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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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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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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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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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Key West International Latin Arts Festival Celebrated Nov. 9th-10th

Attendees can celebrate the rich Latin influences that flavor America’s southernmost island at the second annual Key West International Latin Arts Festival set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10.

Festival Events

With events ranging from workshops to a highlight concert, the festival is to celebrate Latin-American artistic folk traditions through the music and dance of countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay. Events take place at Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St., founded in 1871 to promote and preserve Cuban heritage and culture.

The festival schedule is to include dance and percussion workshops taught by Argentine tango and folkloric dance master Oscar Caballero, as well as exhibits by Latin-American artists and poetry readings

The Main Event

The main event is a theatrical concert titled ¡Esperando Nacer! (I Am Waiting to Be Born), slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, in the institute’s auditorium. The concert is to star InnerNacionalSound singer and songwriter Christian Monzón and vocalist/actress Valerie Carr. Featured guest musicians include Rolando Rojas, Andrés Cisneros, Christian Noguera and Melody Cooper.

The pre-show is to begin at 7 p.m. and the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.

Other Activities

The evening’s schedule also includes dance performances by Oscar Caballero and Roxana Garber of Tango Times, a fun-filled interactive samba and a demonstration of Brazilian capoeira that combines elements of martial arts and dance.

Tickets and Information

Tickets for the evening performance are $35 per adult and $20 per student with identification. Tickets can be purchased at www.keystix.com.

Information and workshop registration: www.latinartsfest.org or 305-394-0808

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World Championship Powerboat Races to Roar into Key West Nov. 3-10

Powerboats manned by leading American and international racing teams are to thunder through the waters of Key West Harbor during the Key West World Championship, slated Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 3-10.

About the Races

Boats are to race on a 6.2-mile course that features both rough and calm water conditions during the season-ending event acclaimed as the Indianapolis 500 of the offshore powerboat racing circuit. The challenging course is a primary reason for the island city’s reputation as one of the world’s premier racing venues.

The course layout provides spectators unmatched close-up views of the high-speed action. According to race organizer John Carbonell boats will be within 50 yards of race fans at the Truman Waterfront grandstand area as they roar into the outer harbor.

Event Activities

The Key West World Championship is to kick off with a parade of race boats down the island’s legendary Duval Street beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

The excitement builds through the week with races Wednesday, Nov. 6; Friday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 10. Three races are scheduled per day, each featuring boats from multiple classes.

Among spectators’ favorites is the Superboat Unlimited class, which draws powerful contenders competing at speeds that can exceed 165 mph.

On nonrace days, powerboat enthusiasts can view the boats, watch in-water testing runs and mingle with racers and crews at the race village on Key West’s Truman Waterfront, located at the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.

In addition, parties and events are planned for racers and fans.

Race Tickets

General-admission tickets are available, as are all-inclusive VIP spectator passes for the Truman Waterfront grandstands and hospitality tent. Other popular viewing areas include waterfront hotels and Key West’s Mallory Square.

Event information: www.superboat.com

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Limited Time Offers: Seasonal Deals on Sale This Week

Key West is winding down from the busy summer season with great fall deals and a dose of complete serenity at Parrot Key Resort. Discover these popular limited time offers for fall and plan ahead with early 2014 special winter rates!

Call 855-327-7200 or Book Online Below

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Key West Weekday Sale From $119/Night:

  • Stay Sundays through Thursdays with rates from just $119/night. Learn More

Romantic Fall Getaways From $199/Night:

  • Discover fall romance with a discount on our spacious suites, poolside breakfast, a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.  Learn More

Book Now for Winter 2014 Stays From $179/Night:

  • Early birds can save now by booking early 2014 stays with rates from $179/night. Learn More

Fantasy Fest from $329/Night with up to $250 for Food and Drinks:

  • Stay 4 nights at Parrot Key Resort during the week of Fantasy Fest and enjoy $50 per night for food and drinks at our poolside Cafe Blue.  Learn More

Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner today!

