one of the top 15 country and Americana albums. Tickets available online. Seating limited.
Sword swallowers will risk their lives when they "drop swords" at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Watch as solid steel will go down the hatch - hopefully without a scratch -- as individuals demonstrate sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley's Key West Odditorium, located at 108 Duval Street. Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are FREE. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour the Odditorium.
The 52nd annual juried outdoor fine art festival features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by more than 100 artists from around the United States and beyond. The event takes place on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town.
A double bassist from Georgia, Xavier performs as part of the Sphinx Soloist Program sponsored by the GM Foundation. He is Impromptu's Rising Star recipient for 2017 and his appearance in Key West is made possible by the Gail Williams Munder Concert Series.Show starts 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.
Choirs, Poets, Praise Dancers, Historians are invited to participate. Parade of Kings and Queens. Please wear your African Attire! This is a free event, at 3 p.m., open to the public. Location at Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 702 Whitehead St.
Contact: Rev. Rochelle M. Pearson-Major 305-517-6611
Presented by the Waterfront Playhouse. Avenue Q is the winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book and one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. Part flesh, part felt and all heart, Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad. He and his friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life in a musical that is hilariously timeless - with hysterical songs such as "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," "The Internet Is for Porn, " and "It Sucks to Be Me." Performances at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office (305-294-5015)
Celebrate the 106th 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.