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It is that time of year again, and what may be the most defining yearly event in Key West is about to go down, starting October 18th and running through October 27th, 2013. Held annually on the last week of October since 1979, Fantasy Fest is a freewheeling, debaucherous street party celebrating Key...

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Taste Of Key West Event Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 31-03-2014

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When it comes to Key West, culinary culture is king; the small but robust city is a top tourist destination, particularly known for its seafood and fine dining fare. For this reason, the Taste of Key West 19th-annual event going down on Monday, April 14th, 2014, is a great opportunity to experience the best in what Key West has to offer.

The festival, which will take place from 6 to 9 PM on the Truman Waterfront Pier, will include over 50 local restaurants and 100+ wineries and vineyards, with proceeds going to support charitable organization AIDS Help. Admission is free, while food and wine tickets will go for $1 each, with “tastes” being offered up for $3 to $8. There will be commemorative wine glasses available for $6, to be purchased between 5 and 6 PM.

Free shuttle services will be provided by Old Town Trolley Tours, beginning at 5:30 PM at the Pier House, and stopping at multiple popular locations in Key West. There is plenty of free parking at the festival, but it is suggested that festival-goers opt for a safer mode of transportation in consideration of the alcoholic-oriented nature of the proceedings.

There are few better opportunities to experience the best in Key West culture than at Taste of Key West, and the 2014 festival promises to be one of the best yet. You will definitely not want to miss it if you are a culinary enthusiast who will be in the Key West area during the event. For more information on the festival, please check out the official website for Taste Of Key West 2014. We hope to see you there!

If you want the lowdown on yearly events in Key West, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

Conch Republic Independence Celebration 2014 Coming Up

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Entertainment, Festivals, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 18-03-2014

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It it is that time of the year again, and the 32nd-annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration is rapidly approaching. The event celebrates the founding of the ‘Conch Republic’ in 1982, and embodies the pioneering and adventurous spirit of all things Key West.

The Conch Republic Independence celebration for 2014 will run from April 18th to April 27th, and includes a slew of events of all kinds. The festival will kick off on Friday, April 18th with the traditional ‘Raising of the Colors’ at Fort Taylor at noon, followed by a 7 PM kick-off party at the Schooner Wharf Bar, featuring a conch-blowing contest. Saturday’s keystone event will be a drag race featuring racing drag queens, while on Sunday there will be a car show and a music festival featuring a chicken and waffle Gospel Soul Brunch.

Other highlights to take place throughout the event include a parade going down at 8 PM on Thursday night followed by a post-parade party at the Schooner, a non-combative battle reenactment unlike anything you have ever seen on Friday the 25th (also featuring a Wharf Bar after-affair), an all-day ‘Conch Crawl’ pub crawl on Saturday the 26th, and much more.

There is plenty of fun to be had for young and old alike every year at the Conch Republic Independence Celebration, and this one looks to be another one for the ages as always. Whether you are a Republic local or will be visiting Key West during the festival, you should definitely make time to check out some of the events and soak up the ultimate in Key West character and culture. For more information on the festival, please click here.

If you want the 411 on yearly events going down in Key West, please hit up our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

 

 

 

“Food Among The Flowers” Benefit Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Food Events | Posted on 03-03-2014

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We here at Party Travel Hotspots’ Key West Lowdown are fans of good food and good causes, making the “Food Among the Flowers” benefit coming up this Friday, March 7th an event we are all about.

Taking place at the Garden Hotel from 5:30 PM to 8 PM, the event will feature appetizers from some of Key West’s top local restaurants, giving you the opportunity to try a variety of Key West’s best culinary offerings in one place at one time.

There will also be a silent auction, including flowers, paintings and photographs, and Silver Key Lingerie will be on-site displaying some of their sexiest nightwear.

Tickets are $45 per person, and all proceeds will go to support the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, making this an event you will definitely want to support if you appreciate Key West culture like we do.

For more information on events in Key West, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

 

 

Conchfest 2014 Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Entertainment, Festivals, Food Events, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 21-02-2014

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Anyone who knows Key West knows that one of the biggest yearly events representing Key West culture and heritage is Key West Conchfest. The event, now in its third year, will take place this Saturday, March 1, at Bayview Park in historic old-town Key West, and will run from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

The event is being put on by the Rotary Club of Key West, and they expect thousands of people from far and wide to attend this year’s festival. You can expect plenty of great traditional Key West food, including conch fritters, conch salad, pork dishes, and other island culinary favorites. The event will be child-friendly, including plenty of activities for the young ones, and you can expect performances by Key West High school Performing arts groups, as well as a cheerleading and gymnastics demonstration by the students.

