Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest

Key West’s Fantasy Fest is a Can’t Miss Event

With near perfect, sun-filled Florida weather almost year round, you would think Key West would be filled to the brim with visitors running from the cold each and every day of the year – even Christmas. But that’s not always the case. Key West, like every tourist destination, has its slow season, and it was the slow season, and the sight of empty streets and boarded up shop fronts, in 1976 that inspired longtime resident Joe Liszka to create one of Key Wests most enduring, and raucous, street festivals – Fantasy Fest.

Key West’s Fantasy Fest is an adults-only, street festival held each year from October 18th to the 27th.  Please, leave the kids at home. For 10 crazy nights, a mile long stretch of Duval Street is filled with 75,000 revelers comprised of bikers, drag queens, nudists, performance artists, body paint enthusiasts and shocked first-time gawkers. At Fantasy Fest, you are encouraged to let your freak flag fly.

Each year Fantasy Fest has an overall theme – this past year’s was Super Heroes, Villains and Beyond, and attendants are encouraged to dress in an appropriate costume, but there are a variety of side events where you can mix it up a bit. Last year there were 50 official side events and who knows how many unofficial parties over the 10 festival. There are zombie bike rides, toga parties, pirate balls and even pet masquerades.

Fantasy Fest is a place where freedom of expression – and wearing little more than paint – is encouraged, but that doesn’t mean the entire island is a free for all. Laws and regulations are relaxed within the Fantasy Fest Zone, but they are still in full effect in the rest of Key West. So, if you plan to leave the fantasy zone, be respectful, be smart and bring a cover up.

Fantasy Fest is held between October 18th and 27th each year in Key West, Florida.

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Lezlie Roark
Truman & Company Real Estate
1205 Truman Ave
Key West FL 33040