Key West / July 3 – 5
The Key Lime Festival
An All-American celebration of Florida's official and one of the most tasty pies! Salute sweet Key Lime pie, and the tiny fruit that inspired it, with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt for making the largest pie EVER.
Key West / July 10 – 13
Mel Fisher Days
This annual celebration brings together Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts in a celebration of the anniversary of Fisher's discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts in July 1985 after a 16-year search. The galleon sank approximately 35 miles southwest of Key West during a 1622 hurricane. Fisher's son Kim Fisher leads the continuing search for Atocha artifacts and treasures that still remain undiscovered. Festival highlights include a dock party with the salvage crew, behind-the-scenes tours of the Fisher family's private artifact conservation lab, a team treasure hunt and a rollicking street party that recalls Mel's exuberant spirit.
Key West / July 15 – 20
The 34th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, a theatrical premiere, short story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a pre-birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday. 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. Ernest's literary legacy is honored each year with the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement and reception. Scheduled Friday, July 18, it typically takes place at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., the legendary author's first Key West residence.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike);
(305) 294-0320 (literary)
Key West / July 19
Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of 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! The Lazy Dog Paddle Board Race will take place before the 5K and kicks off at 6PM. The 4 mile paddle board challenge will start at the Beach by the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Key West / August 7 – 10
Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday. The festive feast celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
Key West / August 28 – September 1
Fifth Annual Key West Brewfest
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on to be tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the great activities on tap.