10 Days Of Fantasy Play In Key West
Key West lives up to its reputation of being a party-island during Fantasy Fest, a sizzling celebration that combines Carnival with Halloween for 10 days at the end of October, mainly on Duval street. No one can escape the enchanted worry-free atmosphere where everyone can unleash their wild side by displaying their unique style with extravagant costumes.
- Fantasy Fest Key West 2021 is from October 22nd – 31st, Friday-Sunday.
- The official Fantasy Fest 2020 theme is: “Roaring 2020’s & Future Fictions”.
It is no surprise that during this celebration the island’s population triples to 75,000 as they welcome guests to rejoice in all the amazing activities planned like – parades, street markets, parties and the chance to venture into the island’s culture of water-activities transforming this festivity into a flamboyant celebration. Here is a glimpse of some activities you can enjoy during the fest:
Fantasy Fest 2020 – What to Expect?
- During the years of Fantasy Fest there were many great parade themes! See the main themes:
Bahama Village Goombay Festival
- Kicks off the party on Friday-Saturday | October 17th, 2020 | Noon to midnight
With this family-friendly street party happening at the center of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Come and enjoy the music, food, and arts & crafts showcased by several artists.
On the main stage located at the corner of Petronia and Fort Street, everyone will rejoice with the music variety that includes from gospel to reggae and the best part the party does not stop until the next day.
Heroes and villains run/walk 5K
- On Monday | October 19th, 2020 | 6:00 pm
Be audaciously dressed up as your favorite superhero and step up to run/walk the 5K challenge starting and finishing at the Southernmost Beach Resort parking lot on South Street-Oceanside. This year only, the first 400 to register, receive a puzzle piece finisher medal. After your brave participation, everyone can enjoy free beer and snacks.
- Entrance on Friday | October 23rd, 2020 | 5:30 pm
Is a cocktail & dance party march for grown-ups wearing their most wacky costumes through the Old Town starting at the Key West cemetery. It is a festival-goers favorite because at certain points the procession stops at participating guest houses to receive a complimentary drink, a super fun way to meet the island’s community.
Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade
- Saturday | October 24th, 2020 | Sizzling route starts at 7:00 pm, Woodstock (the end of Southard Street)
Showcasing the flamboyant procession of more than fifty floats decorated with glittering outrageous themes.
Everyone will enjoy the festive sounds of the music, dancers, lights and astonishing costumes cat walking in high spirits through this mile-long parade heading to the Ocean. In addition, you can join the many side parties happening along the street during the parade.
2 Themes from Earlier Fantasy Years
- Here are 2 more themes that boasted the festival:
3 Wishes Fantasy Fest Parade
Paraded on Duval Street. It showcases the flamboyant procession of more than fifty floats decorated with glittering outrageous themes. Everyone enjoys the festive sounds of the music, dancers, lights and astonishing costumes cat walking in high spirits through this mile long parade heading to the Ocean. In addition, join the many side parties happening along the street during the parade.
The Sexy Side of Star Wars
A burlesque parody transporting you to a faraway galaxy where you can mingle with your dearest intergalactic characters emerged into a sparkling and glamorous burlesque world, a combination of childhood memories mixed with wild adult fantasies.
If you’re looking for a family event see the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October
What to Wear for Fantasy Fest?
Creativity is the highlight of the event. everyone is allowed to get passionate and let their wild and dare side awake with a display of; exuberant, exotic, and sparkling costumes that reveal your individuality. Just remember you must cover your essential body parts.
If you are thinking to do something bold, try body painting which is extremely popular among festival goers. Every year top international artists arrive to display their latest masterpieces. Besides, you can get ingenious and create several outfits for the different events happening at various times.
So Why Fantasy Fest Key West?
This nonstop celebration will quench all your fantasies as your senses will pop of exhilaration by participating in the fascinating events and watching the fabulous swingers, drag queens, body-paint bodies and more parading on the acclaimed Duval Street day and night for 10 days.