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Events & Festivals

Annual events like Hemingway Days, the Key Lime Festival, and Fantasy Fest turn the island into one big get-together, with street fairs, impromptu dance parties and parades. Don’t miss out! Check out our events and festivals guide to know what activities coincide with your stay in Key West.
Christmas in Key West

Christmas in Key West

Posted on: November 1st, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Here are some activities you can’t miss out on this 2019 holiday season.


Powerboat World Championships in Key West

Powerboat World Championships in Key West

Posted on: October 22nd, 2019 | Events & Festivals

The annual Powerboat Championships is a must-see, racing fanatic or not.


Celebrating 40 Years of Fantasy Fest

Celebrating 40 Years of Fantasy Fest

Posted on: October 15th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Fantasy Fest has only grown since its early days, drawing an approximate 75,000 revelers to the island annually.


Ready, Set, Go: Southernmost Marathon in Key West

Ready, Set, Go: Southernmost Marathon in Key West

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Runners can expect endless views of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico while on Route 1, which connects the Florida Keys.


Best Events of Fantasy Fest

Best Events of Fantasy Fest

Posted on: September 19th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

The must-attend events for this year's Fantasy Fest: In Tune But Off Key


All Things Fantasy Fest

All Things Fantasy Fest

Posted on: September 17th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Be two steps ahead of the rest by reading up on our Fantasy Fest overview.


Costume Tips for Fantasy Fest

Costume Tips for Fantasy Fest

Posted on: September 13th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

For who have attended Fantasy Fest before already know, the more the alcohol flows, the less clothes everybody seems to be wearing.


Labor Day Weekend Picks

Labor Day Weekend Picks

Posted on: August 26th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Labor Day weekend is upon us! Here’s a look at the best activities to look forward to during this long weekend in Key West.


Key West Brewfest 2019
Photo courtesy of Key West Brewfest.

Key West Brewfest 2019

Posted on: August 12th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

This Key West festival features tastings from craft breweries and international brands, brunch, lunch, and dinner parings, pool parties, games, and great live music.


Prep in Advance for Fantasy Fest

Prep in Advance for Fantasy Fest

Posted on: July 30th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Is it too early for you to start planning?


See What’s Cracking at the Key West Lobsterfest

See What’s Cracking at the Key West Lobsterfest

Posted on: July 16th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

You’ll find the guest of honor everywhere this weekend – on the grill, in the fryer, in tacos, ceviches and rolls – prepared with care by the island’s local chefs.


The Dos and Don’ts of FL Keys Mini Lobster Season

The Dos and Don’ts of FL Keys Mini Lobster Season

Posted on: July 8th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Recreational anglers have two days to catch rock lobsters before commercial fisherman.The mini lobster season falls on July 24-25 this year.


Join Us in Key West for the Annual Key Lime Festival

Join Us in Key West for the Annual Key Lime Festival

Posted on: June 24th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

There’s no better way to spend the 4th of July than joining the island of eccentrics for special events honoring our favorite citrus, Key lime.


Submerge Yourself in this Underwater Music Festival

Submerge Yourself in this Underwater Music Festival

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

 

Florida has a reputation for being unconventional, and the Florida Keys even more so. It’s no surprise that the Lower Keys host an underwater music festival every year in the coral reef.


Conch Republic Independence Celebration: The Most Unofficial Fun in Key West!

Conch Republic Independence Celebration: The Most Unofficial Fun in Key West!

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Locals never miss an opportunity to exhibit their “sovereign state of mind” – as you’ll see in their annual celebrations.


Top 5 Foodie Fests in Key West

Top 5 Foodie Fests in Key West

Posted on: January 22nd, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Celebrate Key lime pie, local seafood and Cuban fare all year long in Key West. Check out our favorite annual food fests you can only find in the Conch Republic.


A Look at Upcoming Live Music in Key West this Spring

A Look at Upcoming Live Music in Key West this Spring

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 | Events & Festivals

Get in on the music! Shows played outdoors or in venues along Duval Street offer something for everyone.


Fantasy Fest Tips for First-Timers

Fantasy Fest Tips for First-Timers

Posted on: September 10th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Avoid rookie mistakes and enjoy 10 days of pure fantasy.


Upcoming Summer & Fall Shows in Key West

Upcoming Summer & Fall Shows in Key West

Posted on: August 9th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Here’s a look at concerts and shows coming to the Conch Republic later this year.


Try these FL Beers at Key West BrewFest

Try these FL Beers at Key West BrewFest

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Here are some lesser-known sunshine state brews set to pour during this year’s celebration of hops, malt and barley.


‘Tis the Season: Key West Lobsterfest

‘Tis the Season: Key West Lobsterfest

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Lobsterfest is a time to celebrate the opening of spiny lobster season in Key West and all its delicious variations.


Book in Advance for Fantasy Fest 2018!

Book in Advance for Fantasy Fest 2018!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Fantasy Fest regulars know that the island’s biggest annual event is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to book than now!


