Whether you’re a Florida Keys native or simply someone who frequents the islands often, it’s very likely you’ve heard about the highly celebrated, highly adored Key West Songwriters Festival. It’s an annual event that takes over Key West every single May, and 2020 will be its 25th year running! Not only is it a fan favorite amongst locals and tourists alike, it’s an event designed to pay homage to those who don’t always get the recognition and respect they deserve: the artists behind the music that we love so much.

Here’s what you need to know about the festival and why you should attend:

Who It’s For
The festival is the largest of its kind and drives thousands of people to the city every year. It’s done in tribute to songwriters, but it’s open for music lovers and professionals at every level. You can expect live performances, intimate sessions and lively parties all throughout the nearly weeklong festival of music. In 2019, we saw artists like Brad Paisley, Ryan Hurd and Liz Rose, country singer-songwriter extraordinaire who’s most known for her work with pop star Taylor Swift. If getting lost in song is your ideal form of entertainment, this festival’s perfect for you.

Where It’s Held
In addition to seeing the people behind some of your favorite songs, you’ll also get to explore some of the very best things to do in Key Westthings to do in Key West. The official venues are located all over the city including hotspots like the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which is on the historic and energetic Duval Street, and the award-winning Key West Theater. This means in between festival events, you can enjoy great seafood, quality drinks and true warmth from Key West locals.

Where To Stay
If you’re planning for the festival and your Key West travel, be sure to check out the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key – Key West. This hotel is designed for your comfort and convenience while away from home. With spacious suites, an on-site restaurant surrounded by lush palms, and an outdoor pool with cabanas and a poolside bar, you’ll be so wrapped up in luxury that you may “accidentally” miss a festival event or two…just kidding. The resort’s complimentary shuttle will even take you to and from downtown Key West, so you don’t have to worry about missing a beat!

Book today and take advantage of our Key West hotel deals including Breakfast & Wi-Fi, a Hilton Honors discount and a “Cheers to Vacation” deal, which gets you sparkling wine, free breakfast and a late checkout. Also, check out deals at the iconic Casa Marina Key West, Waldorf Astoria ResortCasa Marina Key West, Waldorf Astoria ResortCasa Marina Key West, Waldorf Astoria Resort, which combines modern luxury and historic beauty. The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton, is an oceanfront resort boasting stunning views in an exceptional location. Explore all Key West hotels here.

The Key West Songwriters Festival is presented by BMI, and proceeds will benefit The BMI Foundation, which is a non-profit supporting the “creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants and commissions.”

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