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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.

The Absolute Best Events at the Key West Key Lime Festival

June 15, 2024

Every Fourth of July, Key West gets together to celebrate the national fruit of the island - the key lime.

A Look at Fantasy Fest 2024

May 15, 2024

Start planning your costumes now and check out this sneak peak of Fantasy Fest 2024.

A Brief History of Trop Rock and the Enduring Legacy of Jimmy Buffett

April 30, 2024

The iconic soundtrack of Key West always includes the smooth sounds of Trop Rock - and no one else is more associated with this tropical sub-culture than Jimmy Buffett.

10 Ways to Celebrate Springtime in Key West

March 30, 2024

Welcome the new season with blooming flowers, glorious weather, seasonal cuisine, and lots of only-in-Key-West things to do this spring.

Fun Things to Do on Easter in Key West 2024

March 15, 2024

Whether you prefer the thrill of the hunt for colorful eggs or a relaxing brunch, let this guide fill you with inspiration for things to do this Easter in Key West.

Guide to Key West Spring Break 2024

February 29, 2024

Whether you’re in need of some vitamin D, a recharge to take your college finals, or simply a place to find solace from your day job, our spring break guide is designed to offer tips and tricks when visiting Key West.

Key West’s Top Art and Craft Festival Returns for its 59th Year

February 05, 2024

Celebrating outstanding local and national creativity, the annual weekend festival brings together over 120 emerging and established artists and artisans from 25 different states.

Upcoming Live Music & Festivals 2024 | Gates Hotel Key West

January 15, 2024

Check out the most exciting winter and spring big-name acts (and tribute bands!) set to take the stage in Key West.

Don't Miss Mile 0 Fest in Key West

January 10, 2024

Your holiday vacation days may be spent, but music fans of Red Dirt and Americana can’t pass up kicking off 2024 with the five-day Mile 0 Fest!

Holiday Events in Key West 2023

November 20, 2023

Spending the end of 2023 with us here in Key West? Here are some of the best annual holiday activities and Christmas events to look forward to year after year.

Everything you Need to Know about the Key West Powerboat Races 2023

October 25, 2023

Here’s everything you need to know about the Offshore World Championship Powerboat Races (we answer some frequently asked questions too!).

12 Best Halloween Events for 2023 in Key West

October 10, 2023

Whether you’re stopping by via cruise ship or visiting the island especially for Fantasy Fest, we've got you covered on all things Halloween.

The Weirdest Events at Fantasy Fest 2023

October 05, 2023

Fantasy Fest is known as a judgment-free zone where all things ‘weird’ are cause for celebration.

Labor Day Weekend in Key West 2023 Guide

August 15, 2023

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Key West BrewFest 2023

July 30, 2023

Here’s everything you need to know about the 13th annual beer festival, along with five reasons you should show up to this last hurrah of the summer.

Florida Keys Lobster Season 2023 is Here: What You Need to Know

July 15, 2023

Your guide to Key West spiny lobster season 2023, Lobsterfest, where to eat the best lobster on the island, and more.

Everything You Need to Know about Hemingway Days Key West 2023

June 30, 2023

We're breaking down all things "Papa" with a roundup of Hemingway Days activities and can't-miss events.

5 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Key West

June 15, 2023

The island always takes on a festive vibe come Independence Day, making it the perfect excuse to spend the day exploring, partying, or simply chilling in our tropical paradise.

The Events We’re Looking Forward to at Key West Pride 2023

May 15, 2023

Take part in Key West's embrace of "one human family" with these fun activities during Pride, which runs June 7 - 11, 2023.

Who to See at the Key West Songwriters Festival 2023

April 21, 2023

The largest festival of its kind, the Key West Songwriters Festival returns May 3 - 7, 2023 to celebrate the most successful, chart-topping songwriters in country music. Here are the artists to keep on your radar.

Save Your Appetite for the Florida Keys Seafood Festival

January 10, 2023

The two-day food festival is a time to celebrate the day’s catch and local fishermen with local seafood prepared every-which way, live bands, libations, activities for kids, and plenty more.

10 Ways to Survive (and Save) During Black Friday in Key West

November 15, 2022

Whether you’re looking to participate in the busiest shopping day of the year or are skipping the lines entirely, we’ve put together a list of ways to get you through Black Friday.

5 Must-See Acts at the 2022 Legends of Music Row Key West

September 15, 2022

We’re shining a light on some of the incredible acts performing during the star-studded country music festival, coming to the Coffee Butler Amphitheater in Key West, Oct. 13 - 15, 2022.

