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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Characters such as Phileas Fogg, Detective Fix, Passepartout, Sir Francis, Aouda and the British Council make for an evening of live entertainment. Showtimes 8 p.m.
Perpetual Groove continues to create a cultivated, unique experience for each live show. The Georgia jam veterans make a return to the live stage, equipped with a new album, revamped sound and lyrics, along with special guests, The Happy Dog Band. At Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. From 6-10 p.m. General Admission tickets $25, children 12 and under are free.
Paddle under the glowing sunset and the rising moon. Perfect for all ages and skill level. This trip will have you howlin' at the moon with the cool breeze and sounds of water splashing against your kayak as you paddle. During the paddle, we break for our popular S'Mores, an American tradition consisting of graham cracker, marshmallow and Hershey chocolate sandwiched together. A delight with everyone. Guests are welcome to bring small coolers filled with favorite beverages and snacks. From 6-8 p
Don your festive holiday running attire, affix your ruby-red nose, and join in the fun, starting and ending at the Southernmost Beach Café,1405 Duval St. Race day check-in starts at 7 a.m. with 8 a.m. start time. After the race, enjoy refreshments, fun, prizes and a huge silent auction.
Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West's Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Festivities are to begin at 6 p.m. with the children of Gerald Adams Elementary Steel Your Heart Band! Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport as vessels of all shapes and sizes dazzle the crowd.
Bring your dogs, wear a t-shirt with a picture of your kitty with pride, or walk with a paddle displaying your pet's photo! Shopping Bazaar inside the dog park features entertainment, food vendors, a Kissing Booth, holiday gifts for that special snuggle bug and more! A unique opportunity to support the lifesaving mission caring for the Keys' community's homeless animals, the event supports the Florida Keys SPCA. Check in is 9 a.m. Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Higgs Beach, at the Higgs Dog Pa
From 1-3 p.m., kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and petting zoo and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm is situated at the county's detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public. The Sheriff's Animal Farm is open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Bret Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including "Talk Dirty To Me," "Something To Believe In," "Nothing But A Good Time" and the timeless #1 smash "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." After more than 25 years in the business this award winning, multi platinum superstar's career continues to move at warp speed. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Enjoy a full bar, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls, from 10AM to 2PM. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Stock your pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, pickles and so much more. Free entry & parking. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach. Bring your own bags. A fantastic, family-friendly, free event. The show will be st
Staged at the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Rd., the event is to feature stories from the Dry Tortugas as presented by award-winning authors James Kushlan and Kirsten Hines and updates on Dry Tortugas National Park and its education programs by park manager Glenn Simpson and lead ranger Curtis Hall. 'Tortugas Tales' coincides with the release of a new history book on the Dry Tortugas as an opportunity to feature Dry Tortugas National Park, its human and natural history, current s
From 5-9 p.m., located on the sweeping historic porch and walkway of the Custom House Museum. The immensely popular celebration will feature some of Key West's finest artisans, musicians and choirs, food and libations, free entrance to the museum and its two stories of exhibits, and a dazzling holiday light show of magical vector projections on the face of the Custom House. Browse hundreds of unique gift options while enjoying the music, food and libations on and around the island's architectur
This Olivier Award-winning comedy is a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Showtimes 8 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Rd.
Inspired by the holiday classic "Nutcracker" ballet, this spirited and naughty two-act "reverie" is presented by Key West Burlesque. Clara, a young ingénue, celebrates the season with sugar rum cherry cocktails and is transported in a dream to the "Land of Libations." The performance is staged at 8 p.m. at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Hosted by Reef Relief, children will make candy coral crafts and learn. Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.
Imagine how it must've been to celebrate the holidays with the Truman's in the 1940s. An impeccably appointed tree decked with the finest ceramic and glass ornaments. The intoxicating aroma of cinnamon and spruce. Now you can travel back to a simpler time with this exclusive tour with some very special treats in store! Dates: Dec. 22, 23, 27 & 28; from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
From 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Blue Moon Kayak Key West will take you on the Gulf and around Stock Island to view the twinkling holiday lights across the water. Join a family-friendly event with candy canes for everyone!
