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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 2021

  • January 05 - Mar 30, 2021 Key West
  • Figure Drawing: Virtual Classes with Lothar Speer
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  • The Key West Art Center is happy to have Lothar Speer return as a figure drawing instructor on Zoom as a virtual art instructor. Lothar studied at The National Academy of The Fine Arts, Vienna, where he received The Johannes Fueger Medal, a European distinction in the field of figure drawing. This workshop is an introduction to this powerful tradition for artists of all levels. Lothar has been teaching the figure for over three decades and delights in adjusting his feedback to each student's level and needs. The principles learned here are universal and can be applied to any subject matter and develop skill which is the prerequisite for powerful personal artistic expression. Classes are held Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit KWAC website for more information.
  • January 06 Key West
  • A Virtual Happy Hour with the Historian
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  • In 2022, the island of Key West will be celebrating its bicentennial. In observing this milestone, this talk will be an abbreviated history of Key West from its founding in 1822 through to the present day. A swift canter through the island’s history – approached decade by decade – demonstrates how it has taken on many different identities and functions. Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society. Event from 4-5 p.m.
  • January 13 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Livingston Taylor
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  • Part of TSKW's Old Town, New Folk music series. Described as “equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon,” Livingston delights audiences with his charm, upbeat storytelling and vast repertoire musical genres – including folk, pop, gospel and jazz. Tickets for this virtual concert are $25, $22 for TSKW members. Starts 8 p.m.
  • January 14 - 17, 2021 Key West
  • Key West Kingfish Mayhem
  • Jimmy Wickett 954-605-8284 Email Website
  • Headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, this four-species event enhances what was formerly a king mackerel tournament by adding tuna, mahi and wahoo. Anglers are to vie for cash prizes.
  • January 15 - 16, 2021 Key West
  • 61st Annual Key West Home Tours
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  • Tour elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. January tours are offered 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. For each tour, the number of visitors allowed inside each home will be limited, masks will be required and hand sanitizers will be provided. Reservations for tour time slots are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • January 16 Key West
  • Native Plants for Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
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  • The plant nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs, vegetables and vines for sale from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 150 species of plants are available with plants that attract birds and butterflies, in one- to 10-gallon pots.  Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15 percent discount.  The Garden is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation and all proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. Face masks are required and social distancing protocol will be strictly followed.  The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. 
  • January 17 Key West
  • 23rd Annual Key West Half Marathon & 5k Run
  • Barbara Wright 305-240-0727 Email Website
  • Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the race follows a 13.1-mile course that includes Old Town Key West and the scenic waterfront. The race typically attracts American and international runners to compete in Key West's balmy January climate. Named as one of the United States' leading winter half marathons, Best Destination Half Marathons and Bucket List Best Half Marathons, is ranked among 13 must-do U.S. half-marathons by Competitor.com. COVID-19 safety protocols are to be in place.
  • January 20 - Apr 30, 2021 Key West
  • Fringe Theater 2021 Season
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  • Fringe Theater’s 2020-21 season was designed with three things in mind: safety, creativity and flexibility. One-person shows are to be presented online and in-person, and readings are free and online. Visit website for current productions and readings.
  • January 21 - 22, 2021 Key West
  • Key West Art Center and Gallery presents: Online Art Class with Priscilla Coote
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  • Key West artist Priscilla Coote "takes" students to Bahia Honda State Park via video, where she paints from the water using her Amphibious Easel. She explains how she chooses the subject matter and all the considerations that go into painting on the scene in an active environment. Then students join her in the studio to paint along as she interprets her plein air painting into a finished studio work. Students will be sharing what they create for a positive, personalized experience. Medium can be oils or acrylics. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from a wonderful instructor whose work is collected worldwide. Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. each day. Visit KWAC website for class fees and information.
  • January 27 - 31, 2021 Key West
  • Key West Food and Wine Festival
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  • Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual celebration. Whet your appetite for island-style excellence, showcasing local chefs’ culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Ticket sales available online.
