2018 Calendar of Events

2018 Key West & The Florida Keys Calendar of Events

Come to The Islands of Paradise

 

JANUARY 2018

 

December 14 – January 6

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Inspecting Carol

Grab a large helping of holiday cheer with this hilarious, madcap comedy! It’s a cross between A Christmas Carol and Noises Off. Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual. “Inspecting Carol” is a delightful mix of “A Christmas Carol,” “Noises Off,” “Waiting for Guffman.”

January 1 – Nov 10

Key West

Key West Fishing Tournament

More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

Jan. 5 – 7

Key Largo

Key Largo Sailfish Challenge

Held at the height of the sailfish season, this event follows a boat-tournament format.

Prizes and trophies await first, second and third place teams, and proceeds benefit the Coral Shores High School Band program. Up to six anglers can form a team to fish the challenge.

Jan. 6 – 7

Marathon

The Florida Keys Celtic Festival

Some of America’s most celebrated Celtic musical masters are to be featured at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49.

The festival will also feature Irish and Scottish dancing, Highland athletics, Celtic merchandise, food and beverage booths and children’s activities.

Jan. 4 – 14

Key Largo

Uncorked … the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival

The 10-day food, wine and spirits showcase features 30-plus savory events to please virtually every palate and budget.

Venture among numerous Upper Keys venues with fresh, locally sourced seafood and international-style dishes.

The festival’s outdoor ‘A Grand Tasting,’ is set for Jan. 14. What better reason to ‘Uncork’ and unwind in the Florida Keys.

January 8

Key West

Key West Theater presents: The Zombies

Now in their 54th year and cited as being one of the most influential UK pop/rock bands of all time, a mid-’60s rock group who wrote gorgeous melodies. Dominated by Colin Blunstone’s breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent’s shining jazz- and classical-influenced organ and piano, the band sounded utterly unique for their era. To this day, they’re known primarily for their three big hit singles, “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No”, and “Time of the Season”, however they have released multiple albums in recent years, both in the studio and live. Show starts 8 p.m.

January 11 – 14

Key West

Key West Kingfish Mayhem

Big fish, big money!

Come fish for some of the largest kingfish in Florida Keys waters in this new tournament.

Fishing headquartered at Stock Island Marina.

First prize could earn $15,000 cash, based on a 50-boat field.

Jan. 12 – 14

Islamorada

Sixth Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival

Featuring several great Oldgrass, Newgrass and a blend of next generation Bluegrass as well as some tasteful variations of the genre.

Tickets to be available in advance online and at the gate. Monies raised help fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students.

Main event is located at the ICE Amphitheater, MM 87 bayside at Founders Park.

Other weekend musical activities are to be planned.

Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted.

Food and beverages available for purchase.

January 13 – 14

Key West

13th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival

A family-friendly event with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. $5 admission per person; hours open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at Bayview Park, Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive.

January 22 – 29

Key West

Kelly McGillis Classic International Flag Football Championship

Women and girls from around the world are to meet on the playing field for hard-fought sporting action. Each year, nearly 30 teams from across the United States, Mexico, Central America, Sweden and India participate.

January 23 – Feb 04

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: 1776, In Concert

“1776” is the Tony Award winning musical which brings history to life as it dramatizes America’s contentious Founding Fathers and their determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Engaging, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical takes audiences back to the long, hot Philadelphia summer of 1776 when John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia bid members of the Second Continental Congress to proclaim independence from the tyranny of British monarchy and adopt the United States Declaration of Independence.

January 24 – 28

Key West

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Top chefs and restaurateurs display culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a flavorful schedule of events for food lovers. Highlights include the lively “Old Town Uncorked,” neighborhood wine strolls, food and wine pairings, intriguing seminars, winemaker dinner series and a grand tasting.

January 26 – 27

Key West

Key West Theater presents: Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor and activist. Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music in his own right with a distinguished and varied career spanning over fifty years. Show starts 8 p.m. each night.

 

FEBRUARY

January 23 – Feb 4

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: 1776, In Concert

“1776” is the Tony Award winning musical which brings history to life as it dramatizes America’s contentious Founding Fathers and their determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Engaging, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical takes audiences back to the long, hot Philadelphia summer of 1776 when John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia bid members of the Second Continental Congress to proclaim independence from the tyranny of British monarchy and adopt the United States Declaration of Independence.

February 1 – 3

Key West

Cuda Bowl

Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions.

February 1

Key West

Key West Theater presents: Lorrie Morgan

She has sold over six million records and has had gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. Show starts 8 p.m.

