Fantasy Fest 2017: New Events & Returning Favorites
Key West is getting all decked out to welcome you to Fantasy Fest 2017: Time Travel Unravels, October 20-29. This is truly is a fest above the rest as we welcome a new festival director, new lineup of events along with returning festival favorites. Get ready for 10 days of festivities including costume contests, street fairs, themed parties, pool parties, beach parties, food and art, parades big and small and more!
New Director Brings New Energy & Events
We had the opportunity to have a quick chat with Nadene Grossman Orr, Festival Director who is bringing new energy and excitement to the 2017 festival along with a creative festival staff. Visitors should expect to see a creatively costumed and modernized festival along with a full schedule of fantastic events. This years theme: Time Travel Unravels allows you to take your imagination to anywhere on the time-space continuum. Be creative and have fun!
New to the Festival But Not New to Key West
Some of the best “New” events just happen to be Local Favorites that are now included on the 2017 Fantasy Fest schedule.
In addition to Goombay (October 20, 21) here are just a few Fantasy Fest events we’d like to mention: Sunday, October 22nd is the Zombie Bike Ride, Tuesday, October 24th is the Tutu Party and on Wednesday, October 25th is the return of long time favorite the Homemade Bikini Contest at Smokin Tuna. Returning favorites include the Pet Masquerade, Masquerade March (a/k/a the Locals Parade) and the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade. New this year are the parties after the Masquerade March and the Fantasy Fest Parade so remember the party may just begin when you think the event is about to end.
Also new this year are Festival Hubs where visitors will be able to obtain festival information and merchandise. They will be located at the Key West Custom House, San Carlos and Southernmost House. As you can see, Nadene and her team have all things Fantasy Fest covered from the Atlantic to the Gulf. All you have to do is show up and have a fantastic festival.
So many events, so little time. You may want to take a look at your travel itinerary and be prepared to stay a little longer or come a little earlier as the 2017 Fantasy Fest Schedule is overflowing with fun festivities and costuming events. View the Fantasy Fest Schedule of Events.
A little bit of Fantasy Fest History: Nadene was Queen of Fantasy Fest in 2003.
What to Wear
You will never hear the words “I brought too many costumes” to this year’s festival. Fantasy Fest is a costume extravaganza! If you look at the festival photos and schedule you will see there are themed parties and costume contests throughout the week: Red Party, White Party, Blue Party, Green Party, Pink Party … there’s also a Toga Party, Nerd Party, 80’s Party and a Red Neck Party. This is a small list of the many events and parties taking place on the island. Our best advice is know before you go, the more costumes the better and wear comfortable shoes.
If you are looking for tips or just some good Fantasy Fest travel advice, check out Ten Tips and Must Do’s while attending Fantasy Fest.
What’s Happening at Southernmost!
Heroes & Villains Run/ Walk & Southernmost Fantasy Fest Luau
Monday, October 23rd
6pm Southernmost Beach Resort
Be super, be evil, be AWESOME and get your run on! Dress up as your favorite Superhero or Super Villain and run, walk or fly to the finish line. The first 400 to register get a puzzle piece finished medal! Only offered this year. Race starts and finishes near the beach at the Southernmost Beach Resort parking lot on South Street, and runs through historic Old Town Key West. Free beer and snacks after the race.
After the Race | Southernmost Luau at 6:30pm
Refuel with us at the Southernmost Luau after you conquer the SUPER, EVIL, AWESOME Heroes and Villains Run/Walk 5K. Enjoy a Key West style pig roast with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand. Buffet includes Roast Cuban Pork, Picadillo, Frijoles Negros, Soffritto Rice, Yucca Fries, Tostones and Dessert!
Tuesday, October 24th
Southernmost Beach Bash with Patrick and the Swayzees 2-5pm
They’re back! Southernmost is thrilled to welcome back Patrick and the Swayzees and invite you to the best beach party in town! Join us and Patrick and the Swayzees as they take you back to the time of surfing, sun-bathing and beach blanket bingo. Put on your favorite beach attire, sport your boldest bikini or don your newest tie-dye. Grab your flip flops and head out to the beach to twist again, like you may have done last summer. Drink and food specials all afternoon along with beach activities and, of course good old fashion fun! It’s a great way to recoup from Monday’s festivities.