  • January 28 - Feb 03, 2021 Key West
  • Sundance Film Festival 2021 Satellite Screens: Tropic Cinema
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  • This year, Sundance Film Festival is doing things differently by bringing the Fest to Key West audiences with a Sundance Satellite screen in the local community, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. Offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform alongside drive-ins, independent art-houses and a network of local community partnerships in select cities, the Utah festival's characteristics remain the same: celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and adventurous audiences.
  • February 04 - 17, 2021 Key West
  • Anne McKee Art Auction Online
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  • Aficionados can expect to find fabulous works from some of the Keys’ established local favorites as well as discover the talent of some exciting new emerging artists. The auction is a great opportunity to add some unique new treasures to your art collection. The whole affair will happen online, so it will be safe, convenient, and fun for everyone. Online viewing and bidding will begin February 4 at 5:30 PM and close at 8:30 PM on February 17. If you would like to see the art in person, it will be available for viewing only at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St, beginning February 4. Studio hours are 12-4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday. All sales will be online. Up for bid will be original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, and more. Collectors can choose from the works of celebrated and renowned local masters to fresh new talents.
  • February 05 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Susan Werner
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  • Part of TSKW's Old Town, New Folk music series. Called “one of the most innovative songwriters working today,” (Chicago Tribune), Susan Werner crafts lyrics that are as sharp as thistles, and every bit as funny as they are on point. A giant on the acoustic scene, Werner is by turns wry and passionate on stage, and famous for her live shows. Tickets for this virtual concert are $25, $22 for TSKW members. Starts 8 p.m., and streams live on Mandolin.
  • February 08 - 14, 2021 Key West
  • 'Twice Told Tales'; A Special Online Streaming Edition
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  • Presented by TheaterXP. The smash hit theater event is back! An intriguing evening of dualing monologues: nine Monologues delivered by two actors each, but in completely different ways! Watch like a film in the comfort of your own home, anytime, 24/7.
  • February 12 - 13, 2021 Key West
  • 61st Annual Key West Home Tours
  • 305-294-9501 Email Website
  • Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. Tours are offered 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. For each tour, the number of visitors allowed inside each home will be limited, masks will be required and hand sanitizers will be provided. Reservations for tour time slots are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • February 13 - Mar 27, 2021 Key West
  • Waterfront Playhouse 2021 Season
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  • The Waterfront Playhouse, located at 310 Wall St., adjacent to Key West’s renowned Mallory Square, continues its 2021 season with a twist. While many in-person shows have been postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, the theater is providing Key West a different entertainment option by broadcasting live radio treatments of “Treasure Island” (Feb. 13), “It Happened One Night” (Feb. 27), “The Hitchhiker” (March 13) and “Tales of Poe” (March 27) on the Keys’ US1 Radio 104.1 FM. Theater lovers around the United States can tune in to the broadcasts via US1.com.
  • February 13 - 27, 2021 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Smithtown, A Virtual Play
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  • Located at 533 Eaton St., TSKW offers performances, workshops exhibitions and opportunities for collaborative creative work among other elements. This play will be available to watch on Saturday, February 13 at 8pm EST. Ticket holders will receive a secure link to watch the performance in their inbox an hour before the viewing period begins. Ticket holders will be able to stream the digital play by clicking the link, or can access the play, at their convenience, through midnight on February 27th.
  • February 14 Key West
  • Key West Artisan Market
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  • The first Key West Artisan Market of the season is to take place from 10 am to 2 pm at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach. The show has relocated to the parking lot at Sonny Mccoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White Street, across from White Street Pier and the other side of the Higgs Beach Dog Parks by the Southernmost Bocce Key West courts. The Market is to operate based on strict adherence to COVID policies and mandates. The Market has teamed up with the Key West Wildlife Center who will be open for free (donation based) tours. Guests will shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers, enjoy live music and more.
