The Florida Keys & Key West

Calendar of Events

December 2017: Florida Keys Events

  • Nov. 29, 2017 - Dec. 2, 2017 Location: Marathon
  • Zonta’s Festival of Trees
  • Charlotte Quinn 305-393-9501
  • The annual Festival of Trees is to take place at the Florida Keys Country Club. Holiday trees are festively displayed, and decorated by members of the Zonta Club of Marathon, a humanitarian service organization. Visitors and residents can bid to purchase the decorated trees.
  • Nov. 30, 2017 - Dec. 1, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys Category: Arts & Culture
  • COAST presents: The Coast is Clear
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  • The crew at COAST — the Stock Island based artist and craftsman collective — has organized a two-day benefit concert festival, aptly named "Coast Is Clear", with the goal of raising money and spirits for the Florida Keys community in the wake of hurricane Irma. To date, the lineup includes national touring artists G. Love, Langhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter and Rorey Carroll. In addition, local favorites Patrick and The Swayzees and The Skank — among others — will add local flavor to the stages over the two-day event. Thursday (11/30) performances are to take place in the Bahama Village neighborhood with events shifting between Blue Heaven, Green Parrot and The COAST Outpost (803 Whitehead Street). Friday (12/1) shows will take place on Stock Island at Hogfish and COAST — both located on Front Street.
  • Dec. 1, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • SALT Gallery presents: Karen Luknis’ “Mystical Entities” Opening Reception
  • 305.517.6088 Website
  • For the month of December, SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will feature "Mystical Entities", a new collection of unique mixed media sculptures by local artist and Captain Karen Luknis. To celebrate the opening of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Karen is a self-taught artist who has lived in Key West since 1990. SALT Gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, local sea salts, jewelry, pottery, wine, and Florida Keys honey. Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson feature a new artist each month at SALT.
  • Dec. 1, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • Florida Keys Holiday Festival
  • 305-664-4503 Website
  • Frolick in a 30-ton magical mountain of snow at Founders Park at mile marker 87 during the 4-10 p.m., watch the ceremonial lighting of a 35-foot-tall tree and bid on a Keys-designed, one-of-a-kind creation during the popular ornament auction. Inspired by the Burl Ives song, the "Silver and Gold" themed parade is to usher in Santa Claus, amidst food, drink, music and kids' activities. A Santa Paws canine competition for dogs and owners awards the best doggone holiday attire.
  • Dec. 2, 2017 - Dec. 3, 2017 Location: Key West
  • SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
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  • This event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events including a 10k and 5k are planned.
  • Dec. 2, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • Light Up Key Largo!
  • 305-451-1414 Website
  • Sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, holiday happenings with live music, decorations, food and drinks are to spark the seasonal spirit. The annual tree lighting is to be held at the Murray E. Nelson Government Center and Key Largo Cultural Center, MM 102, from 5-9 p.m. Eggnog, caroling and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus are virtually guaranteed to put everyone in a festive mood.
  • Dec. 2, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade
  • 305-809-3881 Website
  • Charming holiday spirit abounds in this annual parade in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Local flavor prevails with marching bands, school groups, motorized and non-motorized floats and lively community participation. Catching the tossed candy is a highlight for kids. The route begins at Bayview Park and the best viewing spots are along Duval Street and Truman Avenue.
  • Dec. 3, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • The Key West Art Center presents: Celebrate the Season
  • Juniper Deja (305) 294-1241 Email
  • The Key West Art Center is pleased to host its annual opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Step inside the Art Center to view new work by Florida Keys Artist Members, enjoy festive treats and indulge in a glass of wine alongside talented local artists. This show features new works by over 40 well known local artists such as Martha dePoo, Elizabeth Chamberlain, and Susan O'Neil, just to name a few. Also on exhibit will be the work of three new Artist Members: Gabrielle Wilson, Donna Nadeau, and David Klein. The Key West Art Center is a non-profit community art center dedicated to promoting visual arts and to the advancement of local artists. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Remember local art makes a beautiful gift your friends and loved ones are sure to treasure. Key West Art Center is located at 301 Front Street.
