Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. During his residence, Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most enduring works and spent his leisure hours fishing and socializing with local and literary cohorts. Each year, fans of his writing and exuberant lifestyle come together for Hemingway Days. This years celebration takes place Tuesday through Sunday, July 18-23, 2017.
Events during the annual celebration include a look-alike contest, readings and book signings, an awards ceremony for the renowned literary competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, a commemoration of the 118th anniversary of Ernest’s July 21 birth, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a zany “Running of the Bulls” and a three-day marlin tournament recalling Hemingway’s devotion to the deep-sea sport.
Some of the Hemingway Days Events
Running of the Bulls
This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar, celebrating their 80 year anniversary, and features past Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners and current entrants dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West. The fun takes place on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s. This event takes place at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 22nd. You can get more information online for this event.
Sloppy Joe’s 37th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest
Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West will host its 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike contest July 20-22, 2017. The contest is one of many events in Key West to celebrate the birthday of Ernest Hemingway and honor his work as author and sportsman. The competition starts with the first preliminary round on Thursday, July 20th, second preliminary round on Friday, July 21st, and finals on Saturday, July 22nd. You can register online for this event.
Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race
This years Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, July 22nd at 7:30pm. The Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race will take place at 6:00pm. Competitors of the paddleboard race will follow a 3-mile Atlantic Ocean course that begins and ends at Key West’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the ocean. You can register online for these events.
You will find the full schedule of events online: fla-keys.com
Save Big While Having Fun!
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