Local Happenings | Key West Activities

It’s hard to be bored when in Key West.  Key West attractions range from museums and national/state parks to the famed “Southernmost Point” and the nightly held “Sunset Celebration” just to name a few.  There is something for everyone to explore and enjoy in Key West!

Book Launch & Signing Event

AfterLife, At Home in Key West, Key West Vacation RentalsJoin authors Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero, & Jane Newhagen as they present their new release After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery’ at a public book launch & signing event!

The collection captures the island’s unique final resting place in all its poignancy, character, & eccentricity and proves a “must have” for Key West locals and adorers alike.  Tedesco & DiPiero have caught the spirit & shapes of the Key West graveyard from morning dew until sunset & distinctive prose by Newhagen adds remarkable individuality to this incredible work of art.  Don’t miss this event & your chance to you’re your own copy hand-signed by the artists!

Date:                    Saturday 4/12
Time:                   
4-6pm
Location:             Salute on the Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd.

For more information including where to purchase, please visit http://www.keywestauthors.com or contact ctedesco@aol.com

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12th Annual Michelle’s Willie Wonka Chocolate Festival

chocolatefestival, At Home in Key West, Key West VacationNeed something to counter the 7-Mile Bridge Run on Saturday? — Stop by the CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Sunday!!

Spend an afternoon of decadence with chocolate, chocolate, CHOCOLATE galore! This super sweet, sinful event offers beaucoup belly-busters with All-You-Can-Eat goodies including cakes, cookies, pies, candies, brownies, and more.  (Beverages and a cash bar are also available for the ‘big’ kids!)

Tickets are only $10, and proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.  It would just be wrong not to “help out”  ;)

Date:         Sunday, April 6th
Time:         11am – 3pm
Location:   Southernmost House, 1400 Duval Street

For more information, please call Doria Goodrich (293-7104) or Judy Lakin (296-5667).

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33rd Annual 7-Mile Bridge Run

7milebridgerun, At Home in Key West, Key West VacationsThe ONLY run known that is completely surrounded by water from Start to Finish!! 

A field of 1500 runners participate in this annual one-of-a-kind foot race across the longest of the 43 bridges that help make up the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. This highly sought-after race typically sells out in under 10 minutes & attracts people from all over the world adding even more flamboyance, fun, & flair to our islands!  So come out & join the fun & show your support — monies raised are donated to the local youth of the Middle Keys through both schools & other youth groups which promote athletically oriented activities…how can you say no!?
For more information, please visit www.7mbrun.com or contact 305-395-7040

**Travelers please be advised that the bridge closes from 6:45am - 9:00am and NO TRAFFIC will be permitted through.   Plan accordingly and expect delays!!

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April 2014 Events

april2014calendarLooking for things to do in Key West this month?  Check out a few of our favorites below!

April 5, 2014 – Migration Mania: The Great Egg Hunt & Wild Bird Show!
This family-friendly, educational event helps promote awareness & appreciation for our fabulous feathered friends that visit our Garden!  Enjoy educational activities, egg hunts, arts & crafts, games, live bird presentations (they prefer them to be called performances) and much more.  10am – 3pm.  Admission $5 – Botanical Garden Members admitted free.
For more information, email mmcrae@kwbgs.org or call 305-294-3210.

April 12 & 13, 2014 – Key West Annual Garden Tours  The Key West Garden Club features five astonishing gardens to explore each day between 10am – 3pm.  Visit some of the island’s most exquisite, private oases and learn from local experts identifying some of the most unique & exotic plants around.
For more information & ticket locations, please visit http://kwbgs.org/news.asp?id=188 or call 305-745-2030.

April 14, 2014 – 19th Annual Taste of Key West!  50+ area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their signature cuisine to help benefit AIDS Help IncEat your way along the Truman Waterfront (overlooking Key West Harbor) and enjoy fantastic Key West grub along with a generous selection of fine wines.  Car traffic is usually heavy – so come by bike or foot, or take the Old Town Trolley offering free transportation for the event starting at 5:30 pm at the Pier House (1 Duval Street), with stops at the Westin, La Concha, corner of Simonton & South Street, and the Casa Marina Resort. Trolley runs every 30 minutes until last departure from Truman Waterfront Park at 9pm. Admission to event is FREE. Food tickets sold in $1 increments.
For more information, visit http://www.aidshelp.cc/taste.html or call 305-296-6196.

