59th Annual
Poster Contest

MON, OCT 1, 2018
10:00AM – 4:00PM

Call to Artists! OIRF Poster Contest! The Old Island Restoration Foundation is looking for an image to be used for the 2018-2019 Home Tour posters and advertising. Artists are invited to submit artwork that captures the OIRF mission which is to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West and to appeal to the people who go on our Home Tours.
Artwork can be any medium or size, but must be reproducible to an 11×8.5 inch horizontal image. The winning artist will be awarded a prize of $200 and their image will appear on the poster and advertising for the upcoming season.
The winner will be announced at our 59th Annual Home Tour Kickoff Party at The Oldest House on November 15 and the winning artist will be signing posters at the reception. Artwork may be for sale at the opening and for a show until November 25. Sales will be directly to the artists. $20 to enter. Deadline to submit is Tuesday October 1.
For applications and more information visit: http://keywesthometours.com/postercontest or please contact info@OIRF.org
305-294-9501 or visit The Oldest House at 322 Duval St, Key West.


59th Annual
Home Tour Kickoff PartY

THU, NOV 15, 2018
5:00PM – 7:00PM

Join us as we kick-off the “59th annual Home Tours”.
We will also be announcing our Poster winner.

At this special event we’ll reveal this year’s Home Tour Poster Contest Winner. You’ll get to meet all the artists, see some of their other work and get a poster signed by the winning artist. Perhaps we’ll hear a little about some of the homes on this year’s tour. We will have some little nibbly food and libations while you get an opportunity to meet and mingle with our Board and other members under the stars in our beautiful garden.

Note – this event is for members, sponsors, the artists, home owners and special guests. If you aren’t a member, you’ll be asked to join the night of the party. Or you can do that here:

Fantasy Fest Porch Parade Party

SAT, OCT 27, 2018
5:00PM – Until

Your all-inclusive $199 ticket includes a full-course, sit down dinner prepared by one of our favorite restaurants, served under the lights in our private backyard garden. Our bar will be open all night serving plenty of cocktails, beer and wine. And we’ll have lots of beads!

This is an exclusive event as we can only sell a very limited amount of tickets, so there’s no crowding. At $199 per ticket it is the best value on Duval.  You’ll also have access to clean and private restrooms all evening long. Trust us, this is important.

Our gates and bar open at 5:00 pm. Dinner service starts at 5:30 pm. Parade starts at 7:00. We will keep the bar flowing until 30 minutes after the last float.

Looking for the best place to watch the big parade on Saturday October 27th?

The Oldest House front porch is the place to be!

Purchase your tickets now! 


37th Annual
Key West
Literary Seminar

SUN, JAN 13, 2019
11:30 AM

The Key West Literary Seminar welcomes readers and writers to this subtropical island city. Our flagship program is the annual Seminar, a four-day event that explores a unique literary theme each January, where readers from around the world enjoy presentations by some of the best writers of our time.




10th Annual
Key West
Food & Wine Festival

WED, JAN 23- SAT, JAN 26 2019
10:00 AM DAILY

It’s our tenth anniversary, and we are so excited to raise a glass to all of our guests and celebrate Key West’s Culinary Culture and Historical Architecture.


9th Annual
Key West
Authors Book Fair

SAT, FEB 23, 2019
10:00 AM

It’s that time again! The 9th Annual Key West Authors’ Book Fair is coming on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 10am-3pm at the Key West Oldest House, 322 Duval. Meet the authors, hear readings, buy books and enjoy complimentary refreshments in a beautiful garden setting. Authors can sign up and register for only $25 at: Seastory Press
FREE to attend


58th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest

SAT, MARCH 2, 2019
12:00 PM

The 57th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest was held in the garden of the Oldest House on March 3rd to a standing-room
only crowd, and was emceed by Lea Fox of US 1 Radio. The participants this year included four college students on spring break, Santa Claus and an on-stage marriage proposal. Next year’s Conch Shell Blowing Contest will be March 2, 2019.
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