Key West Fantasy Fest
What is Fantasy Fest?
Fantasy Fest is the premier costume and masked spectacle in South Florida. 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. What began as a simple, yet audacious costume parade has since turned into a multi-day event. The festival has since added several events and activities that serve as fundraisers for community groups and non-profit organizations.
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 be 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 final weekend for the 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, check out the “conch-fusion” menu at Hot Tin Roof. Also open for lunch and breakfast, the 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 seafood, burgers, sandwiches and fresh salads. Sip frozen tropical drinks while enjoying the nightly music, dancing and sunset.
LIQUID is our 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.
Where to Stay
Staying at the Ocean Key Resort close to Fantasy Fest in Key West means you can enjoy all of the crazy activities without a long walk. And when you’re not celebrating, relax in your Keys chic room with balcony overlooking the water.