The Best Events in Key West this April 2018

Posted on March 31, 2017 | By Shannon McRae

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!

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 zerok, 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 Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. 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 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:01 pm


Migration Mania & Egg Hunt

little girl in bunny costume looking for eggs at the Botanical Gardens Egg hunt Key West

Watch the Key West kiddies run around during the Great Search! Photo //

April 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is teaming up with the Key West Public Library to bring you the best Migration Mania yet!  Bring your family for a day of environmentally- themed entertainment: live birds, fun learning activities, raffles, food, bounce house, face paint, community presentations, and of course, egg hunts!  $5 for Children 3 and up, FREE for Adults, Members, and children under 3.


A Burlesque Tribute to Prince

Exotic City Prince Tribute graphic

Pair sexy Prince songs to even sexier dance moves? Yes, please. Photo//

Key West Burlesque pulls back the Purple Veil in the ultimate tribute to the late, great recording artist Prince! Tatah Dujour, alongside Cheeky Derrière and Velvet Garcia, hosts the best in burlesque as they perform to Prince’s greatest hits and fan favorites Sat, April 8, 2017 @8:00 pm. 21 and over.


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//

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! Three 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. 20, 2017 – Apr. 23, 2017


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//

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 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!


 Taste of Key West

Taste of Key West graphic

A sampling of Key West’s finest with a Mallory Square sunset backdrop! Photo//

The 22nd Annual ‘Taste of Key West’ will roll onto its new site, Mallory Square, on Monday, April 24th, 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!


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//

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. 27, 2017 – Apr. 30, 2017

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