Holidays and Special Events

Key West has numerous special events throughout the year and Duval Gardens has the ideal Location.

Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest is the island's main event. Held the week leading up to the last Saturday in October this annual event is not for the faint of heart, as the island is host to numerous parties throughout the week.

What better place to stay for Fantasy Fest than Duval Gardens. Within walking distance to all the weeks events and activities, including Goombay Fest, the Headdress Ball, Red Night at Fogarty’s bar and restaurant, and the spectacular Pretenders in Paradise costume contest.

Have your togas ready for the annual Toga Party at Sloppy Joes.

Guests staying at the Duval Gardens enjoy a spectacular view of the Fantasy Fest parade from our elevated porch. Because of this prime location rooms book well in advance so call early to avoid disappointment.

The bed and breakfast is situated across the street from the judges platform where the parade slows down as each float is announced. You could not wish for a better location.

Don’t worry about fighting through the crowds, just sit back, relax and watch. Catch beads from the floats as they pass by, and watch the costumed revelers as they wander through the streets.

Reserve early as due to our prime location we book up quickly. A 5 night minimum stay is required.
Reservations for this special event must be booked with the hotel directly. 1-800-867-1234


Duval Gardens Key West is your holiday home

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. Our holiday season starts the first week in December with the annual Holiday Parade. The Key West Innkeepers Association sponsors a lighted Inn Tour both the first and second weekend in December. Visit several participating inns decorates for the holiday season, and enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres and drinks at each one.

Our sister property the Avalon Bed and Breakfast is a participant and is always beautifully lit for the holidays, including a 10 foot tall real Christmas tree in the lobby.

And of course the holiday season would not be complete without the annual Lighted Boat Parade.


New Year in Key West

Key West is the site of one of the best New Years celebrations. Choose form several locations to ring in the New Year.

Watch the conch shell drop from Sloppy Joes bar, or Sushi the Drag Queen from the ruby slipper outside the 801 Bar.

Either way we are perfectly located. Close enough to all these activities, yet still on the quieter end of Duval Street.


More Events

Check out the Key West Chamber of Commerce website for dates of the islands numerous special events including:

  • • Conch Republic Independence days
  • • Songwriters Festival
  • • Pridefest
  • • Hemmingway Days
  • • World championship offshore powerboat races

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