  • Dec. 6, 2017 Location: Marathon
  • Pet Pictures with Santa
  • 305-743-DOGS
  • Hosted by Keys Animal Hospital. Santa is to pose for photos with pets from 4-8 p.m. The event supports the medical and special needs for the shelter animals at Florida Keys SPCA campus in Marathon. Cost of photos is free, although contributions of pet food, toys, beds or financial donations are welcomed.
  • Dec. 6, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Key West Lighted Bike Ride
  • Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 Email Website
  • The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key West for the holidays. At the Holiday Helpers Store, eligible parents walk through the store, empowered by the ability to pick free, new toys their children will want instead of just allocating non-specific toys to parents. The ride is a family event beginning with a registration/checkin at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 7:00 p.m. Families and individuals with lighted and decorated bikes ride through the streets for the community to see. Registration for the ride is one unwrapped toy for the Key West Holiday Store. Register online.
  • Dec. 7, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • Key Largo Chamber of Commerce’s 36th Annual Cook-Off
  • 305-451-4747 Website
  • The culinary competition, held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. Sampling tickets are to be sold at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dec. 7, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017 Location: Key Largo Category: Arts & Culture
  • RESCHEDULED: REEF Fest
  • 305-852-0030 Email Website
  • Join Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in a celebration of marine conservation. Morning activities include ocean adventures of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, all alongside marine life experts. Afternoons feature free seminars from renowned experts in topics like Marine Mammals, Shark Behavior, Deep Sea Exploration and Emerging Ocean Issues. Evenings boast food, drinks and fun with friends old and new. All events are open to the public.
  • Dec. 7, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key West Theater presents: Rickie Lee Jones
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  • Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St.
  • Dec. 8, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Holiday Historic Inn Tours
  • 305-296-4959 Website
  • Enjoy an enchanted evening to include trolley transportation between several participating inns, each decorated for the holidays. Treats and libations are offered at each inn. Event-goers also can provide their own transportation or bicycle to the inns. Contact the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West to purchase tickets, priced at $30 per person.
  • Dec. 8, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys
  • Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade
  • Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade is a free event. Activities begin at 6 p.m., with the parade scheduled for 7 p.m. Guests will delight in seeing the bright lights on everything from tri-masted schooners to dinghies to the shrimp boats that call Stock Island home. The boat parade is presented by Sunset Watersports with free viewing events at Stock Island Marina Village and Safe Harbor. The Howard Livingston Trio is to perform live at the official after party at Hogfish Bar & Grill.
  • Dec. 8, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key West Theater presents: JJ Gray
  • 305-985-0433 Website
  • Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears. Show starts 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 8, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Inaugural Southernmost Spirits Festival
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  • Enjoy what organizers expect to be the cocktail, culinary and cultural extravaganza celebrated annually each fall in Key West Florida. Appealing to  industry insiders, consumer cocktail and culinary lovers alike, the event is to encompass product innovation, education, and of course, a good time filled with entertainment camaraderie and just good fun.  Tastings, celebrity bartender competitions and more. Visit website for details.
  • Dec. 8, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys Category: Arts & Culture
  • I Love Stock Island
  • Jill Snodgrass 573-680-5468 Email Website
  • Celebrate Stock Island's culture and heritage with culinary offerings featuring fresh-off-the-boat seafood, wine and beer tastings, history and art studio tours, live music and other elements that showcase the eclectic island and its working waterfront. Highlights include a lighted boat parade from Stock Island Marina Village; kid's activities & Little Mr. & Miss contest, and more.
