Key West Events Close to Our Hotel

Do you want to know what’s going on in Key West? Look no further! The staff at The Mermaid & The Alligator have curated a list of the coolest, most exciting events happening in Key West, from festivals to live music to boat races.

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Spring

Some of the best Key West festivals occur in the spring, including parades, themed costume parties, and a variety of creative activities!

  • Song Writers Festival: Discover the voice and stories behind the music during this five-day festival each May.
  • Key West Whiskey Festival: This three-day festival celebrates good music, good drinks, and good eats each May.
  • Pride: Escape to the island for our June Pride Festival, boasting five days of street fairs, pool parties, and live music.
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Summer

Fun in the sun has never been so sweet.

  • Key Lime Festival: Our citrus celebration coincides with the 4th of July for an extra delicious Independence Day!
  • Hemingway Days: This July festival celebrates one of America’s most famous writers with poetry readings, look-a-like contests, and a marlin tournament!
  • Lobster Fest: The biggest party of the summer comes with fresh lobster, cold drinks, and live music.
  • Key West Brewfest: Indulge in over 150 varieties of beer at this popular Key West event!
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Fall

  • Fort Zachary Taylor State Park hosts many of Key West’s boat races, sculpture contests, and concerts.
  • Fantasy Fest: Better known as Florida’s Mardi Gras on steroids and one of the top things to do in Key West.
  • Meeting of the Minds: Celebrate "Margaritaville" creator Jimmy Buffet at Parrot Heads Week!
  • Power Boat Races: Top speed ahead for the World Championships each November at Super Boat International!
  • Key West Film Festival: Immerse yourself in local art and culture at this film festival showcasing the best of Florida filmmakers.
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Winter

Choose refreshing ocean breezes and a variety of special winter events!

  • Mile O Festival Holiday Lighted Boat Festival: Join the lighted boat parade and see Key West come to life with holiday lights! 
  • Light Festivals: Tour downtown streets, historic homes, and beloved restaurants strung with Christmas lights.