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Things To Do In July 2024 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

Key Lime pie eating contest.


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 3rd – 7th.

More info here


4th of July Fireworks

Fire works going off.

Photo// Opal Unpacked

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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Hemingway Days

Men dressed as Hemingway.


The 40th 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 18-23.

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

a group of people posing for the camera

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!


Mermaid Fest!

Join the local mermaid pod for the 4th Annual Key West Mermaid Festival. This family friendly festival is packed like sardines with Fin-tastic events such as “Mermaid Meet & Greets” , “Red White Blue, and Mermaids too”, 4th of July Beach Party at Lagerheads Beach Bar Key West, a Mermaid Sunset Sail aboard the gorgeous Argo Navis sailing vessel, and much more. The best part is a portion of the festival proceeds goes to benefit Reef Relief’s efforts to protect the coral reef ecosystem. July 1-4, check out the full schedule of events here!

Mermaid fest banner Key West in blue.

Mini Lobster Season 

A man holding a lobster.


Christmas in July.  The 26-27th 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





A guy playing a starfish guitar.