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The Best Events in Key West this April 2018

April has sprung! This month we’ve got a lot to celebrate and we hope you can join us. Blooming below is a list of 8 things to do that sum up life on the island. Experience our history, culture and food and add these events to your calendar!

 

Adopt an Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt!

Photo // The Conversation

Join some adorable adoptable LIVE BUNNIES for an egg hunt, followed by a craft event at 11am. “Hoppy Hour” Mimosas and bloody marys will be available to support the FKSPCA, as well as Starbuck’s products. DJ Kyd will also have a live set! It all starts “hoppening” April 1st, 10am-12pm on the Sunset Green Event Lawn at The Keys Collection at 24 North Hotel. More info here.

 The Cow Key Channel Bridge “Race”

people costumed as bananas, penguins, and cows for the annual Cow Key Bridge Race

Join the hords of costumed “athletes” for a zerok that is guaranteed to be more of a riot than run. Photo//Bill Klipp

Don’t break a sweat in this zero-k, 300 foot run. The Cow Key Bridge Run is a hilariously fun event bringing people of all ages and paw sizes to participate and feel accomplished crossing the finish line. If anything, it’s a good excuse to party and dress up. Key West at its finest. A post-race party is planned at the Rum Row at The Gates Hotel. Live music, food trucks and libations will re-energize any “exhausted runners” — and glittering “Golden Calf” awards will be presented to all the winners. April 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, register in advance!

 

 Taste of Key West

Photo// Keystix

The 22nd Annual ‘Taste of Key West’ will roll onto its new site, Mallory Square, on Monday, April 16th, from 6 to 9 p.m. A benefit for AIDS Help, the 3-hour, open-air event promises a bounty of beverage and palate-pleasing plates at the famous “Home of the Key West Sunset”. Gates open at 6 p.m. for FREE general admission. Foodies can stroll edibles and drinkables, including seafood, tropical and Caribbean flavors, European delicacies, vegetarian dishes and more and buy tickets based upon what looks best!

 

A Steamy “Island Nights” Burlesque Show!

Photo// Ticketfly

A tropical heat wave heads this way as Key West Burlesque and Production Dujour present “Hot Island Nights: Tropical Delights” at The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. A star studded burlesque revue, the show is a tribute to the glory days of Latin and Caribbean night time entertainment. Featuring a live Latin fusion band, Tropical Delights transports you to world of dazzling dancers and alluring entertainers. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

 

Conch Republic: The MUSICAL!

Back for a reprise, Conch Republic: the Musical is waving their flags proudly!

Back for a reprise, Conch Republic: the Musical is waving their flags proudly! Photo//fringetheather.com

This funny musical tells the story of how the Florida Keys took on the Feds back in the early 80s. A historical story so preposterous that you couldn’t have made it up if you tried! Four actors and a piano tell the story. It will be an evening of song, dance, and plenty of flags — which is in truth HOW the Conch Republic began! Apr. 19, 2017 – Apr. 28, 2018, 7-8:30pm.

 

Celebrate Conch Republic Days

shirtless men push a bed on wheels carrying a woman on Bourbon St. Pub's Royal Carriage

10 days of celebration for 60 seconds of secession. Photo//tripsmarter.com

Every April we are taken back to 1982 when the Florida Keys tried to secede from the United States. The Conch Republic days have events happening all over the island. With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 35th 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys. Apr. 21, 2017 – Apr. 30, 2017

 

Eat Conch on a Food Tour

plated conch fritters with lemon wedges and key lime remolade

Conch is widely known as an aphrodisiac, but its the homemade Key Lime Remolade that turns us on!

Conch, arguably are most notable ingredient here in the Florida Keys, comes in the form of a fritter on our food tour. Eat and drink other famous dishes particular to our region like Cuban cuisine, rum, and of course Key lime pie!

 

Paddle Around the Island

Paddle boards lined up and ready for the 12 mile trek around Key West

Paddle your heart out in a 12 mile trek around Key West. Photo//paddleguru.com

Think you have what it takes to paddle in a race 12 miles around the island? Us either. But we’ll happily watch. Join the Lazy Dog Paddle Board Classic  4 day event which includes paddle yoga, live music, kids races and special olympic races happening at the end of this month. Apr. 26, 2017 – Apr. 29, 2017

 

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