Key West Goombay Festival Oct 20-21

Revelers can enjoy island-style music, food, and a high-energy celebration of the cultural connection between Key West and the Bahamas at the annual Goombay street festival set for noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21. The family-friendly festival is centered on Petronia Street, just off Key West’s famed Duval Street in the heart of … Read more

Dive Snorkel Kayak Oct 19-22 Florida Keys REEF Fest

Ocean lovers who enjoy diving, snorkeling and kayaking eco-tours can explore and learn about the latest in Florida Keys marine conservation during the annual REEF Fest Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 19-22, in Key Largo. Ocean conservation, education initiatives and demonstrating positive impacts of citizen science in the Florida Keys and around the world are at the core … Read more

July 4 Festivities for the Family in the Florida Keys

Local parades, beach parties and on-the-water fun topped off by fireworks displays are to highlight Independence Day celebrations throughout the Florida Keys. As well as an annual salute to the United States’ freedom, some activities surrounding the July 4 holiday also illustrate the island chain’s quirky independent spirit. Highlights include: Key West The Key Lime Festival features … Read more

Key West Songwriters Festival May 4-8 2022

Audiences can rock, sway and sing along to some of America’s hottest contemporary hits and classics Wednesday through Sunday, May 4-8, during the 2022 Key West Songwriters Festival. More than 175 performing songwriters — including multiplatinum entertainer Chris Young, whose career includes eight studio albums and 10 number-one singles — are to showcase their chart-topping … Read more

Swim Roundtrip from Islamorada to Alligator Lighthouse Sept 11 2021

As many as 500 solo and relay-team open-ocean swimmers will attempt to conquer the eighth annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, a unique endurance challenge in Atlantic Ocean waters off Islamorada slated for Saturday, Sept. 11. Individuals and two-, three- and four-person teams must complete the 8-mile roundtrip course in less than eight hours. To compete … Read more

Lower Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival Make Waves for Reef Protection

Divers and snorkelers can explore a portion of the continental United States’ only coral barrier reef while enjoying an Underwater Music Festival that promotes reef preservation Saturday, July 10, in the Lower Florida Keys. The 37th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, a melodic experience that spotlights environmentally responsible diving as well as reef protection, … Read more

Key Lime Pie Headlines July 1-5 Festival in Key West

The Florida Keys’ sweetest treat is to be in the “limelight” Thursday through Monday, July 1-5, as fans of Key lime pie salute the island chain’s signature dessert and the tiny fruit that inspired it. The 2021 Key Lime Festival is to include a Key lime pie–eating contest, cocktail stroll, “moveable feast” pie tasting, wacky Key lime pie “drop” and even a scavenger hunt with … Read more

I Love Stock Island Festival June 16-20

Vibrant arts emporiums, a fast-growing culinary scene and a colorful working waterfront characterize Stock Island, the Florida Keys community on the outskirts of Key West. Visitors can explore the eclectic island — headquarters of the Keys’ commercial shrimping industry — during the I Love Stock Island Festival set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 16-20. Attractions … Read more

Swim Around Key West During 12.5-Mile Race June 12

Solo swimmers, relay teams and even “mermaids” can test their strength and stamina Saturday, June 12, during a 12.5-mile open-water Swim Around Key West. Entrants in the annual College of the Florida Keys’ Swim Around Key West can register as solo competitors or in teams of two to six swimmers with or without fins. The … Read more

Key West VFW Fishing Tournament Targets 5 Species June 18-20

Male, female and junior anglers — including first responders, veterans and active-duty service members — can test their skills against five finned species Friday through Sunday, June 18-20, during the ninth annual VFW Fishing Tournament. The family-friendly challenge’s target species are mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper. Cash prizes are to be awarded for the … Read more

25th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival Returns May 5-9 2021

The 25th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival is returning to the island May 5-9. This year’s festival will host nearly 100 of the world’s most prolific hitmakers and up-and coming songwriters on 12 different stages in a pared-down setting due to the ongoing pandemic. The festival traditionally hosts over 200 songwriters across 38 stages at an array … Read more

Key West 2020 Holiday Fest Focused on Outdoor Events

Key West may be Florida’s subtropical southernmost island, but visitors can enjoy events as seasonal as Santa’s North Pole celebrations during the 2020 Key West Holiday Fest that runs through Dec. 31. The harborwalk area in the Key West Historic Seaport is to glimmer with holiday displays from Elizabeth to Grinnell streets throughout the season, … Read more

Florida Keys Divers Can Help Take a Bite Out of Lionfish

Florida Keys Divers can help preserve the Florida Keys’ native reef fish populations during the fun, socially distanced Reef Environmental Education Foundation 2020 Lionfish Derby. Scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 10-13, the derby challenges participants to capture and remove as many non-native lionfish as possible from Keys waters. This year, COVID-19 restrictions have forced organizers … Read more