Ahhhh, September ‚Ä¶ historically the month we celebrate the last holiday of the summer. In the United States we call it Labor Day, in Australia Father‚Äôs Day tops off the ninth month, it‚Äôs Brazil‚Äôs month to mark Independence Day, and in Germany there‚Äôs Oktoberfest.
September and December always begin on the same day of the week, since 91 days separate the months ‚ÄĒ and no other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any given year!
Poker Run bikers have come and gone, and a few of our restaurants and shops take holidays this month.
The weather begins to cool down and we get into full swing preparing for the outrageous annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming festival.
In a couple of weeks, our island will welcome bears, cubs, otters, wolves and a dusting of Goldilocks and chasers. Key West‚Äôs annual Bear Fest runs Oct. 4-7 with a full schedule of events throughout the weekend.
The animal antics begin with a noon pool party at the Island House resort.¬† Local restaurants Square One and Antonia‚Äôs have special menus for this fun group that enjoys food and drink. The Brazilian churrascaria Braza Lena will welcome the exuberant appetites of the bears with the annual Saturday night limitless Carnivale for Carnivores featuring 16 cuts of meat.
Be part of the pack as these ‚Äúparty animals‚ÄĚ frolic across Key West joined by celebrity comedian host Paul J. Williams, acclaimed for his work with RSVP Vacations cruises and appearances on Logo television.
Williams will kick off the weekend at the Island House‚Äôs pool party, appear at events throughout the weekend and star in a one-man comedy show on Friday night at Bourbon St. Pub. Known as a ‚Äúcreative teenager‚ÄĚ in the band, choir, and drama club, Williams has honed a sidesplitting sense of humor blended with lightning-fast wit.
Changing the pace a bit, our art scene cranks up with the monthly Walk on White Street held on the third Thursday evening of each month. Galleries are open for tours with refreshments and the local caf√©s offer samples of their specialties.
The first Friday evening of each month brings an Art Stroll to Upper Duval Street. The lively stroll includes gallery and studio tours featuring local artists, and restaurants and bars offering live entertainment and food and beverage specials.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is a great resource to help you connect with our local artists, galleries, and special events ‚ÄĒ both in Key West and throughout the Florida Keys. The organization also promotes and supports an Art in Public Places program and assists our visual and performing artists and students.
Hope to see you at one of our September events, or sometime soon here on the island. After all, no matter what the month, there‚Äôs no place like Key West!