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Everything you need to know about the Conch Republic. Keep up on local events, nightlife and activities while in Key West.

Key West Events & Festivals

In the island paradise of Key West we look for any excuse to celebrate. Whether it’s in honor of all things whacky during Fantasy Fest or reeling in the largest marlin during the annual Hemingway Days, refer to our events and festivals guide to see what’s going on during your stay.

Concerts on the Green: JJ Grey & Mofro

November 29, 2018

JJ Grey and Mofro from Jacksonville Florida will play an outdoor concert in Key West this December. Held at the Sunset Green Event Lawn, the southern rock group will play soulful tunes mixed with funk during this winter concert on the lawn.

Annual Holiday Events in Key West

November 22, 2018

There are lots of holiday and Christmas activities in Key West. Walk the Harbor Walk of Lights, see a lighted Christmas boat parade on the Key West Bight, or hit local shops during the holiday season in the Florida Keys.

How to Celebrate Halloween in Key West

October 03, 2018

Whether you’re stopping by via cruise ship or visiting the island especially for Fantasy Fest, here are some holiday activities to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Book Your Labor Day Weekend in Key West

August 23, 2018

Labor Day in Key West marks humid months coming to an end, the excellent weather to come, and an excuse to celebrate the extended weekend.

5 Reasons to Attend Key West BrewFest

August 15, 2018

Take an impromptu trip to Key West this Labor Day to enjoy the end of summer and the island's annual beer fest.

The 2018 Lobster Season is Here!

July 23, 2018

Your guide to Key West spiny lobster season, Lobsterfest and more.

Your Comprehensive FL Keys Marathon Guide

June 06, 2018

Here are some of our favorite marathons, runs, 5ks and walks across the Keys.

Book Ahead for Fantasy Fest

June 01, 2018

The season of Fantasy Fest may seem far into the distance, but the week of events draws 75,000 revelers to the Key West. Reserve a room ahead of time!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Key West

March 13, 2018

Check out different activities happening around town this St. Patty’s Day, which, luck would have it, falls on a Saturday this year.

Don’t Miss the KW Lighted Boat Parade

November 30, 2017

The maritime holiday tradition has been a local mainstay for nearly 30 years.

Best Places to Ring in the New Year in KW

November 17, 2017

Not sure whether you want to watch the shoe, conch or pirate wench drop at midnight? Here’s some background on all the traditions to see which one suits you best.

Watch the Shoe Drop with Sushi

November 09, 2017

The Key West Shoe Drop began in 1996 at the Bourbon Street Pub on Duval Street.

Best Spots to Watch the Fantasy Fest Parade

October 26, 2017

The week of Fantasy Fest all leads up to the great parade on Duval Street, which features giant floats, costumes, entertainment and more, with prizes handed out the the best of the rest.

Weirdest Events at Fantasy Fest

October 24, 2017

Here we’ve rounded up this year’s weirdest events of Fantasy Fest Time Travel Unravels, which runs Oct. 20-29.

Making the Most of Wine Dine Key West

August 31, 2017

Wine Dine Key West is just about here, offering locals and guests the chance to enjoy a multi-course meal at a discounted price.

5 Must-Taste Local Beers

August 30, 2017

To make the most of Key West Brewfest, we’ve made a list of the most distinct local beers on tap for the tasting.

Lobsterfest 2017

July 31, 2017

Lobster season is a big deal here in Key West. And when it’s opens, we can’t help but party in honor of our favorite crustacean.

The Gates Guide to Hemingway Days in Key West

July 11, 2017

Ernest Hemingway wasn’t just an American icon, he was a Key West icon. The famed literary giant spent much of his time here, living in the Spanish colonial on Whitehead,

The Events We’re Looking Forward to at the Key Lime Festival

June 28, 2017

Every Fourth of July weekend, Key West gets together to celebrate the national fruit of the island - the Key Lime. From July 1 - 4, 2017, it’s Key Lime everything - pies, drinks, and even dinners and brunches.

The Events We’re Looking Forward to at Key West Pride

May 15, 2017

On an island that’s as “live and let live” and go with the flow as Key West, it makes perfect sense that we were one of the first gay destinations in the country.

Time Travel at Fantasy Fest 2017

May 09, 2017

It’s time to start planning for Fantasy Fest 2017.  Held at the end of October, Fantasy Fest is Key West’s biggest party of the year.

Who to See This Year at Songwriters

April 13, 2017

It’s spring in Key West and that means blue skies, warm breezes, and Songwriters. The largest festival of its kind, the Key West Songwriters Festival celebrates the artists that write their own songs, although they may not always be the ones performing them. That said, here are the artists to keep on your radar at the Key West Songwriters Festival 2017.