Fantasy Fest® 2024

When: October 18 - October 27, 2024

Where: Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

Fantasy Fest is an annual 10-day celebration in Key West that began in 1979 to attract visitors to the beautiful, but typically quiet season. It has grown every year, becoming the wildest extravaganza around. It's a gathering of fun-loving people from around the globe who bring their creativity and imaginations to Key West every October. The events are a whirlwind of excitement, including costuming, parades, and libations.

Event Highlights:

  • Friday, October 20, 2023
    Activities kick off with the Bahama Village Goombay Festival, a family-friendly event showcasing island arts, crafts, music, and food in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood.
    Other events include the Royal Coronation, where attendees can vote for the King & Queen of Fantasy Fest. 
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
    Features a Pirates and Parrot Heads Pool Party, Official Florida Keys Council of the Arts Fantasy Fest Poster Signing Party, and Capt. Tony's Party in Plaid.
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023
    Hosts the Pet Masquerade and the Smokin Tuna Homemade Bikini Contest.
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023
    Features the Annual Headdress Ball, the premier LGBTQ+ event of the celebration, and Sloppy Joe's Annual Toga Party.
  • Friday, October 27, 2023
    Continues with the Fantasy Market at the Truman Waterfront Park and events like the Island Vibes Reggae Night, the San Carlos Institute Lobby Party, and Captain Morgan's Masquerade March.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2023
    Presents the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade, the premier event featuring glittering floats, spectacular costumes and dazzling dancing groups.
    Other events include Parade Viewing at the Hard Rock Café, the Under the Sea - Live Like a Pirate Party, the San Carlos Institute Block Party,  Glass Cats - live on the beach at Southernmost Resort.
  • Sunday, October 29, 2023
    Finally the festival concludes with Children's Day, a family event with food, rides, games, arts and crafts, and a costume contest for children at Bayview Park.

The Fantasy Fest offers a diverse range of events, ensuring there's something for everyone in the celebration that turns the beautiful island of Key West into a party paradise every October.

Checkout the Fantasy Fest website for the full schedule of events.