There will be plenty of live music, including headliner Howard Livingston and the MM24 band, a locals favorite trop-rock outfit. There will be vendor booths featuring authentic Florida Keys merchandise, as well as beverages both alcoholic and otherwise for sale. The majority of the proceeds from food and drink sales at the event will go to the Key West Rotary Club’s charitable endeavors, making the Conchfest a party with a conscience. The best part is that entry to the festival is completely free, with a nominal fee only if you choose to enter any of the festival’s tournaments.

For more information on yearly Key West events, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

 

 

 

Old Island Days Art Festival Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Art Events, Festivals | Posted on 07-02-2014

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There are few events in Key West that are as quintessential to the city as the Old Island Days Art Festival, now in its 49th year of existence, and once again this Key West staple art event will be going down this February 22nd and 23rd, 2014.

The two-day juried fine arts festival will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM daily on Whitehead and Caroline Streets in lovely Old Town Key West, and will feature some of the finest sculptors, painters, photographers, collage artists, and more in the US and Canada. There will be over 100 fine artists displaying their best works among such historic and beautiful Key West attractions as The Mel Fisher Museum, the Audubon House, and the Little White House.

The festival is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was first held as a fundraiser for the restoration of the center’s building at 301 Front Street. This very same building is still headquarters for the Key West Art Center and over 60 local artist’s works are displayed there. The event has come a long way from its humble beginnings on Front Street where it was first held as a fledgling local artist’s event, and is now a full-blown national art exhibition which shuts down two of Key West’s most culturally rich and beautiful blocks each year.

You can check out the official website for the event for further info, and we hope to see you there! Whether you are a collector of fine art or simply want to check out the festivities, you will be sure to have a good time at what is one of Key West’s best yearly events.

For more information on annual Key West events, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

 

7th Annual Rock ‘N’ Roast This Saturday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Entertainment, Food Events, Music Events | Posted on 27-01-2014

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It is once again February in Key West, and that means it is time for the seventh annual Rock ‘N’ Roast event going down this Saturday, February 1st. The event will go down from 2-9 PM at the Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and will feature live music, food, drinks, and all-around Winter cheer, Key West style.

The food will be provided by Chef John Correa from Cafe Sol. It will be a traditional Cuban roast pork dinner, including roasted chicken, a vegetable medley, and homemade desserts and drinks. The tuneage will come courtesy of Howard Livingston, Zack Seemiller, Bubba System, Total Recall Band, Ray West, Robert Albury, and the Saint Mary’s Childrens’ Choir.

Tickets will be available at 1st State Bank, Cafe Sole, The Basilica School and at the door. You can also purchase tickets online here. The bar will be cash only, so be sure to bring some bills, and also be aware that there will be a silent auction and raffle. Adult tickets will go for $22, teen tickets for $12, tickets for 6-12 year olds for $5 and Kids 5 & under will be admitted for free. Tickets are also discounted on advance purchases so it would be wise to score them online now.

Rock ‘N’ Roast events in Key West are always big fun, and the seventh annual looks like it should be a great one as well. Foodies, music lovers, and those who enjoy fun in general will not want to miss the seventh annual Rock ‘N’ Roast in Key West.

For more information on the culinary scene in Key West, please check out our Key West Dining page.

 

 

Quantum Key West 2014 Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Sporting Events | Posted on 12-01-2014

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It is once again January in the Florida Keys, and while most of the country is bundling up to face the nippy Winter air, competitors from around the world will be coming to the US to compete in the annual Quantum Key West regatta once again.

The 27th annual Quantum Key West sailboat race will take place from January 19 to January 24, 2014, and will feature racing teams from a dozen or more countries competing against teams from around the US for the 2014 crown. The races will begin at 11:30 AM on January 20 through January 24 and will cover an 8-mile stretch off the coast of Key West.

If you are looking to check out the races as a spectator, you can book a seat on various spectator boats for the best view of the action, or check out the races from Key West’s many ocean-view resorts, restaurants, and bars.

Not only can you of course check out all the exciting action as a spectator, but the headquarters for the regatta will be on Caroline Street between Duval and Whitehead Streets, where sailors and sailing enthusiasts alike will be hanging out, drinking, conversing, and having an all-around good time.