Feb. 2 – 4

Islamorada

Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament

In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate.

Other awards are presented for the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.

February 7 – 10

MILE 0 FEST

Mile 0 Fest is a new country music festival that takes place during winter at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. If you’re traveling to Key West in February or are considering a winter escape south, this is a “Must-See” event, especially for fans of the Red Dirt & Americana scene. The main stages of the festival are located right off of Duval street, but throughout the weekend you can catch sporadic acoustic sets at multiple theaters and bars.

Feb. 17

Marathon

Second Annual ALR coral Head Music Festival

Nationally recognized bands are to perform as well as Keys favorites for an all-day music fest. ALL proceeds benefit charities, including Project: Vet Relief, Relay for Life and Wesley House Family Services.

The one-day charity event is to be held at the Marathon Community Park Amphitheater, from noon to 11 p.m. Presented by American Legion Riders.

 

MARCH

February 22 – Mar 10

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Hand to God

Sesame Street meets The Exorcist in this outrageous comedy. Hand To God tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends his afternoons at his local church, practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All hell literally breaks loose, however, when Jason’s puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play, Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind.

March 2

Key West

Key West Theater presents: George Winston

Self-described “rural folk piano” player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed New Age. Winston’s legendary music continues to grow in popularity and influence, as he is presently concentrating on live performances playing solo piano concerts, solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances (with R&B and slow dance songs).

Mar. 10 – 11

Marathon

Original Marathon Seafood Festical

One of the middle Keys’ signature family events, delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside.

Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend.

An open-air boat show is to be staged at entrance to the festival.

March 12 – 15

Key West

March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament

A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist – in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Yacht Harbor Marina on Stock Island.

Mar. 24 – 25

Islamorada

27th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest

Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a “Taste of the Islands” foodie competition.

Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder’s Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. On-site parking for a $5 donation. Sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.

March 29 – April 4

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Avenue Q

Once is never enough with Avenue Q! Since the show was such a tremendous hit in the 2016/17 season, the Waterfront is bringing back this monster hit for 3 weeks only. Avenue Q is the winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad. He and his friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life in a musical that is hilariously timeless.

 

APRIL

September 25 – Apr 1, 2018

Key West

Key West Theater Presents

The Key West Theater is a newly-renovated fully working performing arts center from an 1848 a historic building, that presents top tier music, concerts, theatrical productions, comedy & variety specials and locally produced Key West events. The Key West Theater is a non-profit organization that serves as a springboard to ignite creative excellence, quality entertainment, intellectual stimulation, challenge and opportunity. We are committed to making performing arts relevant in the lives of more people by providing space and demonstrating that theater engages, inspires and unites communities. Check their website for upcoming shows, movies and concerts. Tickets to shows can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office.

January 1 – Nov 10, 2018

Key West

Key West Fishing Tournament

More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

March 29 – Apr 4

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Avenue Q

Once is never enough with Avenue Q! Since the show was such a tremendous hit in the 2016/17 season, the Waterfront is bringing back this monster hit for 3 weeks only. Avenue Q is the winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad. He and his friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life in a musical that is hilariously timeless.

Apr. 8, 2018

Islamorada

BayJam 24

This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1.

Attendees can savor the sounds from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.

Apr. 27 – 29

Islamorada

Islamorada Spring Classic

A family-formatted boat tournament that features nine target gulf and backcountry species.

Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. Junior release division for anglers up to age 10.

 

MAY

May 3 – 26

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: The Legend of Georgia McBride

Casey is an unemployed Elvis impersonator in need of a quick buck. In desperation, he takes up a job offer from drag queen Miss Tracy, to fill in for her drunk partner at a night’s cabaret performance. Turns out he’s a natural, and soon he’s decked out in sequins and warbling Barbara Streisand with the best of them. However, he’s kept his new job secret from his wife Jo, who’s starting to wonder about her husband’s newly unleashed feminine side.

May 3 – 19

Marathon

Marathon Community Theater presents: Making God Laugh

Making God Laugh is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each ten years apart and set at various holidays.

Beginning in 1980, the newly “launched” kids – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player – all return home where we learn of their plans as they embark on their adult lives.

The “empty nest” parents contend with their own changes as well as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up.

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan…” Woody Allen

May. 4 –  6

Marathon

Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow DolphinTournament

Over $30,000 is cash and prizes awaits the top anglers with the largest bull and cow combined, while other prizes are awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail.

