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Key West Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest 2018 October 19 – 28, 2018



Don’t miss the infamous Fantasy Fest, an annual homage to debauchery.

Fantasy Fest isn't for the faint of heart - it's a crazy party where literally anything can happen!

Key West Fantasy Fest is going to be very lively this year! Charge your creative juices during the craziness that is Fantasy Fest, and enjoy some partying, playing and plain old having a great time!

Fantasy Fest occurs near Halloween every year and is now one of the busiest times of the year in Key West, FL. Thousands of people visit the island every Fantasy Fest, bringing great costumes and great times!

Looking for fun accommodations for Fantasy Fest 2018 in Key West near the heart of the action? Ocean Key Resort is your hotel. And when you’re not celebrating at Fantasy Fest, Ocean Key guests can relax at the foot of Duval Street, just steps from the action but in a quiet setting.



What Is Fantasy Fest?

Fantasy Fest is the premier costume and masking spectacle that happens in Key West every October. The 10 day themed festival for grown ups includes street fairs, costumed processions, glamorous balls and over 60 parties all culminating in the Fantasy Fest parade on the penultimate day. As many as 75,000 partygoers participate in the festivities by expressing their creativity through costumes, partying and general excitement.

The origins of Fantasy Fest date back to 1979 when a group of business owners decided to come up with an event to attract visitors during the slow season occurring between summer and the arrival of the so-called “snowbirds” who take up residence in Florida for the winter. What began as a simple, yet audacious costume parade has since turned into a multi-day event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

The festival has since added several events and activities that serve as fundraisers for community groups and non-profit organizations. Local businesses have become proud supporters of Fantasy Fest not only because of the financial benefits, but also due to the cultural prosperity that is derived from such a creative operation.


What To Do At Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest has a jam packed, 10 day schedule that features parades, carnivals, pool parties, luaus, musical performances, open house events, dances, contests, balls, pub crawls and a whole lot more. To say that you won’t be at a loss for something to do at Fantasy Fest is an understatement. Events can been attended depending on your choice of costume, (the Toga party, Bowties and Birthday Suits, Tutu Tuesday, the Venetian Masquerade Ball), activity (the Naughty Bike Ride, the Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk) or theme (Cheraoke, Beach Bash, Rock and Roll pool party.) In addition to festivities during the entire week, most of the attendees make sure to stick around for the the final weekend and be part of the namesake Fantasy Fest Street Festival and Parade. Get your costumes ready and prepare to get weird!


Where To Eat And Drink

If you’re looking for some excellent dining near Fantasy Fest, you’ll want to stop by the Ocean Key Resort & Spa. For Key West’s best waterfront dining, peruse the “conch-fusion” menu at Hot Tin Roof. An homage to Tennessee Williams, Hot Tin Roof offers romantic, casual elegance with its fine dining mix of traditional Florida cuisine and Caribbean influences paired with an extensive wine list. Also open for lunch and breakfast, the Scott Maurer helmed restaurant offers beautiful views overlooking Sunset Pier.

If you’re looking for some lighter fare, try the food at Sunset Pier Tiki Bar & Grill. The tropical Caribbean menu features both raw and grilled seafood, burgers and sandwiches and fresh salads. Enjoy frozen drinks, tropical cocktails, hard lemonades and a full selection of beers and wines. Located between Key West Harbor and Mallory Square, Sunset Pier offers nightly music, dancing and famous Floridian sunsets.

LIQUID is the Ocean Key Resort & Spa poolside bar exclusive to hotel guests. Take pleasure in luxury VIP service, a dipping pool for cooling off and a large whirlpool for extra relaxation. Offering the best views on the island along with a premium cocktail bar and snacking menu, LIQUID is a delightfully secluded spot with a distinct island ambiance.


Where To Stay

Staying at Ocean Key Resort close to Key West Fantasy Fest offers a unique experience for adults from all walks of life. Ocean Key Resort near Key West Fantasy Fest is going to be very lively this year! Charge your creative juices during the craziness that is Fantasy Fest, and enjoy some partying, playing and plain old having a great time!

Staying at the Ocean Key Resort close to Fantasy Fest in Key West means you can enjoy all of the crazy activities on offer like the Freaky Tiki Party, Reddy Ice Fantasy Competition, Venetian Masquerade Ball, and more! Looking for a fun resort close to Fantasy Fest 2018 in Key West near the heart of the action? Ocean Key Resort is your hotel. And when you’re not celebrating at Fantasy Fest, Ocean Key guests can relax at the foot of Duval Street, just steps from the action but in a quiet setting.