Before you know it you’ll be rushing around trying to figure out what costumes (yes plural) you’ll put together for this year’s 2014 Fantasy Fest in Key West so why not start planning now!? This early preparation will go a long way for you to stand out from the crowd. There’s your challenge this year! And since Fantasy Fest is often referred to as “Mardi Gras onsteroids” body paint does constitute a costume.
This year the theme will be “Animéted Dreams and Adventures” and it’s scheduled for October 17 – 26.
Last minute plans for this party won’t work out so well. Start making plans asap. Events that require tickets can sell out quickly – accommodations and travel plans need advance planning too.
Here’s a few tips to make it the best vacation!
Mind your shoes, Key West is a walking town so bring comfortable shoes.
Don’t be in a hurry – you’re on “Island Time” now.
Fantasy Fest is not for the timid or shy.
Best to keep the kids out of downtown.
Be prepared for people watching at a whole new level.
Don’t wear a mask you can’t eat or drink in or a costume you can’t go to the bathroom in.
If you think you’ve dressed sexy enough – you haven’t – ramp it up – and again!!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, October 17
GOOMBAY FESTIVAL AT BAHAMA VILLAGE
Fantasy Fest has it’s kick off at this family event in Bahama Village. Noon to midnight. Free.
ROYAL CORONATION BALL
At 6pm at the Southernmost Beach Cafe vote for the 2014′s King and Queen at the AIDS help benefit.
Saturday, October 18
Noon to midnight – Bahama Village. Free
Monday, October 20
HEROES AND VILLAINS 5K RUN/WALK
Get your super hero or villain on and walk, run or fly to the finish. 6pm. Prizes for most creative, scariest, funniest or best costumes!
Decorated one of a kind modeled bra auction begins at 6pm at Casa Marina Resort. Proceeds go to help promote breast cancer awareness.
SUNSET LUAU AND PIG ROAST AT THE REACH RESORT
6:30pm beach party. Live music this year! Prizes for the best costume.
Tuesday, October 21
REDDY ICE FANTASY FAÇADE COMPETITION
Homes and businesses festively decorated compete for $$$
FREE OFFICIAL FANTASY FEST POSTER SIGNING PARTY
At Crowne Plaza La Concha Hotel for a meet and drink get together.
32nd ANNUAL HEADDRESS BALL – BIZARRO KEY WEST
The ever popular Headdress Ball at the Southernmost Hotel. Fundraiser for the Key West Buiness Guild begins at 8pm – doors open at 7.
CAPT. TONY’S PARTY IN PLAID
8pm plaid themed wild dreams.
MEN OF LABARE TIGHTY WHITEY PARTY
The hottest all male review. Sexy white wear preferred. 8pm at Bare Assets.
Wednesday, October 22
PET MASQUERADE & PARADE
Annual favorite – dress alike – or not but strut your stuff. Registration at 4:30 show at 5:30. At Casa Marina Resort – benefits Lower Keys Friends of Animals
SMOKIN’ HOT TUNA CONTEST AT SMOKIN’ TUNA SALOON
$5,000 and more in cash and prizes including a Bare Necessities Cruise for 2 for the hottest sinfully sexy and original costumes.
LAZY GECKO REDNECK PARTY
Prizes for the best redneck, best redneck babe, best redneck couple and team. Yeha! 7pm.
THE ORIGINAL HOMEMADE BIKINI CONTEST AT THE SUNSET PIER
Bathing beauties competing for $2,000 in cash. Get to meet the contestants. 7pm.
WHARFSTOCK AT THE SCHOONER WHARF BAR
Woodstock – best hippie chick and grooves dude wins. Live music and a body painting contest. 7pm and judging at 10pm.
FOGARTY’S RED NIGHT
13th Annual Red Party. Costume contest and door prizes. 9pm.
DUNGEON OF DARK SECRETS AND FETISHES
Dress to thrill for this one. Let your imagination go. Leather, lace, latex. 9pm.
ABC (ANYTHING BUT CLOTHES) PARTY
$700 cash and prizes awarded to entrants with the most outrageous and creative costumes. 10pm.
Thursday, October 23,
DANTE’S 8TH ANNUAL HALOS & HORNS POOL PARTY & WET T-SHIRT CONTEST
A favorite – big money won here at Dante’s. Party from noon to 6pm. Body painting, live music, it’s all here.
BLACKOUT GLOW PARTY AT COYOTE UGLY
Black lights and body paint – bedazzling. Cash and prizes to the best dressed couple.
FANTASY FEST BURLESQUE AND POLE PERFORMANCE CONTEST
Breathtaking performances and costumes.
SLOPPY JOE’S 31ST ANNUAL TOGA PARTY
Big prizes for best Group/Couple – $500/1st place, Best Men’s – $250/1st place and Best Women’s – $250/1st place.
WHY DON’T WE GET DRUNK…AND LEI’D AT MARGARITAVILLE
Everyone can get lei’d here!
EXPOSED AT THE BURBON ST. PUB ALDULT ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
Bare it all. Clothing optional.
PAJAMA AND LINGERIE PARTY
$700 Hugh Heffner – Marilyn Monroe look alike contest.
FAT TUESDAY PINK PARTY
“Save the Ta-ta’s!” Help support the cause and show up in your hottest, sexiest pink costume
IRISH KEVIN’S ANNUAL 80′S PARTY
Rock and roll 80′s theme.
Friday, October 24
HAIR OF THE HOG, LEATHER AND LACE PARTY
10am Leather and Lace contest.
A FANTASY FEST STREET FAIR
Duval Street arts and craft fair. Noon to 10 pm.
801 BURBON BAR TEA DANCE
Drag queens, dancers and celebs hangin’ out.
SOUTHERNMOST COSTUME CONTEST
Pool side costume party 4-6pm
March starts at 5pm. All are welcome. Starts at Key West Cemetery Frances Street entrance.
14TH ANNUAL LIVING ART AIRBRUSH EXPO
Starts at 6pm, judging at 9pm. The human body as the canvas. More than $2,000 in cash and prizes.
THE OLD TOWN MASQUERADE MARCH AFTER PARTY
Party after party after party 7pm
RUM BARREL’S 8TH ANNUAL PIRATE BASH
Let your pirate out. Prizes for best pirate and wench costumes. Rum specials!
FETISH & FANTASY PARTY AT THE ISLAND HOUSE FOR MEN
All male event where you can indulge your fantasies. 10pm
PIMP AND HO PARTY
$700 costume contest Mr. Pimp and Ms. Ho.
Saturday, October 25
KINKY COUPLES PARTY (Hosted by Rubber Doll)
A favorite couples event. 10pm until ..
DUVAL STREET PROMENADE
From the Gulf to the Atlantic party! Noon to 10:30pm
CAPTAIN MORGAN FANTASY FEST PARADE
70,000 on Duval Street partying. Amazing floats, marching bands and dancers. Starts at 7pm
Sunday, October 26
Annual family day. 12 – 5pm
THE FAT LADY SINGS TEA DANCE
When the fat lady sings – it’s over! 4-8pm
Have a wonderful time!
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