  • Dec. 8, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Inaugural Key West Grand Prix of the Sea
  • (407) 985-1938 Website
  • Experience non-stop racing action as Sea-Doo, Yamaha, and Kawasaki personal watercraft racers take to the water averaging 75 mph. This race is the final round in 2017 and serves as the overall championship for the PRO Enduro and International Amatuer Championship. Jetcross Jet Ski stand up races will also be a part of this family friendly event free to the public.
  • Dec. 9, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • Key Largo Lighted Bike Ride
  • Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 Email Website
  • The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key Largo for the holidays. At the Holiday Helpers Store, eligible parents walk through the store, empowered by the ability to pick free, new toys their children will want instead of just allocating non-specific toys to parents. The ride is a family event beginning with a registration/checkin at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 7 p.m. Families and individuals with lighted and decorated bikes ride through the streets for the community to see. Registration for the ride is one unwrapped toy for the Key Largo Holiday Store. Register online.
  • Dec. 9, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Studios of Key West's Holiday Artisan Market
  • 305-296-0458 Website
  • Make holiday shopping fun! Enjoy cookies and coffee as you stroll through a friendly, festive indoor market. Over 20 artisans present unique and locally produced gifts: jewelry, textiles, home accessories and quality crafts. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 533 Eaton Street.
  • Dec. 10, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys
  • The Studios of Key West presents: Kumbaya on the Island of Stock
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  • Remember singing Kumbaya? S'mores over a real campfire. Delicious BBQ from Charlie Mac's Smokehouse and Seafood. Guitars, banjoes, ukuleles, aerialists, circus performers, open artist studios and general chaos. From 5-7 p.m. The 1920's spiritual "Come By Here" became the beloved Kumbaya and was originally a simple appeal to come and help those in need. Let's celebrate what the Keys have accomplished! If you have an instrument, please feel free to join the troupe. Limited tickets available online. Event will be held on Stock Island, directions will be provided to ticket holders upon purchase.
  • Dec. 10, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Christmas on the Sheriff's Animal Farm
  • 305-293-7300 Website
  • 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.
  • Dec. 10, 2017 Location: Marathon
  • Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade
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  • Christmas lights on outriggers, Santa's elves and brightly lit deck displays highlight the beautiful festivities during the Key Colony Beach Boat Parade. Set to begin at the 7th Street canal, the parade is open to all boats, and the route visits canals and cuts, and passes city hall three times. Great viewing spots include Sadowski Causeway at MM 53.5 and the dock area behind city hall and the post office. The public is welcome.
  • Dec. 10, 2017 Location: Marathon
  • Marathon Lighted Bike Ride
  • Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 Email Website
  • The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Marathon for the holidays. At the Holiday Helpers Store, eligible parents walk through the store, empowered by the ability to pick free, new toys their children will want instead of just allocating non-specific toys to parents. The ride is a family event beginning with a registration/checkin at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 7 p.m. Families and individuals with lighted and decorated bikes ride through the streets for the community to see. Registration for the ride is one unwrapped toy for the Marathon Holiday Store. Register online.
  • Dec. 11, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys Category: Arts & Culture
  • Lower Keys Choir and Orchestra to present “Festival of Lessons and Carols”
  • Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra invite you to attend their annual Christmas concert at Big Pine Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key. A Festival of Lessons and Carols will be featured this year.  It uses the English tradition of a service that alternates between the singing of familiar Christmas carols and the readings from scripture that are appropriate for Christmas.  The audience will be provided with all the words and will be invited to join in singing the Christmas carols with the choir and orchestra.  There will also be several pieces performed by the choir and orchestra. The service will also include  "Christmas Benediction" by John Purifoy, with  the familiar carol "Silent Night", which will be sung by all by candlelight. The choir and orchestra are comprised of local volunteers who live from Marathon to Key West.  They represent over a dozen churches in the area, and have been offering Christmas and Easter concerts in the Lower Keys for over 25 years.  They are directed by Wayne Hulting, and the accompanist is Jim Fogle. Performance at 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission cost to attend, but a free-will offering will be taken which will be distributed to local hurricane relief agencies.
