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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.

Flip Flops + Fireworks Returns to the Sunset Green Event Lawn

Flip Flops + Fireworks Returns to the Sunset Green Event Lawn

November 21st, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Key West’s premier outdoor concert venue and multipurpose event space was unveiled last year. The Sunset Green has screened films, hosted both silent discos and MMA fights, and has welcomed Grammy-award winning artists to its stage. The outdoor venue, situated right near the bay, also acts as a wedding venue, perfect for destination weddings.


Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen to Play at the Sunset Green

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen to Play at the Sunset Green

October 24th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

The laid-back, outdoor concert features longtime friends and musicians for an evening of songs and story-telling.


The Sunset Green Welcomes Michael Franti & Spearhead

The Sunset Green Welcomes Michael Franti & Spearhead

October 8th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Expect a lot of positivity and good vibes at this outdoor concert at the Sunset Green Event Lawn.


Fantasy Fest Tips for First-Timers

Fantasy Fest Tips for First-Timers

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

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

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.


Prep in Advance for Fantasy Fest

Prep in Advance for Fantasy Fest

August 1st, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Is it too early for you to start planning?


‘Tis the Season: Key West Lobsterfest

‘Tis the Season: Key West Lobsterfest

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.


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

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

July 17th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Recreational anglers have two days to catch rock lobsters before commercial fisherman.The mini lobster falls on July 25-26 this year.


Book in Advance for Fantasy Fest 2018!

Book in Advance for Fantasy Fest 2018!

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!


Join us July 4th at our Sunset Green Event Lawn

Join us July 4th at our Sunset Green Event Lawn

June 20th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

If you’re in Key West for the 4th of July, come to the outdoor barbcecue and party at our outdoor event space, the Sunset Green Event Lawn.


24 Reasons to stay at 24 North Hotel

24 Reasons to stay at 24 North Hotel

June 15th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Here’s the final installment of the 24 Reasons you should stay at 24 North Hotel!


Celebrate 38th Annual Hemingway Days in Key West

Celebrate 38th Annual Hemingway Days in Key West

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.


Join Us in Key West for the Annual Key Lime Festival

Join Us in Key West for the Annual Key Lime Festival

May 14th, 2018 | 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.


Book Ahead for 2018 Key West Pride Week!

Book Ahead for 2018 Key West Pride Week!

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

May 4th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

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


KW Songwriters Perform at Sunset Green Event Lawn

KW Songwriters Perform at Sunset Green Event Lawn

May 1st, 2018 | Events & Festivals

See how 24 North will take part in this year's songwriters festival.


24 Reasons to Stay at 24 North, Part 4

24 Reasons to Stay at 24 North, Part 4

April 26th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

While all the advantages of staying in KW are obvious, we want to list the reasons why choosing 24 North as your place in paradise is the best option.


Mile Zero Fight Night at 24 North

Mile Zero Fight Night at 24 North

April 11th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Mile Zero Fight 3 will feature local Key West fighters competing in mixed martial arts.


1st Annual Brews & Beats Beer Fest

1st Annual Brews & Beats Beer Fest

March 27th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Entry includes unlimited beer samples, pool access, a pig roast, souvenir mug and live entertainment by DJ Kyd.


Who Do You Want to See at the Sunset Green Event Lawn?

Who Do You Want to See at the Sunset Green Event Lawn?

February 21st, 2018 | Events & Festivals

After months of construction, we at 24 North Hotel and our sister hotel The Gates are excited to put the word out about our new Sunset Green Event Lawn.


Check Out Our New Shop: Latitudes Supply Co.

Check Out Our New Shop: Latitudes Supply Co.

January 25th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

The new shop is easily accessible for guests, located right in our hotel lobby.


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

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

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.


24 Reasons to Stay at 24 North, Part 2

24 Reasons to Stay at 24 North, Part 2

January 4th, 2018 | Events & Festivals

Here’s part two of our 24 reasons why 24 North Hotel is the hotel getaway you’re looking for.


Key West Nature Attractions

Key West Nature Attractions

December 13th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Check out the nature exhibits in Key West.