Celebrate 38th Annual Hemingway Days in Key West

Celebrate 38th Annual Hemingway Days in Key West

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Arm wrestling, the Hemingway look-alike contest, running of the bulls, marlin tournament ... come celebrate Papa Hemingway's birthday in Key West.


Book Ahead for 2018 Key West Pride Week!

Book Ahead for 2018 Key West Pride Week!

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Pride Week is just around the corner, and thousands are expected to come and to be part of the “One Human Family” that is the Key West community.


Silent Disco at 24 North Hotel

Silent Disco at 24 North Hotel

Posted on: May 4th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Guests will be able to choose between 3 live DJs simply by switching channels on their headphones.


Upcoming Shows at the Key West Theater You Don’t Want to Miss

Upcoming Shows at the Key West Theater You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Check out the different acts set to perform in the Conch Republic early this year.


2018 Florida Keys Seafood Fest

2018 Florida Keys Seafood Fest

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

The Florida Keys Seafood Festival is a time to celebrate and sample the fresh seafood harvest, supplied by the local fishermen and women of The Keys.


Key West Nature Attractions

Key West Nature Attractions

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Check out the nature exhibits in Key West.


New Year’s Eve in Key West

New Year’s Eve in Key West

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Ringing in the New Year with us? Here are some New Year’s Eve Key West traditions to check out.


Parrot Heads Unite: Meeting of the Minds 2017

Parrot Heads Unite: Meeting of the Minds 2017

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Here we’ve rounded up the events you can’t miss during Meeting of the Minds 2017


Get to Fantasy Fest Early for Goombay

Get to Fantasy Fest Early for Goombay

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Goombay is a family-friendly street party that celebrates the rich music, food, dance and cultures of the area’s Caribbean heritage.


Tips for Offshore Powerboat Races in Key West

Tips for Offshore Powerboat Races in Key West

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Here we’ve compiled a list of things to know if you’re in Key West for the week of the offshore powerboat races.


5 Tips for Surviving Fantasy Fest

5 Tips for Surviving Fantasy Fest

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Fantasy Fest is just about upon us, but it’s hard to be totally prepared for the island’s party of the year.


Upcoming Events in Key West

Upcoming Events in Key West

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Because of year-round sunny skies and temperate weather, Key West has no need to wrap up the summer nor hibernate.


5 Things to Pack for Fantasy Fest

5 Things to Pack for Fantasy Fest

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

And once again, Fantasy Fest nears. Burlesque shows, dog costume contests, drag shows, tutu Tuesday, bodypaint, the smallest parade in the universe…


Donavon Frankenreiter Comes to Key West Theater

Donavon Frankenreiter Comes to Key West Theater

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will be at the Key West Theater on Sept. 3, playing songs from his most recent album, “The Heart.”


Brewfest Bud Light Beer Pong Party Tour

Brewfest Bud Light Beer Pong Party Tour

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Key West BrewFest is a fitting way to celebrate the end of summer over Labor Day weekend.


Mel Fisher Days in Key West

Photo courtesy of Mel Fisher.

Mel Fisher Days in Key West

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

We’re fascinated by local treasure-hunter Mel Fisher and his 16-year long search for the sunken Spanish galleon, Nuestra Señora de Atocha.


24 North Picks: Hemingway Days in Key West

24 North Picks: Hemingway Days in Key West

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

One of our favorite festivals is just around the corner. Starting July 18 and running through July 23, it’s Hemingway Days, Key West annual celebration of all things Papa Hemingway.


5 Reasons to Go to the Key Lime Festival this July 4th Weekend

Photo courtesy of the Key Lime Festival

5 Reasons to Go to the Key Lime Festival this July 4th Weekend

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

There’s no fruit we love more than the key lime. From our national dessert, the key lime pie, to key limeade, key lime cocktails and even key lime rum, we take every chance we can get to use this little fruit.


24 North Picks: Key West Pride

24 North Picks: Key West Pride

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

If there’s ever a place to spend Pride, Key West is it. Key West is open, inviting and always a good time. And that’s on a normal day.


The Key West Songwriters Festival

The Key West Songwriters Festival

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Next month, it’s the 22nd annual Key West Songwriters Festival, one of the biggest and most emblematic of the Key West state of mind.


The Cow Key Channel Bridge Run 2017

The Cow Key Channel Bridge Run 2017

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Only in Key West can you run a Zero K race. And that race is the Cow Key Channel Bridge Run.


Tennessee Williams' 106th Birthday Celebration

Tennessee Williams' 106th Birthday Celebration

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 | Events & Festivals

In Key West, we love any excuse for a party. And when it’s honoring one of our own, even better. That’s why Tennessee William’s March birthday is a national [Conch Republic] holiday. We drink wine and eat cake. But it’s not just on March 26 that us Conchs honor the famous American playwright - it’s all month. After all, Tennessee Williams called Key West home for over forty years. It’s only right we honor him. Starting February 28, 2017, the Tennessee Williams festivities begin. But here are some we’re especially looking forward to


Key West Food & Wine Festival 2017

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2017

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Every January, Key West stuffs itself with some of the best cuisine that south Florida has to offer during the Key West Food & Wine Festival. From tastings and seminars to tours, the festival boasts everything your heart – and stomach – can desire. And this year, we here at 24 North aren’t just participating, we’re hosting, too.


