Sunset on Mallory Square is THE event of the day in Key West. This historic square is named for former Key West customs inspector, U.S. Senator, and Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen Mallory, a famed figure in Key West history. Huge crowds gather each evening to watch the sun set behind the Marquesas Keys to the west.
It’s sunset that provides the backdrop to the zaniness found in this public square, where the street performers of Key West cluster. Buskers and street performances who appear here are coordinated by the Cultural Preservation Society. Beyond the expected musicians and jugglers, you may see a sword-swallower, tightrope performers, and even an escape artist. Performance art goes on around you, changing daily. All performers work for tips, so be generous.
At other times of the day, Mallory Square is a quieter place. Enjoy the views.