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While You’re Spending the Thanksgiving Holiday in the Keys…

The International Sand Arts Competition will take place between November 26 and 30 at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West.  Watch as sand sculptors create intricate, amazing sculptures.  Info is available from info@sandisle.com.

Also, in Key West, the Art! Key West! 3-day festival throughout the Old Town area.  “Highlights include visual, performing, literary, film and musical events, performances, and exhibitions. Galleries are to have extended hours and exhibitions, and art and culinary pairings are to be offered at local restaurants.  There is a special event for kids and their parents on Saturday and Sunday!  More info at https://keywestartcenter.com/ or 305-619-9459

A little further up the Keys, the Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival will take place on November 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be live music, food, exhibit and booths featuring locally-produced arts and crafts.  To be held at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce grounds at milemarker 31 oceanside (31020 Overseas Highway).  Visit LowerKeysChamber.com or call 305-872-2411 for additional info.

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Key West Chalk Festival

The 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival will take place between November 19 and 23.  It’s a pavement art festival where artists use chalk as their medium and the pavement surface as their canvas. Sponsored in part by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and The Key West Art & Historical Society, the Key West Chalk Festival follows street painting traditions that originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy when artists began transforming streets into canvas using chalk. The Key West Chalk Festival is a family-friendly, pet-friendly event, free and open to the public. Ongoing information and updates are available on the Key West Chalk Festival Facebook page.