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Things To Do In July 2022 In Key West


July… A time for independence, fun in the sun, and sweat. Lots and lots of sweat.  So much sweat that you feel it in places you didn’t know you could sweat.  Excited yet? Even our ocean is a balmy 87 degrees this time of year.  So ladies, proudly wear that adorable sweat mustache you’ll be rockin’ because the fellas will be focused on the fact that they look like they’re about to join a wet t-shirt contest. Or- just ignore the heat all together with these cool July events in Key West!


Key Lime Festival


Our celebrations are fun, wacky & unforgettable. Our people are too. Which leads us to Key Lime Festival: America’s favorite citrus celebration! If you happen to be traveling to the birthplace of Key Lime Pie this July you will see what we mean. An Epic Pie Eatin’ Contest serves as the festival’s kick off! It’s the perfect beginning to summer, and because nothing is more American than Key Lime Pie! July 1-5th.

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Be a Part of  Their World at the 2nd Annual Mermaid Fest

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Join Key West native, Mermaid Kristi Ann, her Pod, and her crew, for five whole days (July 1-5th) of splish-splashing mermaid adventures! Come swim with us as mermaids from around the nation take over the enchanted island of Key West, July 1 – 5, 2021. Sea you there!


4th of July Fireworks

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The grand-daddy of Key West firework shows. Have fun and try not to set your kids on fire. The Rotary is putting on their glorious display at the end of White Street Pier at 9pm. Bring your beach blankets and a cooler of beverages.

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Underwater Music Festival 

Get off the rock and head up to Looe Key Reef for the 36th annual festival on July 9 & 10th. From 10am to 2 pm, US1 Radio 104.1 FM will broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef. Put on a costume and jam out!


Hemingway Days


The 39th festival where a bunch of Hemingway look-a-likes gather in one place. The commemoration of Hemingway’s life will include an amusing “Running with the Bulls” down Duval Street, a 3 day Marlin tournament (he sure loved to fish), and a street fair. July 16-21.

More info: Hemingway Days 


…Or Just Drink Like Hemingway!

Food Tours In Key West

Food Tours In Key West

Take Key West Food Tour’s Cocktail Crawl and learn the secrets to the infamous Papa Doble daiquiri while visiting 5 of Key West’s best hidden gem bars. Guests get to sample not only spirits and local made beer, but delicious bites along the way as well!


Hemingway 5k and Paddle

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Runners, walkers and paddleboard enthusiasts can test their skills and celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s sporting lifestyle by joining us in the Conch Republic on July 24, 2021 during the in-person Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race! The athletic challenges are part of Hemingway Days, a six-day commemoration of the life and work of the author who lived and wrote in Key West for most of the 1930s.

This year, our 5K Sunset Run will begin at Truman Waterfront Park on the west side of the island (At the end of Southard Street). You will run around the beautiful, picturesque park (twice) before heading east on Southard and making the right on Whitehead Street and finishing at the iconic Southernmost Point!


Mini Lobster Season 


Christmas in July.  The 28-29th to be exact. But instead of presents we get “bugs” (the Florida friendly term for lobsters).  SO MANY BUGS.    The limit is 6 per person, per day.  However, there’s tons of boats out during these two days:  be careful.  Spiny lobster is amazing and all, but safety first!

More info: Lobster Mini Season







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