Festival Key West is a celebration of the musicians, food, art and culture that makes the island of Key West, Florida so special. Music is the main attraction, but local restaurants and bars also showcase a variety of other talents. Many of the concerts are free, while others require advance tickets. The music can be heard in venues both large and small. The weather and island views also add to the experience.
Music lovers can enjoy a diverse lineup of artists during the 2023 Key West Songwriters Festival, May 3-7. Hit songwriters including Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram will be featured at the event. Other performers include singer-songwriters Emily Shackelton and Luke Laird as well as a number of multi-genre acts. The festival kicks off with a performance by country artist Michael Ray at Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier Kickoff Party on May 3.
The festival also offers opportunities for guests to meet the artists. In addition to performances, workshops and panels are offered. For example, the songwriters can teach others how to write a song or how to play an instrument. The festival also sponsors a contest for emerging songwriters.
Other events during the festival include a Key West Artisan Market, a lighted boat parade and a Junkanoo Gawds Parade of costumed marchers that travel through the historic seaport. In addition, visitors can purchase island arts and crafts and eat delicacies such as conch fritters, Key lime pie and fried fish.
This is a great time for families to visit the island. Many activities are kid-friendly, and the Key West Aquarium offers discounted admission during the festival.
Each year the festival brings together over 60 songwriters to perform on several stages throughout the island. Some are established names while others are just starting out. They come from all over the United States and the world to participate. The songwriters are known for their storytelling ability and the ability to bring the emotion in their songs to the audience. The festival is also known for its hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere.
The festival features a wide range of genres, from country to rock and blues. It also has a focus on women in country and the importance of supporting female songwriters. It is important to support these women, as they are often overlooked in the industry.
In addition to its entertainment offerings, the festival also promotes a healthy lifestyle and raises funds for local community organizations. It has raised over $500,000 for charities and non-profits since its inception.
In addition to the festival, Key West hosts a number of other musical events throughout the year. These include the annual Tangos to Tarantellas, a classical music fundraiser for children’s welfare. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers while watching local student musicians perform. The event is held at the Helmerich Theater, 533 Eaton Street. It is open to the public and tickets are available online or at the door.