Final Florida Destination: Paradise!
Ahhhh….the Florida Keys & Key West! Connected by 43 bridges, Florida’s final destination, and America’s southernmost paradise, begins just south of Miami in Key Largo and then hopscotches over the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico until you hit “Destination Florida Keys & Key West.” We have five fascinating areas, here, starting with Key Largo and Islamorada in the Upper Keys; Marathon which is in the heart of the Middle Keys; Big Pine in the Lower Keys; and last but not least, Key West, also known as the southernmost city in the continental US. Each area has its own distinctive vibe and personality but all embrace our official island philosophy of “One Human Family” which reflects our respect for diversity and inclusion of all people. And while all of these magical Keys are world renowned for some of the best fishing, diving, boating and water sports on the planet, our islands are also brimming with unique shops, artists’ studios, galleries, museums and historical attractions, along with highly acclaimed theatrical and musical performances. Click on any one of the links you find here and we’ll give you the keys to your final Florida destination so that you can truly “Live It Like A Local!”
TROPICAL HEAT is Key West’s HOTTEST event for men! The temperature is not the only thing that will rise during Tropical Heat. The all-male theme parties, pool parties, and adult-oriented entertainment promises to be HOT! August on the Island is always HOT, but during Tropical Heat it promises to be STEAMY! Four days of hot guys and fun, the best way to experience Key West.
Just before the school year starts in earnest just as the last rays of summertime finally set just before the holiday season begins to rev up Key West welcomes women from across the globe to an annual celebration that has become one of the largest gatherings of lesbians and friends in North Americas Womenfest! Each year thousands of ladies come together over the Labor Day weekend and stay for a wide range of activities and events during four days of revelry and fun. Key West boasts restaurants that offer remarkable cuisine year round, watering holes that offer authentic, tropical libations and shops that can’t be found anywhere else. Of course the most popular activity during Womenfest usually involves a chaise lounge, a good book, sunscreen and a killer margarita. Come join us on our little island that is close to perfect but far from normal for this fabulous event that gets bigger and better every year! Please go to www.womenfest.com or call 305-294-4603 for tickets to concerts and more information.
Join us September 22 – October 1, 2017 for a festival featuring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters brought to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel by BMI & iHeart Radio. This award-winning festival includes over 100 live performances, more than 60 songwriters, and 20 unique venues! Past performers include Parmalee, Thompson Square, and Grammy Award winner Maren Morris.
Captiva Island: September 22 – September 24, 2017
Downtown Fort Myers: September 25 – September 28, 2017
Fort Myers Beach: September 29 – October 1, 2017
WINEDINE Key West & Islamorada –The Most Delicious Time Of The Year!
Calling all “Foodies!” You know all those great Key West and Upper Keys restaurants you’ve been dying to check out? Well, here’s your chance. WINEDINE Key West/Islamorada, the Key’s annual mouthwatering, month-long food extravaganza returns to paradise on September 15 through October 15.
The special promotion, which kicked off in Key West last year, has now expanded to Islamorada so that local and visiting chowhounds can get exclusive, limited-time dining discounts on even more terrific eateries throughout the Keys. This year’s opening party will take place at the accalaimed Spencer’s Restaurant at Key West’s waterfront Reach Resort on Friday, September 15 at 5:30pm.
During this special month-long promotion, over 30 local restaurants will offer three course meals priced at just $20pp for lunch and only $35pp for dinner. A slew of other restaurants in Key West and Islamorada are also giving discounts of up to 15% off your entire check (not including tax and tip). But restaurant discounts are just the half of it.
Hotels and guesthouses in both Key West and Islamorada are offering special rates, as well, along with several spas, boutiques, art galleries and attractions.
To register for all these hot deals and find out complete details on participating businesses, restaurant menus, discounted lodging rates, spa packages, retail discounts and more, hit up winedinekeywest.com and winedineflakeys.com.
Headdress Ball Tops It All! Key West’s 35th Annual Extravanganza
Hold on to your hat. Because on Thursday, October 26, you may flip your lid at the 35th Annual Headdress Ball which debuts Key West’s beautiful new Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. Key West Mayor, Craig Cates will officially dedicate the Amphitheater and local Trop Rocker, Howard Livingston will perform a special song he wrote just for the occasion. Emceed by local actor and funny-man Tom Luna, this off-the-charts annual fundraiser for the Key West Business Guild, (the nation’s oldest gay and lesbian Chamber of Commerce) is one fantastical night. Spoiler Alert: This is not, we repeat, this is not your average costume contest. More than 25 contestants are judged only from the head up and compete for $5,000 in cash prizes so expect to see some of the most extravagant, most outlandish creations imaginable! Kicking things off is the celebrated female illusionist, Randy Roberts, who unleashes his rip-roaring impression of iconic celebrities followed by several more show-stopping acts by world-renowned, female impressionist, Christopher Peterson, Broadway star, Terri White, the outrageous Aquanette Inga and many other top entertainers. Local vendors, food purveyors and three full bars by Aqua Nightclub and its sister club, Side Bar round out the party. Gates open at 6:30pm and the high energy Main Stage show starts at 8pm with four-top table seating and a new expanded General Admission section on a raised grass area. You can find Key West’s new Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park which is located at the end of Southard Street. Rain date is Friday, October 27. Info: 305-294-4603; headdressballkeywest.com. FYI: The is always a sell-out event so snag your tickets early at keystix.com.
ion Randy Roberts
The spotlight flashes, the curtain rises and onto the stage sashays “Consuela,” a sassy Latin Showgirl with a thick Spanish accent and a penchant for high drama, who opens Roberts’ one (wo)man show. But Consuela isn’t the only lovely lady in Robert’s bag of female illusion. The renowned showman embodies a plethora of personalities and a roster of famous ladies. His uncanny impersonations of Mae West, Joan Crawford, Carol Channing, Ann Miller and Phyllis Diller (an act which landed him on “The Jenny Jones Show” with the real Phyllis Diller), along with a bevy of original ladies is truly a sight to behold. You can catch his all live tribute to some of the world’s most beloved performers at “Randy Roberts Live!” at Key West’s famous La Te Da Cabaret. For current performance dates hit up lateda.com. FYI: Randy Roberts is also headlining this year’s 35th Annual Headdress Ball on Thursday, October 26 at Key West’s new Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. Tickets at keystix.com.