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. Stuffed to the brim with food, Coronas, and live music, Lobsterfest celebrates the best that Key West has to offer.
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. After all, it’s only right that Key West’s most important crustacean gets one of Key West’s best parties.
Lobsterfest festivities start on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 5 pm with a lobster boil on the rooftop at the Waterfront Brewery. Expect a feast with plates piled high with lobster, shrimp, Andouille sausage, crawfish, potatoes, and corn, and sunset views over the marina.
Following sunset (best enjoyed at Mallory Square) on Friday evening, head to Duval Street for annual pub crawl. For a $20 fee, participants will get Lobsterfest swag and drink specials at participating bars. Proceeds will benefit the Key West High School’s Scholarship fund.
Finally, Lobsterfest’s most popular attraction: the Saturday street fair. Live music, local art and blocks of vendors cooking up lobster line Duval Street. From honey-fried lobster tails to bisques, cakes, tacos, and fritters, there’s just about every style of lobster available. The music starts around 1 p.m. with Key West musicians Cool Breeze, the Durt Bags, and more playing until 10:30 p.m. Grab a frozen drink or a Corona and eat your heart out.
And if you still didn’t get your lobster fix, there’s the Lobster Brunch on Sunday, August 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery. After that, you’ll have to wait until next year’s Lobsterfest to celebrate Key West’s most delicious resident. Check the official schedule for list of times and venues.
Key West Lobsterfest runs Thursday, Aug. 8 – Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019
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