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Book Ahead for Fantasy Fest

Book Ahead for Fantasy Fest

June 21st, 2019 | Key West Events & Festivals

Fantasy Fest marks 40 years this 2019! The upcoming 10-day festival is expected to be bigger and bolder than ever, so reserve your hotel before they all book up!

Scheduling is still underway for the event held Oct. 18-27. The theme? "In Tune But Off Key!"

The season of Fantasy Fest may seem far into the distance, but the week of events draws 75,000 revelers to the Key West.

Enjoy the festivities of Old Town during your stay while having a base in New Town at The Gates Hotel Key West. The Gates Hotel offers shuttle services, activities at our Sunset Green Event Lawn, a food truck and bar amenities all within steps of our 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.

This year’s Fantasy Fest will include all the standard activities, such as TuTu Tuesday, the Headdress Ball, the Royal Coronation, street fairs, and the more eccentric gatherings like the smallest parade in the universe.

The all-inclusive Fantasy Fest insures that all ages partake in the fun. Families enjoy the kickoff to Fantasy Fest every year with the Bahama Village Goombay Festival, a family-friendly street party that celebrates the rich music, food, dance and cultures of the area’s Caribbean heritage.

The Fantasy Fest Street Fair is planned for Oct. 25 and 26 this year, which leads to the main event: the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade. The bigger-than-life parade draws national attention for its competitive floats, costumes, and overall showmanship on the world-renowned Duval Street.

There’s never a dull moment during Fantasy Fest in Key West, so don’t delay -- reserve your spot ahead of time at The Gates Hotel. It’s crucial to book in advance, as hotels fill up long ahead of time. Book with us at The Gates Hotel ahead of time so you can rest assured that you’ll rest in comfort during Fantasy Fest 2019.

Secure your spot at Fantasy Fest before it’s too late!


If you’re thinking about making it to Fantasy Fest in Key West, don’t delay! It’s always a good time in the Conch Republic. The Gates Hotel is a Condé Nast award-winning hotel located in New Town, which offers free hourly shuttle service to Old Town. Exciting onsite amenities – like a food truck, cigar lounge, and a spectacular swimming pool – puts The Gates in its own special category. Check out our special offers online.