Extravagant, entertaining and a little bit saucy; Key West's Fantasy Fest is a must if you're in Florida in October.
- When? 20 - 29 October 2017
- Where? Key West, Florida
- Price: TBC
Key West is usually described as an island perfect for families but Fantasy Fest's 10-day extravaganza is certainly one for the grown-ups. This wild and exciting festival goes big every October attracting tens of thousands of people to the city every single year, where - although nudity is illegal - less is more.
Dating way back to 1979, Fantasy Fest has had a different theme running every year and has gone from strength to strength. People flock to the streets dressed in colourful (sometimes revealing) costumes and party day and night. Of all the events that take place, the Fantasy Fest Parade along Duval Street is one of the most anticipated elements of the festival with a number of awards given to groups of participants at the end.
Other signature events include a Poster Contest, Masquerade March, Reddy Ice Fantasy Facade and Street Fair featuring dozens of vendors. Expect to see all kinds of entertainment and performances across the 10 days with the major parties happening at the weekends. On Friday, parts of Duval and side streets are shut off to make the 'Fantasy Zone' where laws are more relaxed and painted breasts are allowed.
Don't be surprised to see some who bend the law a little too far; hence why this is probably just one for the grown-ups - and definitely not one to take the in-laws to.
- Get there: Fly into Key West International Airport or drive down from the likes of Miami, events take place all over Key West.
- Stay: View the list of partnered hotels, or choose your own in the town centre.
Visit the Fantasy Fest official website for more information.
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