Quantum is a great opportunity to experience authentic Key West culture at it’s finest every year, and we strongly suggest you see what it is all about for 2014.

For more information on annual Key West events, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

 

Florida Keys Seafood Festival Coming Up

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Festivals, Food Events, Music Events | Posted on 01-01-2014

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It is once again a new year, and the Florida Keys Seafood Festival is rapidly approaching. The 2014 festival, taking place on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th, will be the ninth annual installment of this popular Key West staple event. The festival will take place from 11 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday in Key West’s beautiful Bayview Park.

Among the many treats you can expect will be grilled lobster, fried fish, stone crab claws, Key West shrimp, smoked fish dip, conch fritters, conch ceviche, and conch chowder. You can also anticipate a variety of beverages, alcoholic and otherwise, as well as desserts including flan and key lime pie.

Great food is not the only thing to be offered at the Florida Keys Seafood Festival; there will also be plenty of live music, arts and crafts vendors, marine life exhibits, and a kids play area for the little ones. Among the musical acts to be performing are Rusty Lemmon, Ramajay, The Regs, The Doerfels, Zach SeeMiller, and Misery Loves Company.

Key West is known for its fresh seafood, good local live music, and festive sense of community, making this an event foodies and simple lovers of a good time alike will not want to miss. For more information please check out the official website for the festival.

If you want the skinny on annual events going down in Key West, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Events page.

Daily Specials at Coyote Ugly Key West

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Nightlife | Posted on 16-12-2013

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If you enjoy being in the presence of beautiful women while enjoying tasty alcoholic libations, Coyote Ugly will be right up your alley with its hand-picked gorgeous female staff and excellent drinks. The Key West location of this popular cowgirl-themed bar chain has some excellent weekly drink specials to keep you drinking well on the low.

For one, Coyote Ugly Key West caters to its locals with a daily locals special meaning one dollar off all beers and two dollars off all mixed drinks. There are also daily specials open to everyone; on Saturday and Sunday there is a happy hour from 5 PM to 9 PM including $3 Domestics and $4 Wells, as well as a Midnight happy hour from 12 AM to 2 AM featuring $2 domestics and $3 premium well drinks. This is not to mention the all day and night day-specific specials the bar offers, which are as follows: Sunday Fundays ($4 Amaretto sours and $2 Miller Lights), Moonshine Mondays (Firefly Moonshine-based drinks for $3), Tequila Tuesdays ($4 Cuervo and $3 Coronas), Whiskey Wednesdays ($4 Jack Daniels and $3 Amstel Light), Tropical Thursdays ($4 Malibu and Pineapple and $3 Blue Moon drafts), Frisky Fridays ($4 SoCo however you want it and $3 Heinekens), and last but not least, Seductive Saturdays, featuring $2 Coors Lights, and $4 Vodka and cranberry.

The bottom line is that you can’t go wrong when it comes to beautiful women, inexpensive and quality alcoholic libations, and laid-back Key West atmosphere, making Coyote Ugly Key West a big win-win in the Party Travel Hotspots pantheon of great places to get your swerve on. For more details on the venue please check out the official website for Coyote Ugly Key West, where you can also scope out some sexy pictures of the bar’s beautiful female staff.

For more information on Key West nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West Nightlife page.

Bike Rentals in Key West

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in General | Posted on 06-12-2013

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When it comes to traveling with the intent to get your drink on and have some fun out and about at the local bars and clubs, there is always the dilemma of how to get from point A to point B without getting a DUI (or worse) in the process.

This is one of the factors that makes Key West such a top party travel hotspot, as for one, the island is so small that even by foot it’s not too hard to do some pretty extensive bar-hopping without getting a bunion. The second reason, which really puts Key West over the top is that it is super easy to rent a bike from various different bike rental companies and get around with no sweat at all (or maybe a little sweat, but certainly with less stress on the joints). Yes, some will tell you that drunk biking can be a bit dicey as well, but certainly nothing compared to drunk driving, and as long as you don’t get too sloshed you should be just fine and dandy peddling around the island.

There are various solid options for bike rental in Key West, including Bike Man Bike Rental, Eaton Bikes, Bike Rentals Key West, Island Bicycles, and more. A simple Google search brings back quite a few results and you can call around and find the best option for you based on price, location, and services.

Next time you visit Key West, get around with style and ease by renting a bike and get your drink on worry and walk free.

For more information on Key West, from dining to nightlife and more, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Key West pages.