Fantasy Fest in Key West is an annual, adult-themed, 10-day party in paradise. Started in 1979, the party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quiet, but beautiful season. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since and is now the wildest party of the year. Fun-loving revelers from around the globe leave their children and inhibitions behind as they descend upon Key West in October for 10 days filled with costumes, parades, libations, and music.
Body painting is a near cottage industry in Key West during Fantasy Fest. If you plan to partake of this hobby, and you are female, you must remain in the "fantasy zone". There is also a clothing optional rooftop bar above the Bull & Whistle pub.
Each year, Fantasy Fest adopts a theme to help inspire fun costuming and amazing parade floats. This year's theme is Animeted Dreams & Adventures. For the uninitiated, Anime is a traditionally Japanese form of animation with diverse art styles. Over the past two decades, Anime has exploded onto the Western scene and sparked a costuming lifestyle known as cosplay. So get those costumes ready because this October, East meets Key West in what is sure to be an unforgettable Fantasy Fest.