One of the best ways to decide when to visit Key West is by looking at the lineup of annual celebrations. Despite its size, the Florida island is known for putting on incredible festivals and events, like Fantasy Fest. Another popular event is the Key West Conch Republic Independence Celebration.

The first step in planning your visit for the annual festival is booking your stay at Cabana Inn. Our adults-only hotel is the ideal place to relax after a day of checking out the fun. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect during your visit.

What to Know about the Annual Key West Festival

Every April, the Key West Conch Republic Independence Celebration takes over the island. The republic was created in 1982 in response to the U.S. Border Patrol’s blockade of the Florida Keys. The 10-day celebration works to foster a sense of pride and unity among locals. 

The festival opens on Friday with a beach cleanup in the morning before the opening ceremonies later that night. Head to Mallory Square for the light-hearted ceremony, which includes the CR Pledge of Allegiance and conch shell-horn salute. Afterward, head to Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley for the kick-off party and conch shell-blowing contest.

Other fun things to do include:

  • Wandering Duval Street between Eaton and Green to see what you can find during the Conch Republic Art & Craft Street Fair
  • Learning how rum is distilled on the Conch Crawl Bar Stroll, Rum Salute, and Distillery Tour through Old Town
  • Watching floats go by during the World’s Longest Parade, which runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, before ending at Schooner Wharf Bar.
  • Daily sailing, snorkeling, diving, and more are offered by local charters like Danger Charters, Fury Catamarans, and Spirit of Independence

Cabana Inn | The Perfect Key West Home Base

A room at a Key West hotel to stay at when visiting for the Conch Republic Independence Celebration.The Key West Conch Republic Independence Celebration will be here before you know it. Don’t wait to reserve your accommodations. Our hotel near Duval Street puts you close to all the action while providing you with a tranquil space to call home.

When booking your stay, you have a few different room styles to choose from, including rooms with queen beds and suites. See how you can save on your visit by checking out our special offers and packages. Call 866-413-2230 to learn more.