$50 per person. Departs from Sunset Marina, 5555 College Rd.
1970s TV icon Lillian Baxter just had her show cancelled. What's a "everything's coming up roses" girl to do? Industrial musicals, game shows, sitcoms, and Broadway for a start! Lillian reminds us that what is lost can always be found. Performance 7 p.m. at Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval St. Fringe Theater is Key West's community-focused theater providing unique opportunities for people to see and do theater.
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours from 3-6 p.m. each day showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day-of-tour. You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in the Key West local community fulfilling OIRF's mission of "Celebrating and sustaining Key West's unique architect
Scorched-blues and Southern rock fans are going to love this show! Performances also from Georgia Satellites and Bishop Gun, of Natchez, Mississippi, rooted in the history and sounds of their home and the surrounding Delta, featuring a blend of rock and roll, soul and blues. Starts at 4 p.m. Key West Amphitheater, Truman Waterfront at 21 Quay Rd. Tickets available online.
Enjoy a full bar, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls from 10AM to 2PM. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Stock your pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, pickles and so much more. Free entry & parking. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach. Bring your own bags. A fantastic, family-friendly, free event. The artists will be
Travel back to the 1960's for our 60th year anniversary themed NYE party. The fabulously dressed 21-plus crowd sets the scene. This is an exclusive event at the Garden at the Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval St. Limited Seating. The porch will also be open to watch the revelers promenade on Duval Street. Gate opens 6:00 pm; Dinner 8:15pm; Countdown at midnight. Tickets $225pp, available online.
Enjoy a front-row seat for the famous "Lowering of the Wench" at Schooner Wharf Bar! This special adults-only event features complimentary beer, wine, champagne, well drinks, soda, and water and delicious hot and cold hors d' oeuvres! From 9:30 PM- 12:30 AM; tickets for purchase are limited so reserve early.
The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.
The arrival of 2020 is to be heralded on the island's Duval Street with the "drop" of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock.
For piratical partiers, a New Year's Eve salute to Key West's rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island's Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2020. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music all day, dancing and festivities at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.
Frost-free Key West becomes a "wiener wonderland" when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a noontime New Year's Eve stroll through the island's picturesque downtown. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.
Plunge into a new decade! Blue Moon Kayak is honoring the tradition of cleansing the past year away and getting a refreshing start to 2020. What a better way than cleaning with purifying natural sea salt in the Gulf of Mexico. Start the year off right! $50 per person, departs from Sunset Marina, 5555 College Rd.
Performed by nationally renowned opera singers, "Single Occupancies" includes two world premiere pieces by Martin Hennessy and Stephen Kitsakos, and one regional premiere by Mark Campbell and Marisa Michelson. Scored for piano, cello, clarinet and double bass, and sung in English, the storylines are riveting, fresh and relevant. Each thirty-minute piece introduces a singularly unique character. Performances start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $100 to $50, with discounts for Studios' members
WWII is drawing to a close. In an abandoned boathouse, a Jewish immigrant woos a southern belle in this poignant romantic comedy. Can a new start really be found after so much loss? Performance 7 p.m., Back Room at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Fringe Theater is Key West's community-focused theater providing unique opportunities for people to see and do theater.
Presented by Key West Track and Field Club, Pole Vault in Paradise is an all-comers pole vault competition with events spread across four days. Youth, College, Elite and Masters divisions. Pole vaulters from age 9 to 75 to compete alongside some of the best pole vaulting elites from around the country.
The 2020 topic is "Reading Between the Lines, Sports & Literature." Literary aficionados from around the world are to gather to focus on writing that examines why sports matter so much and explores the roles sports play in social issues, personal transformation and cultural change.