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Key West Poker Run 2013 Set For Thursday Sept. 19th – Sunday Sept. 22nd

Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America’s most scenic highways to raise money for charity during the 41st annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22. The 2013 run features three Florida Keys cruising days so participants have more time to explore the island chain.

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Traditionally drawing riders on up to 10,000 bikes, the popular ride features a unique route down the 113-mile Overseas Highway from mainland Florida to Key West. Offering long vistas of breathtaking sea and sky, the roadway incorporates 42 bridges spanning the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

Beginning Sept. 1, bikers can register to ride at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson of Miami, 19400 N.W. 2nd Ave., and Peterson’s Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway. Online registration is accepted before that date at www.petersonsharley.com.

Participating bikers receive poker sheets when they register and draw cards at designated stops along the route. The first stop opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and riders must check in at the final stop in Key West by 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Entrants who draw the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold ‘Em set for 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 21, at the Rose Tattoo Bar, 618 Duval St. The winner is to take home a new Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle or $6,000 cash.

A section of lower Duval Street and Greene Street are to be closed to car traffic from 11 a.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, and again from 7 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, so bikers with weekend parking passes can park on the street to display their bikes and enjoy a street party.

Other attractions include a Thursday night “Upper Duval Crawl,” a Friday and Saturday bike merchandise market, Saturday’s “Biker Bash” and custom bike show, an oceanside Sunday brunch and parties throughout the weekend at Key West watering holes.

The Poker Run is a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute and charities of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club.

Event information: www.petersonskeywestpokerrun.com

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Womenfest Key West to Feature Comedy, Music, Parties and Fun Sept. 3-8

Thousands of women are expected in Key West Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 3-8, for the 27th annual Womenfest. At the acclaimed festival, singles, couples and groups of women can experience the all-welcoming diversity and attractions that have helped make Key West an internationally acclaimed LGBT vacation spot.

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The festival’s opening party is set for 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval St. An “Aqua Idol” local version of television’s iconic “American Idol” is to follow, as is a drag show and dance party at Aqua.

Subsequent events include lively pool parties and happy hours with live entertainment, kayaking and paddleboard eco-tours, snorkeling and dolphin watching cruises, all-day watersports adventures, musical and comedy performances, offbeat art classes and late-night dance parties at Key West emporiums.

Entertainment highlights include a comedy showcase Friday, Sept. 6, starring award-winning lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Acclaimed as the first openly gay comedian to appear on television, she has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and HBO, and tours around the U.S. Doors open at 8 p.m. and Westenhoefer’s show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Other performers include comedians Christine O’Leary and Key West’s “Postal” Wendy Carlisle, high-energy live music by Jennifer Corday and Sister Funk, “The Girly–Burly Burlesque Show” and a Key West rooster-painting class with renowned local artist Rick Worth.

Additional festival standouts include a dinner cruise with rocking entertainment and a trolley tour spotlighting Key West’s LGBT history and landmarks. Event schedules, information and tickets are available at Womenfest headquarters, open daily at the Key West Business Guild’s Gay Key West Visitor Center, 513 Truman Ave.

Event information: www.womenfest.com

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72-Hour Sale: Book by August 24th!

Visit Key West and enjoy up to 25% Savings on 2-bedroom suites! With two bedrooms, you can enjoy an an escape with friends, family, or seniors traveling together in such spacious suites. Use the link below to book this offer now before the sale ends on August 24th, 2013. Choose from travel dates between now and December. Find the best offers in September or by calling our onsite vacation planners at 877-676-1826.

NOTE: THE 72-HOUR SALE IS FOR 2-BEDROOM SUITES

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE


BOOK BY AUGUST 24TH FOR STAYS NOW THROUGH DECEMBER, 2013.
CALL 877-676-1826 TODAY!

Terms: Rates are subject to availability and frequent change. Black out dates and restrictions apply. Above rates do not reflect $25.00 per night resort fee and 12.5% applicable tax. Advertised 25% discount available most Sundays – Thursdays August through December 19 with lesser discount available on weekends.

