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Seasonal celebrations in a subtropical setting characterize the Key West Holiday Fest, set for Nov. 27 through New Year’s Eve in the continental United States’ southernmost city. Scheduled highlights include festivities at the Key West Bight Marina, the historic heart of the island’s seaport commerce.
Events are to begin Thanksgiving Eve with the ceremonial illuminating of the Key West Harbor Walk of Lights, stretching along the harbor area from Greene to Grinnell streets, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Nautical holiday displays and island-style decorations are to add seasonal sparkle to the unique waterfront landscape, as are tempting food and drinks, intriguing gift possibilities and a variety of watersports options offered by area emporiums.
Visitors can explore Key West’s historic inns, beautifully decorated for the holidays, during tours on two consecutive Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13. Even pets can catch the holiday spirit Friday, Dec. 13, during a pet photo session with Santa set for 5-8 p.m. beside the harbor walk Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Admission is free and the $10 photo charge benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Key West.
Admission also is free for a 6-8 p.m. concert Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Greene and Elizabeth streets plaza on the harbor walk. Classical violin and Celtic fiddle compositions of favorite seasonal tunes are to be performed by Violins in Motion, consisting of talented South Florida and international students.
Additional events during the festival include the island city’s hometown holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 7, the annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, and a holiday-themed classic car show set for the following day.
Decorations along the Harbor Walk of Lights are to remain on display through Dec. 31.
The Florida Keys and Key West offer an array of festive fun during the holiday season. From holiday events, lighted boat parades, and more… Key West is just the place to enjoy the festive spirit. Parrot Key Resort will also get you in a jolly mood with our lighted Christmas tree and exterior festive light decorations.
Parrot Key Resort offers great family accommodation options during the holidays with up to 3-bedroom options to choose from. View our accommodation options here or enjoy a range of festive activity below, in and around Key West!
Festive Holiday Events Around Key West
Image by Florida Keys News Bureau
Now through Sunday, Dec. 22
Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center (Marathon)
At Dolphin Research Center, mile marker (MM) 59 bayside on Grassy Key, visitors who participate in the Meet the Dolphin program also can pose with the dolphins for a holiday photo. Visitors can bring their holiday-themed props to pose with, and DRC’s experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras. The program is offered several times each day on a walk-in basis and costs $25 per person in addition to general admission prices. The photos are supplied on a flash drive for $20 for one person or $35 for multiple people in the same shot. Group size is limited to four people. Contact: 305-289-1121 or www.dolphins.org
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m.
Key West Holiday Fest (Key West)
The harbor walk along the Historic Seaport at the Key West Bight, stretching from Greene Street to Grinnell Street, is to be festively lit from rooftops to the sea for the holiday season. Celebrate with holiday events, browse at local shops and galleries and relax at waterfront restaurants and watering holes. This and other seaport festivities are part of the inaugural Key West Holiday Fest. Contact: www.KeyWestChristmas.org or www.KeyWestHolidayFest.com
Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
“The Messiah” (Key West)
As many as 90 singers from around the Florida Keys participate in the annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s holiday masterpiece. Directed by Dean Walters, the 31st consecutive production is to be staged at Key West United Methodist Church at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets, and admission is free. Contact: 305-296-2392
Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Keys Chorale 2013 Holiday Concert (Key West)
The Keys Chorale will present a holiday concert at the Key West United Methodist Church, corner of Eaton and Simonton streets. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Contact: 305-849-1474 or www.keystix.com
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Key West Holiday Parade (Key West)
The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. Featuring marching groups and motorized and nonmotorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Starting at Truman Avenue and White Street, it proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street. Contact: 305-809-3881 or visit www.keywestcity.com
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival (Big Pine Key)
Experience the joys of art and music, and find some unique holiday gifts, at this festival held on the wooded grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside. Family fun highlights include live music by favorite local entertainers, exhibits and booths featuring the original work of artists and artisans, raffles and vendors offering food and beverages. Parking and admission are free. Contact:305-872-2411 or www.lowerkeyschamber.com
Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade (Lower Keys)
All boats are welcome to participate in this favorite Lower Keys holiday event sponsored by the Lower Keys Rotary Club. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. Best viewing spots include the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages & Marina, No Name Key Bridge and Big Pine Community Park, all off U.S. Highway 1 at MM 31. Contact: Steve at 305-923-5370 or email@example.com
Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade (Key West)
Festively decorated kayaks, fishing craft and schooners are to glitter in Key West’s Historic Seaport during the 23rd annual Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade. The Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band kicks off the festivities at 6 p.m. singing holiday favorites, followed by popular family band The Doerfels. Spectators can view the dozens of participating vessels from resorts, bars and restaurants in and around the Historic Seaport. Contact: 305-292-3302 or www.schoonerwharf.com
Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m.
Christmas on the Farm 2013 (Stock Island, Key West)
Kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is situated at the county’s detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public. Contact: Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300 or www.keysso.net/miscellaneous/animal_park.htm
Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.
Southernmost Christmas Tree Celebration (Key West)
Holiday revelers enjoy free conch chowder and then board Conch Tour Trains to proceed to the continental United States’ Southernmost Point to set up the southernmost Christmas tree at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The event is an annual community thank-you party presented by the Monroe Association for ReMAR Cable Citizens. The fun starts at 1401 Seminary St. Contact: 305-294-9526
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, 4-7 p.m.
54th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours (Key West)
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation’s museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs. Contact: 305-294-9501 or www.oirf.org
New Year’s Eve
The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval Street.
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m.
Annual Key West Dachshund Walk (Key West)
The procession of pooches begins at noon at the corner of Whitehead and Fleming streets in Key West’s historic downtown. The walking route, deliberately kept brief to cater to the dachshunds’ short legs, includes a portion of the downtown area and a block of Duval Street. Many dogs wear offbeat costumes or accessories. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Dec. 31, just before midnight
Key West New Year’s Eve Celebrations (Key West)
The Southernmost City celebrates New Year’s Eve with a “conch shell drop” at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St.; the descent of a super-sized red high-heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St.; the splash of a huge replica Key lime wedge into a massive margarita glass at Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier and the descent of a pirate wench from atop a tall ship’s mast in the island city’s Historic Seaport. Contact: 305-296-2388, ext. 121, for the conch shell drop; 305-293-9800 for the high-heel drop; 305-295-7005 for the Key lime splash and 305-292-3302 for the descent of the pirate wench
Image by Florida Keys News Bureau
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.
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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
(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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
(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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.com. Contact: 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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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
Image compliments of petersonskeywestpokerrun.com
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.
Image compliments of Womenfest.com
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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