Top 6 Events in Key West to Check Out
Key West’s active tourist season means that there are often major events being held somewhere on the island. Visitors looking for something to do can typically wander down Duval Street and find some group of people celebrating, though those random gatherings are nothing compared to these events:
Marathon Seafood Festival
Though rooted in Marathon, the seafood festival ranks as the second largest Keys event each year. The event averages nearly 25,000 visitors across only a two-day span. Gatherers enjoy fresh seafood (lobster, shrimp, etc.), entertainment, and vendors as far as the eye can see.
Seven Mile Bridge Run
Every spring a group of 1,500 runners take to the bridge that connects Key West to the rest of the Overseas Highway. One of the more notable events of the year, the bridge is entirely closed off for a period of the day, effectively distancing the island from the rest of the nation.
Cuban American Heritage Festival
The Cuban American Heritage Festival has been held for over a century and a half as the locals celebrate the culture of their neighbors and its universal presence. Key West is actually closer to Havana, Cuba than Miami, Florida, making it one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Del Brown Permit Tournament
Del Brown is remembered each year as this Fly Only fishing tournament comes together annually. Started in 2001, the event commemorates Brown who is the only angler in history to catch 500 permit on a fly rod. Though the numbers may be limited, the event attracts entrants from around the world.
One of the longer events on this list, Hemingway Days celebrates famed author Ernest Hemingway. The author who called Key West “home” is recognized each year through look-alike contests, readings, plays, exhibits, and much more.
Fantasy Fest is the biggest and longest event of the year in Key West as it ranges 10-days with a number of major activities. Beginning with the crowning of a King and Queen, the event includes masquerade balls, competitions, and culminates in a parade.