- From 23 Fri Oct 2015 to 24 Sat Oct 2015 October 23, 2015 October 24, 2015 Tranquility Bay
Visitors can experience sights, sounds and flavors recalling Key West’s Bahamian heritage at the family-friendly Goombay Festival, scheduled Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24. The exuberant street festival takes place in the island city’s Bahama Village neighborhood, settled in part by Bahamians seeking a new home in the early 1800s.
For more than 30 years, the Goombay Festival has marked the beginning of Key West’s Fantasy Fest, a 10-day masking and costuming celebration whose 2015 revelry continues through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Goombay’s high-energy action is centered on Petronia Street, just off Key West’s famed Duval Street in the heart of Bahama Village. Events are to take place from noon to midnight both days, with an opening ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
Festival attendees can savor the flavors of Caribbean and ethnic dishes offered by vendors, discover island-influenced arts and crafts, and dance in the streets to live music by popular Bahamian, South Florida and Florida Keys musicians and bands.
Other festival standouts typically include appearances by Junkanoo performers and a Junkanoo Rush of costumed marchers and dancers.
Event information: www.keywestgoombay2015.com