KEY WEST IS FUN!! There are lots of great events each month. Two in February are: February 3rd: Historic Tours of America – Locals Day. The first Sunday of every month locals receive free admission into the Key West Aquarium, Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Harry S. Truman Little White House. Old Town Trolley and Conch Tour Train. Families and Individuals Only. Must Show proof of Monroe County (FL) Residency.
February 23rd through February 24th: The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two day juried outdoor fine art festival. This nationally recognized show brings over 100 fine artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex. Set among historical attractions such as Audubon House, the Little White House and Mel Fisher Museum, the City of Key West closes two blocks of Whitehead Street and another block of Caroline Street to vehicle traffic for the show. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists. Tropical themes are abundant here, but contemporary and traditional styles make something for everyone!
The show, which is in its 53rd year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. That building is now home for the KWAC and displays works by the 60 plus local members. The first show was held on the sidewalk on Front Street, near the current gallery and artists used clothespins to attach their work to the fence in front of the old Custom’s House. Since then the show has been held annually and grown from just local artists and now includes exhibitors from across the country and Canada. THIS REALLY IS A WONDERFUL ART FESTIVAL!!