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Key West Events

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Council of the Florida Keys

Events in Key West for July, 2019

Year:  Month: 
January 01 to August 31,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
Anglers of all ages and abilities can target more than 40 species of fish in the Key West Fishing Tournament, a free-entry multidivision challenge that takes place Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2019. The tournament features divisions for men, women, junior anglers ages 10 to 15 and Pee Wees under 10 years old — making it ideal for extended families and multigenerational groups who want to share the angling experience.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-923-5934
Email: [email protected]
July 04,  in Key West
Rotary Club of Key West Annual 4th of July 5k Walk/Run
The Rotary of Key West civic group also stages a 4th of July 5k Walk/Run that begins and ends at the Edward B. Knight Pier, located at 1801 White St., fRace begins and ends on the Edward Knight Pier at 7:30am. Register online for $25 until 7/3/19 4 p.m. After 4pm on 7/3 price goes up to $30. Registration can be done online or in person Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm at Wildlife Sanctuary Parking Lot across from the Pier. Register Wednesday morning 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. on the Pier. T-shirt sizes are first come first serve so pick up your packet early for the most selection!
July 04,  in Key West
Rotary Club of Key West Annual Fireworks Show
Now in its 34th year, the 4th of July is a Key West tradition for generations of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy the Key West Fireworks Celebration at 9 p.m. at the Edward B. Knight Pier (White Street Pier). Live local music, family friendly games, along with a spectacular view of the fireworks.
Contact: Jessica Cranney 305-773-4016
July 04 to July 07,  in Key West
Seventh Annual Key Lime Festival
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the annual Key Lime Festival. Four days of culinary events for every taste are planned, including favorites from past years like the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll, and new favorites for Key Lime lovers like The Key Lime Pie Hop.
Email: [email protected]
July 05 to July 07,  in Key West
Inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival
Our crew and mermaid pod are over the waves excited to bring you this three-day weekend event, packed with so many fun and mervelous events. From "Mermaid Meet & Greets" and our "Sunday Funday with Mermaids", to mermaid vendors with a splash of entertainment and heaps of ocean awareness, dancing under the sea, and much, much more! With activities for the little mermaids and adult mermaids at heart, the Key West Mermaid Festival is an entire island family friendly event welcoming Florida Keys locals and visitors from across all of our oceans!
Contact: Kristi Mills 305-304-1988
Email: [email protected]mail.com
July 11 to July 13,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Days
Come commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher’s famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of the Atocha Mother Load. Annual Dock Party at Schooner Wharf Bar on Saturday, July 13, with tours of salvaging vessels, raffle, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Private tours of the Fisher Family Conservation Laboratory July 11 & 12. Net proceeds from these events benefit Wesley House Family Services, Inc.
Contact: 305-296-6533
July 13 to July 16,  in Key West
Del Brown Permit Tournament
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released 513 permit on fly tackle off the Florida Keys in his lifetime. Begun in 2001, the tournament is based out of Hurricane Hole Marina. Each year the event makes a contribution to the Bonefish Tarpon Trust and the Jon Ain Memorial Fund to continue permit research.
July 16 to July 21,  in Key West
39th Annual Hemingway Days
The 39th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary)
July 17,  in Key West
Hemingway Days Presents “Voices, Places, Inspirations.”
This evening of readings and presentations begins with “Papa’s Poems,” presented by members of the acclaimed Key West Poetry Guild. Subsequent presenters are Kirk Curnutt, discussing notable novels about Key West and their writers; Kristina Neihouse, presenting her first novel, “Knowing When to Leave”; and Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez, sharing excerpts from his prose and poetry books. A talk back and book signing follow. Old City Hall. Free admission.
July 17 to July 20,  in Key West
Stock Island Marina Village Key West Marlin Tournament
Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: [email protected]
July 18 to July 20,  in Key West
Sloppy Joe's 39th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest
The look-alike challenge is a highlight of Key West’s July 16-21 Hemingway Days celebration, created to salute the writing talent and adventurous life of the literary master who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s. It takes place at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., where Hemingway enjoyed sharing cocktails and camaraderie with friends. The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
July 20,  in Key West
27th Annual Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Email: [email protected]
July 20,  in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Invaders of the Keys
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. is hosted by Mote Marine. Activities will focus on learning about lionfish, iguanas, pythons, and other invasive species. “Invaders of the Keys,” hosted by the Key West Aquarium, will help children understand the effect nonnative animals have on the local environment.Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750
Email: [email protected]
July 20,  in Key West
Hemingway Days presents: Running of the Bulls
A festival tradition, this wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar and features Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners and entrants dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West. The fun starts on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s. Starts at 1 p.m., free to spectate.
July 20,  in Key West
Native Plant Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
The Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9am to noon. Nursery volunteers have propagated 161 species of plants bringing the inventory to more than 1,500 plants which attract butterflies and birds. Many plants are on the State of Florida endangered species list. Sizes range from one-gallon to 15-gallon pots. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. All proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: [email protected]
July 20,  in Key West
Hemingway Days Caribbean Street Fair
Presented by Literacy Volunteers of America–Monroe County. Several blocks of Key West’s famed Duval Street, beginning at Front Street, are closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Email: [email protected]
July 27,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Donovan
Pro surfer-turned musician Donovan Frankenreiter will be back to send out his breezy, laid-back vibes and upbeat lyrics in an early evening performance at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. The show is part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello Series,” a program established to promote the arts and foster the Fort as a community venue. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the “backyard casual” setup that will include food vendors and cash bar. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the 6pm doors-opening for $30. Limited special VIP tickets with cash bar and seating available for $50. Children under 12 are free. Limited parking is available, bicycling is encouraged.
Contact: 305-295-6616 x 114