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A Look at Fantasy Fest 2021

A Look at Fantasy Fest 2021

February 28th, 2021 | 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 2021 theme has been announced: 'All a Daze for a Holiday!'. Start planning your costumes now and check out this sneak peak of Fantasy Fest 2021.

While the schedule is still a work in progress, the dates are set for Oct. 22-31, 2021. The festival will kick off as usual with the crowning of the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest and the annual Goombay Festival in Bahama Village. The family-friendly block party features live entertainment, island arts and crafts, and food vendors from noon until midnight Oct. 22-23.

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. Wander the docks between Conch Republic Seafood Company and Dante’s, check in at participating bars like Half Shell Raw Bar, Waterfront Brewery, Schooner Wharf Bar, and The Marker, and snap photos of artworks for a chance to win Fantasy Fest swag.

Lest we forget, the Duval Street Promenade and spirited Fantasy Fest Parade are set for Oct. 30. The bold parade draws national attention for its glittering floats, costumes, and overall showmanship on the world-renowned Duval Street. Secure VIP tickets to the Bourbon St. Pub’s grand balcony, 801 Bourbon Bar’s balcony, Hard Rock Café’s priority seats, or Mangoes Restaurant’s elevated patio for some of the best vantage points to see the parade below.

While Fantasy Fest 2021 is fun for the whole family, many of the activities aren't for kids. In fact, there’s a full schedule of “Little Black Book” events that are packed with debauchery that is all in good fun. Events include the Naughty Bike Ride and parties like ‘The Dungeon of Dark Secrets’, ‘Dirty Doctors and Naughty Nurses’, ‘Pajama and Lingerie’, ‘Anything But Clothes’, and the famous Fantasy Fest ‘Kinky Couples’ party.

If you're thinking of extending your stay and stretching out the party further, Parrot Heads in Paradise’s annual Meeting of the Minds will gather in Key West Nov. 3-7 to celebrate the music of Jimmy Buffett, the beloved island singer-songwriter, through dance and island pirate celebrations.

Check our more Fantasy Fest 2021 events we have our eye on:

-The Beatles Tribute at Green Parrot

-Heroes and Villains Run/Walk 5K

-Comic Book ‘Caped’ Superhero/villain Costume Contest at Sloppy Joe’s

-Beach Bash at Southernmost Beach Café

-Florida Keys SPCA Cocktail Party at Rick’s Bar

-‘Green’ Recycling Costume Contest at Green Parrot

-‘Wasting Away’ Lei Party at The Original Margaritaville

-Fantasy Fest Bar Crawl and Scavenger Hunt

-Homemade Bikini Contest at Smokin’ Tuna

-‘Wharfstock’ 60s-themed Party at Schooner Wharf Bar

-RED Party at Fogarty’s

-Famous Single/Duo/Trio Costume Contest at Two Friends Patio Karaoke

-Halos & Horns Pool Party at Dante’s Restaurant & Raw Bar

-White Party at Durty Harry’s

-Toga Party at Sloppy Joe’s

-‘Pink’ Breast Cancer Costume Contest at Fat Tuesday

-80s Party at Irish Kevin’s

-Mile-Long Street Fair on Duval Street

-Street Party at the San Carlos Institute

-Street Dance Party at Bourbon St. Pub

-Masquerade March through Old Town

-Glitter and Glow Party at Sidebar

-Children’s Day at Bayview Park

-“The Fat Lady Sings” Tea Dance at La Te Da Restaurant

Fantasy Fest season may seem far into the distance, but the week of events draws 75,000 revelers to Key West, so it's never too early to start planning your trip. Reserve your spot at Fantasy Fest 2021 ahead of time at The Gates Hotel,  a Condé Nast award-winning hotel located in New Town. 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 a spectacular swimming 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 at Truman Waterfront Park on October 27, a special event held every year during Fantasy Fest.

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