38th Annual Hemingway Days to Honor Ernest July 17-22, 2018
The festival celebrating Key West favorite literary royalty, Ernest Hemingway, begins this week. This celebration of the late writer takes place through the week with various events around town starting on the 17th.
This almost week long event draws a crowd from near and far. The highlight of the happening is the annual Hemingway Look-a-like Contest. The "Running of the Bulls" is another Key West locals favorite. Featuring a troop of Hemingway look-a-likes parading down Duval with a herd of paper and cardboard bulls in chase. For information on other event and for time and location, see the complete schedule listed below.
Hemingway Look-a-likes at the annual fishing contest.
Hemingway days 2018 Schedule Of Events:
TUESDAY, JULY 17
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hemingway Collection Museum Day. Discover rare artifacts and memorabilia from Hemingways life, a life-sized bronze of the author and 59 original pen-and-ink drawings by famed marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey all illustrating Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea. Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Free admission for Hemingway Days participants. Visit kwahs.org.
6-8 p.m. Key West Art & Historical Societys Hemingway Symposium. The symposium features scholars, actors and writers inspired by Hemingways work. Presenters are moderator Kirk Curnutt, Ph.D., author of Coffee with Hemingway among others; Ashley Oliphant, Ph.D., author of Hemingway and Bimini: The Birth of Sport Fishing at The End of the World; Brewster Chamberlin, Ph.D., discussing Key West during Hemingways era; actor and playwright Brian Gordon Sinclair, author of the multi-volume series The Hemingway Monologues; and writer Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, Hemingways great-granddaughter. Old City Hall, 510 Greene St. Registration required; $5 per person (free for KWAHS members). Visit kwahs.org
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
4 p.m. Final registration for the Havana Club Key West Marlin Tournament. Anglers compete for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes for targeting marlin, spearfish, sailfish, dolphin fish, tuna and wahoo. Waterfront Brewery, 201 William St. Visit keywestmarlin.com
5:30 p.m. Meet the Papas. Get to know the contestants and previous winners of Sloppy Joes Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. Sloppy Joes, 201 Duval St. Visit sloppyjoes.com
6-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament captains meeting, auction and raffle. Waterfront Brewery, upstairs deck.
7:30-9 p.m. Voices, Places, Inspirations. This evening of readings, presentations and storytelling features Chuck Ball, author of Last Chance Key West among others; Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, reading from The Mirage of Mario Sanchez; Kirk Curnutt, discussing notable novels about Key West and their writers; Brewster Chamberlin, whose books include Peregrines Island; and Brian Gordon Sinclair, author of The Hemingway Monologues among others. A meet-the-authors reception follows. Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters. 938 Whitehead St. Free admission. Visit kwahs.org
THURSDAY, JULY 19
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournaments first day of fishing. Visit keywestmarlin.com
4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Dock outside Waterfront Brewery.
6 p.m. Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. Onstage at Sloppy Joes Bar. Visit papalookalikes.com
6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joes 38th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, first preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joes Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch. Visit sloppyjoes.com
6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament cocktail party and island-style pig roast. Waterfront Brewery, upstairs deck. Free to tournament participants.
7:30-9 p.m. The Hemingway Monologues hosted by Brian Gordon Sinclair. Attendees can view the film The Hemingway Monologues: Life and Death in Key West, narrated by playwright and actor Sinclair, and discover his seven-volume series The Hemingway Monologues: An Epic Drama of Love, Genius and Eternity. Co-hosted by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, the event includes Canadas Hemingway on Stage Award presentation. Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. $5 per person (free for KWAHS members). Visit kwahs.org
FRIDAY, JULY 20
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournaments second day of fishing.
1:30 p.m. Papa Look-Alike Fish-Off. Cheer your favorites as the Papas compete in this dockside catch-and-release challenge using traditional Cuban yo-yos at Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks, 631 Greene St. Free to watch.
4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Dock outside Waterfront Brewery.
5:30 p.m. Papas Poems. The Key West Poetry Guild presents a reading of the poetry of Ernest Hemingway, as well as their own work, during a free-admission event at Key Wests Old City Hall. For info, contact Nance Boylan at 908-591-5566.
6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joes 38th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, second preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joes Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch.
6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament cocktail party and fish fry. Waterfront Brewery, upstairs deck. Free to tournament participants.
8:30-11 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament party with the Havana Club team. Enjoy an exuberant gathering for tournament participants.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournaments third day of fishing.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Caribbean Street Fair presented by Literacy Volunteers of AmericaMonroe County. Four blocks of Key Wests 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. Visit lva-monroe.org
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Noon Photos with Papas. Look-alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joes. For info, visit sloppyjoes.com
1 p.m. Running of the Bulls. Now in its 20th year, this wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joes 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 Joes. Visit sloppyjoes.com
1:30 p.m. Sloppy Joes birthday party for Papa. Celebrate Ernests birthday (complete with cake) alongside former winners and contestants in the Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joes Bar.
3-5 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Dock outside Waterfront Brewery.
3-7 p.m. Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race registration. Register and pick up race packets for the popular run and paddleboard challenge. Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St. $45 entry fee for either race or $85 for both. Visit keywesthalfmarathon.com
5:30 p.m. Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race. Competitors follow a 3-mile Atlantic Ocean course that begins and ends at Key Wests Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the ocean. Visit keywesthalfmarathon.com
6:30 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament awards banquet and silent auction. Cocktails and silent auction are set for 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and awards presentations at 7:30. Open to tournament participants and their guests only. Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St.
6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joes 38th annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, final round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joes Bar. Free to watch.
7:30 p.m. Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk. Racers start at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States at Whitehead and South streets, and proceed through Old Town Key West. A post-race awards party is scheduled at the Southernmost Beach Café. Visit keywesthalfmarathon.com
SUNDAY, JULY 22
10 a.m. Bloody Marys with Papa. Start the day at Sloppy Joes. Visit sloppyjoes.com
10 a.m. Sloppy Joes Arm Wrestling Contest. Registration is set for 10 a.m. and the contest begins at 11 a.m. Prizes await winners in multiple weight divisions. Sloppy Joes Bar. $5 entry fee; free to watch. Visit sloppyjoes.com
12-2 p.m. Hemingways Key West by Trolley. Historian Sharon Wells leads a trolley tour of sites associated with Hemingways Key West years, including his former home and waterfront settings he memorialized in his novel To Have and Have Not. $10 per person ($5 for KWAHS members). Meet at the Custom House Museum. Visit kwahs.org
3 p.m. Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement. Author Lorian Hemingway, Ernests granddaughter, will announce the winners of her internationally recognized fiction contest online at shortstorycompetition.com
. A $1,500 cash prize and publication await the first-place winner.