2023 Schedule of Events
2023 Schedule of Events
Conch Republic Days
April 21 thru 30 2023
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
CONCH REPUBLIC “OFFICIAL” MERCHANDISE BOOTH & WELCOME CENTER at Thompson Plaza, Key West’s Historic Seaport, foot of Greene & Elizabeth streets.
ALL DAY/EVERY DAY!
SAIL ABOARD MAJESTIC KEY WEST HISTORIC SCHOONERS, CATAMARANS AND SLOOPS, including Conch Republic Flagship Wolf, Danger Charters, When & If, Jolly II Rover & America 2.0, High Tide, Fury, and the Luxury Catamaran Argo Navis. DAY SAILS, SUNSET SAILS, SNORKEL TRIPS & ALL-DAY ADVENTURES AT SEA
FRIDAY, APRIL 21st
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – 3rd Annual CONCH REPUBLIC CONCHY BEACH CLEANUP WITH KW PLOGGERS at Higgs Beach. Meet at Salute! On The Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd. FREE
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – RAISING OF THE COLORS at Mallory Square, 400 Wall St. Hear messages from our fearless leaders and the Blowing of the Sacred Conch Shell by the Conch Republic Jesters Guild. Live music with Conch Republic Royal Minstrel, Sir CW Colt! FREE
7:00 PM – CONCH REPUBLIC DAYS 2023 KICK-OFF PARTY & CONCH SHELL BLOWING CONTEST hosted by Schooner Wharf Bar, “Official Party Headquarters,” 202 William St., Key West Historic Seaport. FREE (Cash Bar)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – FREE SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY ‘ADVENTURES OF THE CONCH REPUBLIC’ at The Last Chance Bar in Homestead. Have a beer, watch the documentary, meet Skeeter’s family and hear stories told by the founders of the Conch Republic! Q & A after the show. Hear all the details of the upcoming Hollywood film based on the documentary. No ticket necessary, free event!
SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – EARTH DAY CLEANUP ON STOCK ISLAND Volunteers are given bags and bright tags to mark them when they are filled. Bags are picked up throughout the morning all around the island and dropped at Bernstein Park in a central location for removal at the end of the event. High school students will earn community service credits, elementary school children will be involved as part of science and math classes from the various schools in KeyWest and on Stock Island. Younger children are encouraged to come with their families. Visitors are welcome to join in this wonderful service to our island! Sponsored by the Stock Island Association. Donations of gloves, trash bags, grabbers and buckets are welcomed. Contact: Jo Anne Ellis, 917-680-2079 email: [email protected]
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – CONCH CRAWL BAR STROLL through Old Town. Includes drinks at each stop, and FREE Event T-shirt. COST: $45/$55 in Advance, if purchased by April 20. Stops include: 801 Bourbon Bar, Willie T’s, Rick’s, RockHouse Live, Island Dogs, The Empourium. Liquor Sponsors: Key West Trading Co., First Legal Rum Distillery, Mutiny Vodka, Hank’s Hair of the Saloon. Click Here For Tickets.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 40th Annual CONCH REPUBLIC DRAG RACES ON DUVAL at Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval St. Don your high heels & best frock and don’t forget the lipstick! Participate as a racer or bare witness this “Only in Key West” event! Cheer on the hottest men in drag, queens and questionable characters as they go heel to heel for a series of high stakes in high heels races & obstacle courses. No Entry Fee! Signup is at the event the day of the race.
