See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in Key West at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
Every Saturday at midnight, at Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval. Win $50 cash / $50 bar tab. Also - every night at Bourbon Street, 10pm: the Men of Bourbon, Key Wes't Hottest Male Dancers - "no one has more beef on the reef!" Pool and multiple clothing-optional sun decks, play areas.
January 9 – July 30, 2015 Hemingway, one of Key West’s most famous residents, devoted a great deal of time fishing the local waters aboard his vessel, Pilar. This exhibition will not only explore his fishing exploits, but also showcase antique fishing tackle utilized during the period when Hemingway was in search of his next big catch.
February 21-22, 2015, 10am-5pm. Annual 2-day juried outdoor fine art festival, over 100 artists. Watercolors, oil & acrylic, sculpture, & photography - along Whitehead Street from Greene to Eaton, & on Caroline Street through the Presidential Gates to Truman Annex.
March - April 2015, LGBT students and their friends flock to the beaches and the clubs of this beautiful tropical island. Take a break for spring break in a place that embraces individuality, diversity, and openness, all year long. Clothing optional pool parties, multiple sundecks and Jacuzzi, male dancers and live VJs nightly at Bourbon Street Pu/ New Orleans House.
April 18, 2015, 2pm Drag Race at the 700 block of Duval Street. Test run, qualifying races, finals. All contestants must be in heels and look somewhat like a woman. April 24, 205 Bed Race. 2pm race up Duval from Fleming to Petronia. 3pm Parade of Beds down Duval St. 3:30pm the race begins. Teams of four runners and one rider.
April 23-26, 2015, 8pm, at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. The season closes with the story of the April 1982 Key West declaration of independence from the USA. A rollicking musical tale of Conchs vs Feds in one of the greatest PR stunts ever. Music and mad antics of the wacky and wonderful people who helped to make Key West the unique place it is today.
May 14-17, 2015. Activities around town include: campfires on the beach, Play on the Water Day kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing and snorkeling; daily workouts, games, bar socials, tours, sunset cruises, women-only charter cruises, tours, karaoke, Sunday Tea-Dance at La Te Da and more. See details:
May 22-25, 2015 at Bourbon Street Complex. Clothing-optional pool parties day and night in the pool, Jacuzzi and play areas. Men of Bourbon live male revues each night at 10pm. DJ/VJs Gary Nolen and Neil. Friday/Saturday and Sunday Jessica Grabbit shows.
June 10-14, 2015. A festival of several days of events around town, pool & dance parties, street fair, sunset sails, comedy, film, drag shows, late night clothing-optional parties, bike tours culminating with the parade on Duval Sreet.
July 8 - 12, 2015, hundreds of gay naturists + guys who like to get naked, hang out at clothing-optional gay guesthouses: Island House, La-Te-Da, New Orleans House, and Equator Resort. Dance/ pool parties; naked Ocean Commotion, Sunset Sail, and SUP; playful 'Happy Ending ' parties, Mr Naked Key West. More info at website. Next dates: December 3 - 6, 2015
August 13-16, 2015. Key West's hottest event for men: four days of all-male adult-oriented theme parties, entertainment, games, cruises, tours, aquatic activities, bar socials, pool parties, Toga Party, fetish party, naked events, drag shows, male strippers, karaoke, Tea-Dance and after party, and men from around the globe. See their website for schedule + more information.
September 10-13, 2015 annual events, the southernmost party for lesbians and friends. Raucous clothing-optional pool parties, dance club night celebrating all things female, women-only water excursions, comedy from some of brightest funny women in the industry.
Late October, 2015. Annual, 10-day adult-theme party; wild extravaganza of parades and fun-loving costumed revelers from around the globe. Each October Fantasy Fest adopts a theme to help inspire the costumes and the parade floats. Clothing-optional rooftop bar; Coronation Ball, festivals, burlesque shows, Tighty Whitey Party, pig roast, and more. Gayest event: HEADDRESS BALL.
October 27, 2015. Key West Business Guild’s annual fundraising extravaganza, waterside at the Truman Waterfront…at the end of Southard Street. The famous elaborate headdress competition with “over the top” entertainment, Fantasy Fest’s premier gay and lesbian event, held rain or shine. Book your tables early as this event always sells out.
November 18 – 22, 2015, screens at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St, and the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling and capture the essence of what Key West is all about.
November 28-30, 2015. A 3-day, island-wide, art festival centered in downtown Key West. The best, freshest artists alongside veteran and legendary established artists in the town's many galleries. Pottery to poetry, performance art, sculpture, interactive art, and musical performances, plus wine tastings, and fine dining, complement a lively and coordinated art walk.