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A Look at Fantasy Fest 2020

A Look at Fantasy Fest 2020

March 11th, 2020 | Key West Events & Festivals

Daydreaming about the next Fantasy Fest in Key West? We don't blame you. In fact, we're here to add some fodder to your mind trip! As all Fantasy Fests are dubbed with a particular theme, the 2020 theme has been announced: Roaring 20s & Future Fictions.

While the schedule is still a work in progress, the dates are set for Oct. 16-25, 2020. The festival will kick off as usual with the annual Goombay Festival in Bahama Village. The family-friendly block party features high-energy live music, activities, food and craft vendors from noon until midnight Oct. 16-17.

Recurring events like the Living Art Expo, Zombie Bike Ride, and Headdress Ball are already set. A new addition is a self-guided bar/art walk, known as the "Bart Walk," which will involve participating businesses along the Historic Seaport. Key West is known for its nightlife and art scene, so a mix of the two should be a hit.

Lest we forget, the Duval Street Promenade and spirited Fantasy Fest Parade are set for Oct. 24. The bold parade draws national attention for its competitive floats, costumes, and overall showmanship on the world-renowned Duval Street.

If you're thinking of extending your stay and stretching out the party further, the Meeting of the Minds: the Parrot Heads in Paradise will gather in Key West Oct. 29-31 for a "Party at the End of the World."

Fantasy Fest season may seem far into the distance, but the week of events draws 75,000 revelers to the Key West, so it's never too early to start planning your trip. Reserve your spot ahead of time at The Gates Hotel. Enjoy the festivities of Old Town during your stay while having a base in New Town. The Gates Hotel offers hourly shuttle services to Mallory Square, great amenities, onsite food and beverage options, and an excellent pool.

Plus, we’re one of the few hotels on the island that is absolutely dog-friendly! Bring along your best friend to the Pet Masquerade, a special event held every year during the festivities!

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