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Key West's VFW Fishing Tournament Set for June 16-18

May 03, 2023 • KW Concierge

Key West's 11th annual VFW Fishing Tournament is inviting all fishing enthusiasts to compete over a three-day period, from June 16-18. Male and female anglers of all ages, including first responders, veterans, and active-duty service members, have a chance to test their skills against five species of fish. Tournament Details Target Species: The tournament aims to catch five specific species ...


Swimmers and 'Mermaids' to Circle Key West During 12.5-Mile Race June 17

May 02, 2023 • KW Concierge

On June 17, swimmers, relay teams, and "mermaids" will embark on a unique aquatic adventure as they circle Key West in a 12.5-mile open-water race through the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The College of the Florida Keys' Swim Around Key West welcomes competitors of all ages, as they vie for awards in various age categories. Sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the event c...


Kinetic Sculpture Parade of Recycled Creations to Mark Earth Day in Key West

March 21, 2023 • KW Concierge

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade will take place in Key West on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. The parade will feature colorful mobile sculptures made from recycled materials, powered only by human effort. The event is in honor of Stanley Papio, a folk artist who used to weld recycled car parts, pipes, and wire to create sculptures. The parade is intended to inspire eco-friendly r...


Key West Woman Scores Historic Win at March Merkin Permit Tournament

March 21, 2023 • KW Concierge

Kathryn "Kat" Vallilee of Key West has made history at the March Merkin Permit Tournament, becoming the first woman to win the tournament since its inception in 2006. The Florida Keys event, which targets permit, a notoriously elusive gamefish, saw 25 teams of elite permit enthusiasts take part in the 2023 tournament under challenging fishing conditions. Tournament veteran Vallilee was named grand...


Florida Keys' Conch Republic to Commemorate 'Secession' April 21-30

March 18, 2023 • KW Concierge

The Florida Keys' "Conch Republic" is set to celebrate its 41st annual "Conch Republic Days" between April 21-30. The festival, which commemorates the region's symbolic secession from the US, will feature a number of events, including a street parade and a sea battle with tall ships. The Republic's founders, including former Key West mayor Dennis Wardlow, will also reenact the 1982 ceremony that l...


Dazzling Drone 'Fireworks' Display to Cap Keys' Bicentennial Kickoff Concert

March 10, 2023 • KW Concierge

The Florida Keys is set to celebrate its bicentennial with a series of events paying tribute to the history of the chain of islands on which it sits. One of the highlights will come on 25 March when Key West's Truman Waterfront Park will host the "200 Years of Paradise Kick-off Concert", showcasing live music and visual presentations. The evening will be marked by a dazzling "fireworks" display fe...


Keys Media Advisory - Contestants Pucker Up for Key West Conch Shell Blowing Contest

March 04, 2023 • KW Concierge

Macon, Georgia resident Brian Cardis won the men's division of the Conch Shell Blowing Contest, which was held on Saturday by the Old Island Restoration Foundation at Key West's Oldest House Museum. The attendees competed in several categories such as men, women, children, and groups, and were evaluated on the quality, duration, loudness, and novelty of sounds they made. The competition has been h...


Tripadvisor Names Key West Among Top 10 U.S. Destinations

February 18, 2023 • KW Concierge

According to Tripadvisor's 2023 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best awards, Key West has been named among the 10 most popular domestic visitor destinations, ranking seventh on the list. The city is one of three Florida cities on Tripadvisor's top 25, with Miami Beach ranking fifth and St. Augustine ranking 19th. Key West was praised for its slow pace, history as a haven for U.S. presidents and lite...


Tune In to Musical Performances, Concerts and Music Festivals this Winter Season

February 01, 2023 • KW Concierge

The Florida Keys is an exciting destination for music lovers this season with a variety of musical performances, concerts and music festivals. The Studios of Key West, located on 533 Eaton St., is hosting renowned performers such as Libby York, Amanda McBroom, and Jake Shimabukuro. Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West is presenting stellar chamber music artists, ensembles, and string orchest...


Jimmy Buffett Concerts Set for Feb. 9 and 11 in Key West

January 18, 2023 • KW Concierge

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are bringing their Second Wind Tour to Key West, Florida, with two performances scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, February 9th and 11th at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater in Truman Waterfront Park. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20th at 10am EST, and a four-ticket limit per customer is in effect. Key West is believed to be the inspiration for Buffett's...