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Key West Film Festival — Nov. 17-21, Key West. This annual celebration of cinematic excellence returns. Its theme: “Where passion meets paradise” is a showcase the best of Florida filmmaking talent. Filmmakers and industry leaders participate in discussions and workshops and the festival supports the next generation of local student filmmakers with scholarships and other key awards. www.keywestff.com.
SMART Ride 18 — Nov. 19-20, from the University of Miami Watsco Center to the AIDS Memorial in Key West. Pedal through paradise and support an important cause at the same time. Founded in 2003, SMART Ride is a two-day charitable journey among the largest bicycle ride in the Southeastern United States dedicated to raising funds for HIV/AIDS. www.thesmartride.org/ the-ride/schedule-of-events/
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Celebration — 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at New Recreation Field at Truman Waterfront Park, Soccer games, food, and drinks for kids. 305-304-2400.
The South Florida Symphony Welcome Back Concert — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road, Key West. Program: Piazzolla, Mussorgsky, Berlioz. 305-295-7676; www.keystix.com.
Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside. Live music, food, exhibits and arts and crafts, and handcrafted holiday items. Free. 305-872-2411; www.lowerkeyschamber.com.
Hanukkah in Key West 2021 – Nov. 28-Dec. 6, B’nai Zion, 750 United St., Key West. A large menorah is lit each night of the holiday with Rabbi and congregants. A latke and salmon feast is held the first night. 305-294-3437.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony — 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 29, Bayview Park, Jose Marti Drive, and Truman Ave., Key West. www.cityofkeywest fl.gov.
Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony — 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, Bayview Park, Jose Marti Drive, and Truman Ave., Key West. www.cityofkeywest fl.gov.
The 8th Annual POSH (Paws Often Steal Hearts) — 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, 205 Whitehead St. A fundraiser for the Florida Keys SPCA with entertainment by The Yat Pack. The theme is “Key West formal” with fascinators required. The New Orleans 2nd Line Parade begins at 9:30 p.m. and after-party at Green Parrot. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. 305-304-1232; www.facebook.com/POSHKeyWest/
Coast Is Clear Music And Arts Festival — Dec. 3-5, at Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West. Black Pumas, Phosphorescent, Landhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter, Liz Cooper, Susto. VIP $225, $105 general admission, free for age 12 and younger. www.coastisclearfest.com.
Key West Triathlon, Sprint & Olympic Triathlon — Dec. 4, Higgs Beach, Key West. An Atlantic Ocean swim, a bike course along U.S. 1 by Smather’s Beach, make this an iconic race. www.triconchrepublic.com.
City of Key West Holiday Parade — 7-10 p.m. Dec. 4, starting on Truman Ave. and White Street traveling down Truman Ave turning right onto Duval Street. www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov.
Fifth Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar — 5-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Custom Home Museum, 281 Front St., Key West. Fine artisans, musicians and choirs, food and libations, and a holiday light show. Hosted by the Key West Art & Historical Society. 305-295-6615, Ext. 114; email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eighth Annual Florida Keys SPCA Parade of Paws — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11, Higgs Beach Dog Park, 100 Atlantic Blvd., Key West. A family-friendly event with live music, a holiday bazaar, the crowning of the 2021 Royal Court, pictures with Santa, sloppy kisses at the Kiss A Bull booth, raffles and a dog parade. Proceeds benefit the homeless animals of the Middle and Lower Keys. www.fkspca.org/humane-education events/upcoming-events/
The 13th Annual Rudolph Red Nose 5k Run/Walk — Dec. 18. The race starts and ends at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. 8 a.m. start. Post-race refreshments, prizes and a silent auction. www.apsmc.org/annual-5k
New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration — Dec. 31, Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St., Key West. The star is a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi. www.bourbonstpub.com.
Key West Literary Seminar — Jan. 6-9, Key West. Theme: “A Seminar Named Desire.” A unique gathering of some of today’s most acclaimed writers in conversation about the elemental urge at the center of human activity: desire. www.kwls.org/seminar/
Pole Vault In Paradise Competition — Jan. 6-8. Vaulters from age 9 to 75 to compete alongside some of the best pole-vaulting elites from around the country. Sponsored by the nonprofit Key West Track & Field Club. www.kwtfc.org/pole-vault-in-paradise/
Florida Keys Celtic Festival — 10 a.m-8 p.m. Jan. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan 9. Marathon Community Park*, 36th St. Marathon. $10 per day at www.etix.com.
Key West Farmers Market — 3-8 p.m. Thursdays, Truman Waterfront, at the end of Southard St. Tents are set up along the quay near the USCG Ingham. Fresh produce, orchids and native plants, artisan meats and cheeses, pickles, honey, crafts, gifts. Take the free Duval Loop which stops near the market. www.keysartisanmarket.com/ farmersmarket.htm; 305-731-3385.
Key West Artisan Market — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. select Sundays Nov. to April, Higgs Beach, in the parking lot at the Key West Wildlife Center. Local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, fresh produce, and ready to eat foods. Bring your own bags. Check for dates: www.keysartisanmarket.com.
