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Connections Project 2024: Making Music in the Keys

Thursday, February 15, 3:30-5:30 pm


The Hale Gallery at Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty

81888 Overseas Highway, Islamorada


This year, in addition to offering the beautiful canvases from local artists, the Arts Council is also focusing on Musicians of the Keys, and the Islamorada reception will feature the talented musicians David Feder and Micah Gardner who will entertain and share with us why they love to live and perform in the Florida Keys.

Graciously sponsored by Keys Weekly, including wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Refreshments will be served, and free parking is available.


General Auditions for 2024-25 Season

Friday, February 19, 6-9 pm

Open Auditions Announced for 2024-2025 Season

Waterfront Playhouse

407 Wall St, Key West (Mallory Square)

For your audition please prepare a 2-3 minute contemporary monologue. 

Please bring a picture of yourself and a resume of any and all experience you may have had in theatre. If interested in musicals, please prepare 16 bars and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. 

We are still casting for this season, specifically seeking (2) teenage males for Lost in Yonkers. This show starts rehearsal at the beginning of April, opens April 25th, and runs through May 11th. 

For appointment please email Patrick:


Presidential Families Weekend

Thursday through Monday, February 15-19, various times

 Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation

Harry S. Truman Little White House

111 Front Street, Key West

The Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation, in partnership with The Society of Presidential Descendants, is pleased to announce a series of special events to be held in celebration of Presidents’ Day Weekend.  This annual event is the largest gathering of presidential descendants on Presidents’ Day in the country.

Click HERE for more information.

Valentine's Day Gala

Wednesday, February 14, 6-9 pm

Custom House Museum

281 Front St., Key West

Take your special someone to the annual Wesley House Gala Family Service's Valentine's Day Gala. The "Keys Formal" event features the island's largest silent auction, open bar, live music and dancing, and an elegant dinner designed and prepared by Catered Affairs.

Click HERE for more information.

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, February 17, 9 - Noon

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

5210 College Rd., Stock Island

Master Gardeners will be on site to answer any plant questions and plants that are available for sale.

Click HERE for more information.

Conch Revival Picnic

Wednesday, February 21, 5-8 pm

Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society and Great Events Catering

Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters

938 Whitehead St, Key West

Inspired by former Society board member and late island native Dianne Zolotow, the Conch Revival Picnic tradition was launched in 2016 to increase awareness of Key West/Conch culture by preserving and promoting historic recipes created and consumed by Conch families for generations, but which have, over time, been disappearing from memory and tables.

Click HERE for more information.

Key West Sunset Celebration

Daily two hours prior to sunset

The Dock at Mallory Square, Key West

A nightly arts festival of arts and crafts exhibitors and psychics, street performers, food carts, and of course the thousands of tourists from around the world who visit this Key West art show. 

Click HERE for for more information.


Author Gala: Judy Blume

Monday, February 19, 6-10 pm

Key West Public Library Palm Garden 

700 Fleming St., Key West

The Friends Annual Gala will honor our own Key West celebrity Judy Blume, who has experienced a banner year. But being the fabulous Judy has its complications. Over the decades, Blume’s books have been the subject of controversy, censorship, and bans. She will focus on this timely and very personal subject in a conversation with her friend Pat Scales, former chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. Their conversation promises to be nothing if not provocative.

Click HERE for details.

Keys Writer Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 1 pm

Big Pine Library Conference Room

Winn-Dixie Shopping Plaza

213 Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key

Explore writing in a fun, supportive environment with the Keys Writers Group! All styles and abilities are welcome. Participants may bring up to five pages, double spaced, to read aloud. If you can, bring 5-7 copies to share. The group offers feedback in a friendly, constructive way. Not ready to share? Come to a meeting to get acquainted and offer feedback. "Writers need readers!"

Click HERE for details.


Waterfront Farmers Market

Thursday, February 15, (Every Thursday), 2-7 pm

Farmer's Market

Truman Waterfront Park, Key West

(end of Southard Street)

Culinary, beverages, produce, seafood, apparel, gifts, and art.

For more info contact

Artisan Market

Sunday, February 18, 10 am - 2 pm

Key West Wildlife Center parking lot

1801 White St., Key West

Local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, Local Author’s Nook, live variety show, fresh produce and lots of great, fresh food. Each week is a different theme focused on island living and local charities. 

