How to end Fantasy Fest with a bang

WELL FRIEND, HERE WE ARE IN the thick of Fantasy Fest Week Two. We’re a little bruised, a little battered, and more than a little hungover from a week of late nights and cheap JELL-O shots. You’ve zombified yourself and ridden your bike down South Roosevelt, you’ve donned your tutu tuxedo for Tutu Prom, and you may have even tied […]

FANTASY FEST 2017 Schedule of Events

Key West Halloween festival brings downfall to would-be queen

The titles that comprise Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic Mysteries are always a delight. Her young protagonist, Hayley Snow, is one of those amateur sleuths who just can’t help sticking her neck out. She is always sure the professionals are overlooking something, and her curiosity and desire to help gets her into trouble. Thank goodness, so far she has […]

An insider’s look at Key West

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval Street and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street The city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States.
2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958.

Schooner Wharf Entertainment

Fridays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., stalwart Key West troubadour Michael McCloud kicks off afternoons with humorous repartée and original songs that exemplify life at this tropical latitude. Michael is backed by seasoned instrumentalists Capt. Carl Peachey on guitar and Professor Pete at the piano. You can also catch Michael solo Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, […]


Headdress Ball 2017 Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. The Key West Amphitheater Truman Waterfront Park Brick House Funk Party Oct. 26, 6 p.m. The Custom House 281 Front St. The Wizard of Oz A Parody Oct. 26-27, 8 p.m. The Waterfront Playhouse 407 Wall St.

Literary Walking Tours are back

The Key West Literary Seminar will offer its first Literary Walking Tour of the season during Fantasy Fest at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Reservations are required and can be made at The cost of the 90-minute stroll is $25 per person. The tour begins at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St., and finishes near the […]


Sparkly, spunky Spectrelles remain true to themselves, fans

This is a story about glamour and glitter and rock ’n’ roll. This is a story about the Divas of Doo Wop, the Sisters Spectrelle: Ellie, Baby Tracy and Raquelle, the Official Girl Group of the Conch Republic. What began here 33 years ago, and is still based in Key West, the Fabulous Spectrelles (after famed rock producer Phil Spector), […]

The Key West Business Guild presents the 35th annual Headdress Ball

The Key West Business Guild presents the 35th annual Headdress Ball, the premier gay and lesbian event of the Fantasy Fest celebration, which opens the brand new Key West Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park on Thursday, Oct. 26. Come experience your favorite Fantasy Fest event in a new waterside setting and help Key West celebrate a beautiful expanded park […]

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