  • February 14 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Ben Harrison
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  • Part of TSKW's Old Town, New Folk music series. The music Ben writes is original, humorous and indigenous to the the Florida Keys. Performance features original music from his most recent album, ‘Side Effects’ and his musicals. Tickets for this virtual concert are $20, $18 for TSKW members. Starts 8 p.m., and streams live on Mandolin.
  • February 15 Key West
  • Friends of the Key West Library Presents Lily King and Judy Blume, Virtual Lecture
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  • The Friends of the Key West Library’s popular speaker series will present the acclaimed novelist Lily King in conversation with Judy Blume via webinar, from 6-7 p.m. Ms. King will be in conversation with Key West’s own Judy Blume as she discusses her latest book Writers & Lovers, one of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2020. All lectures in the 2021 season will be presented online due to the pandemic. As in past years the lectures are free and open to all, but interested attendees must register to receive the presentation link.
  • February 20 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Zoe Lewis
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  • Part of TSKW's Old Town, New Folk music series. Affectionately known as “a band in a body” Zoë plays vintage jazz and world beat  grooves on anything from the piano to the spoons. Tickets for this virtual concert are $20, $18 for TSKW members. Starts 8 p.m., and streams live on Mandolin.
  • February 20 Key West
  • Gardenfest & Green Market 2021 at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
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  • From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy food & beverages; music; arts & crafts and plant vendors. Also featured are to be a Kids Creative Corner, a speaker about a "Cuban Chug Exhibit,” Docent-guided tours, a 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction as well as a special raffle of a silver Atocha coin, limited to 50 tickets, $10 per ticket. Free entry; event is to be held outside, with social distancing and masks required. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
  • February 27 - 28, 2021 Key West
  • Old Island Days Art Festival
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  • Fine art aficionados can discover the work of several artists in a balmy open-air setting, at Truman Waterfront Park. Presented by the Key West Art Center, a co-op organization for local artists, the juried show typically draws artists from across the United States and Canada. Offerings range from watercolor and oil paintings to sculptures, graphics, collages and photography. KWAC is blending their Key West Craft Show into the Old Island Days Art Festival to produce a high quality Art & Fine Craft event.
  • March 01 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Darrell Scott
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  • Part of TSKW's Old Town, New Folk music series. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. Scott recently toured with Robert Plant and the Zac Brown Band (2 years with each), produced albums for Malcolm Holcomb and Guy Clark and was named “songwriter of the year” for both ASCAP and NSAI. Tickets for this virtual concert are $25, $22 for TSKW members. Starts 8 p.m., and streams live on Mandolin.
  • March 01 - 31, 2021 Key West
  • Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
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  • Internationally renowned playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived in Key West for more than 30 years, once said of his chosen home, “I work everywhere, but I work best here.” Fans of Williams’ classic plays can explore his writing and life in the island city. While the festival’s traditional receptions won’t take place because of coronavirus concerns, the schedule includes screenings of films adapted from Williams’ works, prose and poetry contests and an online program of readings and reminiscences. In addition, private tours of Key West’s Tennessee Williams Museum, located at 513 Truman Ave., are to be offered to masked patrons by appointment.
  • March 01 Key West
  • Friends of the Key West Library presents: Tom Corcoran
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  • The Friends of the Key West Library's popular speaker series will present local favorite author Tom Corcoran, the author of Key West-based mysteries and numerous books of non-fiction. His latest novels in the Alex Rutledge series are The Cayo Hueso Maze and Guava Moon Revenge. All lectures in the 2021 season will be presented online due to the pandemic. Lectures are free and open to all, you must register to receive the presentation link. Presentation begins 6 p.m.
