Local Events

Experience Key West’s rich culture by participating in our many festivals. There’s a celebration for every occasion.

Annual Events in Key West

From athletic events like 5K and paddleboard races to LGBT and adult-only events like Tropical Heat and Key West Fantasy Fest, something fun and exciting is always happening in Key West. Take a look at the events below to get an idea of what’s happening during your upcoming vacation.

Calendar of Local Events:

  • January – New Year’s Celebrations, Key West Literary Seminar, Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Key West Half Marathon & 5K, Key West Craft Show, Key West Master Chefs Classic, Key West Food & Wine Festival (Through February), Lauderdale to Key West Race
  • February – Valentine’s Day, Civil War Heritage Days, Ragnar Relay Florida Keys, Miami to Key West, GardenFest Key West & Beer Garden, President’s Day 2015 in Key West; Old Island Days Art Festival, ConchFest
  • March – Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Open Air Art & Music Affair, Tuna Trot Race for the Reef, St. Patrick’s Day
  • April – Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show, Taste of Key West, Final Sail in the Quest for the Crest Series, Conch Republic Independence Celebration, Cow Key Channel Run, Key West Paddleboard Classic
  • May – Memorial Day in Key West, Keystock Music Fest, Key West Song Writers Festival, Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta
  • June – Key West Pridefest, FKCC Swim Around Key West, Dolphin Derby
  • July – 4th, Mel Fisher Days, Del Brown Permit Tournament, Hemingway Days and Look-Alike Contest, Drambuie Key West Marlin Fishing Tournament, Sloppy Joe’s 35th Annual Look-a-Like Contest, Hemingway 5k Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race, Lobster Mini-Sport Season
  • August – lobster season, Battle of the Bars, Key West Lobsterfest, Tropical Heat (LGBT), Key West Mystery Writers Fest
  • September – Key West Brewfest, Womenfest Key West 2015 (LGBT), S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament, Poker Run
  • October – SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon, Official 2015 Stone Crab Season Opening, Goombay Fest, Key West Fantasy Fest, Bike Week
  • November – Key West World Championship, Key West Powerboat Poker Run, Smart Ride, Key West Film Festival, ART!KEYWEST!, Thanksgiving in Key West
  • December – TRIKW Triathalon, Hanukkah in Key West, Key West Lighted Boat Parade, Christmas in Key West, Key West New Year’s Eve

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