May. 4 – 6

Islamorada

Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo

A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina.

Cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $185, $50 for juniors.

May 5 – 9

Marathon

Tarponian Tournament

For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening.

Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential “hot spots” are shared among all anglers.

May 9 – 13

The Key West Songwriters Festival

The largest festival of its kind in the world. Celebrating its 22nd year. Since 1997 BMI has been a presenting sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.

May 18 – 20

Key West

Key West Co-Ed Mahi Masters

In this challenge, cash prizes are awarded to the male and female angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. There is no limit on the number of participating boats.

May 20 – 23

Islamorada

Loop Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament

Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test.

Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.

May 28

Key West

Memorial Day Weekend in Key West

Key West is a truly stunning part of America, and holds enough diversity to keep all members of the family entertained during Memorial Day Weekend.

 

JUNE

Jan. 1, 2018 – Nov. 10, 2018

Key West

Key West Fishing Tournament

More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old).

The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

June 1 – 3

Key Largo

Fourth Annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament

This tournament is headquartered at Skippers Dockside Restaurant, behind the Holiday Inn. Anyone, including captains and mates, are eligible to participate.

Junior anglers must be under the age of 16 on the first day of the tournament. First-place team is awarded $20,000 cash.

Prize monies are given the top six teams, including $10,000 to second place, $5,000 for third place, daily-angler, lady-angler, junior-angler cash prizes and more.

June 1 – 3

Lower Keys

Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament

The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce presents its 25th annual event, where anglers contend for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards.

A special cash prize of $20,000 is awarded for the largest dolphin over 50 pounds. Additional prizes await winners in the open, ladies and youth divisions.

June 2

Marathon

Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival

The waters off Sombrero Beach are to be transformed into a swift racecourse for a day of dragon boat racing that involves 20 paddlers moving in unison a combination of strength and teamwork.

Sombrero Beach provides a pristine setting and unique, direct-from-the-beach launch for the sleek, 40-foot-long race boats. The festival is free and open to the public.

Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment are to be available shoreside.

June 13 – 15

Islamorada

41st Annual Ladies TarponFly Tournament

The Ladies Tarpon Fly is an all release, fly fishing invitational that has attracted many premier lady fly anglers and guides throughout its history.

Whether your favorite species is tarpon or you are looking to put another feather in your cap, the tournament participants range from the expert to the novice who is trying to improve her fishing skills.

 

JULY

Schedule of Events:  June 30 – July 4

2018 is shaping up to be the best Key Lime Festival yet. We’re pleased to offer a full 4 days of culinary events for every taste, 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. We’ve also added intimate culinary events. Once again, we expect most of the events to sell out.

Saturday,  June 30

11AM-4PM  | Key Lime Kick-Off Party & Key Lime Pie Drop

Key West Lighthouse | 938 Whitehead Street | Free

Our Pie In The Sky Sponsors, The Key West Art & Historical Society will host the kick-off party this year celebrating the start of the 2018 Key Lime Festival with the sweetest and tartest kick-off party around. Come to the Key West Lighthouse to see Key West’s most creative minds attempt to outsmart gravity by finding a way to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of the lighthouse to the ground… without damaging the pie.  Try dropping your own pie, or just enjoy the spectacle from the ground. A perfect day of food, fun and friends, The Key Lime Kick-Off Party & Key Lime Pie Drop is an event you don’t want to miss.

2PM-4PM  | Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll

Starts at Charlie Mac’s | 404 Southard Street | $30

If you like to drink & judge, this is the event for you. Decide who makes the best Key Lime cocktail on the island as 12 – 15 bars compete for your vote with the finest margaritas and martinis in Florida. Travel between 7 bars at your own pace between 2pm-4pm.  $30 includes samples of about 12 or more drinks. Free souvenir mug for the first 100 people to register. The Sip & Stroll starts at the Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Winners will be posted the following day.

Sunday, July 1

10AM – 2PM |  The Southernmost Beach Cafe Brunch Special

Southernmost Beach Cafe | 1405 Duval Street |  Menu Pricing

Brunch is always a good idea! The Southernmost Beach Cafe will be featuring a special Key Lime French Toast in honor of the Key Lime Festival!  Located right on South Beach – oceanside on the Atlantic end of Duval, it’s a beach location like no other and is the most desirable setting in Key West for oceanfront dining and cocktails.

