10 Reasons to Visit Key West in January

January Key West Events You Won’t Want to Miss

January is a majestic time to visit Key West. While many are fighting winter’s bite, the Keys are engulfed in tropical serenity. New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day offer two great holidays, but even throughout the month, Key West has so much to offer with exciting events.

Take time to exhale in January with our top 10 reasons to visit Key West.

Parrot Key rates start from $229/night in January. Call (855) 327-7200 today.

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Discover 10 Reasons to Visit Key West in January

1.) January 9 – 19
32nd Annual Key West Literary Seminar

The 2014 seminar includes two independent sessions (Jan. 9-12 & 16-19) exploring the theme “The Dark Side.” Writing workshops are scheduled Jan. 12-16. Advance registration is required. A stunning lineup of celebrated authors who are to explore the mystery, crime and literary thriller genres includes Carl Hiaase, Scott Turow, Les Standiford and many more. Contact: 888-293-9291

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(Image by the Key West Literary Seminar)


2.) January 11
Tropical Beats, Tantalizing Musical Excursions!

Celebrate the Symphony’s 2013-14 Season with “The Humanity of Music,” Program includes a piano trio and Blue Door String Quartet; Karl Goldmark: String Quartet in B Flat, Opus 8; Ellen Zwilich: Septet for String Quartet and Piano Trio. Tickets $150 per person, performance at Tennessee Williams Cabaret, starts 5:30 p.m. Contact: 954-522-8445


3.) January 17 – 18
Key West Historic House & Garden Tours

Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The January house tour is set for 4-8 p.m. both evenings. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Contact: 305-294-9501 or Email: tickets@oirf.org 


4.) January 18 – 19
Ninth Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival

A family-friendly event with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. Free admission; hours open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bayview Park at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. Fresh Florida Keys seafood and the commercial fishermen who harvest it are to be celebrated. The seafood festival’s menu features fresh grilled Florida lobster, Key West pink shrimp, fried fish, stone crab claws, smoked fish dip and more. All seafood is to be prepared and served by local fishermen and their families. Soft drinks, beer and wine also are to be available for purchase. In addition, plans call for nonstop entertainment by local musicians. Contact: Vicki 305-872-9026 or Email: vicki@fkcfa.org

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(Image by Florida Keys Seafood Festival)


5.) January 19 – 24
Premier Racing presents: Key West Race Week

The annual challenge features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. More than 100 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international regatta. To view the action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships or from land at Key West’s Atlantic-front restaurants and beaches. Contact: 781-639-9545

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(Image by Premier Racing)


6.) January 19
Key West Half Marathon & 5k

The perfect place to run in the middle of winter? Key West, during the Key West Half Marathon! Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the run has attracted more than 1,000 annual participants and follows a 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West past historic landmarks and the island’s scenic waterfront. Contact: Barbara Wright 305-240-0727


7.) January 20 – 27
Kelly McGillis Flag Football Championship

Women and girls from around the United States and the world gather in Key West for hard-fought sporting action. Each year dozens of teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe are invited to compete in the challenge, named for and endorsed by the critically acclaimed actress and former Key West resident who starred in “Top Gun” and “Witness” among other films. Contact: Daashia Cochran 305-834-0801 or Email: usadirector@iwffa.com


8.) January 22 – 26
Key West Food & Wine Festival

Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Attendees also can participate in food-related adventures during the savory celebration. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1. Contact: 800-474-4319; 305-304-5218 or Email: info@keywestfoodandwinefestival.com

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(Image by Rachel Ligon)


9.) January 26
20th Annual Key West Master Chefs Classic

Local restaurants vie for top honors in three categories; appetizers, entrees and desserts. Participants get to taste all the food made at this event while judges pick the winners. Held at Westin Key West Resort & Marina Pier at 245 Front Street, open from 4-7 p.m. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit ReMARCable Citizens (MARC). Tickets are to be available Nov. 1, at keystix.comContact: 305-294-9526, ext 25


10.) January 30
Double Speak and Hidden Meanings

The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Program includes Liszt: Hamlet: Symphonic Poem No. 10; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Christopher Taylor, piano: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10. Contact: 954-522-8445

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