Full details, click HERE.


Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk

Thursday, February 15, 6-9 pm

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District

151 Morada Way Islamorada

Keys-inspired fine artists, vendors, residents, and visitors congregate on Morada Way in Islamorada to celebrate the arts and culture in the Florida Keys. Enjoy a relaxing evening perusing local fine art, imbibing local craft beer and wine and listening to music.

Full details, click HERE.

Walk on White

Thursday, February 15, 6-9 pm

White Street Arts District, Key West

Enjoy exhibition opening receptions, open artist studios, pottery-throwing demos, locally-made art, special events, and complimentary libations. Explore local galleries, studios, and art-loving businesses that open their doors on the third Thursday of each month.

Full details, click HERE.

Garden Walk

Saturday, February 17, 10 am - 4 pm

Garden Club of the Upper Keys

Francis Tracy Garden Center

94040 Overseas Highway, Tavernier

Tour the gardens at this year's selection of private homes at your own pace using your own transportation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Garden club members are to be on hand at each location to aid in plant identification. Before, during or after your garden tours, stop by the Francis Tracy Garden Center, mile marker 94 bayside, for an art show and plant sale.

Full details, click HERE.


Peter Vey: Dear Friends

Peter Vey

Saturday, February 17, 5-8 pm

Commanding the Light

Gallery on Green

606 Green St., Key West

Commanding the Light anchors landscape and cityscape paintings in myriad portrayals of the Florida Keys with a masterful palette knife technique. The exhibit highlights the enduring prevalence of the landscape and contemporary painting, building

connections between both well-known and more obscure scenes. Vey engages with the depiction of our natural surroundings as enduring sites of significance, while expanding and complicating

Click HERE for more information.


Delicate Balance of Nature

Wednesday, February 14, 8:45 pm

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

MM 102.6, Oceanside, Overseas Highway, Key Largo 



The spectacular annual migration of monarch butterflies appears to be unraveling in response to a changing environment. Dr. Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia’s Martha Odum Distinguished Professor of Ecology, will examine leading edge science on how and why monarchs migrate, and how emerging monarch responses to human activity hint at the new normal for this species.

Click HERE for more information.

By Roberta Marks

Gallery Talk

Friday, February 16,5 pm

with Roberta B. Marks

Studios of Key West

533 Eaton Street, Key West

Marks presents a body of work from the pandemic to the present. Inspired out of an abundance of silence and self-reflection, this series comments on the unspoken vagueness of life and the artist learning to practice patience, accept healing and let go of fear and loss.

Click HERE for more information.

Speaker Series

Saturday, February 17, 8:45 pm

Karen DeMaria, City of Key West Urban Forester Manager

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

5210 College Rd., Stock Island

Click HERE for more information.

Revisiting POMPEII Aboard the Famous Tall Ship SEA CLOUD

Wednesday, February 21, 7-8 pm

Key West Maritime Historical Society hosts Professor Tom Perera

Key West Public Library

700 Fleming St., Key West 

Climb Aboard the Magnificent old Tall Ship Sea Cloud in the Mediterranean Sea. Watch as the 30 sails are unfurled. Learn the History of the Ship and relive the glorious age of sail. Explore the excavation of Pompeii, a city that was buried alive by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. It is gradually emerging in all its splendor to be studied and admired.

Click HERE for more information.

Empress of Ireland

Wednesday, February 21, 7 pm

With David Saint-Pierre, Historian and Author

History of Diving Museum

82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada

David was born and raised on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, where the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in a collision on May 29, 1914, taking more than a thousand lives. Since 1996, David has researched her history. In the fall of 2021, he came upon a photo album detailing various salvage and diving operations made by the Yankee Salvage Association of New York between 1908 and 1917, including that of the RMS Empress of Ireland.

Click HERE for more information.


A String Quartet plays Love Songs

Wednesday, February 14, 8 pm

Tennessee Williams Theatre

5901 College Rd., Key West

Indulge your special someone in an enchanting evening as the string quartet weaves a musical tapestry of love songs across genres. From timeless classical favorites to cinematic melodies and your favorite love ballads, experience the universal language of love as the strings serenade you and your Valentine to the sweet sounds of Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Puccini and many more.

