July 1st Pete Jarvis and Bill Blue on stage Noon-4:45pm
Pete Jarvis’ first visit to Key West was thirty years ago, and Sloppy Joe’s, of course, was his bar of choice. The house band was Bill Blue and the Nervous guys….a great rocking, blues, show-band that filled the room night after night. Bill is a musician’s musician…a uniquely styled guitar player, a gruff singing showman..and a Key West guitar hero. Over the years the late Jim Mayer and Bill grew to be good friends as well as with Jean Klausing. Bill played his first gig, July 4th weekend 36 years ago…This Saturday from Noon to 4:45, Bill Blue will strap on a guitar and play our stage for the first time in 30 years, as Pete Jarvis’ guest for the “For Pete’s Sake” series.
Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest July 20-22, 2017. For more information visit our Hemingway® Look-Alike page.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
5:30 p.m.- -Meet the “Papas.” Get to know the contestants and previous winners of Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. AT SLOPPY JOE’S.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
9:00 a.m. – Celebration of Life Papa 1987 Jack Waterbury
5:00 p.m. – Thursday night contestants need to check in at registration table.
6:00 p.m. – Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. On stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – Preliminary Round One on stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
5:00 p.m. – Friday night contestants need to check in at registration table.
5:30pm – Papa Birthday cake. On stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – Preliminary Round Two on stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
SATURDAY, JULY 22
Noon – Photos with “Papas.” Hemingway® Look-Alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s.
1:00 p.m. – Running of the Bulls. This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar and features past Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West. The fun takes place on Greene street outside Sloppy Joe’s.
HLAS will sell red berets and red bandanas (limited quantities) beginning at 12 Noon on Saturdays. Those wishing to wear tradition white clothing with red sash need to be prepared and bring their own clothing (these items not sold).
6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – FINALS to name Papa 2017
SUNDAY, JULY 23
BAR OPENS AT 10:00 AM
10:00am – Bloody Mary’s with Papa
Sloppy Joe’s Arm Wrestling Championship. Prizes await winners in multiple weight categories. Sloppy Joe’s. $5 entry fee; free to watch. Registration at 10:00am contest at 11:00am (must register same day before 10:45am). For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com[sloppyjoes.com].
October 22, 2017 Sloppy Joe’s Zombie Dance Party
October 26, 2017 Sloppy Joe’s Annual Toga Party
Toga! Toga! Toga! Sloppy Joe’s Toga Party is “An Original Fantasy Fest Event.” Get your toga ON and find out why we are “Still The Best Toga Party in Town!” Transport yourself back in time with a traditional ancient Toga or dare to create your Toga using Fantasy Fest theme “Time Travel Unravels.” Best Togas will win Sloppy Joe’s gift cards throughout the night. Toga sheets are available for purchase in the Sloppy Joe’s Retail Store for $10 (Proceeds to AIDS Help, Inc.). 201 Duval Street. 8 PM. Door charge.
- No registration; free to participate.
- We will be having mini contests at 8:00 pm and 11:30 pm band breaks. Audience will choose winner. First Place $100 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card, Second Place $75 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card and Third Place $50 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card.
- At 9:30 pm, we will have groups on stage (a group is 2-8 people). Audience will choose winner. First Place $300 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card, Second Place $200 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card and Third Place $100 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card.
- Contestants must be dressed in a toga and are encouraged to dress in Ancient Roman theme or be creative using the Fantasy Fest theme “Time Travel Unravels.” for their toga.
- Body paint is not a toga, but may be used as part of the toga costume.
- Hosts will gather contestants and introduce them. Audience response will determine three (3) finalists; and audience response will determine three (3) winners.
November 1-5, 2017 Sloppy Joe’s welcome Parrot Heads to Key West
November 5-12, 2017 Sloppy Joe’s welcome Power Boat Race Fans to Key West
December 5, 2017 – End of Prohibition Party
Sloppy Joe’s Bar will celebrate eighty four (84) years since the End of Prohibition.
photo by Johnny White www.milezerokeywest.com
December 31, 2017 NEW YEARS EVE — Sloppy Joe’s 25th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell
Sloppy Joe’s will host its 25th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell. Any thing goes New Year’s Eve in Key West on Duval Street. You’ll find people all decked out for the midnight celebration, and folks still in their bathing suits and flip flops when the Conch Shell drops from the roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
The idea and implementation of the New Year’s Eve Dropping of the Conch Shell is that of local artist Tobias McGregor. In 1993, McGregor approach Sloppy Joe’s management about the New Year’s Eve plan. “Before the dropping of the Conch Shell, everyone would just wonder around Duval Street, celebrating the New Year when their watches read midnight. The crowd was just not in sync,” said McGregor.
The initial Conch Shell was rigged on a frame, the shell was lowered manually, and timed by watch, or by looking across the street into a window and watching the countdown in Times Square on someone’s TV. McGregor said, “the Queen Conch has come a long way since the early years, and the crowd at the corner of Duval and Greene expects more each year.”
Outside the crowd starts to gather on the street around 10:00pm as Sloppy Joe’s rooftop host entertains the crowd and everyone dances, catches beads and waits for the countdown clock to begin. As midnight strikes and the Conch Shell is lowered confetti, streamers and lights will fill the sky.
No reservations taken. No tickets sold.
Sloppy Joe’s 14th Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival February 8-10, 2018.
2018 PUT-IN-BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – will be posted when available.