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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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June 03 to December 31,  in Islamorada
Diving With a Purpose, 15 Year Odyssey: Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage
June 03 to December 31
Multiple groups such as Diving With a Purpose, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Biscayne National Park, and more have spent 15 years working together to showcase cultural and natural resources throughout the country. They focus in the protection, documentation, and interpretation of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of African-Americans. This new exhibit at the History of Diving Museum, mile marker 82.9, highlights several shipwrecks and aircraft and the archaeological processes used to study them.


September 03 to October 13,  in Florida Keys
Kids Free Florida Keys
September 03 to October 13
The Florida Keys extends a special invitation to families this fall. During the month-long celebration between Sept. 3 and Oct. 13, kids are treated to free admission to attractions and tours, complimentary meals and other great perks throughout the island chain. With multiple offers and warm fall weather, big fun is in store for kids, with savings for families. Visit the Key West Attractions Association’s website for participating museums & attractions, tours & watersports, hotels and restaurants.


September 19 ,  in Islamorada
Third Thursday Art Walk
September 19
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 is a focal point of artistic expression, culinary and cultural awareness to the Upper 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 20 to September 22,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship
September 20 to September 22
Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," the event is headquartered at the Islander Resort, located at mile marker 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. The event was founded to serve three main purposes: invite anglers from all over the world to experience the unique environment and unparalleled fishing of Everglades National Park, while at the same time raising awareness and capital to support ongoing angler-based initiatives in the Everglades and Florida Bay. Don't miss out on your chance to fish the biggest and most unique tournament of the year with some of the greatest inshore anglers on earth.
Email: kelliet62@gmail.com

September 21 ,  in Florida Keys
Smithsonian Magazine's Free Museum Day
September 21
Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 21. One ticket is permitted per email address, and is available to download here. Islamorada's Keys History & Discovery Center and the History of Diving Museum are to open their doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders. Key West museums include the Custom House, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.


September 21 ,  in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Diving Dolphins
September 21
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. is hosted by the Dolphin Research Center, and children will discover the amazing abilities of dolphins. “Diving Dolphins” will include a game of “Guess the Skull” and other activities to teach children about dolphin biology. 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.
Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov

September 21 to September 22,  in Key West
9th Annual Key West Musicians Festival
September 21 to September 22
Staged at at Smokin' Tuna Saloon, from 2 - 9 p.m., both days. If you love Key West LOCAL musicians then this is the place to be. This is a FREE event although a percentage of the proceeds from merchandise sales will go to a Keys charity.


September 21 ,  in Key West
Native Plant Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
September 21
The Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9am to noon. Nursery volunteers have propagated over 160 species of plants that brings the inventory to more than 1,500 plants that attract butterflies and birds. Many plants are on the State of Florida endangered species list. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. All proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: secretary@keywest.garden

September 26 ,  in Key Largo
DATE CHANGE: Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center presents: Ocean Life Series
September 26
This month's speaker is Dr. Rachel Zuercher, and mapping coral reef fisheries on the coral reef tract. Ocean Life Series events are free and open to the public. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., at Murray Nelson Cultural & Government Center, mile marker 102. Lecture series from 7-8 p.m.


September 27 to September 28,  in Islamorada
Conch Scramble Charity Golf Tournament
September 27 to September 28
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. Teams make stops at eight different Islamorada waterfront venues and come ashore to tee off. Each player has two shots at the floating holes using biodegradable golf balls that dissolve into fish food after 90 hours in the water.
Contact: Michelle Abramoff 305-509-0315
Email: conchscramblecharitygolf@gmail.com

September 27 to September 29,  in Key Largo
20th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 27 to September 29
Anglers compete to win coveted first-through-third-place trophies for trout, snook and redfish, in catch-and-release fishing around the clock. Proceeds support local vocational scholarships for all ages, and Take Stock in Children scholarships for financially challenged Upper Keys students. Headquartered at the Tavernier Elks Club, the annual event features a popular silent and live auction showcase and Sunday evening dinner that are open to the public. Presented by the Rotary Club of Key Largo .
Contact: Dennis Caltagirone 305-331-0525
Email: keylargorotary@gmail.com

September 27 ,  in Islamorada
'The Charm of the Florida Keys' Cuban Art exhibit featuring artist Esteban Machado
September 27
Enjoy an exhibition of Cuban Artist Esteban Machado, curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez. An opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. is to be held at the Roberto Russell Gallery at Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, 81888 Overseas Highway. View the artwork, enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine presented by Ocean Sotheby’s. All work on exhibit are original paintings and are available for sale. Exhibit is sponsored in part by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Ocean Sotheby’s, and Latin American Art Magazine and others.  Free parking. RSVP appreciated.  
Contact: Maria 305-712-8888


September 28 ,  in Florida Keys
National Park Service's National Public Lands Day: Free Park Admission
September 28
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.


Calendar of Events for September
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All events are subject to change. Contact the event coordinators for the most current dates and times.

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