¦ Fill The Pantry’ Edition — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Benefits the SOS Foundation.
¦ ‘For The Birds’ Edition — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Benefits the Key West Wildlife Center.
Market on the Green — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jan. 1 and the first Saturday of the month, Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West. A local artisan market. Also Feb. 5. www.keywestchamber.org/community-events.
Coffee Butler Amphitheater — 35 E. Quay Road, Key West. 305-985-0433; www.thekeywestamp.com
¦ John Fogerty plays Creedence — 7 p.m. Nov. 19.
¦ The Temptations — Dec. 11.
¦ RokIsland Fest — Jan. 14.
Comedy Key West — 218 Whitehead St., Unit 5, Key West. 305-985-7370; www.comedykeywest.com
¦ April Macie — Nov. 18-20
¦ Jessimae Peluso — Nov. 26-Dec. 2.
¦ Henry Phillips — Dec. 3-4.
¦ Gold Coast Comedy All-Stars — Dec. 5.
¦ Dwayne Perkins — Dec. 16-18.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center — 35 Quay Road, Key West. www.floridakeys.noaa.gov
Key West Theater — 512 Eaton St., Key West. Social-distancing measures currently in place. All performances subject to change. Call before you attend. 305-985-0433; www.thekeywesttheater.com.
¦ 1964… The Tribute — Nov. 18.
¦ Sinatra: That’s Life – The Musical — Nov. 27.
¦ FRIENDS! The Musical Parody — Dec. 3.
¦ The Wood Brothers with The Dead Tongues — Dec. 4.
¦ Who’s Bad (Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute) — Dec. 9.
¦ The Kingston Trio — Dec. 12.
¦ A John Waters Christmas — Dec. 14.
¦ Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker — Dec. 15-17.
¦ Tommy Prine — Dec. 18.
¦ Peter Mayer — Dec. 27.
Red Barn Theatre — 319 Duval St., Key West. 305-296-9911 or www.redbarntheatre.com.
¦ “Cats Talk Back,” by Bess Wohl — Dec. 28-Jan. 29.
¦ “Quarantine for Two,” by Hy Conrad — Feb. 15-March 12.
¦ “Hurricane Diane,” by Madeleine George — March 22-April 16.
¦ “How to Eat Like a Child” — April 29-May 1.
Truman Waterfront Park— 21 E. Quay Road at Southard St., Key West. Tour the USCGC Ingham, a quintessential portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988. $10 age 13 and older; $5 age 7-12, free for age 6 and younger. All contributions go toward the restoration and maintenance of this historic ship with over 50 years of service around the world. 305-292-5072.
The Waterfront Playhouse — 407 Wall St., Key West. 305-394-7445; www.waterfrontplayhouse.org.
¦ “Shout!” — Through Nov. 20.
¦ “Every Brilliant Thing” — Nov. 21-29.
¦ “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” — Dec. 8-25.
¦ “Matilda the Musical” — Jan. 12-29.
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
Flagler Station Historeum — At the historic Key West Seaport, 901 Caroline St., Key West. 305-293-8716; www.flaglerstation.net.
The Florida Keys History & Discovery Center — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 82100 Overseas Highway, MM 82, on the property of the Islander Resort. Learn about Keys’ history. www.keysdiscovery.com.
Fort East Martello Museum — 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West. 305-296-3913; www.kwahs.org/museums/fort-east-martello/
Key West Art Center — 301 Front St., Key West. Gallery space also offer classes. 305-294-1241; www.keywestartcenter.com.
The Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum — 281 Front St., Key West. 305-295-6616; www.kwahs.org.
¦ illustrating from Paradise: The Works of Morgan Dennis and Gerald Leake — Through Jan. 3 in the Bryan Gallery.
¦ “Gouges & Grain: Artists in Wood” — Nov. 19-Jan. 13. Reception 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Through Jan. 13.
Key West Gallery — 601 Duval St., Key West. 305-923-1696; www.keywestgallery.com.
¦ Meet Thomas Arvid — Nov. 18-21. Live painting demonstrations and wine tastings. Also appearing in Dec. and Jan. Reservations required at 305-292-9339.
Key West Tropical Forest Botanical Garden — 5210 College Road on Stock Island. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 305-296-1504; www.keywest.garden
¦ Hatha Yoga — 10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday on the Lakeside Terrace. 10 classes for $125. Drop-in rate: $15, which includes admission to the garden.
¦ Garden Guardians — Volunteers who help maintain and restore the garden meet from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Saturday. No commitment is needed except for your enthusiasm.
¦ Native Plant Sale — 9 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of the month.
The Studios of Key West — 533 Eaton St., Key West. Regular gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Private tours to couples and small groups. www.tskw.org; 305-296-0458.
¦ “Piece By Piece” Winter Members’ Exhibition — Dec. 2-30.
¦ Classes and workshops: Both online and in-person classes are offered.
Sunset Pier — Music and more. 0 Duval St., Key West. 305-296-7701.
Tennessee Williams Museum — 513 Truman Ave., Key West. 305-204-4527; www.kwahs.org/museums/tennessee-williams ¦