Fantasy Fest, Key West’s internationally renowned masking and costuming festival, offers both outrageous revelry and a unique showcase for artists — illustrators who create vivid poster and T-shirt designs, body painters who use the human form as their canvas and a local talent exhibiting immersive graffiti-inspired images. There’s even a self-guided art and bar stroll.
The eerie yet lighthearted Zombie Bike Ride will bring thousands of “the bicycling dead” to prowl Key West's Atlantic Ocean shoreline and streets Sunday, Oct. 20. Since it began in 2010, the pre-Halloween ride has become a tradition for visiting and local adults, kids and even some bewildered pets — all in spooky zombie garb.
Key West's Fantasy Fest commemorates its 40th anniversary Oct. 18-27 with world-famous costume contests, action-packed street festivals, adult-themed revelries and a dazzling grand parade. Feeling a bit overwhelmed when trying to decide which events to attend? Fear not, because here Keys Voices outlines six must-do parties and activities at some favorite LGBTQ hangouts.
Revelers in Key West are firing up their creative juices and their glue guns, hoping to create the winning headgear for the Headdress Ball scheduled Thursday, Oct. 24. The glamorous event is one of the highlights of the island’s 10-day Fantasy Fest celebration, offering a unique blend of lively entertainment and imaginative pageantry.
Get ready for Key West's Womenfest, renowned as one of North America’s largest gatherings of lesbians and their friends. Taking place Sept. 4-8, the event is bursting with an abundance of entertaining revelries on both land and sea — from playful and rambunctious pool parties and picturesque sunset dinner sails to a late-night dance party.
Joe Maxey looks a lot like Ernest Hemingway. That fact was amply proved when the 68-year-old white-bearded retired banker won Key West's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar. More than 140 aspiring Ernests competed, vying to be named "Papa" on the island where Hemingway lived and wrote during the 1930s.
Key West’s subtropical weather means summer temps in the high 80s, abundant sunshine and cooling sea breezes. But when it comes to entertainment, August is guaranteed to be a scorcher on the island with the annual Tropical Heat festivities. The sizzling action-packed event takes place Aug. 14-18, with all-male adult-themed events scheduled throughout.
Mel Fisher's 1985 discovery of the $450 million treasure of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Atocha is being remembered July 11-13 during Key West’s Mel Fisher Days. Highlights include a dock party with the salvage crew, behind-the-scenes tours of the Fishers' private artifact conservation lab, and the chance to hear adventurous tales recalling Mel’s exuberant spirit.
A group of unusual suspects is reportedly converging on Key West — a gang of “perps” known for penning today’s top thrillers and mystery fiction. Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 28-30, gives avid readers and aspiring writers the chance to meet and learn from superstar authors including Jeffery Deaver and Heather Graham.
The Florida Keys & Key West tourism council and the Key West Business Guild will showcase the inclusive spirit of the subtropical LGBTQ visitor destination in New York City’s WorldPride March and PrideFest street festival scheduled Sunday, June 30. Stop by the street festival booth for insights into the island chain’s newest offerings and attractions.