Art Extravaganza Hits Key West This Weekend

This weekend, Key West's Truman Waterfront Park transforms into an artistic mecca with the Key West Art and Craft Festival. From Feb. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., art aficionados can indulge in the free-admission event featuring over 120 artists and crafters from across the US and Canada.

Set against the island city's azure waters, the spacious new venue at the end of Southard Street promises an impressive backdrop for the vibrant displays. Organized by the renowned Key West Art Center, the festival marries the best of January’s craft show with February’s fine art show, creating a dynamic fusion of creativity.

Susann D’Antonio, the festival’s director, is excited about the new combined format, “Not only does it offer a grander scale for our artists, but it also allows visitors to enjoy our stunning waterfront and park.”

Quality is a top priority, with a juried selection of artists showcasing a myriad of mediums – from watercolors and photography to ceramics and sculptures. Styles range across the board, catering to every taste.

But it's not just about visual feasts. Craft enthusiasts can revel in unique finds in glass, fabric, jewelry, and more. The little ones aren’t left out either, with toys designed to captivate young minds.

Beyond the art, the festival features interactive demonstrations, a spread of culinary delights from food trucks, and areas for relaxation and entertainment. For hassle-free access, a shuttle service connects visitors from key hotels to the heart of the action.

Supporting a good cause, proceeds from the festival will bolster the Key West Art Center’s initiatives and maintain its historic gallery at 301 Front St.

For more details, visit and dive into a weekend of artistry and inspiration in Key West’s tropical haven.