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Top 8 Things To Do in Key West March 2020

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Spring is right around the corner in the US, but it’s always summer temps here in sunny Key West, Florida! The flowers are always in bloom, the rooster’s crowing, and the bartenders’ pouring, so pack your bathing suit, flip flops, and Hawaiian shirt and get down here to enjoy the March events we’re cooking up for you. Here’s the top 8…

 

8. Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration this March 2017

Tennessee Williams’ Birthday is celebrated with poetry, film showings, theater productions, contests, prizes, and more! Photo // flavorwire.com

Key West loves Tennessee Williams as much as he once loved our little 4 by 2 mile island! We celebrate his birthday every year with locally acted productions of his most famous plays and showings of his works that made it to the big screen. It doesn’t end there. He’s honored with short story writing and painting contests complete with prizes and an awards ceremony…and cake, because what birthday is complete without cake?!? Visit their website to sign up to compete or to purchase tickets to the shows and events.

7.  Tropic Cinema’s Cinematheque Series

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The Tropic’s Cinematheque Series brings the finest in international, independent, arthouse and documentary cinema to the island of Key West every Thursday night. Screenings are at 6:30 p.m. Their beer, wine and specialty treats concessions are just as varied and enticing as their film line up, and it’s all volunteer run!

6.13th Annual Florida Keys SPCA Spring Social

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Enjoy a paw-tastic experience to help raise funds to benefit a Keys-based animal shelter; event is open to the public, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on March 22rd at the Key West Golf Course. Highlights include a VIP champagne reception prior to the main event, a first class dining experience with tables of food from restaurants all over Key West and parking provided at Florida Keys Community College with HTA Trolley service to and from the event. Also features a silent auction, live auction, raffles, complimentary beer & wine, music and more. VIP and General Admission tickets online at keystix.com.

5. Conch Shell Blowing Contest

Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla.

A group of conch shell “musicians” play and dance during the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Photo // Rob O’Neal

Blowing a conch shell might not rank high as a symphonic accomplishment, but aficionados are expected to “trumpet” their fondness for the quirky form of musical expression during in the 58th annual Key West Conch Shell Blowing Contest. It all blows up Saturday, March 7, at noon in the garden of the Oldest House Museum. The offbeat contest celebrates Key West’s historic connection to the hardy sea mollusk. Blowing into the conchs’ fluted pink-lined shells is a Key West tradition, with “conch horns” employed as signaling devices by early Native Americans, 19th-century seafarers and resident ship-wreck salvagers, among others. The contest is free to enter and watch. Contestants can register at the Oldest House Museum from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 3rd. Those without “instruments” can purchase conch shells onsite.

4. House & Garden Tours

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The 60th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours is a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. March 13 & 14th tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. . Tickets are $35-$45 and transportation between homes is not included. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.

 

3. Experience Sinatra: The Musical

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You’ll never get a chance to see Frank Sinatra or Frank Sinatra Jr. perform in concert, but they say that Tony Sands is the next best thing! This show is a must-see for any Sinatra fan. Tony Sands has incorporated stunning graphics of Sinatra’s life from 17 to 70 that entice you the moment the stage lights dim and the music begins. The show starts with Sinatra’s early days with Tommy Dorsey to Sinatra’s comeback. Sands performs hits, ‘That’s Life,’ ‘Come Fly With Me,’ ‘Luck Be A Lady,’ ‘My Way,’ ‘New York,’ and many more. Don’t miss this one of a kind musical tribute to Frank Sinatra.

2. Explore Artist Studio Tours

artist from Stock Island key West welds together a metal sculptural sphere

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Spend a Saturday afternoon peeking into the work spaces of some of the most fascinating artists working on the Island! On March 2nd you’ll visit the studios of woodworkers, welders, potters, jewelry makers, painters, and more. Tickets are $20, and the studios are open from 11am- 3pm.

 

1. Key West Food Tours’ Seafood Lover’s Tour

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It’s never a bad time to jump on the Seafood Lover’s Tour, but March happens to be a particularly great time to do so. The sun is out, the food is hot, and the drinks are on ice. Guests get taken “behind the scenes” of Duval and led through side streets which feature some of THE BEST (but not always most widely known) eateries Key West, FL has to offer! As a bonus, your guide stops throughout the tour to highlight architectural, historical, and cultural fun facts. You leave full and happen to learn something while getting there…money well spent.

 

 

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