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An expanded COAST Is Clear Festival returns with music, art.

SEASON” HAS HISTORICALLY been applied to the day after Christmas when the wrapping up of family obligations triggers a wave of incoming snowbirds. It’s also been attributed to March with its hordes of overly zealous college freshman, and even the completion of Fantasy Fest when much of the labor force have (miraculously) lined up housing and service industry jobs. All […]

Looking ahead to a busy season

While the Key West Film Festival and COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival will comprise the larger events attended by visitors and locals through the month, we are beginning to head into season and the holidays. That means the return of productions, tinsel themes and the end of the summer scorch. Here are some activities worth checking out and […]



Fest offers everything from a kinky carnival to the Smallest Parade in the Universe.

THE MULTIPLE NEWS RELEASES HAVE been published and scrutinized. The organizers want you to know that Fantasy Fest indeed is still happening. Modifications included, but still happening! No famous Zombie Bike Ride. But bring your finest Dia de Muertos and Walking Dead garb. There will be no marquee Saturday night float extravaganza. But there will be a miniature version complete […]

Brian Wilson film to open 10th annual fest

Count on tradition this year at the Key West Film Festival. The festival plans to open, as always, with a music-themed film, screened under the stars. This year, the festival will do a little California dreaming with “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, which will screen Nov. 17 at Coffee Butler Amphitheater. This film takes a trip with songwriter, producer and […]

Nonprofits to benefit from COAST tickets sold in October

Planning to attend the COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival? Buy your tickets in October and know that the purchase benefits one of 10 Florida Keys nonprofits. Set for 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and co-produced and presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and COAST Projects, family-friendly festival will feature an entertainment lineup of world-class talent […]

G. Love to play concert at Fort East Martello fete

The parade grounds at Fort East Martello have been renovated. The Key West Art & Historical Society says that’s reason for a celebration. A private ribbon-cutting will be held, followed by a concert at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. featuring G. Love, with Chuck Treece. That free concert stars acclaimed hiphop blues singer and guitarist Garrett Dutton, known to most […]

Key West museums — have fun and learn something, too

Key West’s subtropical climate means the island is typically blanketed in a viscous humidity that makes a short walk to the mailbox feel like wading through tapioca pudding. Luckily, Key West is chock full of fascinating museums where both kids and adults can attempt to stave off the cognitive slump that begins to take hold when the temperature hits 88 […]

Offshore World Championships to test powerboat racers’ skills

High-speed action and high-level competition are to keep spectators’ adrenaline pumping at the Race World Offshore Key West World Championships, set for Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 7-14, in the waters surrounding the island city. The 40th annual world championships are to feature boats raced by leading American and international teams, providing a season-ending test of skill for both American Power […]


Key West businesses and artists got creative to survive the pandemic

A SUDDEN EVENING CURFEW ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2020 meant to combat the spread of the coronavirus sent local industries into a tailspin. While it seemed that more corporate businesses could remain afloat, navigating the world of art, Cuban eats, and even ice cream proved trickier. Survival involved figuring out the limitation of no physical visitors and re-evaluating products on […]

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