April 18-27, 2014 – 32nd Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration  Celebrate Key West’s brief secession from the US in wacky, entertaining, Key West fashion!  This 10-day birthday bash is full of fun events from drag (queen) races on Duval Street (April 19th 1-11pm), to a stale Cuban-bread battle in KW Harbor between Conch Republic vessels and the US Coast Guard vessels.  The party kicks off Friday, April 18th at 7pm at Schooner Wharf Bar — the beginning of a surefire good time!
For more information including a full event schedule, please visit http://www.conchrepublic.com/schedule.html or call 305-296-0213.

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5th Annual Keys Ocean Festival & Craft Show

oceanfestivalThis is one event you will NOT want to miss!!  Celebrate the Florida Keys’ distinct marine environment in true Key West style with fun, sun, food, & friends!

Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory hosts this open-air festival full of fantastic attractions to help support the region’s coral reef restoration programs.  This family-friendly, free-admission bash is sure to offer merriment & entertainment for children, adults, visitors, and locals alike.

Attractions include live music throughout the day, lots of shopping from over 60 artists & vendors, a HUGE silent auction packed with fabulous finds, and great food & drinks.  Kids’ activities include live animals & touch tanks, face painting, free sky rides on Keys Energy bucket trucks, painting with Wyland, and fishing! (fishing is for children ages 5-11 & requires prior registration at www.keysoceanfest.org )

The Keys island chain is home to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States and preservation is essential to maintain the vast array of life and beauty that help make the islands so special.  So come out and show your support — it promises to be the place to be this weekend!

Dates:       Saturday 3/29
Times:      11am – 6pm
Location:  Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center on Truman’s Waterfront at the end of Southard Street

For more information including the full event schedule, vendor & sponsor listings, and ways your support helps the organizations, visit http://www.keysoceanfest.org/

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Key West Artisan Market

Artisan Market, At Home in Key WestA “must-see” for sure when visiting Key West!!  This monthly event hosts something for everyone — art, food, wine, beer, shopping, children’s activities & entertainment!!

One Sunday each month, 1111 Eaton Street is transformed into an open-air bazaar bursting with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers & fresh produce.   Shop art, photography, handicrafts & gifts exclusively made in the Keys.    Enjoy a singer/songwriter showcase, local authors, theatre performances, chef demonstrations, kid’s activities, & live street art mural designs.  Taste & buy local specialties, farmer’s market fruits & vegetables, bakery items, seafood, concession, beer & wine, and other culinary items — some even for our four-legged friends!

The Key West Artisan Market beautifully demonstrates the diversity of creativity, originality, & locally made products of true Key West, and gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local!

Date:           Saturday, March 30
Time:          10am – 2pm
Location:    1111 Eaton Street. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags)!

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestArtisanMarket or call 305-294-7994 
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

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It’s FRIDAY!! Can you say HAPPY HOUR?!

Key West has some of the best Happy Hour spots!  You can choose beach views, outdoor venues, clustered hotspots, or off-the-beaten-path hideaways — whatever tickles your fancy.  And the best part?  They’re so close you can hit a few! 

Here are three of our  local favorites…we’ll be sure to research many, many more and continue to pass our findings on to you! 

alonzos, At Home in Key WestAlonzo’s Oyster Bar
Seafood lovers DELIGHT!  Located in the historic seaport area of Key West, Alonzo’s serves the largest variety of cold and warm water oysters on the island.  Other favorites include local Key West pink shrimp, fresh catch dishes, and fresh steam middle neck clams in an outstanding garlic sherry broth.  Choose from indoor or outdoor seating, both with amazing harbor views that add an element of island life to the whole dining experience.  Their happy hour is definitely an island favorite for locals and tourists alike!
Happy Hour every day from 4 – 6:30pm.

