Florida Keys
Calendar of Events for September  
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August 31 to September 02,  in Marathon
Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend
August 31 to September 02
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 20 to September 23,  in Key Largo
September 20 to September 23
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 a variety of marine topics. 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 03,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Annual Labor Day Service
September 03
Matecumbe Historical Trust (MHT) presents a Labor Day service at the hurricane monument, at the Florida Keys' memorial located at MM 81.8, 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 14 to September 16,  in Big Pine
46th Annual Phil Peterson's Florida Keys Poker Run
September 14 to September 16
Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America's most scenic highways to raise money for charity. Riders traverse the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1), the roadway from mainland to the Lower Florida Keys, that features dozens of bridges and long vistas of breathtaking open water. Bikers have a great ride and a fun time, while helping Rotary organizations across the Keys raise college scholarship money for local students.
Contact: drew@petersonsharley.com

September 21 to September 23,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship
September 21 to September 23
Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," the event is headquartered at the Islander Resort, located at mile marker (MM) 82.1. Anglers are challenged to target seven species of fish in two days during this one-of-a-kind tournament, staged in the boundaries of Everglades National Park, fishing areas that Lucerne favored.
Email: kelliet62@gmail.com

September 22,  in Florida Keys
National Park Service's National Public Lands Day: Free Park Admission
September 22
Florida Keys visitors can learn, discover, enjoy and be inspired by Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, both accessible from the island chain. Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West for the Dry Tortugas will waive park entrance fees per visitor. Car entrance fee for Everglades National park is to be waived. During fee-free days, the 124 national parks that charge entrance fees waive them for all visitors. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

September 13 to September 16,  in Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
September 13 to September 16
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.

August 30 to September 03,  in Key West
Ninth Annual Key West Brewfest
August 30 to September 03
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 20,  in Islamorada
Third Thursday Art Walk
September 20
Third Thursday ArtWalks are held every month throughout the year, offering attendees live music on three stages, performance artists and, of course, original art and hand-crafted jewelry, as well as pottery, sculptures and more! This monthly event has become a focal point of artistic expression, culinary and cultural awareness to the Upper Keys. As the Art District's business partners remain open during these Third Thursday Art Walk evenings, this indoor/outdoor street festival has become the talk of the Keys. Stroll through the Art District, sip some craft beers, eat local food, along a quarter-mile span of the Old Highway between the historical 1935 Hurricane Monument and the iconic Green Turtle Inn and includes the intersecting street now known as Morada Way, between MM 81 and 82.

September 28 to September 30,  in Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 28 to September 30
For nearly 20 years this annual tournament has offered anglers the opportunity to win coveted trophies for trout, snook and redfish. A popular auction showcase and Sunday evening dinner are open to the public. Proceeds support local vocational scholarships for all ages, and Take Stock in Children scholarships for financially challenged Upper Keys students.
Contact: Dennis Caltagirone 305-331-0525

September 15,  in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Wild Birds
September 15
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning about the fall migration of birds through the Florida Keys. Representatives from the Key West Wildlife Center will teach children about the great variety of birds that pass through the island chain. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750
Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov

September 28 to September 29,  in Islamorada
Conch Scramble Charity Golf Tournament
September 28 to September 29
Floating greens, golf boats and biodegradable fish food balls highlight the annual "par-tee" on the water during the popular Conch Scramble charity golf tournament. Fans of golf and boating can expect to have a "hole" lot of fun honing their swings and raising money for charity one shot at a time. Up to 50 teams can enter this one-of-a-kind golf experience.
Contact: Michelle Abramoff 305-509-0315
Email: conchscramblecharitygolf@gmail.com

September 07 to September 09,  in Islamorada
3rd Annual Florida Keys Poker Paddle
September 07 to September 09
Please join Your Paddling Fools and Florida Keys Brewing Co. in Honoring and Supporting Our Courageous Service Men and Women and their Brave Families. Open to everyone to participate in a "poker" paddle race for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards in beautiful Islamorada. Essentially a "poker run" is an excuse to get together, have some fun and raise money and awareness for a great cause. The approximately 4-mile route will consist of five stops in mainly shallow water, including two sandbars. Packet Pick Up Party on Friday 9/7 as well as a Awards Ceremony Grand Finale Party on Sunday 9/9.
Contact: 305-407-7939
Email: cheryl@floridakeysbrewingco.com

