In the 1960s, a few friends began to gather on the wooden docks of the old salvage warehouse district at the west end of Duval Street to watch Key West's spectacular sunset each evening. By the '70s, the sunset watchers' ranks had swelled a bit, with a few free spirits strumming guitars and craftspeople selling their wares.
Today, Mallory Square, a souvenir shopper's mecca by day, transforms itself into a rollicking circus each afternoon, with hundreds of people showing up for the Sunset Celebration. Arrive an hour before sundown. An assortment of entertainers—tightrope walkers, jugglers of torches or chainsaws, musicians, strongmen, trained acrobatic cats—make this sunset celebration one of the most popular shows in Florida. The festivities continue for about an hour after the sunset.
1 Whitehead St.
- Key West, Florida 33040
- 24.55922000, -81.80711000
- Daily, from 5 pm.