  • March 03 - 31, 2021 Key West
  • The Studios of KeyWest presents: Between Two Palms Livestream Series
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  • Between Two Palms is a livestream series of intimate conversations between award-winning art-makers from the performing, visual and literary arts and members of The Studios family. Join us virtually via Zoom Webinars for an hour as we explore how stage, TV & film performers, designers, writers and visual artists are keeping the creative spirit alive through these turbulent times. Featured upcoming guests include Jessica Hecht (Mar. 3), Ann Harada (Mar. 10), Joe Iconic (Mar. 17), Dale Soules (Mar. 24), and Jonathan Freeman (Mar. 31),who join many other luminaries as TSKW guests. Series is held select Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. ET. Talks are $20 pp, $15/members.
  • March 04 - 25, 2021 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: March Exhibitions
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  • Four exhibitions fill the Studios' galleries in March. Discover Florida Prize finalist Robert Aiosa, a sculptor whose primary practice is wood-working; Key West photographer Michael Marrero; Self-taught artist Meggi Siegert; and floral artist Katlin Spain. View galleries in person or online. Galleries open Tue-Sat., 12-4 p.m., free of charge.
  • March 05 Key West
  • Tennessee Williams Theatre presents: Jeremy Denk
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  • Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd., presents a performance by Jeremy Denk, one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Starts 7 p.m., tickets online.
  • March 05 Key West
  • Key West Theater presents: Sinatra's 'That's Life' Concert
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  • It is a musical journey of the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra. Tony Sands performs all of Sinatra’s best-loved songs from the early days with Tommy Dorsey, to the bright lights of New York City, onto the silver screen of Hollywood. Performance at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
  • March 06 Key West
  • Sunset Series at the Amp, Featuring The Happy Dog
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  • This event was originally scheduled for NOVEMBER 21, 2020.  All tickets purchased for the original date were automatically transferred to the new date of March 6th, 2021. All ages welcome; tickets not required for children 5 and under. Contactless entry available with advance ticket sales online. Masks required to enter and when moving about the venue. Free parking; bicycle and ride-sharing encouraged. Live music, food vendors, artisans, from 5-9 p.m.
  • March 06 - Feb 05, 2022 Key West
  • Market on the Green
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  • Presented by The Keys Collection of resorts, the versatile Sunset Green Event Lawn, located between sister hotels the Gates Key West and 24 North, transforms into a local artisan market the first Saturday of each month, from 10AM to 2PM.
  • March 07 Key West
  • Key West Artisan Market ReMARCable Edition
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  • From 10 a,m. to 2 p.m., enjoy bloody marys, mimosas along with a full bar from Great Events Catering, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, plus multiple food stalls offering eat-here or take-away. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Stock the pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, bread, pastries, cigars, soaps and more. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair and listen to musicians presented by the The X Key West radio station and support our featured charities. The Key West Wildlife Center will be open for free (donation) tours. Market is located at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach, Key West in the parking lot at Sonny Mccoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White Street.
  • March 08 - 11, 2021 Key West
  • March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament
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  • This charity flats-and-fly-only tournament challenges anglers to catch, tag and release silvery permit to vie for elite titles. The event is held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island, and features a silent online auction.
  • March 09 Key West
  • Conversations on Hemingway: A PBS Virtual Event Series
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  • Join an hour-long discussion at 7 p.m. ET with the filmmakers and special guests, featuring clips from the new three-part series, HEMINGWAY. With Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Cristina Garcia, Brin-Jonathan Butler and Ann Bocock, exploring Hemingway’s art and legacy. Presented by South Florida PBS, The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and FIU’s Casa Cuba. Must register on Zoom to join.
  • March 12 - 13, 2021 Key West
  • 61st Annual Key West Home Tours
  • 305-294-9501 Email Website
  • Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. Tours are offered 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. For each tour, the number of visitors allowed inside each home will be limited, masks will be required and hand sanitizers will be provided. Reservations for tour time slots are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • March 13 Key West
  • Key West Art Center & Gallery presents: Plein Air Key West
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  • Plein Air Key West is an all-inclusive and fun event that attracts local artists and talented amateurs throughout the Keys with many visiting artists planning their trips to Key West around this time to participate. Watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel paintings, charcoal and pencil sketch artists are all welcome. Artists may have more than one canvas or paper stamped. Artists in all media are welcome and can register at the gallery to participate between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or pre- register online, with artists returning completed art work back to the gallery by 1:30 p.m.