Deposit Policy: 72 Hour Sale reservations require a full non-refundable deposit equal to all nights and resort fees, plus 12.5% tax. A100% deposit will be taken at the time of booking. Deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Cancellation Policy: 72 Hour Sale reservations are nonrefundable. If this reservation is cancelled, a refund will not be issued. Dates are final.

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Limited Time Offer: Key West Weekday Sale

SAVE 15% ON WEEKDAYS: RATES FROM $119/NT

Welcome to weekday paradise! For a limited time, you can enjoy rates from $119/night on Sundays through Thursdays with our Key West Weekday Sale.

Visit Parrot Key Resort and discover simple savings, simple luxury and simply amazing Key West adventures. Get lost in a tropical garden oasis with four sparkling pools, dive into exciting watersports, or just unwind at the beach with our new shuttle service to Smathers Beach. Relax, with the largest hotel rooms in Key West on a romantic retreat, or bring your friends and space out in our large one and two-bedroom suites.

CALL 855-209-0608 TO SPEAK WITH AN ON-SITE VACATION PLANNER

NOTE: The $119 rate is available weekdays in September

WEEKDAY SALE SAVINGS

• Garden Guestrooms from $119/night
• Garden One-Bedroom Suites from $152/night
• Garden Two-Bedroom Suites from $195/night
• Garden Three-Bedroom Villa from $280/night
• Waterfront Guestrooms from $135/night
• Waterfront One-Bedroom Suites from $169/night
• Waterfront Two-Bedroom Suites from $212/night
• Waterfront Three-Bedroom Villa from $322/night

BOOK ONLINE NOW or Call 855-209-0608

Terms: Rates do not include daily resort fee of $25/night or applicable 12.5% taxes. The Weekday Sale is subject to limited availability. Rates and availability are subject to change.

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On Sale This Week: End of Summer Savings, Labor Day and Fall Escapes

With less than a month to go until summer vacation ends (insert sad face), we’re giving you the chance to squeeze in that last minute summer vacation with a range of savings in August from $129/nt. If it’s Labor Day offers that you’re after, we have rates from $199/nt in late August.

But the biggest deal of all is in September when you can enjoy a waterfront suite from $159/nt (shhhh… this one won’t last long).

And if you’re already planning for a fall escape, we’re rewarding guests for booking in advance with fall rates from $119/nt. Make sure to check out our seniors fall getaway package as well with complimentary breakfast and a free Key West Vacation Pass.

All of these great deals won’t last long so call our onsite vacation planners today and we’ll do the work to help you find the best deals. Or you can click here to chat with a vacation planner during our office hours.

Call 855-327-7200 today

*These offers are on sale as of August 1, 2013 for a very limited time and are subject to change based on availability.

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Labor Day in Key West Draws Key West BrewFest Fans

Fans of unique beers and ales can sample more than 150 varieties including unique microbrews at the fourth annual Key West BrewFest, set for Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. The schedule features brew-focused dinners, craft beer tastings and seminars, pool parties, a lavish tasting festival on the beach and other enticements for thirsty attendees.

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The Labor Day weekend celebration benefits the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Beers range from intriguingly named offerings such as Monk in the Trunk and Woodchuck Draft Cider to local favorite Key West Sunset Ale and specialties from the Florida Keys Brewing Company.

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Pre-festival events begin Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a home brew contest at Old Town Manor, 511 Eaton St., and a beer and rum dinner at the Rum Barrel, 528 Front St.

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Friday evening includes “tap takeovers” at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., and Krawl Off Duval, 506 Southard St. The festival’s centerpiece is Saturday from 4-8 p.m. when the BrewFest Signature Tasting Festival takes place with more than 150 beers from around the world. The event is located on Key West’s South Beach at the Atlantic Ocean end of Duval Street. Admission is $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door, or $75 for entry to the tasting and a 3 p.m. VIP hour.

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Nighttime parties, a beer market, dinners and even beer breakfasts and brunches at Key West restaurants round out BrewFest’s attractions for lager lovers.

Event information and ticketing: www.keywestbrewfest.com or 305-295-6519

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