Florida Keys
Calendar of Events for September  
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September 01,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Annual Labor Day Service
September 01
Matecumbe Historical Trust (MHT) presents a Labor Day service at the hurricane monument, at the Florida Keys' memorial located at MM 81.5, oceanside. Each year tribute is paid to the more than 500 men, women and children who perished Sept. 2, 1935; service begins with an invocation, short service, as well as a brief history of the monument's significance, a presentation of colors, the national anthem, placing of a wreath, taps and a benediction. The short service is to start at 9 a.m.
Contact: Barbara Eyster 305-393-0940


September 20 to September 21,  in Islamorada
Third Annual Triple Crown of Key Largo Paddleboard Series
September 20 to September 21
A sanctioned event by the World Paddle Association, this two-day, three-race, one-venue stand up paddle board series awards prizes to the overall series winner and to each individual race winner. For more information and course maps, contact PADDLE! the Florida Keys.
Contact: Scott Baste 305-434-5930
Email: scott@paddlethefloridakeys.com

September 19,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Keys Canals, Your Backyard Swimming Pool
September 19
The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys. This series is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

September 05 to September 07,  in Key West
Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
September 05 to September 07
In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted "flats grand slam." The event raises funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

September 09 to September 12,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
September 09 to September 12
The Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish tournament is not only the Keys oldest bonefish fly tournament. It's the most prestigious bonefish fly tournament in the world. Past grand champions include Flip Pallot, Billy Pate, Carl Hiaasen and Andy Mill. A welcome reception and captains meeting is held Tues., and three days of fishing follow.
Contact: Paul Nute 917-412-0136
Email: paulnute@yahoo.com

September 19 to September 21,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament
September 19 to September 21
Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," fishing is set against the backdrop of Everglades National Park, challenging anglers who seek the hard-to-reach yet fruitful fishing areas that Lucerne favored. Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry's labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes, earning the affectionate moniker. The tournament distinguishes the overall grand champion as an individual angler who catches at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout.


September 26 to September 28,  in Key Largo
14th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 26 to September 28
For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Trophies for first through third place are to be awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as first-place snook, trout and redfish prizes for juniors age 17 and under.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com

September 26 to September 27,  in Islamorada
Conch Scramble "On the Water" Charity Golf Tournament
September 26 to September 27
Join an on-the-water wacky charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat, to "drive" biodegradable golf balls toward floating greens - without any sand traps. A kick-off party and team registration is to be held Friday, Sept. 26; golf tourney is Saturday, Sept. 27. A live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Teams tee off Saturday with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit local Keys charities.
Contact: Chris Trentine 305-481-5857
Email: conchscramble@yahoo.com

September 18 to September 21,  in Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
September 18 to September 21
For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon "slam"), as well as the tongue-in-cheek "wet pants" champion titles for anglers wading from shore. The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide. Notable and celebrity participants have included crooner Perry Como during the early 1960s, former U.S. Rep. Dante Fascell, Broadway actor David Wayne and Heublein Inc. magnate John Martin of A-1 Sauce fame.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

September 18,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
September 18
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

September 18 to September 21,  in Key West
42nd Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run
September 18 to September 21
It's an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys' scenic Overseas Highway - designated Florida's only All-American Road - from mainland Florida to Key West to raise money for charity. Winner takes all, and can win a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle or cash. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Keys-wide events planned for the entire week.
Contact: Drew Peterson 305-235-4023
Email: drew@petersonsharley.com

September 23 to September 28,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
September 23 to September 28
The peak of the fall birding season, this event includes an opening reception, dinner, presentations, Keys-wide field trips focusing on education and conservation as they relate to Keys birds and wildlife, nature photography, hikes, kayak excursions and a family-fun environmental fair.
Contact: Kristie Killam 305-872-0774
Email: kristie_killam@fws.gov

September 20,  in Islamorada
Second Annual Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
September 20
All swimmers, parents, triathletes, and weekend warriors are welcome at this open water distance-swimmers' meet, an 8-mile roundtrip swim race from the shores of Islamorada to Alligator Lighthouse. Swimmers can participate as individuals, 2-person and 4-person teams. Visit website for details and registration information.
Contact: Katy LeVasseur 305-849-2278
Email: katylevasseur75@gmail.com

June 01 to September 30,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Will Fernandez
June 01 to September 30
For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616


September 17,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: History of Salvage Diving in the Keys
September 17
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "History of Salvage Diving in the Keys," presented by Clinton Curry. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs@divingmuseum.org

September 06,  in Florida Keys
Key Largo to Key West Cycle Challenge
September 06
Spanning more than 100 miles of the Florida Keys, this event is more than a race, it's a challenge! Riders and their support crews are to navigate the Florida Keys Heritage Trail and Overseas Highway as solo, 2-person or 4-person teams. The course begins at Key Largo Bike & Tour Adventures Cycle Shop, located at 91946 Overseas Highway (MM 92). All riders are to be awarded medals and event t-shirts.
Contact: Mark 305-395-1551


September 20,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Our Flying Friends
September 20
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, from 10-11 a.m. Create a backyard bird feeder and make your own 'binoculars' to take home! Free admission and free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available.
Contact: 305-809-4750


September 18,  in Key West
Walk on White Monthly Art Stroll
September 18
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.


May 16 to September 30,  in Key West
Custom House Museum presents: Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism
May 16 to September 30
The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
Contact: 305-295-6616


September 05,  in Key West
First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll
September 05
Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-4639


September 28,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
September 28
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300


September 12 to September 13,  in Key Largo
Lionfish Derby for Divers
September 12 to September 13
Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Registration fee is $120, and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves, tee-shirts and four drink tickets per team. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter. A mandatory captains meeting is Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org

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