Key West July Events

by Terri | June 2nd, 2011

In the middle of the summer you may think that Key West is scorching hot but since it lies along the coast, and you have those ocean winds coming through, it isn’t that awful bad to take a trip. Especially if you are looking for fun and exciting things to do while you are in the Keys. Summertime is usually not when most people go to the Keys because of the heat, but if it doesn’t bother you then take advantage of the lower prices and enjoy the action that goes on all year round!

July Events

In the beginning of July is the Ladies Dolphin Tournament. The cost is $400 entrance fee but you can win much more in cash prizes. Ladies, if you are interested, call 305-304-7674 for more info.

July 4th is a great time in Key West. A big show is launched from the White St. Pier and most people will view the fireworks from the water. They have tours you can take and enjoy an awesome time and the fireworks will begin right after sunset. Google Key West July 4th Fireworks Cruises for more details.

Mel Fisher Days is a big, big event. He is one of the local legends and treasure hunters and they celebrate his discovering the Atocha, a spanish galleon that was loaded with gold, silver and treasures that made him rich. You can call 305-296-6534 to find out just when they have the celebration.

If you like to shallow fish, then this is the event you want to be at. The Del Brown Permit Tournament is considered one of the hardest yet most rewarding amongst anglers. Call 305-942-0428 and see if you have the skill to partake in this annual event.

Annual Hemingway Days is a week long celebration of Ernest Hemingway, the famous writer who lived in Key West in the 1930′s. This is when the Hemingway look a like contest goes on. There are also short story contests, bill fish tournaments and the annual running of the bulls. Hemingway’s grand daughter runs the writing contest.
Here’s a cute video of Hemingway contestants!


A fishing sport called the Lobster Mini Sport Season also runs in July. For 2 days, hundreds of boaters search for Florida lobster. There are quite a few rules for this event that you have to abide by so you will want to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife info line at 305-289-2320.

Next time we will take a look at what’s going on in the months of August, September and October.

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