  • March 14 Key West
  • Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Axiom Brass
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  • Enjoy a free concert on the historic grounds of the Key West Lighthouse at 4 p.m. The program will be presented by the Axiom Brass Quintet. This group is internationally recognized for their repertoire that ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet.  The outdoor venue for the concert will be setup with appropriate socially distanced seating and limited to 225 attendees. Facial masks will be required to be worn by all attendees for the full duration of the concert. Reservations required.
  • March 15 Key West
  • Friends of the Key West Library Present Rita Troxel and John Martini
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  • The Friends of the Key West Library’s popular speaker series will present local favorite Rita Troxel in conversation with sculptor John Martini via webinar. Rita Troxel will be in conversation with sculptor John Martini on the occasion of the publication of her new book, Home at the End of the World. All lectures in the 2021 season will be presented online due to the pandemic. As in past years the lectures are free and open to all, but you must register online to receive the presentation link.Lectures are every other Monday at 6 p.m. EST through March 29. The lectures will be available for viewing following the presentations through the Friends of the Key West Library website.  
  • March 20 Key West
  • First Day of Spring-Native Plant Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
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  • The plant Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs, vegetables and vines for sale from 9am to noon. There are 165 species of plants available with an inventory totaling more than 2,000 plants that attract birds and butterflies in 1-gallon to 10-gallon pots.  Key West Tropical Forest members receive a discount.  All proceeds directly benefit the nonprofit Garden’s conservation program.
  • March 21 Key West
  • Key West Artisan Market One Human Family Edition
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  • Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach. The event celebrates the Keys’ diverse community. The Key West Business Guild, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting Key West to LGBTQ+ travelers its to be on hand and One Human Family stickers distributed, with a chance to meet JT Thompson, local artist and originator of the One Human Family Peace/Love/Compassion & Equality motto which was officially adopted as the City of Key West's philosophy in October of 2000.
  • March 24 - 27, 2021 Key West
  • Fringe Theater presents: The Shot
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  • In partnership with the Samuel’s House, this national one-woman play project is connecting the performing arts with local women’s shelters to draw attention to domestic violence and to raise funds for both nonprofits. The Shot is performed by film and TV star Sharon Lawrence. Audiences may be most familiar with the EMMY nominated actor from NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, or Grey’s Anatomy. Performance is available on demand and online. The play is offered at no charge, but patrons are encouraged to purchase a “Pay What You Will” ticket or make a tax deductible donation. Ticket Sales and donations collected in conjunction with this project will be divided between the two nonprofits.
  • March 25 Key West
  • Lindsay Lou, Old Town New Folk Virtual Concert Series
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  • Lindsay Lou has been making soulful, poignant music for the last decade.  An undeniable powerhouse, Lou’s remarkable gifts as a singer, songwriter, musician and performer demand the listener’s attention. Her singing floats over the deep groove with both a fierce intensity and a tender intimacy. For this virtual performance, her Key West debut, Lindsay will be joined by award winning banjo player, Kyle Tuttle. Tickets $20, members $18. Start 8 p.m., will stream on Mandolin.
  • March 29 Key West
  • Friends of the Key West Library Present Patricia Engel and Mark Powell
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  • The Friends of the Key West Library’s popular speaker series will present local favorite writer Patricia Engel in conversation with author Mark Powell via webinar. They will discuss her new book, Infinite Country. Lecture is free, starts at 6 p.m.; you must register to receive the presentation link.
