Celebrate America’s Literary Giant During July’s Hemingway Days

Ernest Hemingway, one of America’s most notable literary names who once called Key West home, will be celebrated during a week-long festival from July 18-23. Hemingway Days brings together look-alikes, writers, anglers and fans of the late author’s work to honor his legacy after he lived and wrote in Key West for most of the 1930s.

During the celebration, there will be prose and poetry readings, the quirky “Running of the Bulls,” presentations on Ernest and his influence, and a three-day marlin tournament to reflect the author’s passion for angling.

One of the most anticipated events will see Hemingway hopefuls compete in the popular look-alike contest, starring bearded men looking resoundingly like the writer. This will take place at Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval Street, which was a favorite hangout for Hemingway during his time on the island. Preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21, with the finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Additional festival events include the 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race, a DVD premiere of the 2015 performance of “The Hemingway Suite” in Havana, Cuba, a day-long street fair on Key West’s energetic Duval Street, and Sloppy Joe’s annual Arm Wrestling Contest.

To top off the celebration, fans can indulge in a trip to Hemingway’s former home at 907 Whitehead Street which has become the popular Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum attraction set among beautiful grounds.

For further information about the Hemingway Days festival, visit hemingwaydays.net

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