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff's Animal Farm is open 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including miniature horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, Kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, a skunk, an opossum, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College
An acclaimed songwriter and electrifying performer, Potter has commanded stages around the world. Sunset Green Event Lawn is a multipurpose event space located between 24 North Hotel and The Gates Hotel. Tickets can be purchased online or visiting the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St.
Blake Pouliot, violinist, has quickly become one of Canada's most celebrated and promising young artists. He was the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition while featured on a number of television and radio broadcasts across North America including CBC Radio and NPR's Performance Today. All Impromptu Classical Concerts are at 4:00 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. in Old Town.
Actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. His storytelling style of comedy is profound without being profane. Sinbad has recently appeared on Disney's "Planes," "Comedy Bang Bang," "The Eric Andre Show," FX Television series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice". Sinbad produced and starred in his own WE TV's reality show, SINBAD: It's Just family." He has done six, one-hour comedy specials in his long comedy career, four on HBO a
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. 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, Best Destination Half Marathons and Bucket List Best Half Marathons, is ranked among 13 must-do U.S. half-marathons by Competitor.c
Enjoy two powerful, strikingly beautiful and inspiring musical masterpieces: Bruckner's dynamic Symphony No. 6, and the U.S Premiere of Borenstein's glorious Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, featuring accomplished violinist Irmina Trynkos; along with the world premiere of Nardi's Upon An Ocean. Performance 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd.
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.
Two legendary figures of the American Theatre, Tennessee Williams and actress Laurette Taylor, meet backstage before the opening night of The Glass Menagerie in Chicago to exchange best wishes. When an unopened bottle of scotch is discovered in her dressing room, sparks ignite as they are both challenged to face down a common demon. Showtimes 8 p.m.
Tour elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. January tours are offered 3 to 7 pm each day. Transportation between homes is available via Conch Train for $45 each, seating is limited. Tickets without transportation are $35 in advance and $45 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs.
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.
Women and girls from around the world are to meet on the playing field for hard-fought sporting action. Each year, nearly 30 teams from across the United States, Mexico, Central America, Sweden and India participate.
A toast to the original Rat Pack, 'Rat Pack Together Again,' takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. This production will treat you to Sinatra classics including, 'Come Fly With Me,' 'My Way,' and 'New York...' Dino with great songs like, 'Everybody Loves Somebody,' and 'That's Amore!' ...and from the dynamic Sammy Davis Jr., 'Mr. Bojangles' and Candy Man.' After watching these performers, you will leave the s
Local restaurants vie for top honors in appetizer, entrée and dessert categories. Attendees sample the culinary treats while judges pick the winners. The show is held from 4-7 p.m. at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina pier, 245 Front St. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens.
Top chefs and restaurateurs display culinary creativity and the Keys' indigenous cuisine in a flavorful schedule of events for food lovers. Highlights include the lively "Old Town Uncorked," neighborhood wine strolls, food and wine pairings, intriguing seminars, winemaker dinner series and a grand tasting.
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month. The Anim
Mile 0 Fest Key West is a "must see" music festival in the burgeoning Red Dirt & Americana music scene. Take in big shows at Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre, a state-of-the-art facility located blocks off the hopping streets of Duval, or get into a stripped down acoustic set with your favorite band leader at one of the theaters or bars off Duval. Many activities and memorable experiences await.
Key West is the largest historical district of wooden structures on the US Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places. The charm of Old Town can be attributed to the eclectic mix of over 3,000 wooden buildings constructed throughout the 19-Century; some of which were built in the Bahamas and brought to Key West. In her presentation, art historian Snow Philip will discuss the wide variety of styles and influences that led to Key West's unique architectural fusion. Snow live
Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions.
Ambition and music collide when legendary blues singer, Ma Rainey, brings her band together for a recording session. An American Masterpiece. 1984 NY Drama Critics' Circle Award winner. Performance 7 p.m., VFW Post 168, 803 Emma St. Fringe Theater is Key West's community-focused theater providing unique opportunities for people to see and do theater.
