Key West Oct, Nov & Dec Events

by Terri | November 7th, 2011

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We’re at the last installment of Key West Events. I hope you found some things that may interest you because no matter when you go to the Keys, there is always something going on, even in the middle of the worst off season there is.

What’s going on in October?

October Events

October is a good time to go to the Keys because the prices are about 30% less than Peak Season in Jan/Feb. If you go in October you won’t want to miss the Goombay Fest on Petronia Street. Just off of Duval Street, this street fair is very Caribbean with things to buy and lots of tourists and locals enjoying this great time. There is live music and the event is FREE. Here is a little short video of the festivities like live music and food and lots of people!

Fantasy Fest is a weeklong celebration and actually it is Key West’s largest party of the year. Many adults only events take place here. Here’s the official meaning of Fantasy Fest by Wikipedia: “The first Fantasy Fest was held in 1979 when two local businessmen, Tony Falcone and the late Bill Conkle, organized a party to stimulate business. The event has escalated to a ten day celebration that includes balls, a parade, costume competitions, AIDS fundraisers, body painting, drag queen contests, costume parties, alcohol, 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.”
I couldn’t have said it better than that.

Here is a great video done by the Travel Channel on what the Fantasy Fest is all about:

November Events

Annual Meeting of the Minds? This is the Parrothead Convention with many events for members only. Some of the members of Jimmy Buffett’s band attend. This includes a Margaritaville Street Fest that is FREE to the public.

Key West World Championships powerboat racing. Top power and super boat offshore racers compete for the World Champion title. If you are in Key West in November you will want to check out the harbor and see these power boats at speeds of 100+ mph!

December Events

Key West Triathlon is a sporting event where over 500 athletes run, swim and bike in competitions. You can call 305-394-3469 if you want to be a part of it or find more information on the triathlon.

Key West Bight Before Christmas Holiday Celebration is a gift to the community from the Bight Preservation Association. They offer live holiday music, kid’s games, FREE cookies and eggnog and holiday cheer with photos with Santa. You can call 305-304-2633 for info.

This may be fun! Pirates in Paradise! Historic Key West and Fort Zachary Taylor are transformed into a pirates stronghold. There are more than 150 pirate entertainers with living history encampments, pirate sails, arts, crafts and more. Call 305-296-9694.
Pirates in Paradise 2011

That’s the Calendar of events for now in Key West!

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