Monthly Archives: October 2011
The Zombie Bike Ride was last night, finishing up Goombay and the first 3 days of Fantasy Fest. Over 600 undead riders joined the police escort from stock island to Salute on Higgs beach, and then after rallying there for awhile, from Salute to Fogerty’s on Duval street. Check out our photos, or click here for more info on Fantasy Fest.
The rain has abated, for today at least, and been replaced with a an almost perfect Key West fall day. The sky is overcast and it’s 71°F, which is expected to last for the next two days until the rain returns again. Tonight and Saturday will be the best for going out at the Goombay festival, sunday is expected to be stormy. The ocean is particularly vibrant looking right now, with all the sand still stirred up from the last couple days reflecting sunlight. Sunset tonight will be at 6:52 and should be gorgeous.
One of the corresponding events surrounding Fantasy Fest is the annual haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor. This they are splitting the event into two distinct paths of terror, Habitat for History and the Habitat for Insanity. The first path follows historical hauntings and gruesome happenings in Key West history, while the second is more of a traditional haunted house, containing who-knows-what. A ticket buys access to both routes, as well as weeklong admission to screenings of classic horror films at the fort. Take a break from the Fantasy Fest celebrations for some terror at the fort from the 21st to the 31st, but will not be open on parade night. For more info check out their website here.
It’s 84°F and sunny right now at Parrot Key, with a light wind from the south. The weather should be nice, reaching the 90’s in the next two days, before getting a little stormy this weekend. The rough weather should pass by pretty quickly though and get back to sun for all of next week. Sunset tonight will be at 7:03 pm, look for sunset festival performers to start around 5:00 pm in Mallory Square.
One week before Fantasy Fest is a lesser known but also fantastic Key West festival, Goombay. The traditional celebration of food, music and West Indies culture is held each year on the 20th and 21st of september on Duval street and Bahama Village. This year’s festivities will include vendor stalls, street dancing, music by traditional caribean groups and partying until the early morning. Check out there official page here for more info.