Key West Cuba Race Week - The Conch Republic Cup

Key West Cuba Race Week - The Conch Republic Cup

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 | Events & Festivals

January 22 - February 3, 2017.
Key West may be 90 miles to Cuba, but that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy for Americans to get there. Leave it to a few dedicated Conch skippers to make that happen. As is now tradition, every January Conchs race from Key West to Varadero, Cuba, then to Havana, and back to Key West. 


Key West Race Week 2017

Key West Race Week 2017

Posted on: December 23rd, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Marked by yachts and crews from all over the world, Key West Race Week brings one of the most important international regattas to the waters off the Conch Republic. With a wide array of sailboats, ranging from the popular J/70s to the C&C 30s, Key West Race Week appeals to not only the serious competitor, but also the weekend enthusiast.


Key West Half-Marathon & 5K

Key West Half-Marathon & 5K

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

For those of you looking to kick your New Year’s resolutions into full gear, the annual Key West Half-Marathon is just around the corner. Continually ranked as one of the best destination half-marathons in the United States, the Key West Half-Marathon is always a good time - and if you’re a regular runner, it’s a breeze.


New Year’s Eve in Key West

New Year’s Eve in Key West

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Although Key West only covers 7 square miles, it seems like every inch of Old Town is covered in New Year's Eve festivities. From drag queens to parrotheads, there's a party for just about everybody, as the island's myriad of NYE celebrations cater to a wide range of personalities, much like Key West itself. No matter which you choose, you can count on a good time. That said, here are some of the most popular events year after year.


Fantasy Fest 2016 – Bahama Village Goombay

Fantasy Fest 2016 – Bahama Village Goombay

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Fantasy Fest isn’t all body paint and crazy costumes, it also channels that island vibe we love so much about Key West. Kicking off the Conch Republic’s most infamous festival,Bahama Village Goombay gets the party started with a true Caribbean celebration, just like in the Bahamas. Held on the first Friday and Saturday of Fantasy Fest , this is one tropical dance party you don’t want to miss.


Fantasy Fest 2016 – Political Voodoo & Ballot-Box Barbarians
Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Fantasy Fest 2016 – Political Voodoo & Ballot-Box Barbarians

Posted on: September 11th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Fall in Key West means one thing for us - Fantasy Fest - the wildest party on the island and quite possibly the country. Fantasy Fest is 10 days of outrageous costumes, intoxicating debauchery, and parties galore. Started over 30 years ago as a way to encourage tourism during Key West’s low season, Fantasy Fest has now turned October into high season in Key West. That said, book your room as soon as possible – they always go fast.


Phil Peterson's Poker Run 2016

Phil Peterson's Poker Run 2016

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 | Events & Festivals

September 15-18, 2016
Pull your bike out of the garage and hammer down to Key West for the 44th annual Phil Peterson’s Poker Run. Win or lose, the Key West Poker Run is a prime excuse to dust off the bike and ride down one of the most scenic routes in all of America. It’s also an even better excuse for a party. After all, proceeds from the Key West Poker Run go to the Diabetes Research Institute and the Sunrise Rotary Club.


Key West Events – Mini-Lobster Season 2016

Key West Events – Mini-Lobster Season 2016

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, you can catch your very own lobster in the Florida Keys. But come 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2016, and the harvesting of lobster is once again prohibited. This “mini” lobster season is just that – mini - hence the name, “Mini-Lobster Season.”


Key West Events – Hemingway Days 2016

Key West Events – Hemingway Days 2016

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Key West and Ernest Hemingway go way back. In the 1930s, Hemingway didn’t just have a house in Key West, he called Key West home. Whether he was officiating boxing matches at Blue Heaven or drinking with Joe Russell at Sloppy Joe’s, Hemingway had a strong presence on the island. And Conch Republicans like to keep that presence alive each July with a week-long party.


24 Things To Do in Key West – 4 Must-See Attractions in Key West

24 Things To Do in Key West – 4 Must-See Attractions in Key West

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Whether you’re visiting Key West to cut loose or to adventure, there are some things you just can’t miss during your stay in the Conch Republic. Here are 24 North’s picks for the must-see attractions in Key West.


Key West Pride 2016

Key West Pride 2016

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

From parties and pageants to relays and races, Key West Pride is one of the most vibrant parties on the island, and we at 24 North are proud to be celebrating in our beloved Conch Republic.


The Songwriter's Festival – A Key West Classic

The Songwriter's Festival – A Key West Classic

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

It wouldn’t be May in Key West without the annual Songwriter’s Festival. This iconic festival honors the artists who write the hits for big billboard acts, but don’t perform them. Songwriter’s is an opportunity for these artists to perform their songs and tell the stories behind them. Headlining this year’s 21st annual festival are Jake Owen, Robert Earl Keen, Rhett Akins and Natalie Hemby.