  • March 30 Key West
  • Ocean Blues Studio presents: Gemstone & Bracelet-Making Workshop
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  • One of Key West's artist workspaces and gallery, Ocean Blues Studio, at 291 Front St., is to host local jewelry designer Karen Moore of ZEN, for a public class from 6-8 p.m. Participants learn about the meaning of gemstones, how to design, string & finish two customized bracelets. Class fee applies; register online.
  • April 01 - 29, 2021 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: April Exhibitions
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  • Four exhibitions fill the Studios’ galleries this month. Discover the creative works of Olga Manosalvas, known for her colorful paintings and sculptures; Former Artist in Residence and watercolor artist, Scott Ponemone; photographer Kyla Piscopink; and local author Rita Troxel. View galleries in person or online. Galleries open Tue-Sat., 12-4 p.m., free of charge.
  • April 02 - 03, 2021 Key West
  • Key West Home Tours
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  • Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Masks and distancing are required and hand sanitizers will be provided. Tickets may be purchased online. Key West’s Oldest House Museum & Garden is included on the tours in addition to three private homes and/or other buildings of architectural significance. Tour times: 1-3 p.m., and 3-5 p.m.
  • April 11 Key West
  • Key West Artisan Market: National Pet Day Edition!
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  • Celebrate National Pet Day from 10 am to 2 pm at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach. Meet the volunteers of the Florida Keys SPCA and maybe a pup or two! Donations will be appreciated and items off the 'wish list' (needed items include wet dog/cat food; cardboard scratchers for cats; dog and cat toys, wicker chew balls for small animals) can be made at the market and are greatly appreciated. Bring your well-behaved four legged friends - the market is always pet friendly and right next to the dog park! The show, which features local artists, fresh farms stands, food trucks and merchandise made in the Keys, is located in the parking lot at the Key West Wildlife Center/Sonny Mccoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White St.
  • April 15 Key West
  • South Florida Symphony String Quartet
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  • Join a private performance by the South Florida Symphony String Quartet. Event is to be held at Sunset Pier, 0 Duval St., at Ocean Key Resort & Spa. Members of the quartet include: Huifang Chen, violin; MeiMei Luo, violin; Roberto Henriquez, viola; Claudio Jaffé, cello. Performance opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and very limited.
  • April 15 Key West
  • Key West Art & Historical Society's Distinguished Artist Series
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  • Currently on view at Key West's Custom House Museum are 59 of Guy Harvey's pen-and-ink illustrations of Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" created by Harvey when he was a teenager. The public response to the drawings would inspire him to become a professional artist, and he is now renowned for his marine wildlife art and conservation work. From 4- 5 p.m., enjoy a virtual interview with Guy Harvey focusing on these early sketches, their significance to conservation, and Harvey's connection to Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Key West for most of the 1930s.
  • April 16 - 25, 2021 Key West
  • Conch Republic Independence Celebration
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  • Fans and friends of the Florida Keys’ Conch Republic can celebrate the irreverent "nation's" 39th birthday with activities including a tall ship pirate adventure, traditional shrimp boil, sunset boat parade, tour of the USCGC Ingham floating maritime museum, "wearable art" fashion show benefit, street fair on Key West's Duval Street, "rum battle," sailing excursions, "Art of Wine" gallery stroll, gourmet dinner and absinthe tasting, sunset cruises and a sailing race that salutes the Florida Keys' seafaring heritage. The annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the Keys’ symbolic 1982 secession from the United States and reinvention as the eccentric republic. Organizers are to uphold coronavirus safety protocols throughout the festival, including mandatory masking and social distancing.
  • April 19 - 26, 2021 Key West
  • Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth
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  • Presented by the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., Key West artist Rick Worth returns with Painting Boot Camp, the class that invites you to paint along, step-by-step, creating your own masterpiece. This season, in order to allow for safe distancing, class will be held in the morning, outdoors in TSKW covered courtyard. Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand-new painting each week. All levels, materials included. Classes available Mondays only, spaces limited. Class fee of $135 applies.
