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Oct 212014

kw playhousewaterfrontPurchase a subscription to shows at Waterfront Playhouse in Key West for discount on a set of tickets.

The subscriptions are for four or five shows, and offer savings of $20 to $40.

Waterfront Playhouse  offers other ticket discounts, including date-night deals and discounts for seniors, students and active military staff.

Information is online or  305-294-5015

 Posted by on October 21, 2014
Oct 212014

Jewelry, pottery and other handcrafted wares by local artists and artisans are featured at a  free family-friendly Island Art Festival.

Big Pine and Lower Keys Island Art Festival is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 29. The event includes music performed by local entertainers and food sold by vendors.

Entry and parking are free for the event at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31,  800-872-3722

 Posted by on October 21, 2014
Oct 182014

ff festFree events, including the wildly popular Fantasy Fest Parade, are part of Fantasty Fest in Key West.

The Fantasy Fest theme is Animeted Dreams & Adventures. Free events include the street fair on Duval Street October 24 noon to 10 p.m.  and the Fantasy Fest Parade rolling along Duval Street  7 p.m. October 25.

The assortment of activities is featured on the Fantasty Fest website, 305-296-1817

 Posted by on October 18, 2014
Oct 122014

Stroll among art galleries and shops at free art walk events in The Florida Keys.

The art walk festivities in Key West and Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m.

In Key West, the  Studios of Key West and various art galleries and shops participate in  The Walk On White Gallery Walk  most third Thursdays of the month,  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the venues offer refreshments and free entertainment. The  Studios of Key West is at  600 White Street, 305-296-0458

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-664-9100

 Posted by on October 12, 2014
Oct 082014

Pets are the highlight of a Fantasty Fest event.

The Pet Masquerade is  October 22.  The event is free for spectactors.

Participants vying for prizes pay a  $25 fee, with proceeds for the Lower Keys Friends of Animals.  The categories include exotic, theme adaptation and look-alike.

Registration is at 4 p.m. for participants and the event is at 5:30 p.m.

The event is as Casa Marina Resort 1500 Reynolds St., Key West.

Various Fantasy Fest events are free.

 Posted by on October 8, 2014
Oct 062014

The Key West Express ferry offers a discount for folks who reserve round trip tickets early. The boat ferries travelers from Key West to Fort Myers Beach. Round trip tickets purchased at least eight days early are $119 Mondays to Thursdays, a savings of $30 Round trip tickets purchased at least eight days early are $134 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, a savings of $15 Round trip tickets purchased at four days early are $134, a savings of $15 The discount tickets are not be refundable. For information reservations, phone 888-539-2628

 Posted by on October 6, 2014