October Events in the Florida Keys

By: Kara Franker


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.

Website: keylargosongfest.com

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. 
Website: bahamavillagegoombay.com

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. 

Website: fantasyfest.com 

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. 
Website: keysfisheries.com

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. 
Website: pilothousemarina.com

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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