Stock Island has long been on the map as sister city to Key West. In recent years, it’s become a destination all its own for a unique flavor of food and fun. Billed as a time machine to “old Key West,” Stock Island isn’t really “old” anything, but a fresh version of itself. What folks mean, though, is that it’s a place to enjoy the beautiful views, the bounty of the ocean, and friendly Keys hospitality without the hustle and bustle.
What is the I Love Stock Island Festival? It’s a celebration of place, founded on an initiative. It is the brainchild of Stock Island business owners and residents to make the island a better place to live, work and visit.
In its third year, this initiative is established as a positive grass roots effort bringing the community together to make a difference. The island is on its way: Bernstein Park reopened this year after an $8 million renovation and is establishing itself as a community hub.
This festival commemorates Stock Island’s past and looks to its future. Set for Dec. 7 through 9, it unites a number of wonderful elements. The people who put this festival together are dedicated to preserving the cultural history of Stock Island. It’s a rich and rugged slice of paradise to celebrate with locals and visitors alike.
Friday, Dec. 7
Food Truck Finds (all day)
Taste of Stock Island 4 to 7 p.m.
Lighted Boat Parade 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Rooster Run 5k 9:30 a.m.
Discover Bernstein Park 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
–Live music, food trucks, Stock Island Olympics, Cuban pig roast
Anchor & Vine Wine Tasting 4 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Stock Island History Tour 10 a.m.
Brunch and Pool Party at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen at the Perry Hotel 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Shrimp Boil at Hogfish Bar & Grill 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.