For more information, click HERE.

Libby York

Thursday, February 15, 5:30 pm

Hugh's View

Studios of Key West

533 Eaton St., Key West

A regular at the top venues in New York, Chicago and Paris, celebrated vocalist Libby York presents the best of the Great American Songbook, and a few Bossa Nova gems, with her jazz quartet up on the roof.

For more information, click HERE.

Donovan Frankenreiter with Goodnight, Texas

Thursday, February 15, 6-10 pm

Fort East Martello

3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West

 Experience the magic as this living legend shares his music and stories from a remarkable career that has touched the hearts of millions. Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Donavon Frankenreiter along with Goodnight, Texas to historic Fort East Martello, for a Special Full Band Tour. With more than a dozen full-length record releases and hundreds of songs written, Frankenreiter has become renowned for “funkified jams, stylish stomps, and feel good grooves.”

For more information, click HERE.

Beats on the Bay: Kendell Marvel

Friday, February 16, 4:30 pm

Founders Park

Mile Marker 87 Bayside, Islamorada

Acclaimed solo artist. Grammy-winning songwriter. Known for his blend of southern twang and super-sized vocals, filled with songs that split the difference between honky-tonk country and roadhouse rock and roll. 

For more information, click HERE.

Drum Tao

Friday, February 16, 8 pm

Tennessee Williams Theatre

5901 College Rd., Key West

Drum Tao combines the unique sounds of Japanese Taiko drums with flute, harp and guitar, along with energizing choreography, vibrant sets and contemporary costuming, to create a large-scale performance experience that captivates audiences' eyes and ears. 

For more information, click HERE.

An Evening with Nick Norman & Jeff Clark

Friday, February 16, 6:30 pm

Williams Hall

729 Fleming St., Key West

A show-stopping vocalist and sharp songwriter, Nick Norman brings humor, heart, southern storytelling, and soulful swagger to the country genre. Expect a night of music built for front porches, listening rooms, car stereos, and campfires. A sound whose melodies and organic arrangements feel fresh one minute, and warmly worn-in the next.

For more information, click HERE.

A Tribute to the Songs of Pat Dailey

Saturday, February 17, 8 pm

Key West Theater

512 Eaton St., Key West

As a featured event of Put-in-Bay Days in Key West, Ray Fogg and Reese Dailey will be teaming up to pay tribute to the songs of the legendary Pat Dailey. During his long career, Pat Dailey created an unparalleled catalog of songs, many co-written with the great Shel Silverstein right here in Key West! No one can create Pat’s live show now that he has retired. But, Ray and Reese aim to keep the wonderful music alive with their own interpretation

For more information, click HERE.

Pops in the Park

Saturday, February 17, 4 pm

Where the Wild Things Are: Pet Parade

The ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park

Mile Marker 87 Bayside, Islamorada

This FREE concert features familiar animal-themed music and play-along instruments for the audience. This fun, family event is brought to you by professional and amateur band members of all ages, who just love to make music. 

For more information, click HERE.

Backyard Music

Sunday, February 18, 6 pm

Fringe Theater Fundraiser

At the Home of Billy Cartledge and Jim Hall

Rooted deeply in the sound of old school Chicago blues, Reverend Raven has honed a blues sound that is unique and enticing. This is as authentic as it gets! Original Blues with a Classic Style. There will be no Wall Flowers on this night!

For more information, click HERE.

Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo

Sunday, February 18, 4 pm

St. Paul’s Church

401 Duval St., Key West

Praised for “demon precision and complete dedication” (Audio Society), the piano duo garnered wide attention as the second prize winner of the sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. 

For more information, click HERE.

Balourdet String Quartet

Monday, February 19, 7:30 pm

Marathon High School

350 Sombrero Beach Rd., Marathon

Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 pm

Coral Shores High School

mile marker 89.9, Tavernier

Recognized as one of the world's finest piano ensembles this delightful piano trio is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and consists of Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer and South Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong on violin and Soo-Kyung Hong on cello.

For more information, click HERE.

