Best Key West Events

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Plan your vacation with our list of the best year-round Key West events!

In Key West, we know how to party! From the harmonious and peaceful Songwriter’s Festival in May to the fast and furious Powerboat Races in November, there’s an authentic event on our calendar to please every traveler. Plan your vacation with our list of the best Key West events. Consider yourself warned… these popular events are known to sell out fast!

JANUARY

Quantum Key West Yacht Races

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Photo by Ken Stanek

Off-shore, the best sailors in the world will race from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West on yachts ranging from 20 to 70 feet. On-shore, Old Town Key West is celebrating with the winners (and the losers)! A street fair, concerts and race-watching events at the best ocean view bars complete this week-long party.

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Spend the weekend devouring the Southernmost City! From wine to whiskey to gourmet cheeseburger sliders, there’s something to please every palate at this Key West event.

MARCH

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Stroll

Can you say Bar Crawl?! Join the masses on as they stroll from one end of Duval Street to the other, stopping at 10 different bars along the way. The crawl is followed by a ‘wheel barrel race’ on Duval Street outside of Sloppy Joe’s.

APRIL

Conch Republic Days

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Photo by Rob O’Neal

For a true taste of Key West culture and spirit, check out the Conch Republic Independence Celebration. You can’t miss the Bed Races, where groups race down Duval Street in man-made beds of all shapes and sizes. The main attraction is Key West’s tongue-in-cheek reenactment of the 1982 secession from the United States. Long live the Conch Republic!

MAY

Key West Songwriter’s Festival

From backyard acoustic shows to Duval Street concerts, there’s live music at every turn in Old Town Key West during the Songwriter’s Festival.  See the masterminds behind your favorite hit songs perform them live. Most events are free! KWSWF-5358

JUNE

Key West Pride

As if Key West could get any more prideful, check out Pride Week for pool parties, pageants, drag shows, and more. We hear the longest gay pride flag in the world will again stretch from one end of Duval Street to the other during the famous Pride parade.

JULY

Hemingway Days

Ernest Hemingway fans, To Have and Have Not! Celebrate the legendary author’s work, lifestyle and birthday during the Hemingway Days. The highlight of this celebration is Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway look-alike contest, where men young and old compete to mirror the famous writer at every stage of his life.key west events - hemingway days

AUGUST

Lobsterfest

Join seafood lovers for a free concert and Duval Street fair to celebrate the opening of lobster season. Lobster-on-a-stick, lobster mac n’ cheese, lobster reuben… you got it!

SEPTEMBER

Key West Brewfest

Beer lovers, unite! Chug your way through beer-centered brunches, seminars, pool-parties and the mega Tasting Event, which showcases over 150 different brews. We dare you to try ‘em all!

Womenfest

This Southernmost all-weekend party for lesbians and friends gets bigger every year. This Key West event includes afternoon beach parties and a “Drag King” Pageant.

Peterson’s Poker Run

The Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast will feel right at home during the Peterson’s Poker Run celebration. Ten to fifteen thousand bikers will ride their hogs 100 miles down the Keys, stopping along the way to pick up poker cards. The riders with the best hands win prizes and cash. After the race, Duval Street morphs into a motorcycle-only party for the books!key west events - peterson's poker run

OCTOBER

Goombay

Celebrate Caribbean food, music and dance (and did we say food?) during the family friendly Goombay festival on Petronia Street in Bahama Village.

Fantasy Fest

And then there’s Fantasy Fest. This week-long celebration invites party goers to lose inhibitions and let their imaginations run wild. Costumes are necessary, and body paint is encouraged. There are several themed parties to choose from each night, including WeCycle’s Zombie Bike Ride, Sunset Pier’s Homemade bikini Contest and Schooner Wharf’s 60s themed Wharfstock. The grand finale is a spectacular parade on Duval Street Saturday night. And it’s for a good cause! Proceeds benefit our local AIDS Help fund. So get your costumes ready… the theme for 2015 is “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show.”key west events - fantasy fest

NOVEMBER

Meeting of the Minds

Jimmy Buffett fans take to Key West during the Parrot Heads in Paradise “Meeting of the Minds”. Enjoy music, drinks, and a Cheeseburger in Paradise! Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is just steps from Old Town Manor & Rose Lane Villas.

Super Boat International Key West World Championships

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Photo by Andy Newman

Fill your need for speed at the Powerboat Races! The most powerful boats from around the word meet in Key West to tear through the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Fans can watch the boats fly by from their favorite sea-side watering holes.

DECEMBER

New Year’s Eve

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Photo by Rob O’Neal

So many ways to celebrate, so little time! During the day, you can’t miss the Dachshund Parade, where weiner-dogs wobble through the Old Town streets. As the clock strikes twelve, count down to a larger-than-life conch shell at Sloppy Joe’s. Or, ring in the new year with Key West’s famous drag queen, Sushi, at Bourbon Street Pub as she counts down in a giant red stiletto. You could also celebrate with Wendy the pirate wench as she is lowered from a 105-foot sailboat at Schooner Wharf. Wherever you end up, this will be a New Year you won’t forget.

 

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