A Perfect Winter Escape. Key West in January

January brings glorious sunshine to the Florida Keys with average temperature highs of 75°F, making this a perfect month for a winter escape while the rest of the country braces for snow and winter days. There is a number of exciting events during January in Key West ranging from the Key West Literary Seminar and Florida Keys Seafood Festival, to the Quantum Key West Race Week, Key West Classic Regatta, and the Key West Food and Wine Festival. And do not forget about two federal holidays in the month that create the ideal opportunity to leave the office and reward yourself with a long weekend escape in paradise.

34th Annual Key West Literary Seminar. January 7-10, 2016.

The 2016 theme of this year’s gathering is “Shorts: Stories, Essays & Other Briefs”. At the Seminar, readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the conversations, readings, lectures, and events that make up today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering. The literary sessions will examine and celebrate the art of short forms. Most of the lectures and classes are on first-come, first-seated basis, and Sunday afternoon session is free and open to the public. The annual gathering attracts writers and readers from around the world for readings, discussions and lectures led by some of contemporary literature’s leading writers. For more information visit www.kwls.org.

11th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival. January 16-17, 2016

A family-friendly event that celebrates the 11th anniversary this year is popular with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. Admission fee is $5 per person; hours open from 11AM – 8PM on Saturday; 11AM- 5PM on Sunday at Bayview Park, Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. For more information visit www.fkcfa.org/seafood-festival1

Key West Half Marathon and 5K Run. January 17, 2016

Now in its 18th year, the Key West Half Marathon includes participants from all 50 States and 14 countries,  including Denmark, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil to name a few to compete in Key West’s balmy January climate. Race runs through the Key West’s historic Old Town and waterfront areas. The 5K Run will follow right after the start of the Half Marathon. Visit www.keywesthalfmarathon.com to register.