Culture of the Florida Keys

Sunset Festival at Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset Festival at Mallory Square
is held nightly on Key West.

The Florida Keys abound with culture and are famous for harboring historical celebrities such as novelist Ernest Hemingway, playwright Tennessee Williams and bird-chronicler John James Audubon. Aspiring artists continue to flock to the Keys today – drawn by the free-spirited lifestyle, spectacular sunsets, weather and wildlife that the Keys are famous for. There is an ever-changing cast of characters here in the Keys from artists, dive captains, writers, chefs, musicians and numerous others that have made the Keys their home.

The legacy of the Keys is absolutely incredible and timeless, including over 50 galleries, thousands of restored homes that are on the National Registry, a nationally acclaimed Theater Festival, and more visual, literary and performing artists and galleries per capita than anywhere in the nation.

Culture & Art, Islamorada, Florida Keys
"The Fish Story" artwork on Islamorada.

The cultural spirit of the Keys is evident by the many events and festivals held here each year, from the infamous Fantasy Fest Parade to Hemingway Days, there is something here for everyone. Take a look at our Events page for a listing of events held in the Keys.

Stop in and browse one of the many galleries, enjoy a festival, take in a play at one of the theaters or listen to a symphony orchestra. You'll find out that the Keys are full of cultural opportunities for both visitors and residents alike.