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Hemingway Days


July 19, 2024 - July 25, 2024
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Hemingway Days in Key West

Hemingway Days is an annual festival held in Key West, Florida, to celebrate the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. The festival takes place over several days in July, and it features a variety of events, including a look-alike contest, poetry readings, a marlin tournament, and a Hemingway-themed street fair.


Hemingway Days was first held in 1981, and it has grown into one of the most popular literary festivals in the United States. The festival draws thousands of visitors each year, and it is a major economic driver for Key West.


The festival features a variety of events, including:

  • A look-alike contest: People from all over the world come to Key West to compete in the Hemingway look-alike contest. The contest is judged on physical resemblance to Hemingway, as well as on the contestant’s ability to recite Hemingway’s work.
  • Poetry readings: The festival also features a number of poetry readings, both by local poets and by poets from around the world.
  • A marlin tournament: The Hemingway Days marlin tournament is a three-day event that attracts anglers from all over the world. The tournament is held in honor of Hemingway’s love of fishing.
  • A Hemingway-themed street fair: The festival also features a Hemingway-themed street fair, with vendors selling Hemingway-related merchandise, food, and drinks.


Hemingway Days is a major cultural event for Key West, and it has a significant impact on the local economy. The festival draws thousands of visitors each year, and it generates millions of dollars in revenue. The festival also helps to promote Hemingway’s legacy and to keep his work alive for future generations.