Better grab your fins and shells: the inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival will celebrate all things mermaids July 5-7, 2019.
This three-day family-friendly festival will promote ocean awareness and safe swimming in mermaid tails. A percentage of the event’s ticket sales will go to the Key West-based Reef Relief.
“Mermaids are definitely surfacing everywhere these days. Becoming a mermaid makes dreams come true for so many, young and old alike,” said Kristiann Mills, founder of the Key West Mermaid Festival. “‘Mermaiding’ is also an excellent form of fitness and a great social activity that has brought together an entire community of ocean-minded people across the globe.”
The festival kicks off on Friday, July 5, with a complimentary Meet the Mermaids pool party from noon to 6 p.m. at Havana Cabana Resort, 3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd. “Swim with Mermaids” tickets are also available for $15, and offer one-on-one mermaid swim lessons.
Also on Friday from 6-10 p.m. is Under the Sea on The Green at Sunset Green Event Lawn, located between The Gates at 24 North hotels on 3280 N. Roosevelt Blvd. This display will feature mermaid- and ocean-inspired art.
On Saturday, July 6, the day will start with Breakfast with Mermaids, priced from $25-38 at Southernmost Beach Resort’s Sand Bar from 8 a.m. – noon. An eco-friendly Mermaid Fest Parade, free for all guests, will kick off at 11 a.m. and travel down Duval Street to Key West’s Truman Waterfront.
From noon – 6 p.m. will be Salty Saturday at the Truman Waterfront, where guests can enjoy ocean- and mermaid-inspired entertainment, vendors, and education. From 8 p.m. – midnight, guests ages 21 and older can enjoy an Ocean Blue Party at The Breakfast Club, Too on 610 Greene St., complete with “mermosas.” Reef Relief will also host an “ocean of treasures” silent auction.
On Sunday, July 7, Sunday Funday with Mermaids will be held at Lagerheads Beach Bar on 0 Simonton St. from noon – 6 p.m. Guests can mingle with mermaids and “Captain Shenanigans,” enjoy food and drink, face-painting, vendors and music.
To learn more about the first-ever Key West Mermaid Festival, visit KeyWestMermaidFestival.com/2019.