Florida Keys Events Calendar
The Florida Keys is teeming with cultural, historical, family and community events. Life in the Keys is celebrated and honored with events ranging from seafood festivals, regattas and fishing tournaments to bridge runs, art exhibits and outdoor concerts. Here, you will find a unique activity for all ages and interests. Search by month to find events for your next visit to the Florida Keys.
The Florida Keys
Jan. 9, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017 – The Florida Keys The Florida Keys Paddle Challenge 352-377-8342 Enjoy a true island paradise, paddling beside sea turtles and railroad visionary Henry Flagler’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ in the azure waters of the Florida Keys. We’ll journey 77 miles beside white sand beaches and mangrove islands, from Long Key State Park to Key West. Register by: Dec. 26, 2016. Limited to 60 paddlers.
The Upper Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo
Jan. 9, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017 -The Florida Keys Florida Keys Paddle Challenge 352-377-8342 Enjoy a true island paradise, paddling beside sea turtles and railroad visionary Henry Flagler’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ in the azure waters of the Florida Keys. We’ll journey 77 miles beside white sand beaches and mangrove islands, from Long Key State Park to Key West. Register by: Dec. 26, 2016. Limited to 60 paddlers.
Jan. 5, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017– Islamorada Uncorked … the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival 305-522-1300 The 10-day food, wine and spirits showcase features 30-plus savory events to please virtually every palate and budget, spread among numerous Upper Keys venues with fresh, locally sourced seafood and international-style dishes. The festival’s outdoor ‘A Grand Tasting,’ is set for Jan. 14. What better reason to ‘Uncork’ and unwind in the Florida Keys. For a complete events schedule, visit website.
Jan. 16, 2017 Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: A History of Fishing in the Florida Keys 305-393-0940 Bob Epstein is a 35-year Tavernier resident and author, fulltime freelance & outdoor writer and photographer. He is to present and audio/visual talk about Florida Keys fishing and “Africa on a Pin & a Prayer.” He has authored 12 books including a new release, “The Best Restaurants in the Florida Keys.” After the talk he will be available for book signings, and a portion of the evening’s book sales benefit the Matecumbe Historical Trust. Lecture is free and open to the public.
Jan. 13, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017 Fifth Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival
Robby McClung 305-587-0901 Featuring several great Oldgrass, Newgrass and a blend of next generation Bluegrass as well as some tasteful variations of the genre. Tickets to be available in advance online and at the gate. Monies raised help fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students; main event is located at the ICE Amphitheater, MM 87 bayside at Founders Park. Other weekend musical activities are to be planned. Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Jan. 14, 2017 34th Annual Art Under The Oaks 305-360-8556 Email Website
Fine art & original crafts, a variety of entertainment, specialty food booths, children’s arts & crafts, as well as a raffle of items donated by the artists are part of the annual highlights. San Pedro Church Gardens, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mile Marker 89.5 on Plantation Key in Islamorada. Onsite parking is available for a $5 donation. Free parking is available at Coral Shores High School, with shuttle service to the event.
The Middle Keys, Marathon
Dec. 13, 2016 – Jan. 14, 2017 Red Barn Theatre presents: Picasso at the Lapin Agile 305-296-9911 In 1904, in The Lapin Agile — a bar in Paris — a 10-person cast of wonderful characters hold an imagined meeting of the young Alfred Einstein and Pablo Picasso, mixing the sublime and the ridiculous.
Jan. 12, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2017 Marathon Community Theater presents: The Hallelujah Girls 305-743-0994 From the authors of Golden Girls comes this hilarious and rollicking comedy of six feisty women who have taken over an abandoned church and made it into a day spa. Now, It’s the regular Friday meeting place where these women realize their time is precious and if they are going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now.
The Lower Keys, Big Pine Keys and Key West
Dec. 16, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017 Key West Theater presents: Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up Enjoy the theater’s first play of the season. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and playwright Lucy Alibar created this magical play that revolves around her unforgettable Southern childhood, which includes: a lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, phone calls from death row, and her Daddy’s burn pile.
Jan. 3, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2017 – Key West Randy Roberts Live! Female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with “Bette Midler”, “Cher”, and Randy’s signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! Show dates online.
Jan. 5, 2017 – Jan. 30, 2017 – Key West Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS 305-296-6706 A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.
Jan. 12, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017 35th Annual Key West Literary Seminar
888-293-9291 The 2017 topic is “Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics.” Literary aficionados from around the world are to gather for readings, discussions and lectures led by some of contemporary literature’s most acclaimed writers. Presenters include celebrated biographer Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reid and noted journalists/authors Gail Collins and Joe Klein. A first-come, first-seated Sunday afternoon session is free and open to the public.
Jan. 12, 2017 Key West Theater presents: Dave Mason 305-985-0433 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will revisit his classic 1970 masterpiece Alone Together on his new ‘Alone Together Again’ US tour. Mason’s debut solo album is one of America’s most beloved classic rock albums, Alone Together.
Jan. 13, 2017 – Jan. 14, 2017 57th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
305-294-9501 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 each. March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes is optional, via Conch Train. Tickets are $30. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Jan. 14, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017 12th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Caitlin 813-362-9555 A family-friendly event with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. $5 admission per person; hours open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at Bayview Park, Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive.
Jan. 14, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2017 Nautical Flea Market 305-872-2411
Admission and parking at this event are free, held at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce grounds, MM31, from 8AM to 2PM. Find steals and deals on everything imaginable for boating, fishing, diving and more, from nearly 200 vendors. Crafts, food and beverage, live music and entertainment round out the two-day event.
Jan. 15, 2017 Key West Theater presents: Jonathan Edwards
305-985-0433 Email WebsiteFour decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.
Jan. 15, 2017 Key West Half Marathon & 5k Run
Barbara Wright 305-240-0727 Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the race follows a 13.1-mile course that includes Old Town Key West and the scenic waterfront. Now in its 19th year, the race typically attracts American and international runners to compete in Key West’s balmy January climate. Named as one of the United States’ leading winter half marathons in Runner’s World, February, 2014; the same magazine included in its list of Best Destination Half Marathons; in April, 2015; Bucket List Best Half Marathons, and most recently in December, 2015 was ranked among 13 must-do U.S. half-marathons by Competitor.com.
Jan. 15, 2017 – Jan. 20, 2017 30th Annual Quantum Key West Race Week 2017
The annual race week challenge features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. More than 100 racing yachts typically 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, resorts and beaches.
Jan. 15, 2017 Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Canadian Brass Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Show starts 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.
Jan. 16, 2017 Friends of Key West Library Speaker Series: Calvin Trillin
Enjoy distinguished journalist and author Calvin Trillin, whose articles are diverse, both serious and whimsical. They include politics, the cultural importance of Texas barbecue, itinerant chefs with unwanted followings, the effect of New York City water on buffalo mozzarella, and the tic-tac-toe playing chickens of Greenwich Village. Lectures are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and admission is free. The talks begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first serve basis.
Whether you contemplate visiting the Keys for vacation or some of the many fishing and cultural activities going on all year around- anytime you are in the Keys: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall……