Despite an historical hurricane, Key West’s Fantasy Fest will go on as planned October 20-29. With contests, parties and other spectacles, revelers dressed in whimsical garb is set to show the world that no weather event can stop Key West from continuing its long traditions.
Don’t miss the Goombay Street Party in historic Bahama Village, which is a celebration of Key West’s Caribbean roots that is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21. Or, Friday night’s Royal Coronation Ball, where a king and queen are crowned to preside over the festivities.
New to the festival schedule is Sunday evening’s Zombie Bike Ride, a family-friendly procession of oddly lively “undead” in tattered zombie garb, pedaling past Key West’s Atlantic Ocean beaches to prowl historic Duval Street.
One of our favorite events is the Pet Masquerade that’s scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25 where a competition is designed for barking, meowing, and squawking participants and their human companions. The offbeat event typically draws entries ranging from costumed pet-and-person duos to animal-and-human ensembles staging choreographed performances.