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Calendar of Events for the Florida Keys

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys

Calendar of Events for September
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April 04 to November 30,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
April 04 to November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

May 12 to October 30,  in Key West
"A Sense of Place - Richard Kemble 1932-2007" Exhibition at Historic Gato Building
May 12 to October 30
Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble's Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.
Contact: 305-295-4369


June 28 to September 07,  in Florida Keys
Sanctuary Classic Fishing and Photo Contest
June 28 to September 07
A free fishing and photo contest that celebrates recreational fishing in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and other U.S. marine preserves that promotes conservation-focused fishing practices. Participating anglers around the country can submit qualifying fishing photos to the Sanctuary Classic website. One winner is selected weekly who best exemplifies themes such as biggest and smallest looking fish, best conservation message, most unique looking fish, most family-oriented photo, best display of responsible fishing values and more. Prizes are awarded to each winner.


September 02 to September 07,  in Key West
Sixth Annual Key West Brewfest
September 02 to September 07
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 04 to September 06,  in Marathon
Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend
September 04 to September 06
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

September 08 to October 18,  in Key West
Educator Appreciation Days at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
September 08 to October 18
Summer is almost over and school will soon be in session, and Ripley's Believe It or Not! wants to thank Florida K-12 educators by offering them some extended summer fun with the return of Educator Appreciation Days. For these dates, admission is FREE for educators in the state. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission; they just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction. Additionally, up to three guests that come with an educator get 50% off their admission. Located at 108 Duval St.
Contact: 305-293-9939


September 08 ,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Writing Historical Fiction with Author Vanessa Lafaye
September 08
Recently released in the U.S., Under a Dark Summer Sky is a fictional account of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m. Light appetizers and cash bar. Free for members, $25 for non-members. Reservations suggested.
Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com

September 11 to September 13,  in Key Largo
Inaugural Key Largo and Islamorada Backcountry Roundup
September 11 to September 13
Fish around the clock for snook, redfish and trout in two venues. Overall cash prizes include $1500 1st Place, $1000 2nd Place, $750 3rd Place. Proceeds are to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Tournament headquarters for Key Largo at Sundowners Restaurant.
Contact: 305-522-1300
Email: r.stoky@fkrm.com

September 11 to September 13,  in Islamorada
Inaugural Key Largo and Islamorada Backcountry Roundup
September 11 to September 13
Fish around the clock for snook, redfish and trout in two venues. Overall cash prizes include $1500 1st Place, $1000 2nd Place, $750 3rd Place. Proceeds are to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Tournament headquarters for Islamorada at Marker 88 Restaurant.
Contact: 305-522-1300
Email: r.stoky@fkrm.com

September 11 to September 13,  in Key West
Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
September 11 to September 13
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 12 ,  in Florida Keys
Second Annual Key Largo to Key West Cycle Challenge
September 12
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. 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 12 ,  in Key Largo
Lionfish Derby for Divers
September 12
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 14 to September 20,  in Florida Keys
43rd Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run
September 14 to September 20
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 17 ,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
September 17
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. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Email: Moradawaysusi@gmail.com

September 18 to September 20,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament
September 18 to September 20
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.
Email: kelliet62@gmail.com

September 19 ,  in Islamorada
Third Annual Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
September 19
All swimmers, parents, triathletes, and weekend warriors are welcome at this open water distance-swimmers' meet, a 9-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: Rob Dixon 305-664-7149
Email: captrobdixon@gmail.com

September 24 to September 27,  in Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
September 24 to September 27
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.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

September 24 to September 27,  in Key Largo
REEF Fest 2015
September 24 to September 27
Celebrate marine conservation success and education initiatives with diving, seminars and parties. All REEF Fest events are open to the public. Seminar topics include: Introduction and Advanced Florida Keys Fish ID, The Best of Blennies, Fish Behavior, Keys Habitats and Ecosystems, Amazing Sharks, Restoring Coral Reefs, and program updates from REEF Staff.
Contact: 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org

September 25 to September 27,  in Key Largo
15th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 25 to September 27
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 awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as juniors age 17 and under.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com

September 25 to September 26,  in Islamorada
Conch Scramble "On the Water" Golf Tournament
September 25 to September 26
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 live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. A kick-off party and team registration is to be held Friday; 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 26 ,  in Florida Keys
The ReMARCable "Tour de Keys" Century Bicycle Tour
September 26
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: Jo D'Alessio Socha 305-393-2466
Email: jojosocha@gmail.com

September 26 ,  in Islamorada
Museum Day Live! at the History of Diving Museum
September 26
The History of Diving Museum will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine's 11th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. This is a great opportunity to get to know one of the best kept secrets of the Florida Keys. The History of Diving Museum offers over 4,000 years of diving history with 3,000 square feet of fun, interactive exhibits with a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating story of man's quest to explore under the sea. Pet friendly; open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org

Calendar of Events for September
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