Michael McDonald at the Sunset Green

Michael McDonald at the Sunset Green

December 12th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Five-time Grammy winner, keyboardist, singer, songwriter and record producer Michael McDonald is set to play a live show at our Sunset Green Lawn in February.


 Flip Flops + Fireworks

Flip Flops + Fireworks

December 11th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

The opening celebration marks the beginning of our Sunset Green Event Lawn, which is an open-air space located between24 North and our sister hotel The Gates Key West.


New Year’s Eve in Key West

New Year’s Eve in Key West

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.


Christmas in Key West

Christmas in Key West

November 9th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

There is no greater joy than sending beach photos to relatives during the holidays while they’re up north freezing their wits off.


24 Reasons to Stay at 24 North - Part 1

24 Reasons to Stay at 24 North - Part 1

November 6th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

While all the perks of KW are totally obvious, we want to list the reasons why choosing 24 North as your place in paradise is the best option.


Best of Fantasy Fest

Best of Fantasy Fest

October 20th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

The must-attend events for this year's Fantasy Fest: Time Travel Unravels.


Parrot Heads Unite: Meeting of the Minds 2017

Parrot Heads Unite: Meeting of the Minds 2017

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

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

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

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.


We’re OK! Post-Irma Update

We’re OK! Post-Irma Update

October 8th, 2017 | Events & Festivals

It was a tough month for Key West, but everyone pulled together and we’re back and open for business.


Costume Tips for Fantasy Fest

Costume Tips for Fantasy Fest

August 31st, 2017 | Events & Festivals

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


Upcoming Events in Key West

Upcoming Events in Key West

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.


The 24 North Sunset Green: Your Backyard in Key West

The 24 North Sunset Green: Your Backyard in Key West

August 21st, 2017 | Events & Festivals

Ever wish that you could hold your event and put your guests up all in the same place? Preferably in a tropical paradise?


Donavon Frankenreiter Comes to Key West Theater

Donavon Frankenreiter Comes to Key West Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Happy Birthday, 24 North!

Happy Birthday, 24 North!

November 1st, 2016 | Events & Festivals

On November 4, 2016, 24 North Hotel is turning 1.

It’s hard to believe. Has it already been a year? Looking back we’ve come a long way. In fact, we’ve grown so much since November, you probably wouldn’t even recognize us from a year ago. After all, we did have some major work done – major renovations, that is.


Powerboat World Championships in Key West

Powerboat World Championships in Key West

October 25th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

November 6 – 13, 2016
Every November, the world’s biggest and fastest offshore racing series comes to Key West. Super Boat International, or Powerboat, as it’s referred to in Key West, is a week-long powerboating series featuring races, shows, parades, and parties, culminating in the grand-daddy of the super boat season, the world championships. That means the world’s fastest boats going full throttle, speeding through Key West waters in pursuit of the world championship title. Engines roaring, these boats practically fly across the water, reaching speeds well over 100 miles per hour, all making the the annual Powerboat Championships a must see, racing fanatic or not.


Fantasy Fest 2016 – Bahama Village Goombay

Fantasy Fest 2016 – Bahama Village Goombay

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

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

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: Lobsterfest 2016

Key West Events: Lobsterfest 2016

August 2nd, 2016 | Events & Festivals

Thursday, August 11- Sunday, August 14, 2016
With Florida lobster season kicking off the first week in August, Key West Lobsterfest isn’t far behind. Thrown in honor of the Florida spiny lobster, this festival is easily the island’s tastiest long weekend.


Key West Events – Mini-Lobster Season 2016

Key West Events – Mini-Lobster Season 2016

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

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

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

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

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.


Unofficially, the Most Fun in Key West: Conch Republic Independence Celebration

Unofficially, the Most Fun in Key West: Conch Republic Independence Celebration

April 18th, 2016 | Events & Festivals

On April 23, 1982, Key West seceded from the United States, and the Conch Republic was born. The story goes that the U.S. Border Patrol set up a roadblock on one of the two roads that connects the archipelago to the mainland, causing a 17-mile traffic jam on the island. Seeing this act as a threat to their livelihood and the tourism industry, Key West residents protested. However, they didn’t use banners, signs and marches – they seceded.