Joe Maxey looks a lot like Ernest Hemingway. That fact was amply proved when the 68-year-old white-bearded retired banker won Key West's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar. More than 140 aspiring Ernests competed, vying to be named "Papa" on the island where Hemingway lived and wrote during the 1930s.
Key West’s subtropical weather means summer temps in the high 80s, abundant sunshine and cooling sea breezes. But when it comes to entertainment, August is guaranteed to be a scorcher on the island with the annual Tropical Heat festivities. The sizzling action-packed event takes place Aug. 14-18, with all-male adult-themed events scheduled throughout.
Mel Fisher's 1985 discovery of the $450 million treasure of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Atocha is being remembered July 11-13 during Key West’s Mel Fisher Days. Highlights include a dock party with the salvage crew, behind-the-scenes tours of the Fishers' private artifact conservation lab, and the chance to hear adventurous tales recalling Mel’s exuberant spirit.
A group of unusual suspects is reportedly converging on Key West — a gang of “perps” known for penning today’s top thrillers and mystery fiction. Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 28-30, gives avid readers and aspiring writers the chance to meet and learn from superstar authors including Jeffery Deaver and Heather Graham.
The Florida Keys & Key West tourism council and the Key West Business Guild will showcase the inclusive spirit of the subtropical LGBTQ visitor destination in New York City’s WorldPride March and PrideFest street festival scheduled Sunday, June 30. Stop by the street festival booth for insights into the island chain’s newest offerings and attractions.
Creative recycling, offbeat artistry and lively “people power” combine into a spectacle that entertains spectators in Key West each May, during the lighthearted Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Designed to fascinate fans of earth-friendly repurposing and “outsider” art, the annual human-powered parade of colorful mobile sculptures will meander through Key West’s downtown area on Saturday, May 4.
Key West is a city that's always finding new ways to celebrate life with passion and also give back to the community. And one fabulous example of that is the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic. Renowned for its charitable contributions, the LGBTQ mixology competition will take place in conjunction with Key West Pride.
With its funky charm, quirky characters, end-of-the-road mindset and reputation as a bastion of the bizarre, Key West might seem more like a fictional setting than a real locale. But while the continental United States’ southernmost city is real enough, it definitely proves the old proverb that reality can be stranger than fiction.
Key West has an incredible lineup of events planned for its 2019 Pride extravaganza. So mark your calendars for June 5-9 and get your “inner pride on” in the Florida Keys. Highlights include playful pool parties, fabulous drag competitions, pride-themed movie screenings, theatrical and vocal performances, block parties, mischievous nightlife and an over-the-top Pride Parade.
Throughout April, throughout the year and throughout the Florida Keys, sustainable family-friendly events are offered for travelers seeking to connect with the unique Keys environment and help to protect it. Among them are Mote Marine Laboratory’s Ocean Fest and the Florida Keys Wildlife Society’s full-moon kayak excursions into the National Key Deer Refuge.