  • April 21 - 23, 2021 Key West
  • Afro Roots Fest Key West
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  • Afro Roots World Music is one of the longest-running events of its kind. The festival started at Tobacco Road, and has been staged at various locations throughout South Florida. Afro Roots, now regional, spans from Jupiter to Key West. At 5:30 and 9 p.m. each day, live music is to be staged at The Green Parrot - 601 Whitehead St.; musical acts include Cortadito with special guest Tomas Diaz (April 21); Guerra Grooves (April 22) FABI World Music with special guest ITAWE (April 23).
  • April 22 Key West
  • Earth Day at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
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  • Enjoy extended hours and free admission! The Garden is extending its closing time and offering free admission between the hours of 4 - 6 p.m. Earth Day is celebrated worldwide and the day is set aside to promote environmental protection and the concept of peace. The Key West Tropical Forest, established in 1936, is also celebrating its 86th Anniversary and is honored to be the steward of protecting the environment in its 15-acre endangered ecosystem. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
  • April 23 Key West
  • Elton Live: The Ultimate Elton John Tribute
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  • The Ultimate Elton John Tribute Act offers the most complete and authentic reproduction of Sir Elton John’s sound and stage performance in the world. Their shows are the most accurate duplication that Elton John fans worldwide have come to love and enjoy. Does open 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. at Key West Theater, 516 Eaton St. Seating is limited and follows masking and social distancing protocols inside the theater.
  • April 27 - May 01, 2021 Key West
  • Fourth Annual Mile 0 Fest Key West
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  • This annual fest brings the best of Americana and Red Dirt Music to the island paradise for five full days of bands, acoustic jams and songwriter swaps. Event organizers are to have safety protocols in place per COVID-19 guidelines.
  • April 30 Key West
  • Arbor Day at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
  • Schedule tour 305-296-1504 Website
  • The Garden is offering free admission all day. The Garden’s plant Nursery will be open for plant sales from 9am to Noon and will offer a 50% discount on Crabwood, Coffee colubrina and Princewood trees. A ceremonial "Arbor Day" tree planting will take place at 1pm. Guided Docent tours will be offered at 10:30am and 1pm. Groups will be limited to 10 people and masks will be required. Registration for the tours can be made in advance
  • May 04 - 18, 2021 Key West
  • Connections Project Mural: ‘A Mosaic of the Keys’
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  • The Connections Project mural, titled “A Mosaic of the Keys” is made up of individual 6-by-6-inch canvases that were decorated by local artists and creative residents, with the completed pieces arranged into the colorful mosaic. Art lovers can see the mural during a Keyswide “road show” tour, culminating May 4-18 at Key West’s Royal Furniture.
  • May 05 - 09, 2021 Key West
  • Key West Songwriters Festival
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  • Since 1997, BMI has been a presenting sponsor of the festival, the largest festival of its kind in the world, and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
  • May 22 Key West
  • Pride Follies
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  • Pride Follies returns to headline this year’s PRIDE celebration presented by the Key West Business Guild. Fantasy Fest Queen Destiny Montgomery is to direct this year’s presentation of Key West talent not usually seen on a professional stage, at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Does open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. Tickets available online for general admission, balcony and socially-distanced table seating.
  • May 23 Key West
  • Rams Head presents: Sammy Hagar & The Circle at Coffee Butler Amphitheater
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  • Key West announces Sammy Hagar & The Circle, one of rock music’s most dynamic supergroups! Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 9 at 12PM (ET) online as well as the Key West Theater's Box Office located at 512 Eaton St. Doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening with plenty of food vendors, bars, take home items from local artisans and a one-in-a-million view of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • May 28 Key West
  • Rams Head presents: Ana Popovic
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  • Enjoy an evening with this acclaimed blues rock artist who is referred to as 'one helluva guitar player.' Tickets on sale starting April 14 at noon. Performance at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., begins at 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m., patrons must be age 21 and over.
