22 June 2021

July 4 Festivities and Fireworks to Sparkle Throughout Florida Keys

Independence Day celebrations throughout the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain salute the United States’ freedom — and the quirky independent spirit of the Keys — with local parades, picnics and parties topped off by fireworks displays.
17 June 2021

Hemingway Days to Celebrate Literary Legend July 20-25 in Key West

Fans of Ernest Hemingway’s literary greatness and vigorous life, including scores of bearded Hemingway look-alikes, are to converge on Key West Tuesday through Sunday, July 20-25, for Hemingway Days 2021. The annual celebration salutes the Nobel Prize–winning author’s writing achievements, sporting pursuits and enjoyment of the island’s easygoing lifestyle.
01 June 2021

Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival to ‘Make Waves’ for Reef Protection

Divers and snorkelers can explore a portion of the continental United States’ only coral barrier reef while enjoying a sub-sea concert that promotes reef preservation Saturday, July 10, in the Lower Florida Keys.
01 June 2021

Key Lime Pie to Headline July 1-5 Festival in Key West

The Florida Keys’ sweetest treat is to be in the “limelight” Thursday through Monday, July 1-5, as fans of Key lime pie salute the island chain’s signature dessert and the tiny fruit that inspired it.
18 May 2021

‘I Love Stock Island’ Festival to Blend Cuisine, Arts and Waterfront Heritage

Vibrant arts emporiums, a fast-growing culinary scene and a colorful working waterfront characterize Stock Island, the Florida Keys community on the outskirts of Key West. Visitors can explore the eclectic island — headquarters of the Keys’ commercial shrimping industry — during the I Love Stock Island Festival set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 16-20.
10 May 2021

2021 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Planned for Key West

Dozens of stocky, bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway are to return to Key West for the 2021 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, after the global coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the 2020 competition. 
15 April 2021

Open-Air Artistry Complements the Keys’ Natural Vistas

Many visitors to the Florida Keys are awed by the sky-and-seascapes that unroll toward the horizon like a series of ever-changing paintings. And throughout the island chain, these nature-created vistas are complemented by open-air works by artists, ranging from vivid ocean murals to thought-provoking large-scale sculptures.
19 February 2021

‘Island Hopping: Florida Keys’ Show Spotlights Local Residents and Environment

For Christina Wilson, hosting “Island Hopping: Florida Keys" enabled her to take a deep dive into Florida Keys adventures that even some longtime locals haven’t experienced — and share them with viewers of the syndicated television special. The hourlong program, commissioned by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, recently began airing across the United States.
17 February 2021

Historic Key West Art Center Has Nurtured Local Artists Since the 1930s

In the mid-1930s, when the Great Depression had devastated the Florida Keys and much of the United States, the federal Works Progress Administration helped bring artists and writers to Key West to paint murals, write guidebooks and teach craft classes to help revitalize the economy. 
03 February 2021

Key West Events to Honor Tennessee Williams on Island He Called Home

Internationally renowned playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived in Key West for more than 30 years, once said of his chosen home, “I work everywhere, but I work best here.” Fans of Williams’ classic plays can explore his writing and life in the island city during the Tennessee Williams Birthday celebration.