May 28 to September 03,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum Salutes Military with Free Admission
May 28 to September 03
The History of Diving Museum, will once again be participating as a Blue Star Museum. Since the programs' inception in 2010 HDM has collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, along with more than 2,000 museums across America. This unique platform offers free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Over 1,500 individuals have benefited by visiting the History of Diving Museum alone.
Contact: 305-664-9737

September 14 to September 16,  in Key Largo
REEF Lionfish Derby for Divers presented by Whole Food Markets
September 14 to September 16
Register Friday, Sept. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for those teams not yet registered. Event staged at John Pennekamp State Park 102601 Overseas Hwy. The Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains, and all team members are encouraged to attend. The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat. Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed. Saturday, Sept. 15, collect lionfish from sunrise to sunset; Sunday, Sept. 16 collect lionfish from sunrise to noon. Awards ceremony will begin after scoring is complete.     
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org

September 30,  in Key West
Rams Head presents: Louie Anderson (Two performances!)
September 30
Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three¬-time Emmy Award® winner, is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics? named by Comedy Central as "One of 100 Greatest Stand¬-Up Comedians of All Time." His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Showtimes 6:30 & 9 p.m. at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St.

September 09,  in Key West
Rams Head presents: Rick Springfield in Concert
September 09
The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the '80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "An Affair of the Heart," "I've Done Everything for You," "Love Somebody," and "Human Touch." Rick's latest album, "The Snake King" finds Rick traveling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock 'n roll and marks a definite departure from the power pop he has been known for. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 8 p.m., at Sunset Green Event Lawn, between 24 North Hotel and Gates Hotel.

September 21 to September 23,  in Big Pine
Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania Birding & Wildlife Adventure
September 21 to September 23
Join the flock and explore more about the natural wonder of migration by attending one of the events offered by the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden College Road, Stock Island in partnership with the Nation Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key. Early Bird walks, bird and butterfly ID sighting tours, and Saturday September 22nd evening presentation by Dr. Kenneth D. Meyer, Ph. D., Executive Director, Avian Research and Conservation Institute on the topic - "Remote tracking as a research tool: Solving migration and hurricane mysteries to advance the conservation of imperiled birds" at the Key West Botanical Garden Nature Chapel. All activities $5 per person, Key West Botanical Garden Members are free.

September 07 to September 09,  in Key West
Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
September 07 to September 09
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. A number of celebrities show their support by taking part in the tournament each year. Celebrity competitors have included Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, former Denver Broncos football player Mark Cooper and former NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce Melnick.
Contact: 305-664-2002
Email: sussan@redbone.org

September 02,  in Big Pine
Brewfest Hangover Brunch and Pool Party
September 02
Call to reserve your table for brunch at Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar, then head over to the Perry Hotel's waterfront pool party for live music, pool floats, beer games and more. Pool party is open to the public.
Contact: Reservations 305-294-3939

September 22,  in Islamorada
Smithsonian Magazine's Free Museum Day
September 22
Keys History & Discovery Center and the History of Diving Museum are to open their doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders. Keys History & Discovery Center is a world-class museum that preserves and shares the incredible history of our Upper Keys community and explores the unique ecology of the region. The HOD Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to man's attempt to explore, understand and venture beneath the sea.  Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 22. One ticket is permitted per email address.

September 07,  in Key Largo
First Friday MM 104 Block Party
September 07
Join Key Largo's new monthly, free-admission block party along the Overseas Highway at mile marker 104 in Key Largo, presented by the Upper Keys Merchants Assoc. Held the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, from 6-10 p.m., stroll among artists, street bites, gifts, eateries and more. Park at any of the MM104 businesses and walk along the bayside bike pathway.
Email: events@fkrm.com

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