Key West Events
There is something happening in Key West all year long.Key West is home to a rotating calendar of annual events that keep the island buzzing. Finding the best activities means checking our calendar and seeing what appeals to you when you arrive.
Key West Super Boat RaceExperience the most powerful of water activities in Key West with the Super Boats International World Championships. Watch as the world’s biggest and fastest boats attain speeds of up to 180 mph over the six-mile course on the Gulf side of the island. Over the course of the season, from May to November, teams from all around the world compete in National Series Points races which eventually determine the overall winner. Most of the Super Boat racers are out on the water in a different locale every weekend. Take a shore side seat for this exciting watersport action.
Parrot Head ConventionGet your own little taste of Margaritaville by migrating to Key West along with the rest of the Parrot Heads. Parrot Head chapters from all over the world flock to Key West for an annual Meeting of The Minds, a four day convention that celebrates friendship, charitable “partying with a purpose” and Jimmy Buffet’s music. The Parrot Head convention annually attracts about 3,500 attendees on the week following Fantasy Fest and is regarded as one of the best things to do in Key West around the end of October.
This annual week of costumes, masquerades, parades and parties brings out the creative spirit of everyone who participates. Billed as a multi-venue, costume festival for grown-ups, Fantasy Fest is attended by tens of thousands of participants. The week of wild events culminates in the Fantasy Fest Parade and Street Fair.
Dating back to 1979, Fantasy Fest was the brainchild of local business owners looking to create events that would attract visitors to the once slow season of October. What started out as a simple parade has gradually morphed into Key West’s largest weeklong series of events which attracts people from all over the world. Get your creative juices flowing, work out you costume ideas and come to strut your stuff at Fantasy Fest.
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