Biggest LGBTQ+ Festivals in Key West

August 12, 2022

Key West is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly places in the world, so it goes without saying that the island’s annual Pride events come in all shapes and sizes.

Mel Fisher Days 2022 in Key West | The Gates Hotel Key West

July 30, 2022

Mel Fisher Days returns to Key West Sept. 1 - 5, 2022, this time with a very special edition of its annual celebration.

What to Do Now to Get Ready for Summer 2022 in Key West

June 15, 2022

Dreaming of summer in Key West? Let us help you prepare.

All About the ‘Swim Around Key West’ Marathon, Including Where to Watch

May 30, 2022

We’re breaking down all there is to know about one of the longest continuously running marathon swims in the world.

Your Comprehensive FL Keys Marathon Guide

May 15, 2022

If you’re a newcomer to running and are set on a 5K, or looking for a high intensity marathon or even a 100-mile race, there’s something for all runners in Key West.

Mother’s Day in Key West Guide

April 15, 2022

It’s the mother of all holidays. Here are 10 of the best things to do with your mom in Key West on Mother’s Day weekend.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Key West

March 15, 2022

Check out different activities happening around town this St. Paddy’s Day. Sláinte!

What’s Open on New Year’s Day in Key West

December 22, 2021

The party continues on New Year’s Day in Key West with these fun daytime activities, places to hang, and ways to unwind.

Best Places to Ring in the New Year in Key West 2021

December 09, 2021

The Conch Republic has their share of quirky NYE celebrations that are an island tradition. Here are our favorite.

Our Favorite Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Key West

November 12, 2021

Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of the holiday season and what better way to celebrate it then in Key West style?

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Key West

April 30, 2021

Though we love our fish tacos, tequila, and fiestas every day of the year, May 5 is a chance to double down with tasty Mexican eats and drinks all over Key West.

Prepare to Be Amazed at the Annual Kinetic Sculpture Parade

February 24, 2020

The annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade celebrates creativity and honors the "dynamic junkman of Key Largo," sculptor Stanley Papio.

Things to Do in Key West this February 2020

January 30, 2020

February ushers in out-of-towners for the best time of year in Key West! See what else Key West has in store for February 2020.

Things to Do in Key West this December

December 01, 2019

Visiting Key West this December? Here is a look at the month’s top events.

Things to Do in Key West this November

November 01, 2019

 Here’s a look at the month’s top events.

Plan a Quick Getaway to Key West this Thanksgiving

October 29, 2019

Florida residents can enjoy special rates by booking with the Florida Resident Escape, which can save guests up to 20 percent off at The Gates Hotel.

Things to Do in Key West this October

October 01, 2019

A look at the month's top events.

Best Spots to Watch the Fantasy Fest Parade

September 17, 2019

10 days 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.

Upcoming Art Exhibitions in Key West We're Looking Forward To

August 31, 2019

Take a look at what’s set to open at the Custom House Museum, located in right near Mallory Square in Old Town.

How to Eat Florida Spiny Lobster

August 09, 2019

The iconic, bright red boiled Maine lobster holds strong in most seafood restaurants, but the Florida spiny lobster may be that crustacean you’re missing in your surf and turf.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Key West

July 30, 2019

While these fun facts won’t surprise most Conchs, it might raise some eyebrows from our visitors.

Upcoming Summer Shows in Key West

July 01, 2019

There’s always live music in Key West. Read up on what shows are taking the stage at the Key West Theater while you’re in the southernmost island this summer.

Book Ahead for Fantasy Fest

June 21, 2019

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!

6 Things to Bring in Your Key West Daypack

April 30, 2019

If you’re planning to take advantage of our hourly shuttle to Mallory Square in Key West, you'll want to pack light but also arrive prepared.

Best Annual Key West Fishing Tournaments

January 21, 2019

Reel in barracuda, marlin, dolphinfish & more in Key West! Cash prizes available year-round in these local game fishing tournaments.

5 Things You Don't Want to Miss at the Key West Food & Wine Fest

January 14, 2019

Make your own Key lime pie and enjoy pairings of grilled cheese and craft beer at the island's favorite food festival.

How to Prep for the Key West Half Marathon

December 11, 2018

The Key West Half Marathon and 5k is coming up on January 20th! Beginning at 7:00 a.m., it’s a fast-paced 13.1 mile challenge across the island’s flat topography, and in true Key West style, it’s packed with fun events before, during and after.

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.

Don’t Miss the KW Lighted Boat Parade

November 30, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.