Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration

When: March 1 - April 1, 2023

Where: Various Locations

Internationally renowned playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived in Key West for more than 30 years, once said of his chosen home, “I work everywhere, but I work best here.”

Each year, the Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the life and accomplishments of Tennessee Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary icon who moved to Key West in 1949 and resided here for 34 years. This month-long series of arts and cultural events, known as the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, takes place each March at multiple Key West venues.

The festival begins with a museum fundraiser and continues with plein air painting, poetry and short story writing contests, lectures, museum tours, film showings, live theater events and concludes with a birthday party complete with cake and bubbly. Each year, the Key West Art & Historical Society honors a different aspect of Williams' life and work, and this year's celebration is no exception.