  • June 01 - 02, 2021 Key West
  • Rams Head presents: The Allman Betts Band with Special Guests, The River Kittens
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  • After a successful tour as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts have joined forces to form The Allman Betts Band. Each evening of live music features new songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes. Tickets on sale starting April 14 at noon. Performances at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., begin at 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m., patrons must be age 21 and over.
  • June 12 Key West
  • Swim Around Key West
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  • The Annual Swim Around Key West is a 12.5-mile endurance swim clockwise around the entire island of Key West, started by founder Anna Fugina in 1977. The Annual Swim Around Key West is an independent and insured swim, permitted by the U.S. Coast Guard. There are three categories: solo swimmer, two-person relay team and three-person relay team. Presented by Key West Athletics Association.
  • June 18 - 20, 2021 Key West
  • VFW Fishing Tournament
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  • A family fun tournament, this event awards up to $3,000 for the heaviest dolphin. All proceeds benefit disabled and needy veterans in Monroe County. A new First Responder category has been added, for Police, Fire Fighters and Paramedics / EMTs to go along with other angler categories.
  • June 18 Key West
  • Rams Head presents: Past II Present, A Toto Tribute Band
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  • Enjoy an evening of this optimum tribute band performing the music of Toto as well as music that members of Toto have written for other artists. Tickets on sale starting April 14 at noon. Performance at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., begins at 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m., patrons must be age 21 and over.
  • June 23 - 27, 2021 Key West
  • Mango Fest Key West
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  • Experience all things Mango through shopping, education and demonstrations. Stroll virtually through a vendor village, enter a poetry contest, photo contest, see virtual culinary and cocktail demos, and more. Details to come for the 2021 event.
  • July 01 - 05, 2021 Key West
  • Key Lime Festival
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  • Enjoy a full 4 days of culinary events for every taste, including favorites from past years such as the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll and Key Lime Pie Hop and new favorites for Key Lime lovers like a Key Lime Scavenger Hunt and Key Lime University! Organizers have also added a few intimate culinary events for VIP Key Lime lovers!
  • July 18 - 21, 2021 Key West
  • Del Brown Permit Tournament
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  • Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
  • July 21 - 24, 2021 Key West
  • Stock Island Marina Village Key West Marlin Tournament
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  • Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
  • August 12 - 15, 2021 Key West
  • 25th Annual Key West Lobsterfest
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  • Seafood lovers can chow down on Florida’s clawless lobster during a tasty “feast-ival” that features a savory schedule of events ranging from a traditional lobster boil to a lively street fair starring the sensational crustacean prepared in a variety of ways. The flavorful festivities celebrate the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season that opens Aug. 6. Famous for its sweet and tender meat, the Keys’ spiny lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, paired with a seasoned stuffing or cold in savory salads.
  • November 05 Key West
  • Florida Keys SPCA 14th Annual Spring Social
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  • Presented by Hank’s Hair of the Dog Saloon to benefit the homeless animals of the Lower Keys, join the FKSPCA's biggest celebration of the year at the Key West Golf Course; includes dinner, a live & silent auction, entertainment, complimentary wine & beer with cash liquor bar. VIP tickets include a Champagne Reception starting at 5:30 p.m. before the main event, passed appetizers, a sneak peek at one of the largest silent auctions on the island, reserved seating and VIP food stations.  The VIP Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and General Admission entry is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available now at www.keystix.com. 
  • December 11 Key West
  • Eighth Annual Florida Keys SPCA Parade of Paws
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  • Join the Florida Keys SPCA at the Higgs Beach Dog Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a family-friendly, fun-filled day of live music, local vendors at the Holiday Bazaar and the crowning of the 2021 Royal Court.  Enjoy pictures with Santa, sloppy kisses at the Kiss A Bull booth, fun raffles and a dog parade where all pups are welcome to strut their stuff around the beach!  Costumes encouraged!  All proceeds from the event will benefit the homeless animals of the Middle and Lower Keys.

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