Jazz In The Gardens on Sundays

Sundays, 5-7 pm

The Gardens Hotel

526 Angela St., Key West


Singing in the Rain

Through February 17, 8 pm

Waterfront Playhouse

407 Wall Street

Mallory Square, Key West

Filled with every memorable moment from the film and a downpour of unforgettable songs, including ‘You are My Lucky Star’, ‘Fit as a Fiddle’, and ‘Make Em Laugh’, the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” will hit the the Waterfront stage and yes – it will rain!

For more information, call 305-743-0994 or click HERE.

Key West Characters: True Stories

Thursday and Friday. February 22-23, 8 pm

Williams Hall

729 Fleming St., Key West

Original short plays, monologues, and music celebrate real characters of Key West. Presented in partnership with Williams Hall. Funded, in part, with an Art Builds Culture Grant from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

For more information, click HERE.


Through February 24, 8 pm

Red Barn

319 Duval St. rear, Key West

One four-letter word is about to rock the White House into a global crisis. Seven brilliant and beleaguered women risk life and sanity to keep POTUS out of trouble in this gleefully filthy and outrageously funny farce. A recent Broadway smash hit! 

For more information, click HERE.


Galaxy 3

Friday, February 16, 5:30-9:30 pm

Fort East Martello Parade Grounds

3501 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West

Movies every 1st and 3rd Friday.

View more information HERE.

Farewell, Mr. Haffman

Monday, February 19, 7:30 pm 

Congregation B’nai Zin

750 United St., Key West

Paris 1942. François Mercier is an ordinary man who only aspires to start a family with the woman he loves, Blanche. He is also the employee of a talented jeweler, Mr. Haffmann. But faced with the German occupation, the two men will have no other choice but to conclude an agreement whose consequences, over the months, will upset the fate of our three characters.

View more information HERE.


Watercolor Art Adventure 

Wednesday, February 14, 12-3 pm

Every Wednesdays


Spend an afternoon unlocking your inner artist with award winning watercolorist, Ann Lynch.

For more information contact Ann at 305-731-8683 or email

Nature is Art

Saturday, February 17, 9 am

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

5210 College Rd., Stock Island

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden offers “Nature is Art” Workshop Series with a 3-part photography workshop with noted wildlife photographer Kristie Killam. Kristie has a long history with nature in the Keys, as a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Ranger at the National Key Deer Refuge, a biologist, a photographer and a teacher.

View more information HERE.

Watercolor Mondays

Monday, February 19, 10 am- 1 pm

with Karen Beauprie

Key West Art Center

301 Front St., Key West

Mondays in February. All skill levels welcome. Seats limited.

Please register and/or view more information HERE.

Connect with Nature through Art


Studios of Key West

533 Eaton St., Key West

View and sign up for classes HERE.

Zen by Karen Moore Jewelry

Bracelet Making & ZEN Jewelry Pop-up Shop

Once a month, Sunday 8 am - 2 pm

Great Lakes Coffee, 7009 Shrimp Rd., Stock Island

ZEN Jewelry Pop-up at the Perry Hotel

Once a month, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm

inside the lobby, 7001 Shrimp Rd., Stock Island

Stack, style, and shop ZEN Favorites at the beautiful award-winning Perry Hotel! Shop new collections and enjoy complimentary gem consultations, plus, learn tips & tricks from owner and creator, Karen Moore.

Find all the ZEN jewelry event details HERE.

Weekly Classes

Sacred Space

529 Southard St., Key West

Visit Sacred Space for full schedule of classes.

Sign up for classes HERE.

Red Gloves on Ball by Annamarie Giordano

Life Drawing Classes - Key West 

Tuesdays, 11 am-2 pm

Life Drawing Classes, Key West

3 hours of continuous drawing. Reservations required. Please email

Classes - Sandra Trupcevic-West

Artist & Instructor Sandra Trupcevic-West

Fridays - TSKW 4-5pm 

533 Eaton St., Key West

Fridays - Stone Soup Gallery, 6-8pm

802 White St., Key West

Wednesdays -Parmer’s Resort 2-4 pm

565 Barry Ave., Little Torch Key

For information: 816-547-3449 or


Dance Classes With Lucy Carleton

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 & 6 pm

Dance classes

Williams Hall, 729 Fleming St., Key West

Fridays, 7 p.m.

Salsa lessons

Coffee Mill, 804 White St., Key West


Private lessons available. for up-to-date schedule

Sponsors and Supporters of The Florida Keys Council of the Arts