Week One – 2018 –in the Florida Keys

Welcome in the New Year with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marina

Upper Keys

Jan. 3, 2018
Orange Bowl Swimming Classic
305- 453-7946  Website
Some of the best college swimmers – and perhaps future Olympians – in the country compete at Jacobs Aquatic Center, mile marker (MM) 99.6 oceanside, in a competition that is part of the celebration surrounding the annual Orange Bowl college football game in Miami. Spectators are invited to attend this free event and meet the swimmers and coaches. Warm-up is set for 10 a.m., meets are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m.

Jan. 4, 2018 – Jan. 14, 2018
Uncorked … the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
305-522-1300  Website
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.


Middle Keys


Jan. 6, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2018
The Florida Keys Celtic Festival
Some of America’s most celebrated Celtic musical masters are to be featured at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49. The festival will also feature Irish and Scottish dancing, Highland athletics, Celtic merchandise, food and beverage booths and children’s activities.

Lower Keys

Dec. 14, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Inspecting Carol
305-294-5015 Website
Grab a large helping of holiday cheer with this hilarious, madcap comedy! It’s a cross between A Christmas Carol and Noises Off. Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual. “Inspecting Carol” is a delightful mix of “A Christmas Carol,” “Noises Off,” “Waiting for Guffman.”

Dec. 19, 2017 – Jan. 13, 2018
Red Barn Theater presents: Dancing Lessons
Box Office 305-296-9911 Website
Evers, a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer to learn enough dancing to survive an awards dinner. The dancer, Senga, is, however, recovering from an injury that may stop her career permanently. As their relationship unfolds, they’re both caught off guard by the discoveries…both hilarious and heartwarming…that they make about each other and about themselves. Featuring Carolyn Cooper and Dave Bootle. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.

Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 13, 2018
Key West Theater presents: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
305-985-0433 Website
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny. Hedwig & The Angry Inch is a genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, telling the story of rock-n-roll lead singer Hedwig, one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Broadway choreographer Andrew Palermo is deep in rehearsal directing and choreographing Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Key West Theater, which stars Phillip Cole White as Hedwig, Alexandra Zeto as Yitzhak, and members of Patrick and the Swayzees as the band “The Angry Inch.” Showtimes and tickets online.

Jan. 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2018
Key West Fishing Tournament
Doris Harris 305-923-5934  Website
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

Jan. 2, 2018 – Jan. 29, 2018
Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS
Tickets 305-296-6706 ext 4 Website
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. 4, 2018
The Studios of Key West presents: First Thursday Gallery Walk
305-296-0458 Website
From 6-8 p.m., The Studios’ historic building at 533 Eaton Street will be filled with work by Cuban sculptor and printmaker Abel Barroso, assemblages by local artist Marta White, and photographs by Maggie Evans Silverstein, a former editor of the Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine. Featured in the XOJ Gallery during the January 4 opening will be Key West/New York artist Marta White’s assemblage sculptures and shadow boxes. Her creations are elegant studies in composition, and ache with memory and loss.

Jan. 7, 2018
Key West Artisan Market, Art of the Art Edition
Art of the Art is a unique opportunity to meet our local artists and learn how they make and design their craft. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are encouraged to ride bikes or the bus which conveniently stops in front of the Restaurant Store. Parking is available in the Old Town Parking Garage at 300 Grinnell Street. Please bring your own bags.

Jan. 8, 2018
Key West Theater presents: The Zombies
305-985-0433 Website
Now in their 54th year and cited as being one of the most influential UK pop/rock bands of all time, a mid-’60s rock group who wrote gorgeous melodies. Dominated by Colin Blunstone’s breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent’s shining jazz- and classical-influenced organ and piano, the band sounded utterly unique for their era. To this day, they’re known primarily for their three big hit singles, “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No”, and “Time of the Season”, however they have released multiple albums in recent years, both in the studio and live. Show starts 8 p.m.

Jan. 11, 2018 – Jan. 14, 2018
36th Annual Key West Literary Seminar
888-293-9291 Website
The 2018 topic is “Writers of the Caribbean.” Literary aficionados from around the world are to gather for readings, discussions and lectures led by some of contemporary literature’s most acclaimed writers. The island nations of the Caribbean have produced some of the most powerful and exciting writers of our time. For the 36th annual Key West Literary Seminar, we look across the waves to the vital literature that has emerged from this region.

Jan. 11, 2018 – Jan. 14, 2018
Key West Kingfish Mayhem
Jimmy Wickett 954-605-8284  Website
Big fish, big money! Come fish for some of the largest kingfish in Florida Keys waters in this new tournament. Fishing headquartered at Stock Island Marina. First prize could earn $15,000 cash, based on a 50-boat field.



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You will be glad you did…

In The Upper Keys: In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas and Marinas has the exclusive location –Mariners Resort Villas & Marinas

In The Middle Keys: In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon

In The Lower Keys: In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals



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