A new year in the Florida Keys brings a new calendar of can’t-miss events. January events in Key Largo and Islamorada include a little something for everyone. From art and live music to local food and sports, enjoy a taste of culture in one of America’s favorite destinations.
The Orange Bowl isn’t just a football game. On January 3, 2019, the Orange Bowl Swim Classic attracts some of the best college swimmers in the nation to Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo. Witness elite athletes swim fast times in a state-of-the-art competition pool. Admission is free.
Uncorked, the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival, is much more than a wine-tasting. It’s an 11-day celebration that indulges all the senses. From January 10-20, 2019, dozens of events boast fresh seafood, local art, live music, and wines from the world over.
The festival’s highlight is the Grand Tasting at the Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina on January 19. Area chefs collaborate with sommeliers to create an extravaganza for your taste buds. The Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival promises to be one of the biggest January events in Key Largo.
On January 19, 2019, the Art Under the Oaks Festival returns for its 36th year. More than 100 artisans display their wares outside San Pedro Catholic Church in Islamorada. Live music lends a fun atmosphere to the family-friendly event. If you get hungry while perusing the artwork, food vendors and bake sales are close at hand. Admission to the festival is free; onsite parking is $5. Proceeds go to helping the less fortunate in the Keys community.
Each month, the Florida Keys Community Concert Band puts on a free concert with a different theme. Pops-in-the-Park: Super Heroes and Space Wars is the first such event of 2019. On January 19, the beloved band hits the ICE Amphitheater stage at Founders Park to play some silver screen favorites.
The Islamorada Fishing Club has been a staple of the Florida Keys for more than 60 years. On January 23-24, they host the Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament, the second phase of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Series. Up to 30 boat teams of sport fishermen compete for a cash prize. The contest kicks off on January 23; fishing and award ceremony take place the following day.
From January 25-27, the elite Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament takes place; it’s the final leg of the Gold Cup Series. Anglers may only use circle hooks during this competition. Trophies are awarded to the most successful fishermen.
When deciding where to stay in the Florida Keys to best enjoy these events, consider the unforgettable experience of houseboat rental. Whether you’re headed to a wine-tasting event or a swim meet, Mangrove Marina’s houseboats provide that Florida paradise feeling. Think outside the box when choosing where to stay in the Florida Keys. In an extraordinary place, you deserve extraordinary lodging.