The Florida Keys & Key West

Calendar of Events

January 2017: Florida Keys Arts & Culture Events

  • Jan. 6, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
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  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band promises to be a sandal-stomping, scorcher of a debut for these innovators of Americana. A lifelong student of American roots and blues music styles, and a self-proclaimed disciple of country-blues pioneers like Charley Patton and Mississippi Fred McDowell, The Reverend (Josh) Peyton has always been committed to authenticity. The charismatic multi-instrumentalist has innovated a way to plug in and play most anything you can lay hands on. At any time during a show he may produce an instrument built from a cigar box, or an axe handle, or a can of ham. Show time 8 p.m. at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St.
  • Jan. 6, 2017 - Jan. 9, 2017 Location: Marathon Category: Arts & Culture
  • The Florida Keys Celtic Festival
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  • Some of America's most celebrated Celtic musical masters are to be featured at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49. The festival will also feature Irish and Scottish dancing, Highland athletics, Celtic merchandise, food and beverage booths and children's activities. New this year is a Monday "Hickory Stick Golf Tournament."
  • Jan. 11, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • Life of Dr. Henry Perrine Subject of Documentary Premiering at Keys History & Discovery Center
  • 305-922-2237 Email Website
  • The Life & Times of Dr. Henry Perrine is the subject of a documentary short that reveals many little known facts about Florida's first visionary botanist/plant explorer. Dr. Henry Perrine was first recognized for his research with Quinine as a medicinal cure for malaria. Later as U.S. Consul to Yucatan in the 1830s, he introduced many beneficial tropical plants to the Florida Keys from Mexico and the Caribbean. Arriving on Indian Key in the Florida Territory on Christmas Day 1838, his Tropical Plant Company would come to an end with Dr. Perrine's untimely death on August 7, 1840 during an Indian attack during the Second Seminole War. The documentary show times are 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost of Center members is $5 and $10 for non-members. Reservations are recommended.
  • Jan. 11, 2017 - Jan. 18, 2017 Location: The Florida Keys Category: Arts & Culture
  • Third Annual Paradise Paint Out
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  • The third annual Paradise Paint Out welcomes 21 renowned artists who will paint the Florida Keys "en plein air" (in open air). Artist will create an original series of paintings capturing images of flora, fauna, wildlife, architecture, Florida Bay and iconic locations both on and off the beaten path. Event highlights include Full Moon Nocturnal Painting in Marathon, all are welcome to observe or participate; the Mayor's Ball marks the midway point, with paintings available for purchase before they are moved to the Upper Keys; Florida Bay Day en plein air, a day of painting the Florida Bay. Other event highlights include free daily activities such as artist demonstration nocturnal painting and various receptions for collectors, patrons and visitors.
  • Jan. 12, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • 35th Annual Key West Literary Seminar
  • 888-293-9291 Website
  • The 2017 topic is "Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics." Literary aficionados from around the world are to gather for readings, discussions and lectures led by some of contemporary literature's most acclaimed writers. Presenters include celebrated biographer Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reid and noted journalists/authors Gail Collins and Joe Klein. A first-come, first-seated Sunday afternoon session is free and open to the public.
  • Jan. 12, 2017 - Jan. 22, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Fringe Theater presents: Agnes of God
  • 305-731-0581 Website
  • A novice nun. A dead newborn child. A court-appointed psychiatrist and a mother superior battle for the life of the novice nun, Agnes. Is she gifted in the mysteries of faith or guilty of cold-blooded murder? A psychological war ensues. Performance dates January 12-15 and 19-22, show starts 7 p.m. at The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street.
  • Jan. 13, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • Fifth Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival
  • Robby McClung 305-587-0901 Website
  • Featuring several great Oldgrass, Newgrass and a blend of next generation Bluegrass as well as some tasteful variations of the genre. Tickets to be available in advance online and at the gate. Monies raised help fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students; main event is located at the ICE Amphitheater, MM 87 bayside at Founders Park. Other weekend musical activities are to be planned. Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted. Food and beverages available for purchase.
  • Jan. 14, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • 34th Annual Art Under The Oaks
  • 305-360-8556 Email Website
  • Fine art & original crafts, a variety of entertainment, specialty food booths, children's arts & crafts, as well as a raffle of items donated by the artists are part of the annual highlights. San Pedro Church Gardens, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mile Marker 89.5 on Plantation Key in Islamorada. Onsite parking is available for a $5 donation. Free parking is available at Coral Shores High School, with shuttle service to the event.
  • Jan. 14, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys Category: Arts & Culture
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • 305-872-2411 Email Website
