Throughout the year, plenty of Key West festivals captivate locals and visitors alike. Unique themes dominate many popular celebrations, and perhaps that’s why Fantasy Fest is so popular. Costuming dominates all ten days of the party, right before Halloween rolls around. If you want to squeeze in as many alter-egos as possible during spooky season, Fantasy Fest in Key West near NYAH gives visitors ten whole days of extreme costumes, parties, parades, and more. 

Fantasy Fest in Key West 

So much is to be discovered at Fantasy Fest in Key West. Make sure you hit the highlights to start. The Bud Light Parade attracts over 70,000 people, so if you don’t want to deal with the crowds, watch it from one of several viewing parties or live webcams. The Goombay Festival is the kid-friendly extension of the festival so that you can bring the entire family to this day of costumed fun. Keep in mind – the rest of the festival is 21+. The first annual Fantasy Fest Bar Crawl hits popular spots like Conch Republic Seafood Company, Sloppy Joe’s, and more. Outside of these events, the most important aspects of this fantasy festival in Key West are the outrageous costumes, wild parties, and creative contests. 

Fantasy Fest Costumes 

Costumes are the main event at Fantasy Fest in Key West. It’s taken so seriously that you can book an appointment with a celebrity makeup artist to perfect your hair, face, or body look. Glitter up your entire body for a look you’ll never get to do again. Costumes at past years of the festival include the dragon-turned-White-Walker from Game of Thrones, the game of Monopoly, and Slim Jims as a few creative examples. Wear a costume every single day of the ten days, or you’ll stand out. 

Fantasy Fest Parties 

Although Fantasy Fest in Key West is a party, plenty of smaller parties allow you to be more specific about your costume. Go to the Black Light party, where you’ll glow and glitter in the dark. At the Toga party,  you can purchase a toga sheet if you came empty-handed. At the Halo and Horns Pool Party, you’re only admitted if you’re dressed as an angel or a devil.

Fantasy Fest ContestsFrench bulldog in a pirate costume.

If you brought your four-legged friends with you, enter them in the Pet Masquerade, their own costume contest. Look out for homemade bikini contests, Beatles look-alike contests, and more during your time at this Key West festival. 

Key West Lodging

Just as NYAH is a 21+ hotel, Fantasy Fest in Key West is just the same – making it a perfect option for your Key West accommodations for the festival. Explore more options—whether you want them to be more or less adventurous—by visiting the festival website. Find out to further customize your stay at NYAH Hotel during the festival by checking out our website or giving us a call at 844-399-6924.