Get your white beard ready for this year’s Hemingway Days in Key West! Hemingway Days is a combination of literary events, fishing tournaments, physical races and bearded men dressed up in their kaki’s drinking a lot of rum!


Here is the simplified version of the event schedule as we’ve picked out the crazier events that most of our Finest Conchfish would love to do and see.


9:30am-4:30pm  Cool stuff happening at the Hemingway House Museum! Guy Harvey sketches will be on exhibit and if you say the secret words you get a special discount on the museum’s entry fee for the day!  The secret password is “Hemingway Days”

You’re welcome!

10:00am-5:00pm  Tennessee Williams exhibit at the Key West Business Guild in the back room of the center.  Located on Truman Ave. between Duval & Simonton St. just look for the Rainbow Flag!


5:30pm  Meet the Papa’s at Sloppy Joe’s.  Fan-out at Sloppy’s by meeting past and current Papa wanabe’s!


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9:00am Coffee & Doughnuts with the Papa’s at Cypress House

Fishing Tournament stuff

5:00pm  Something scholarly at The Customs House

5:50pm  Birthday cake with the Papa’s at Sloppy’s

6:30pm  Papa Hemingway Look Alike Contest, first  preliminary round.  Sloppy Joe’s



1:30pm  Papa Fish Off at Conch Republic catch & release with Cuban yo-yo’s.  (Yo-yo’s are big round spools of fisAP1007240280951hing line that you toss into the water)  Lot’s of old timers here in Key West still use them to fish off of the local piers!

5:00pm  Poetry reading Blue Heaven-listen to cool people recite Hemingway’s most famous poems!

6:30pm  Hemingway Look Alike Contest secondary round at Sloppy Joe’s.  Check out the web cam at



10am-10pm  Street Fair with food, fun, drinks and arts & crafts.

Noon:  photos with Papa’s at Sloppy’s.  Sit on Santa’s lap and take a selfie!

1:00pm  Running of the Bulls.  A mob of crazy white haired men race down Duval St.  Fun to watch!

3:00pm-8:00pm  Papa’s Pilar Rum 5k and Paddle Race. The after party will be at Southernmost Beach Café.

6:30pm  Final round of look alike contest! Watch it live in Key West or on the Sloppy Joe’s web cam!


10:00am  Arm wrestling at Sloppy Joe’s.  $5 to enter