Hemingway Days in Key West

Celebrate Hemingway Days in Key West: July 16-21, 2024!

Get ready to immerse yourself in the legacy of Ernest Hemingway at the annual Hemingway Days festival in Key West, Florida! From July 16-21, 2024, this vibrant celebration honors the life and work of the legendary American author who made Key West his home in the 1930s. Here's a glimpse of what's in store for this unforgettable event:

Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

Head over to Sloppy Joe's Bar, Hemingway's old stomping ground, and watch as bearded contenders vie for the coveted title of Hemingway Look-Alike. This iconic contest is a must-see spectacle!

Running of the Bulls

Experience the hilarity of Key West's take on the famous Spanish tradition. Join in the fun as past "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike winners participate in this whimsical event.

Key West Marlin Tournament

Channel your inner angler at this thrilling three-day fishing competition. With cash prizes up to $50,000, the stakes are high as fishermen honor Hemingway's love for deep-sea fishing.

Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race

Embrace Hemingway's sporting spirit by participating in these athletic events. Whether you run, walk, or paddleboard, it's a great way to stay active and enjoy the stunning Key West sunset.

Literary Readings and Presentations

Celebrate Hemingway's 125th birthday on July 21 with special literary events. Enjoy readings and presentations that delve into the author's life and works, offering a deeper appreciation of his literary genius.

Street Fair

Soak up the lively atmosphere of Key West with a bustling street fair. It's a celebration of the island's vibrant culture, complete with food, music, and local crafts.

Museum Exhibit

Explore rare Hemingway memorabilia at this fascinating exhibit. It's a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with artifacts that highlight the author's storied life.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Don't miss the chance to witness budding literary talent at this competition, coordinated by Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter. It's a fitting tribute to the author's enduring influence on the literary world.

Hemingway Days is more than just a festival—it's a journey into the heart of Key West's rich literary heritage and the exuberant lifestyle that inspired Hemingway's greatest works. Join us for a week of celebration, culture, and unforgettable memories in the island paradise that Hemingway once called home.

Mark your calendars and get ready for a week filled with fun, festivities, and a whole lot of Hemingway!