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – 3rd Annual CONCH REPUBLIC WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. (benefit for Wesley House CR Foster Children’s Fund). Bid on the latest Conch Republic Designers’ Couture and Costume Creations as our Super Models walk the runway. Tickets range from $30 to VIP $100. (Limited seating available). Tickets are available here, or you may purchase them in person at the Key West Theater Box Office.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY “ADVENTURES OF THE CONCH REPUBLIC” at the Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St. Watch the documentary and hear stories told by the founders of the Conch Republic with a Q & A after the show. Hear all the details of the upcoming Hollywood film based on the documentary. Contact the Conch Republic executive committee for VIP tickets. [email protected]
SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – KEY WEST ARTISAN MARKET, Higgs Beach, 1801 White St. FREE.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – SECESSION RE-ENACTMENT – Step back in time to 1982 where it all started with former Mayor Dennis Wardlow, local businessman Ed Swift, former Chamber President Virginia Panico, along with others as they recreate the famous secession. Bring your camera, your conch fritters and your stale Cuban bread as you relive the glorious birth of the Conch Republic. Don’t miss this rare chance to witness history in the re-making! LOCATION: Former Chamber of Commerce Building 401 Wall St. Key West, FL 33040. Open to the public. FREE
1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – PARTY LIKE A CONCH STAR POOL PARTY – at the Gates Hotel Key West, 3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Drink specials by Key West Trading Co. and live music! FREE ENTRY
2:00 P.M. – PUBLIC SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY ADVENTURES OF THE CONCH REPUBLIC” at the Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St. Watch the documentary and hear stories told by the founders of the Conch Republic. with a Q & A after the show. Hear all the details of the upcoming Hollywood film based on the documentary. Tickets are $10 and available at the door at the Tropic Cinema the day of the show.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – JAZZ AT THE GARDENS HOTEL FOR THE CONCH REPUBLIC DAYS JAZZ IN THE GARDEN – 526 Angela St. For more info, visit: GardensHotel.com FREE (Cash Bar)
MONDAY, APRIL 24th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – 2nd Annual CONCH REPUBLIC K-9 MUSTER –Sign up your favorite fuzzy friend for duty to the Conch Republic! Enter the combat uniform competition. All sizes and shapes welcome!! One of our K-9 military members will win “best in show” for their combat gear! $25.00 to join & enter. Benefiting our local FKSPCA! Not a K-9 owner? Be a judge and vote! Hosted by The Backyard Bar at the EmPOURium, 618 Duval St. There will be a Pirate Radio Key West Live Remote. Sponsored by Rent Key West Vacations and American Dog Outfitters. FREE EVENT (Cash Bar)
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – 3rd Annual BLIND WINE TASTING – at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. Can you name the grape and the country for wines from around the world? Blind taste several wines at this fun event at the beautiful Gardens Hotel. Prizes! Wines provided by Break-Thru Beverage $30 per person. Click Here For Tickets.
TUESDAY APRIL 25th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – CONCH REPUBLIC MILITARY MUSTER & CONCH-TAIL PARTY at Southernmost Point Bar 1327 Duval St., hosted by CIA-Sshhh! Cuties In Action.
THE CONCH REPUBLIC MILITARY NEEDS YOU! Sign up to serve the Republic and sip TRUTH SERUM and AUBOURNE SKIES!
Bend elbows with CR Military Admirals, Generals, Ambassador & Island Dignitaries as we celebrate 41 years of freedom and fun! Enlist in the Conch Republic Military.
The CIA-Sshhh! and 82nd Auborne will be serving up delicious hot served dinner. Live Entertainment, 50/50 Raffle, and Cash Bar.
Benefit for Wesley House CR Foster Children’s Fund. COST: GEN ADM: $ 20.00 in advance- 25.00 at the door. All Military in Uniform -$15.00 at the door only. Limited Donor Diplomat Reserved seat $50.00 each, available only online in advance (includes dinner, signature drink, and commemorative souvenir). Also Limited Reserve tables for 4. Click Here For Tickets. For more info, email: [email protected]
9:00 PM – MANDATORY CAPTAINS’ MEETING CR INDEPENDENCE BOAT PARADE, hosted by Schooner wharf bar, “Official Party Headquarters,” 202 Willian St, Key West Historic Seaport. FREE (Cash Bar.)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – 3rd Annual CONCH REPUBLIC “ART OF WINE” – Gallery Tour & Wine Stroll begins at Gingerbread Square Gallery, 1207 Duval St. Benefits Sister Season Fund. Fine wines provided by The Saint Hotel. Click Here For Tickets. COST $40.
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – HOT HAVANA NIGHT DINNER & BENEFIT Hosted by Smokin’ Tuna, 4 Charles St. Dance the night away to the Latin music of Caribe Key West. Savor Authentic Cuban Food and Libations, Bid on Cuban Treasures. Relax and Enjoy the Outdoor Cigar Bar Lounge with our custom cigar roller., Win a Trip to Havana! Sponsored by Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, The Key West Citizen & Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe, proceeds benefit TREE Institute Int’l Cuba Program & Flagship WOLF Preservation Society Humanitarian Relief Missions. Email: [email protected] to learn more. Click Here For Tickets.
Limited early bird tickets start at $15.00 for bar seating and $45.00 for table seating (includes Cuban Dinner and Rum & Set Ups!) Cash Bar. Tickets go on sale March 15.
THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – PARADE PRE-PARTY at Southernmost Point Guest House, 1327 Duval. FREE (Cash Bar)
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – WORLD’S LOOOOOOONGEST PARADE on Duval (from Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico!) FREE
9:00 PM – LATE PARADE AFTER-PARTY & AWARDS CEREMONY at Schooner Wharf Bar, “Official Party Headquarters,” 202 William St., Key West Historic Seaport. FREE (Cash Bar)
FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH
5:30 PM – RACE WORLD OFFSHORE and THE CONCH REPUBLIC KICK-OFF PARTY– In Marathon for the 7-Mile Grand Prix Race featuring the Conch Republic Cup at The Florida Keys Key Aquarium Encounters, 11710 Overseas Hwy. For more information, go to www.raceworldoffshore.com (FREE) (Cash Bar)
7:00 PM 41st Annual REENACTMENT OF THE GREAT SEA BATTLE OF THE CONCH REPUBLIC, in, alongside and above Key West Harbor the Battle is a highlight of our celebration. This large scale, hilarious harbor battle pits the CR’s Military Forces (Air Force, Army, and Navy) and CR Privateers of all shapes and sizes against their valiant foe, non-other than a United States Coast Guard Cutter. The good-natured foes represent the USCG Cutter Diligence, attacked on Apr. 23, 1982, by the Schooner Western Union, the first Flagship of the Conch Republic. Best free viewing is at Ocean Key Resort & Spa Sunset Pier, Opal Key Resort & Marina, and Mallory Square Sunset Celebration. FREE (Cash Bar)
8:00 PM – “GREAT SEA BATTLE SURRENDER CEREMONY & VICTORY PARTY” at Schooner Wharf Bar, “Official Party Headquarters,” 202 William St., Key West Historic Seaport. Weather permitting. FREE
SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – CONCH REPUBLIC ART & CRAFT FAIR on Duval, between Eaton & Greene. Benefits KW High School Senior Art Scholarships. FREE
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Annual “CONCH REPUBLIC BLUE RIBBON BED RACES” – This fun-filled bed race takes place on Duval Street between the 900 block at Olivia St. and the 500 block at Southard Street. Teams often represent local hospitality businesses and decorate a bed to compete for prizes in this hilarious race. Come early to meet the teams and get a closeup look at these colorful, creative beds competing for the “Blue Ribbon.” Proceeds benefit Key West’s Sister Season Fund. Click Here for more info and bed team sign-ups. BED RACES AWARDS CEREMONY immediately following the races on Duval Street.
5:30 PM – RACE WORLD OFFSHORE and THE CONCH REPUBLIC RACERS AND FANS PARTY – Held at Sunset Grill in Marathon mingle with the Race Teams. The Conch Republic Jesters Guild Will be providing Fire Performances (Yes, we said fire!)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – 38th Annual “SCHOONER WHARF WRECKERS CUP RACE SERIES” CAPTAINS’ MEETING at Schooner Wharf Bar, “CR Official Party Headquarters,” 202 William St. FREE (Cash Bar)
7:00 PM – 38TH Annual PIRATE BALL & COSTUME CONTEST at Schooner Wharf Bar, “CR Official Party Headquarters,” 202 William St., Key West Historic Seaport. FREE (Cash Bar.)
SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – RACE WORLD OFFSHORE CONCH REPUBLIC CUP – View the season kick-off of the Powerboat Race Season on the 7-Mile Bridge in Marathon. This is the first ever running for the Conch Republic Cup tickets at raceworldoffshore.com
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 38th Annual SCHOONER WHARF WRECKERS CUP RACE SERIES – to Sand Key Lighthouse with the Schooner Wharf Fleet.
6:00 PM-LATE – RACE WORLD OFFSHORE AWARDS CEREMONY at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, 1996 Overseas Hwy., in Marathon. The Conch Republic Jester’s Guild will Blow the Sacred Conch Shell to signify the end of the races. The first-ever Conch Republic Cup will be awarded at this time. For more info go to raceworldoffshore.com.
7:00 PM – 38th Annual SCHOONER WHARF WRECKERS CUP RACE SERIES AWARDS PARTY & CEREMONY at Schooner Wharf Bar, “CR Official Party Headquarters,” 202 William St. FREE (Cash Bar)