  • Dec. 13, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys Category: Arts & Culture
  • Lower Keys Choir and Orchestra to present “Festival of Lessons and Carols”
  • Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra invite you to attend their annual Christmas concert at at Venture Out Pavilion, 701 Spanish Main Drive, Cudjoe Key. A Festival of Lessons and Carols will be featured this year.  It uses the English tradition of a service that alternates between the singing of familiar Christmas carols and the readings from scripture that are appropriate for Christmas.  The audience will be provided with all the words and will be invited to join in singing the Christmas carols with the choir and orchestra.  There will also be several pieces performed by the choir and orchestra. The service will also include  "Christmas Benediction" by John Purifoy, with  the familiar carol "Silent Night", which will be sung by all by candlelight. The choir and orchestra are comprised of local volunteers who live from Marathon to Key West.  They represent over a dozen churches in the area, and have been offering Christmas and Easter concerts in the Lower Keys for over 25 years.  They are directed by Wayne Hulting, and the accompanist is Jim Fogle. Performance at 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission cost to attend, but a free-will offering will be taken which will be distributed to local hurricane relief agencies.
  • Dec. 14, 2017 - Dec. 16, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker
  • Christa Hunt 305.619.2862 Website
  • Put on your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque's "Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker." This naughty holiday 2-act reverie features your favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, and amazing aerial acrobats as they visit the land of libations. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Performance at Key West Theatre, 512 Eaton Street.
  • Dec. 14, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • South Florida Symphony presents a Soiree at Hemingway House
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  • Join the Symphony to commemorate its 20th season at the historical and beautiful Hemingway House. Immerse yourself in the writings of Hemingway as the Symphony brings to life four of his beloved stories in the four movements of the Tales of Hemingway concerto. From 6-8 p.m., at 907 Whitehead Street. Meet Grammy Award winners cellist Zuill Bailey and composer Michael Daugherty and the lead dancers of the Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater. Tickets $100 pp. Purchase tickets online.
  • Dec. 15, 2017 Location: Key West
  • RESCHEDULED: Schooner Wharf Bar Annual Lighted Boat Parade
  • 305-292-3302 Website
  • 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.
  • Dec. 15, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Holiday Historic Inn Tours
  • 305-296-4959 Website
  • Enjoy an enchanted evening to include trolley transportation between several participating inns, each decorated for the holidays. Treats and libations are offered at each inn. Event-goers also can provide their own transportation or bicycle to the inns. Contact the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West to purchase tickets, priced at $30 per person.
  • Dec. 15, 2017 - Dec. 17, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Fishing
  • Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
  • Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337 Email
  • Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds aid the Montessori Island School.
  • Dec. 16, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Dolphins in the Florida Keys
  • Register at 305-809-4750 Email
  • Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features guests from the Dolphin Research Center teaching children about the friendly and fascinating ocean mammal often seen in the waters of the Florida Keys. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
  • Dec. 16, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • RESCHEDULED: Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
  • Website
  • Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season; 55-foot yachts to single-person kayaks are to set sail at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Awards after-party at Sundowners, at 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 16, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • South Florida Symphony presents: Mozart Meets Hemingway & Siudy Flamenco Concert
  • 305-295-7676 Website
  • Zuill Bailey, cellist extraordinaire, returns to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra led by Founder|Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso. Bailey's rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry, and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. Bailey performs the wondrous Tales of Hemingway concerto for cello and orchestra for which he won the Best Classical Instrument Solo Grammy Award in 2017. Pre-concert chat 7 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m., Key West High School Auditorium, 2100 Flagler Avenue. Tickets available online.
  • Dec. 17, 2017 Location: Islamorada
  • Santa Claus & His Carolers Come to Town!
  • From 5:30 p.m. to 9:19 p.m., Santa is en route with Season's Greetings between Lower Matecumbe and Plantation Shores! Bring new unwrapped toys to the parade for a donation to Toys for Tots.