In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth is this special presentation of his epic Symphony No. 9, with a full choir and the famous Ode to Joy finale. Also on the bill is Schumann's beloved Piano Concerto, featuring audience favorite, Svetlana Smolina on piano. Performance 6:30 p.m., Glynn R. Archer Center for the Performing Arts.
Canellakis-Brown Duo. Pianist and composer Michael Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis have been hailed as "a pair of adventurous young talents" by Time Out New York and lavishly praised by the New York Times as 'two outstanding musicians who are captivating audiences with innovative programs that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements." The two highly acclaimed artists continue to pursue solo careers with performances in such venues as th
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music. Showtimes 7 p.m.
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. February and March tours are offered 10 am to 4 pm each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs.
Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. "Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping," raves The New Yorker, and that's exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. DIARIES is a marriage of many of Mandy's favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections from his newest recordings on Nonesuch Records, Mandy Patinkin Diary January 2018 and Mandy Patinkin
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. Doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. Tickets available online starting Friday, Nov. 22.
Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Tony Morrison, has given voice to Desdemona, one of Shakespeare's most mysterious women, in this inventive retelling of her murder by Othello. Music and movement will create a unique evening of performance theater. Performance at Aqua Side Bar, 504 Angela St. Fringe Theater is Key West's community-focused theater providing unique opportunities for people to see and do theater.
From Nairobi to Newark, Kool & the Gang has performed continuously longer than any R&B group in history and their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled R&B band of all time. Village People is considered the greatest disco group in the world, their music part of the international songbook. Victor Willis who was Village People before Village People even existed returned with a fresh re-boot of the group. Doors open 5:30 p.m. at Key West Amphitheater, 21 Quay
The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet appears regularly at major concert halls in Europe, Asia and the U.S. The Vienna Zeitung hailed the quartet as the "Uncrowned Kings of the Saxophone" and a critic from Die Welt claimed, "If there were an Olympic discipline for virtuoso wind playing, the Raschèr Quartet would definitely receive a gold medal." Although founded in the United States in 1969 the quartet was relocated in Germany several years later and has been based there ever since. All Impromptu Classi
Whether at the solo piano, with a 12-piece 'big band' or an 80 piece orchestra, Tesh's ability to create a unique journey for concert fans with music and storytelling has taken him from the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Coliseum in Rome to Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. John's live television concerts, including the seminal 'Live at Red Rocks,' have raised more than 20 million dollars for Public Television. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. Tickets available starting 6/26/19.
Based on the smash-hit movie; a heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, played by Christopher Peterson, Dave Bootle and Connor Cook, searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," "Boogie Wonderland," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love The Nightlife," this wildly fresh and funny musica
An island tradition for over 50 years, this unique contest celebrates the historic importance of conch in the Keys and features contestants in several age categories attempting to make "music" with fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10 a.m., contest starts at noon.
Natalia Kazaryan, pianist and Impromptu's 2020 "Rising Star", has performed at a number of prestigious venues across Europe. She has received top prizes from the Eastman Young Artists International, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin, and the New York piano competitions as well as the Concours FLAME and Concours international de piano d'Ile de France. She studied at The Juilliard School and recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. All Impromptu Classical Concerts are at 4
Masterworks III boldly integrates the old classical music and the new, bringing together in one evening two preeminent composers of different eras: Ellen Zwilich's world premiere Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, featuring renowned GRAMMY® Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5, known as the "Reformation." The 250th Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth continues with his The Consecration of the House Overture, commissioned to celebrate the opening of a Vienna
Make your way to Sunset Green Event Lawn for what is sure to be an epic night of live music with a rock legend! Enjoy a good old-fashioned lunch-bucket rock & roll show that includes signature hits like "Get A Haircut", "I Drink Alone", "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", "Move It On Over", "Who Do You Love" and the definitive badass anthem "Bad To The Bone," among others. Sunset Green is situated between 24 North Hotel and The Gates Hotel. Gates open 5:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.
A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist - in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Yacht Harbor Marina on Stock Island.