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The Year at a Glance...
Festivals, festivals, festivals...If you live in Key West, it seems as if there is always something "going on". Below are a few of the major events throughout the year. There is no excuse for boredom!
July in Key West
Hemingway Days Festival
A fun event honoring the legendary American writer. Events include a short story competition, fishing tournament, arm-wrestling competition, "running of the bulls" and look-alike contest.
Key West Summer Food & Wine Festival
Enjoy gourmet wine dinners prepared by some of Key West's best master chefs. Contact: 305-296-6909
August in Key West
Lobsterfest 2005 - Lower Duval St
If you've never tried Florida spiny lobster - you are in for a treat. Stroll lower Duval Street and sample a variety of lobster dishes prepared by local restaurants. Have a cold beverage and enjoy some live music.
September in Key West
Key West Poker Run
Motorcycles cruise the Keys ending in Key West to raise funds for local charities. Even if you don't participate - the thousands of bikes lined down Duval Street is an amazing sight.
October in Key West
TA weekend street fair that takes place in historic Bahama Village. This official kick-off to Fantasy Fest is one of the favorite festivals of Key Westers.
What began almost 30 years ago as a small festival has now grown to a celebration known throughout the world. On Saturday night there is an amazing parade of creative costumes and incredible floats. Warning: Not for the week hearted!
November in Key West
Parrot Heads in Paradise "Meeting of the Minds"
Key West is taken over by Jimmy Buffet fans who want to experience Margaritaville "up close and personal". Jimmy himself will often makes an appearance.
Key West Offshore World Championships
High-speed powerboats roar through the Key West harbor and offshore, along the coral reef.
Pirates in Paradise
Key West's Historic Seaport is invaded by pirates! Stroll the docks and enjoy a variety of vendors or take a sunset sail aboard a pirate ship.
December in Key West
New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year by watching a wench drop at Schooner Wharf, a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe's Bar or drag queen Sushi drop in a life size red high heel. How will you choose?
March in Key West
The Key West Botanical Garden Society’s annual signature event takes place at the garden, 5210 College Road. Guests will enjoy the “hot” sounds of Havana Soul, and eight (8) piece Latin brass band, fine Cuban food, cigars, and dancing under the stars in the gardens beautiful outdoor setting.
May in Key West
Key West Songwriters Festival
A great opportunity to see some of America's best songwriters perform in small, personal settings.
June in Key West
Pridefest Key West
This event showcases the Key West motto "One Family".
Cuban American Heritage Festival
A showcase of Cuban culture and customs. Come join the world's longest congo line!
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