There's never a shortage of spectacular things to do in the Florida Keys. October, though, is a particularly eventful month, with everything from the Key Largo Song Fest to Key West's Fantasy Fest.
Check out this list of events that you won't want to miss:
Key Largo Songfest
When: Oct. 11-13, 2013
The weekend music festival will include three live venues with more than a dozen entertainers playing simultaneously over two nights.
Goombay Festival in Key West
When: Oct. 18-19, 2013
Held in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay Festival is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and colorful dancing in the streets.
Fantasy Fest in Key West
When: Oct. 18-27, 2013
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration, themed "Superheroes, Villains ... and Beyond!" features flamboyant costume competitions (including one for pets), promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats.
Stone Crab Eating Contest in Marathon
When: Oct. 19, 2013
The much-anticipated opening of Florida's stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest.
Pirate Bash in Key Largo
When: Oct. 25, 2013
Celebrate the adventurous, carefree life of a pirate! The one-day bash with 'rum and grub specials' is located at the Pilot House Restaurant, Marina & Glass Bottom Bar.
Insider Tip: You'll find everything you need to plan your vacation to the Florida Keys online at www.fla-keys.com.
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