2PM   |  The Key Lime Pie Hop

Starts at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon | 4 Charles Street | $30

Join your friends for a leisurely stroll through the town where Key Lime Pie was born with stops to sample five variations of Key West’s favorite dessert. From classic to creative, your taste buds are guaranteed a good time on this popular culinary event. Sample the best of the best of our island’s Key Lime Pie! $30 (includes 5 pie samples and a free 2018 Key Lime Festival T-shirt!)

Monday, July 2

12PM  |  Key Lime Rum Sampling & Distillery Tour

Key West Legal Rum | 107 Simonton Street | Free

Sample rum made with real Key Limes grown in the Florida Keys and tour Key West’s very first legal rum distillery. Free event.

3:30PM | Key Lime Scavenger Hunt

Conch Republic Seafood Company | 631 Greene Street | $30

Get ready to see Key West like never before on this whirlwind adventure with a Key Lime Twist!

Grab your team of 2-5 people and sign up for the Key Lime Scavenger Hunt on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Clues will lead your team to famous Key West sights, iconic landmarks, hidden local favorite places, and of course a bar or two along the way. Earn the most points and the you’ll lead your team to victory and take home the grand prize and the ultimate bragging rights!

Tuesday,  July 3

6PM  |  Key Lime Cooking

Isle Cook  | 218 Whitehead St | $90

Join Isle Cook Key West and Chef Paul Menta, local chef, distiller, and entrepreneur to learn the secrets of key lime cooking. Using Key Lime, fresh local seafood and farm-fresh produce, Chef Menta will prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for your enjoyment while regaling you with tales from Key West past and present. This incredible experience is limited to 12 participants, and reservations are required.

Wednesday, July 4

10AM – Noon | Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest

Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort & Spa |0 Duval Street | Free to Watch

Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ World Champion? Register if you think you can devour a 9″ Key Lime Pie faster than the competition. This world famous event receives national media exposure and ranks among the sweetest competitive eating contests around. Not up for the challenge?  Take a front row seat to cheer the champions as the brave contestants tie their hands behind their backs and dive face first into a mountain of Key Lime goodness. Doors open at 10am. Contest starts at 11am. This is without a doubt the best way to spend your day. Free to watch. Entries are just $20 and include notoriety, a Key Lime Pie and souvenir Key Lime Festival T-Shirt.

4th Of July Fireworks Picnic

Casa Marina Resort  | 1500 Reynolds Street

Watch the skies come alive. Your support of the Key West VNA Hospice 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks Saturday evening goes a long way.

This is the perfect way to finish the festival weekend with a bang.

July 6 – 8

Islamorada

Islamorada Summer Classic

A family-formatted boat tournament series that features nine target backcountry and oceanside species — dolphin, grunts, jacks, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna & trout.

Trophies are awarded to the top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel (non guided) and charter (guided) divisions. Open to adults, teens and junior anglers.

July 7

Lower Keys

34th Annual Underwater Music Festival

The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM.

The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.

July 9 – 11

Islamorada

Islamorada Fly Dolphin Tournament

A two-day fly fishing event that features three-person angler teams, competing for cash and prizes. Prizes for largest fish, combined weight, most releases and more.

July 13 – 15

Marathon

Marathon Marlin Tournament

Teams will compete for marlin division trophies as well as fun fish awards for the three heaviest dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack).

The top-scoring team in the tournament is to be entitled to free entry into the following week’s Key West Marlin Tournament. The tournament is based at the Faro Blanco Marine Resort.

July 15 – 18, 2018

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. The tournament is based out of Hurricane Hole Marina.

July 18 – 21, 2018

Key West

Havana Club Key Wets 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.

July 19 -22

Key West

Sloppy Joe’s 38th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

5:30 p.m.- Meet the “Papas.” Get to know the contestants and previous winners of Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest.  AT SLOPPY JOE’S.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

5:00 p.m. – Thursday night contestants need to check in at registration table.

6:00 p.m. – Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. On stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 38th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – Preliminary Round One on stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

5:00 p.m. – Friday night contestants need to check in at registration table.

6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 38th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – Preliminary Round Two on stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

SATURDAY, JULY 21

Noon – Photos with “Papas.” Hemingway® Look Alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s.

1:00 p.m. – Running of the Bulls. This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar and features past Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West.  The fun takes place on Greene street outside Sloppy Joe’s.

HLAS will sell red berets and red bandanas (limited quantities) beginning at 12 Noon on Saturdays.  Those wishing to wear tradition white clothing with red sash need to be prepared and bring their own clothing (these items not sold).

6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 38th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – FINALS to name Papa 2018.

 

AUGUST

Check back soon – more to come!