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August 20 to September 23,  in Key Largo
Coral Spawning Night Dives
August 20 to September 23
Each year, corals spawn around the full moons of August and September. The exact spawning dates are unknown but these planned dives offer an opportunity to see this amazing spectacle of nature. Contact Amoray Dive Resort for departure times and prices. Dive dates are as follows: Sept. 17, Sept. 23.
Contact: 305-451-3595


September 02,  in Key Largo
VJ Day Celebration for Veterans
September 02
Sponsored by the Tavernier Elks 1872, a special celebration is planned for surviving WWII veterans, and their caregivers, as well as all veterans in and out of uniform and the public, to join a luncheon for WWII veterans, brave men who served this country as part of "The Greatest Generation." Lunch, drinks and entertainment are to be provided. VJ Day if the official date of surrender of the Japanese in the South Pacific, considered the official end to WWII.
Contact: Capt. John 305-791-8001


September 08 to September 11,  in Key West
Key West Contemporary Art presents: Annette Elizabeth Fournet
September 08 to September 11
Key West Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of Anima/Persona, an exhibition of original photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer A.E. Fournet. Annette Elizabeth Fournet has exhibited her photography in galleries and museums in France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Korea, and the United States. Her work is included in public and corporate collections such as the Bibliotheque Nationale, San Diego Museum of Photographic Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Prague House of Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art, and others. Reception Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m., and on Sept. 11 Fournet will give an artist's talk from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Key West Contemporary Art's location, 516 White Street (entrance on Curry Lane).
Contact: 619 252-9711
Email: andrew.printer@gmail.com

September 29,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: David Cook
September 29
After winning the Idol crown in season 7, Cook went on to sell over 1 million copies of his self-titled debut album and set out on a yearlong nationwide tour in support of his multiple hit singles. Show time 8PM. Event is ages 21 and over.
Contact: 305-985-0433


September 29 to October 02,  in Key Largo
REEF Fest
September 29 to October 02
Join Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in a celebration of marine conservation. Morning activities include ocean adventures of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, all alongside marine life experts. Afternoons feature free seminars from renowned experts in topics like Marine Mammals, Shark Behavior, Deep Sea Exploration and Emerging Ocean Issues. Evenings boast food, drinks and fun with friends old and new. All events are open to the public.
Contact: 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org

September 24,  in Florida Keys
The ReMARCable "Tour de Keys" Century Bicycle Tour
September 24
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 relay teams. Each rider that participates will be asked to raise $100 dollars along with their registration fee.
Contact: Rebecca Balcer 305-294-9526 ext25
Email: rebecca-balcer@gmail.com

September 10,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Suede
September 10
Imagine a cross between Adele, Diana Krall and Bette Midler and you'll be approaching some idea of Suede's powerful presence, musical talents, and well honed skills, let alone her immense joy in entertaining. Pop/Jazz/Blues phenom Suede plays piano, guitar and trumpet, but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. Show time is 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: keywesttheater@gmail.com

September 01 to September 05,  in Key West
Seventh Annual Key West Brewfest
September 01 to September 05
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities.
Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com

September 05,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Annual Labor Day Service
September 05
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 30 to October 01,  in Islamorada
9th Annual Mad Dog Mandich Inshore & Offshore Fishing Classic
September 30 to October 01
Anglers compete in an offshore division targeting dolphin, kingfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper and grouper; and new this year is an inshore division in which anglers compete for mangrove snapper, spotted sea trout, redfish, snook and tarpon. A portion of the proceeds of this boat/team tournament are to benefit Mariners Hospital Oncology Services. Headquartered at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina. Top Offshore and and Inshore division cash prizes.
Contact: Leah 305-667-0399
Email: leah@maddogclassic.com

September 09 to September 11,  in Key West
Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
September 09 to September 11
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 16 to September 18,  in Islamorada
17th Annual Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship.
September 16 to September 18
Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," the event is headquartered at the Islander Resort, A Guy Harvey Outpost. Anglers are challenged to target fish in multiple species only in the boundaries of Everglades National Park, fishing areas that Lucerne favored.
Email: kelliet62@gmail.com

September 22 to September 25,  in Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
September 22 to September 25
This challenge recognizes individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, and 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"). The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

September 23 to September 25,  in Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 23 to September 25
This 17th annual tournament offers anglers the opportunity to win coveted trophies for trout, snook and redfish. A popular Sunday evening dinner and auction showcase is open to the public. Proceeds support local vocational scholarships for all ages, and Take Stock in Children scholarships for financially challenged Upper Keys students.
Email: flkeysjen@gmail.com

September 15 to September 18,  in Florida Keys
44th Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run
September 15 to September 18
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 are planned.
Contact: Drew Peterson 305-235-4023
Email: drew@petersonsharley.com

September 17,  in Islamorada
Fourth Annual Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
September 17
In the event's fourth year, swimmers participate in a 9-mile roundtrip race from Islamorada to the Alligator Lighthouse and back. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Pool in Islamorada, helping provide scholarship opportunities to those in need, and preserve treasured historic lighthouses on Florida's coastal waterways.
Contact: Rob Dixon 305-664-7149
Email: captrobdixon@gmail.com

September 24 to September 25,  in Islamorada
Conch Scramble "On the Water" Golf Tournament
September 24 to September 25
Join an on-the-water wacky weekend 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 live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Proceeds benefit local Keys charities.
Email: conchscramble@yahoo.com

September 10,  in Key Largo
Lionfish Derby for Divers
September 10
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. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org

September 02 to September 05,  in Marathon
Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend
September 02 to September 05
Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.
Contact: 1-877-484-9342
Email: matt.lawrence@hawkscay.com

December 30 to September 21,  in Islamorada
Movies Under the Stars
December 30 to September 21
Cheeca Lodge & Spa is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a weekly "Movies Under The Stars" screening every Wednesday night. Take a journey through the decades each week and enjoy a movie from each decade since the 1940's, when Cheeca first opened in Islamorada. Snack on complimentary gourmet popcorn or grab a cocktail at the bar. Held 7:30 p.m., at Chart Room sun deck. $10 for public, free for guests.
Contact: (305) 517-4505


September 20 to September 23,  in Islamorada
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
September 20 to September 23
Vets on the Water, a group of volunteers out of Tavernier, is to host 16 wounded vets and volunteers for two days of guided fishing in Islamorada. A world class fishing experience will be provided by local captains who fish out of the World Wide Sportsman marina, Sept. 21 & 22. An open-to-the-public welcoming dinner is to be held at Islamorada Fish Company Tuesday evening as well as a departure ceremony/reception held at the marina on Friday, Sept. 23.
Contact: Larry Kendzior 305-942-9678


September 13,  in Key West
Jake Shimabukuro
September 13
Jake Shimabukuro comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He's combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that's uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition. Show starts 8 p.m.


September 16 to October 16,  in Key West
WineDine KeyWest
September 16 to October 16
Cuisine connoisseurs can enjoy multicourse prix fixe meals at as many as 30 Key West restaurants during WineDine KeyWest, billed as the island's first restaurant month. Restaurants include casual waterfront spots, trendy bistros, eateries specializing in fresh Florida Keys seafood and award-winning gourmet emporiums. Diners can register free online to take part in the month-long moveable feast.


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