  • Dec. 17, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Keys Love Festival
  • Elmira Leto 305-434-6564 Email Website
  • Featuring a wide variety of talented local favorites on the City of Key West Amphitheater stage, at the Truman Waterfront from 12 noon-6pm, an all-star lineup of local musical icons includes Howard Livingston, Caffeine Carl & the Buzz, Clayton Lopez, Coffee Butler and many other well-known musicians takes the stage to make this a special day and an authentic Florida Keys event. Laid back, relaxed and in true island style, you're asked to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating on the lawn. Soak up the sun for the afternoon, with final performances taking the stage under our glorious Key West sunset. Admission is free with donations of any amount greatly appreciated upon entrance, being made to support the children, families and individuals of the Florida Keys through KeysStrong.org. The funds raised will provide much needed aide and support to individuals throughout Monroe County who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.The concert will be broadcast live on Facebook Live at KeysStrong.org's official Facebook page.
  • Dec. 21, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Fringe Theater presents: An Evening with Lillian Baxter- ALL NEW!
  • 305-731-0581 Website
  • Who is Lillian Baxter? She's is a fictional character created by John Vessels. She was (almost) huge in the 1970s, the era in which the show takes place. And what a show it is! An Evening with Lillian Baxter traces the steps (and sometimes the beds) that Lillian made in her long trek to obscurity. The show explores her early days at MGM to her television career (on The Thrifty Vittles Happy-Time Song Hour). But no set-back is big enough to stop Lillian Baxter from living, loving, and singing her heart out! Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. Little Room Jazz Club. 821 Duval Street. Shows 12/21-24, 12/26-31 at Little Room Jazz Club. 821 Duval Street.
  • Dec. 21, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Second Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum
  • 305-295-6616 Website
  • Key West Art & Historical Society is to host this second annual event, from 5-9 p.m. at the historic Custom House Museum, to feature Key West's finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show. Highlights of the evening gathering are to include performances by musicians and choirs, local artisans showcasing their wares, a light show and "selfies" with Santa. Open and free to the public.
  • Dec. 27, 2017 - Dec. 28, 2017 Location: Key West
  • 58th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
  • 305-294-9501 Website
  • Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours from 3-7 p.m. each day showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day-of-tour. Proceeds benefit the foundation's museum and programs.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • New Year's Eve Dockside Bash on Schooner America 2.0
  • 646-772-4880 Email Website
  • 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.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • New Year's Eve: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe's
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  • The arrival of 2018 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.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Islamorada
  • New Year's Eve Celebrations in Islamorada
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  • Revelers in the Upper Keys' Islamorada can ring in the new year with midnight fireworks on the beach at Morada Bay Beach Café at MM 81.6 bayside, who is to host a large beach party with live music, beach barbecue, signature cocktails, performers and fireworks.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • New Year's Eve: Pirate Wench Drop at Schooner Wharf
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  • 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 2018. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music all day, dancing and festivities at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
  • 305-451-4502 Website
  • The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for details.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Marathon
  • New Year's Eve Anchor Drop
  • Reservations 305-434-9039
  • Enjoy a New Year's Celebration at Lighthouse Grill, Faro Blanco Resort, with dinner served from 5-10 p.m. Midnight champagne toast and party favors, DJ and dancing until midnight! Watch as the anchor drops from the historic lighthouse to ring in 2018.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • New Year's Eve Shoe Drop Celebration
  • Email Website
  • 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.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • New Year's Eve with Eddie Money
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  • Eddie Money is coming to ring in 2018 in the southernmost city, at the new Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater, 21 Quay Rd. Gates open 3:30 p.m., live music with The Andy Westcott Band, Caffeine Carl and the Buzz leads up to the main Money event at 7:15 p.m. Beer, wine and local foods to be available. Tickets available now online.
  • Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Key West Dachshund Walk
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  • 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.
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