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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Key West Tropic Cinema to Host 2021 Sundance Film Festival Jan 28 Through Feb 3

Movie aficionados can enjoy outdoor and indoor screenings in Key West during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, with 11 films to be unveiled by Tropic Cinema — a Sundance Satellite Screen partner in one of only two Florida cities. The nonprofit Sundance Institute, founded by actor Robert Redford, selected Tropic Cinema in part because of…

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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,…

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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…

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Key West Fantasy Fest 2020 Cancelled – COVID-19

The organizers of Key West’s Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival announced Thursday that the 2020 festival, originally scheduled Oct. 16-25, would be canceled to protect against the potential spread of COVID-19.The festival typically draws some 60,000 people to Key West’s Duval Street for its highlight parade, as well as several thousand for its annual…

Marathon Seafood Festival March 14-15
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Marathon Seafood Festival March 14-15

Shrimp, spiny lobster, stone crab claws and fish, all “fishermen-to-fork fresh,” are to headline the attractions for attendees at the Original Marathon Seafood Festival scheduled Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, in Marathon. For over 40 years, the taste bud–tempting outdoor feast has drawn seafood lovers and Keys families to gather at the Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Commercial fisheries and markets catch, clean and cook the nearly 15,000-pound spread of fresh Florida Keys seafood, bushels of oysters from the west coast of Florida and tasty smoked…

Conch Honkers to Vie for Victory in Key West March 7
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Conch Honkers to Vie for Victory in Key West March 7

It’s not a stringed instrument, a percussion instrument or the musical choice of virtually any “American Idol” contestant. Nonetheless, the conch shell takes center stage in Key West’s music scene each spring, when several dozen hopefuls vie for victory in the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. Set for noon Saturday, March 7, the 58th annual…

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration  in Key West
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Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration  in Key West

For more than 30 years internationally renowned playwright Tennessee Williams lived and wrote theatrical masterpieces in Key West. Fans can celebrate his extraordinary talent and life with a series of cultural events scheduled Feb. 22 through March 30. Highlights of the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration include performances of “Talking Tennessee” with Tandy Cronyn and Joel…

Postcard Inn Beach Resort Welcomes Event-Goers With Hot Winter Rate
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Postcard Inn Beach Resort Welcomes Event-Goers With Hot Winter Rate

The freshly reinvented, iconic, 14-acre Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, located oceanfront in Islamorada, Fla., proudly welcomes travelers with a Winter Ciao Down offer. The resort is extending special rates for a foodie getaway and events-filled energy to escape February weather. With rates starting at $246 per night for stays in February, Postcard Inn…