Southernmost Beach Cafe SouthernMost Beach cafe, At Home in Key West
This open air restaurant & bar is situated right on the beach and serves up a great happy hour menu with unbeatable views.  They feature well drink & draft beer specials as well as a handful of yummy appetizers for under $5.  And afterwards be sure to order a drink to go and take a walk on one of the islands best beaches!
(Locals Tip:  The happy hour menu is only served at the bar.  So get their early to get a seat!)
Happy Hour Sun – Thurs from 4 – 6pm.

Conch Republic, At Home in Key West Conch Republic Seafood Company
Deemed “Key West’s Best Happy Hour!” joint, this spacious waterfront restaurant & bar serves up some of the best grub in town and pairs it with incredible 2-for-1 happy hour drinks. Choose from bottle & draft beer, wines, & premium well drinks galore all with an amazing front row seat on the harbor – HEAVEN!  Food favorites include a huge raw bar selection, fresh local catches delivered daily to their dock, and amazing secret recipes that make common dishes outstanding (ie, the calamari dipping sauce!)  And if all that isn’t enough, cop a squat at their 80-ft conch bar with over 80 brands of Rum to sample…sure to keep you busy for awhile.
(ps…try the calamari!!!!)
Happy Hour every day from 4 – 7pm

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7th Annual FL Keys SPCA Spring Social

At Home Key West, SPCALove animals??  How about great music, food, & cocktails?  Who doesn’t, right?!
Then join us this Friday for the 7th Annual Florida Keys SPCA Spring Social!

The Key West Golf Course is hosting an outdoor dinner prepared by our island’s favorite restaurants to benefit Florida Keys SPCA.  There will also be live music, complimentary beer & wine, live & silent auctions, a cash bar for liquor, and much more.  All to benefit the local animal shelter that does so much to provide animals with a forever home.  So come out and enjoy the festivities, socialize amongst friends, and give to great & much needed cause!

Date:          Friday, March 21st
Time:         6:30 – 9:30pm
Location:   Key West Golf Club Clubhouse
*                6450 E. College Road, Stock Island  

Tickets are available at FKSPCA keystix.com and at the door.
F
or more information, please contact (305) 294-4857 or www.fkspca.org 

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“54th Key West House & Garden Tour” — Mar 14th & 15th

At Home in Key WestTour a series of elegant and unique private abodes of Key West!

The annual Key West house tours are sponsored by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and funded in part about the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  Each tour features lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners.  You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations, and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more.

Dates:       Saturday 3/15 and Sunday 3/16
Times:       10am to 4pm
Contact:    305-294-9501
Email:       
tickets@oirf.org
For more information including a tour map, detailed house descriptions, and ticket details, please visit the event website at www.oirf.org/page.php?p=tours

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March 2014 Events

3.2014 CalendarLooking for things to do in Key West this month?  Check out a few of our favorites below!

March 9, 2014 – For the Birds!
A Fundraiser for the Key West Wildlife Center. This celebration will include a silent auction and an opportunity to observe native wildlife being returned to the wild. Food and Drinks generously donated by local businesses. $25 per person (children under 10 years are FREE).  3pm – 5:30pm at West Martello Tower (1100 Atlantic Boulevard).
For more information, visit keywestwildlifecenter.org or call 305-292-1008.

March 14 & 15, 2014 – 54th Annual Key West House & Garden Tour
Visit five Key West homes and tropical gardens. 4pm – 8pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at  http://www.oirf.org/page.php?p=tours
Call 305-294-9501 for more information.

March 22, 2014 – Keystock Music Fest 
Live music performances at the Truman Waterfront (end of Southard Street), featuring Florida Keys musicians including Howard Livingston. Noon to 9:30pm.
For more information, call 305-745-1079.

March 28 & 29, 2014 – 5th Annual FL Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show
Hosted by the Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, this two day event features live music, arts & crafts with Wyland, educational displays, food & beverages, and silent auction. 11am – 6pm, end of Southard Street. FREE admission.
For more information, visit http://www.keysoceanfest.org/

March 30, 2014 – Key West Artisan Market 
Held one Sunday each month, this open air bazaar is filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers and fresh produce representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of Key West. 1111 Eaton Street, 10am – 2pm.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestArtisanMarket or call 305-294-7994.

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