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Fantasy Fest 2020 has been Cancelled

Fantasy Fest Friends –

With the changing Covid-19 regulations, increasing cases, and current CDC Guidelines, the world is anything but normal and predictable.  Together with the Festival’s Board of Directors, the City of Key West’s Mayor & Management we have agreed that the most responsible decision we can make is not to host Fantasy Fest in 2020.

For the first time in 41 years we will be unable to welcome our beloved Fantasy Fest merrymakers, glitter goddesses, leather clad lads, and costumed cohorts to our zany island for the most epic ten days of the year.

Fantasy Fest has become soulfully infused with our festival goers in a way that YOU are what defines this festival. It is with a heavy heart that we cannot host this legendary event in 2020.  We will miss you on the streets and in the establishments letting loose and partying in the costumed creative spirit unique to Fantasy Fest. While we cannot host you in person, we can’t let a year go by without finding some way to create that Fantasy Fest energy!!  Please stay tuned, we will be sharing a few clever ways that you can participate in our merriment from home!!

Our island community depends on revenue generated during Fantasy Fest, after a slow summer season, to support our tourism-driven economy.  Since there will not be a Fantasy Fest 2020, we are genuinely concerned about how the island’s waitstaff, bellhops, taxi drivers, musicians, artists, photographers and more will be affected. They are the heartbeat of our Island community, they tend to have the fewest resources in an economy in crisis, and they are already hurting. We have a desire to help, therefore we are creating a Fantasy Fest Fund that will work together with an A.H. of Monroe’s affiliate fund, Community Wins, to raise donations and disperse them to those most in need in our community.

Please help us in this endeavor by making a donation in any amount to the Fantasy Fest Fund.

Your donation is deeply appreciated and will directly help to lessen the devastating effects of the pandemic on Key West’s service industry. Click here to make a donation today.

Together we can harness this amazing Fantasy Fest love & energy to rise up and create brighter days for our community!

We have our sights set on the future and Fantasy Fest 2021 and we can’t wait to celebrate!!!

Festival Director Nadene Grossman Orr
& The Festival Event Team

Fantasy Fest Background

Fantasy Fest is an annual 10-day party in paradise for grown-ups. Started in 1979 by a small group of Key West locals, the party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quiet, but beautiful season. It worked. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since its inception and is now the wildest extravaganza around! Fun-loving revelers from around the globe bring their creativity and imaginations as they descend upon Key West each year in October for 10 days filled with costuming, parades, libations, and excitement!

FANTASY FEST
GUIDE

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guide
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CAN’T MAKE IT
TO THE PARTY?

We’ll miss you!
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of several events
and watch the fun
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FUTURE FANTASY FEST DATES!

2021: 10/22 - 10/31
2022: 10/21 - 10/30
2023: 10/20 - 10/29
2024: 10/18 - 10/27
2025: 10/17 - 10/26

CURRENT TEMPERATURE
IN KEY WEST

90°F