  • Admission and parking at this event are free, held at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce grounds, MM31, from 8AM to 2PM. Find steals and deals on everything imaginable for boating, fishing, diving and more, from nearly 200 vendors. Crafts, food and beverage, live music and entertainment round out the two-day event.
  • Jan. 16, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: A History of Fishing in the Florida Keys
  • 305-393-0940 Website
  • Bob Epstein is a 35-year Tavernier resident and author, fulltime freelance & outdoor writer and photographer. He is to present and audio/visual talk about Florida Keys fishing and "Africa on a Pin & a Prayer." He has authored 12 books including a new release, "The Best Restaurants in the Florida Keys." After the talk he will be available for book signings, and a portion of the evening's book sales benefit the Matecumbe Historical Trust. Lecture is free and open to the public.
  • Jan. 16, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Friends of Key West Library Speaker Series: Calvin Trillin
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  • Enjoy distinguished journalist and author Calvin Trillin, whose articles are diverse, both serious and whimsical. They include politics, the cultural importance of Texas barbecue, itinerant chefs with unwanted followings, the effect of New York City water on buffalo mozzarella, and the tic-tac-toe playing chickens of Greenwich Village. Lectures are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and admission is free. The talks begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first serve basis.
  • Jan. 18, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • History of Diving Museum's Immerse Yourself! Lecture Series
  • 305-664-9737 Website
  • A free lecture series held at the museum, located at MM 82.9, every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Adventurers from treasure hunters to aquanauts help tell the story of mankind's attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The evening lectures are informal, informative and provide a valuable educational resource at the museum, an acclaimed facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of relics and artifacts related to diving and its heritage.
  • Jan. 21, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key West Theater presents: Phil Vassar w. Shastina Chiles
  • 305-985-0433 Email Website
  • Billboard Country Songwriter Of The Year Phil Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics with infectious melodies. Best known for the chart toppers "In A Real Love" and "Just Another Day In Paradise," Phil Vassar also hit the top ten with "Carlene," "Last Day Of My Life," "American Child," "Six-Pack Summer," "That's When I Love You" and "Love Is A Beautiful Thing." Key West resident Shastina Chiles plays her own solo, as well as duo gigs all over the Florida Keys.
  • Jan. 22, 2017 - Feb. 3, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Conch Republic Cup, Key West Cuba Race Week
  • 305-731-6219 Email Website
  • The CRC is a historic race that started in 1997 with direct race to Varadero then expanded to Havana in 1999. The triangle race as it has been coined is a traditional race to Cuba that allows the racer to complete a triangle between KW and two Cuba cities - Varadero and Havana. The CRC is a non-profit organization with the mission to introduce as many of the US sailing community to Cuba as possible as well as revitalize racing in Cuba.
  • Jan. 24, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key-West-to-Cuba Theatrical Exchange
  • (305) 985-0433 Website
  • Key West Theater will present a full production of the Cuban play "Eclipse" by renowned Cuban playwright Jazz Vilá in English with Cuban actors, the first theatrical exchange to take place between America and Cuba in more than 50 years. "Eclipse" is a modern retelling of the classic play "Miss Julie" by August Strindberg, which uses the tool of reality television to contemporize the classic work.
  • Jan. 24, 2017 - Feb. 11, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Waterfront Playhouse presents: The Trip to Bountiful
  • 305-294-5015 Website
  • American masterpiece about the universal pull that we all feel for "home." Carrie Watts is an elderly widow, trapped in the tiny Houston apartment of her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law, who wants to return to her hometown of Bountiful - one last time before she dies. With pension check in hand, she breaks free. Her journey is filled with humor and tenderness that's both touching and life-affirming.
  • Jan. 25, 2017 - Jan. 29, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Key West Food & Wine Festival
  • 800-474-4319 Email Website
  • Top chefs and restaurateurs display culinary creativity and the Keys' indigenous cuisine in a flavorful schedule of events for food lovers. Highlights include the lively "Old Town Uncorked," neighborhood wine strolls, food and wine pairings, intriguing seminars, winemaker dinner series and a grand tasting.
  • Jan. 26, 2017 Location: Marathon Category: Arts & Culture
  • Marathon Public Library presents: Free Outdoor Concert
  • 305-743-5156
  • The Marathon Branch of Monroe County Public Library is proud to present its first free outdoor concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Folk-rock duo The Kennedys will be performing under the stars on the library's brand-spanking-new outdoor stage in the back garden. Join us for some fine tunes, excellent companionship and light refreshments (and awesome twinkle lights). In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors into the community room. The singer-songwriters are both a band and husband and wife, and have been performing together for 20 years. Their musical influences include the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and the Byrds. The Marathon Public Library is at 3251 Overseas Highway, oceanside.