Fishing and shrimping are the historic lifeblood of Stock Island. ZOE NORBORN.

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. 

—Contributed

 

Featured Events

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.

FOR MORE: See the I Love Stock Island Festival Guide, out NOW! 

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