Visiting the island of Key West likely entails a leisurely weekend – lots of lounging, sunbathing, and reading. And, if you’re interested in a change of pace during your stay, spend an afternoon at one of the island’s most popular annual Key West festivals: The Bourbon Blues & BBQ Festival. Purchase your tickets here!

The Most Anticipated Key West Festival

Every May, the Key West Bourbon Blues & BBQ Festival is a highlight on Florida Keys’ social calendar. The festival features top-class bourbon, blues music, and some of the most sensational BBQ cuisine. This annual Key West festival isn’t something you want to miss! 

Bourbon and Whiskey

At this Key West festival, you will have the opportunity to try samples of some of the most elite bourbons and whiskeys crafted in Kentucky, Virginia, and even all the way in Ireland. Companies like Key West Smuggler Company, Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Elijah Craig Bourbon, and many more will provide only the best!


For three nights, a different blues artist or band takes the stage so that you can enjoy a variety of live blues music. The lineup changes every year but has yet to disappoint! To see who is performing at this year’s festival, visit the blues page on the festival website. Live music will be performed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night!


An assortment of BBQ vendors will be at the festival – you won’t leave hungry! Charlie Mac’s will provide some of the best tasting smoked ribs, chicken, and brisket, and The Dirty Pig will showcase their infamous pulled pork sandwiches and chopped brisket sandwich. Get ready to indulge in some of the best BBQ in Key West!

The Cabana Inn

After sampling the bourbon and BBQ at the best Key West festival, the finest place to spend the rest of the night is at The Cabana Inn. We are an oasis in the heart of Old Town Key West, with simple, elegant rooms, and amenities you will love. Guests can take a dip in our lagoon-style pool and in-ground Jacuzzi, enjoy a walk in our lush courtyards, and take part in our wine and cheese happy hour. Our wonderful staff will ensure that your stay is nothing short of exquisite.