Things to Do in Key West
The island city of Key West is the ultimate tropical destination. For adventure seekers, there is world-class fishing, diving and watersports. For foodies, there are top-rated restaurants serving fresh, local seafood and mixing cool, refreshing drinks. There are numerous art galleries, museums and historic neighborhoods for your exploration. Or, if you are looking to unwind, you can spend your days doing nothing more than swaying in a hammock.
Our Key West guest house is adjacent to the Southernmost Point in the Continental United States, so you can visit this must-see spot upon arrival. The Southernmost Point Guest House is located on the quiet end of Duval Street, so you’ll enjoy a peaceful stay that is within walking distance of many attractions and activities. The famed Duval Street is a mile-long street with the Gulf of Mexico at the north end and the Atlantic Ocean at the south end. Between the two bodies of water is a fascinating street with outdoor dining, historic bars, shopping and live entertainment at all hours of the day. Start happy hour at our Key West guest house, and let your evenings take shape from there.
In our island paradise, you can fill your days with as much or as little as you desire. If rest and relaxation are on the itinerary, you’ve come to the right place. Our breezy porches are calling. Lounge or take a dip in our pool-size Jacuzzi, or just hang out in our hammocks and take in the island life!
Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Bristling with humor, this delightful play is fictionally based on a 1921 camping trip taken by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Warren G. Harding. An easygoing satire of politics and history, it draws upon quotes and biographies to paint a realistic and far-from-sugar-coated picture of this trio, whose private personas often differed from the exemplary personalities known to the public.
Cuba's Master Photographer Raúl Corrales is best known for his profound images of the Cuban Revolution. But before the Revolution, Corrales embraced life in the tiny fishing village of Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway wrote of and fished for giant marlin. This rare portfolio of images, "Hemingway in Cuba," will exhibit during the month of April at SALT Gallery in Key West. The work will be hosted by Saúl Corrales, son of the late photographer, and curated by the renowned critic and historian of Cuba's photographic arts, Rafael Acosta. A special preview and reception will be held from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, April 1 at SALT Gallery's 830 Fleming Street location.
Contact: Jeffrey Cardenas 305-395-0799
Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world's only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.
Enjoy Peter Schickele: P.D.Q. Bach: of Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra. Featuring Jeffrey Biegel, piano. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre.
This new version of the hit play by Michael Marrero and Chris Shultz gets the musical treatment. The plot: famed explorer Oklahoma Smith and his trusty sidekick Beanpole set out to find the lost Book of the Dead and save the world from the evil Mistress Nefarious. The twist: the audience chooses how scenes play out. Does Oklahoma fight the demon ninja or jump the chasm? You decide. Does he take on the gunfight or go get a lap dance? You decide. Reboot!
With 14 albums under her belt and over 20 years as a perennially popular headliner Catie Curtis has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the White House. Her friend Mary Chapin Carpenter writes: "Have you ever been to a show where you feel an invisible wall between you and the performer? Catie Curtis pulls the walls down."
Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore a unique blend of sculptured art with Mother Nature that enhances both. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artist's art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Art displayed throughout the garden allows visitors to reignite their sense of exploration finding each treasure and appreciating the workmanship in the nature and art. An opening reception to meet the artists and unveiling is to be held on Wed., April 26 from 4-6 p.m. with art walk to follow.
The Connections Project innovative road show continues with a reception April 6-17 at Royal Furniture, and April 18- May 12 at the Gato Building in Key West, featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The exhibit is open to the public. The large-scale mosaic mural features art by almost 400 Florida Keys residents and is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives.
Traditionally, 15 target species and $5,000 in cash prizes await anglers. Participants vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt. In addition, cash awaits boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Awards also are presented each year in the junior division for anglers under age 15.
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Age groups compete to find the hidden prize-filled eggs, including the special golden one. Kids enjoy games, arts & crafts, Nancy Forrester's exotic birds, butterflies from the Butterfly Conservatory, and a "selfie" corner with costumes. Of course, there will be a native plant sale, bounce house, prize drawings, and refreshments. Member families and children under 3 are admitted free; non-members are $5 per child over age 3 (their adult companions are free). Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road.
Bring the family and join the fun at the farm; the event is free of charge and offers something for everyone. The Easter Bunny will be there and will be available for photos. A giant Easter egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. with a separate egg hunting area set up for very young children. Make sure to bring an Easter basket to hold all the goodies! There will also be music, face painting, Home Depot will be there with their arts and crafts booth and, of course, you can visit with all the animals at the farm. The event takes place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., so come join the fun.
A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, she's also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There's More Where That Came From, plus a pair of Single of the Years for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "I Hope You Dance." I Hope You Dance sold over 6 million albums; the title track topped multiple charts in multiple formats around the globe.
Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. When Margie loses her job at the Dollar Store, she faces eviction and scrambles to make a break. She thinks an old fling, who's made it out of South Boston to become a successful doctor, might be her ticket to a new start. An insightful dark comedy, this recent Broadway hit asks why some people manage to escape from the situations into which they are born—and some don't. Funny and surprisingly touching. Performances at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office (305-294-5015)
National Park Service is offering free entrance days in 2017 in celebration of National Park Week, to include the weekedns of April 15-16, and 22-23. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees.
Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from age 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers. Starts at 8 a.m., runners can enjoy a morning race that starts and ends at McCoy Indigenous Park (at Atlantic and White streets) and runs along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Register online or in person from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 14 on site and 7-8 a.m. race day.
Contact: Nancy 305 731 6362
You LOVED Conch Republic, the Musical. We did, too! So we're bringing it back, with a twist here and a tuck there. Learn the story of how the Conch Republic began. It will be an evening of song, dance, and plenty of flags -- which is in truth HOW the Conch Republic began! Join us as we celebrate our heritage. You can even sign-up for our Conch Republic Costume Contest - awards nightly! Performances at 7 p.m., The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street.
Key West's political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2017 theme is Harry S. Truman's Legacy on Latin and South America. Located at 111 Front St.
With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
At the workshop, you will learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish, and then we will go out as a class to practice your skills on a lionfish removal dive. Practice alongside professionals so you can help control the lionfish invasion every time you dive! Experienced and novice lionfish collectors are encouraged to attend. The workshops will also include background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts, and current research findings. Both the workshop and the dive are FREE, but workshop attendance is required to participate in the dive. Registration is required. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up today.
Contact: Emily Stokes (305) 852-0030
In tandem with the 35th annual Conch Republic Celebration, enjoy a concert at Duval St., in the afternoon hours until the southernmost territory's world-famous sunset! Performers are to include C.W. Colt, R.B. Tolar, The Jones's, The Bubba System, the Rich in Spirit Band, among others. Visit event website for details.
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place for the first time at Mallory Square. The open-air gala traditionally spotlights indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European specialties — all accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world. Tickets available for purchase online.
This four-day challenge is the 'grand finale' of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.
What do you get when you take a company of actors, directors, and filmmakers and mix in fresh, fun, 10-minute plays? Short Attention Span Theatre, that's what! This evening of shorts typically includes lots of laughs and incredible talent. A high-octane evening of fun for everyone!
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259