10/18/2019 - 4:00pm to 10/27/2019 - 12:00pm
The 40th Annual Fantasy Fest is a 10-day celebration that is October 18 to 27, 2019 in Key West, Florida. This iconic event started simply as a way to draw attention to the tiny island in the middle of October when tourism was notoriously slow. What started as a small parade grew into a massive event drawing nearly 75,000 people to Key West. Each year the theme changes, and this year it is "In Tune But Off Key."
Fantasy Fest History
The first Fantasy Fest was held in 1979 when two local businessmen organized a party to stimulate business during a typically slow time of year. The amount of people that join this festival every year ranges from 25,000 to 75,000 -- twice the population of the island.
Since then the event has escalated to a ten-day celebration that includes balls, a parade, costume competitions, AIDS fundraisers, body painting, drag queen contests, and pet and neighborhood parades for the whole family. Fantasy Fest has grown to rival New Orleans Mardi Gras as an event drawing out-of-towners.
Book Your Rental for 2019 Fantasy Fest
We are happy to offer these great vacation rentals particularly close by to all festivities. If these three don't suit your needs, we have plenty more vacation rentals around Key West. Don't hesitate to contact our local team for further help and recommendations for booking your stay.
Here are a few of our favorite rentals:
- Tropical Dreaming
- Key West Charming
- Sunset Celebration
- A Barefoot Retreat
- Bahamian Reed
- Breezy Bungalow
- City Cay
Where to Eat During Fantasy Fest
There are plenty of great places to eat close to the festival venues so you can quickly and easily get between them. Good restaurants in Key West are easy to come by, and you'll find ample bars and pubs to kill some time. Fuel up with a great breakfast or grab a margarita between festivities.
A few of our favorite Key West dining options include:
- La Trattoria
- Onlywood Pizzeria Trattoria
- The Café
- 7 Fish
- 2 Cent’s Restaurant & Pub
- Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar
- Jack Flats
- Firefly Key West
- La Te Da
- Santiagos Bodega
- Blue Haven
- Bliss Restaurant Key West
- DJ Clam’s Shack
- Caroline’s Café
Fantasy Fest Parking Tips
Since the events are located in areas with very limited parking we do recommend the most popular way of transportation in Key West, which is by bike. We now also have Uber and Taxis are always available as well. If you still decide to drive, there are plenty of spots with metered parking close by.
Get more details about the 2019 Fantasy Fest in Key West.