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September Events


July 13 to September 06,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum: Free Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel
July 13 to September 06
Located at MM 82.9 bayside, the museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel – and up to five immediate family members including spouses or children – as part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums program. Spouses of deployed military also are eligible. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737           305-664-9737      Email:

September 04 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Self-Guided Tour
September 04
Start the Labor Day weekend at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument at 9 a.m. for a self-guided tour of historical points of interest. An informational tent is to be set up at the monument with guide maps and brochures, courtesy of the Matecumbe Historical Trust. Historic photos, 75th anniversary tee shirts and mementos to be available as well. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504            305-664-9504      
September 04 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: An Evening of Hurricane History
September 04
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1935 hurricane, a historically significant event in the Florida Keys. Starting at 8 p.m. the Matecumbe Historical Trust is to show a video and display photos from the event. Survivors are to be present to share their experiences. Free and open to the public, event located at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504               305-664-9504      
September 06 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Annual Labor Day Service
September 06
In memory of the civilians and veterans who perished in the 1935 hurricane, this annual service is to be held at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument. Hear from famed historian Irving Eyster, and the 1935 Hurricane Song written by Cris Foster from memories shared by Bernard Russell who lost many of his family in the event that helped shape Florida Keys history. A wreath is to be placed, followed by taps and the benediction. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504              305-664-9504     
September 11 ,  in Key Largo
Lionfish Derby for Divers
September 11
Teams of up to four divers can help capture and remove non-native lionfish from Keys waters in this unique spin on a fishing tournament. Derby divers who successfully remove lionfish from sanctuary waters are to be eligible for up to $10,000 in cash and prizes – more than $3,000 per derby. Headquarters, measuring and scoring to be held at Coconuts Restaurant, mile marker 100. Visit website for registration details.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030               305-852-0030     Email:
September 14 to September 17,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
September 14 to September 17
Also referred to as the “Fall Fly,” this prestigious three-day test of skill and stealth challenges anglers to accrue points for both weight and release fish. Entry fee is $1,000 per angler, up to 25 maximum participants.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428           305-942-0428      Email:
September 15 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series
September 15
This month’s free seminar is to be given by Eric Smith, themed “Adventures in Underwater Exploration.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737              305-664-9737      Email:
September 16 to September 19,  in Florida Keys
38th Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run
September 16 to September 19
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. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Register online today, or starting Sept. 1 at either of two Peterson’s Harley dealerships, with just a $10 donation.
Contact: (800) 545-2561               (800) 545-2561       877-MIAMI-HD              
September 17 to September 19,  in Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 17 to September 19
Entering its 10th year, the challenge requires anglers fish for trout and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Entry fee is $125 per angler, $70 for young anglers (kids and juniors are combined). New venue at the Upper Keys Sailing Club!
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-852-4087              305-852-4087      
September 22 to September 26,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
September 22 to September 26
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, and an environmental fair.
Contact: (305) 872-0774              (305) 872-0774      
September 25 to September 26,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament
September 25 to September 26
Up to 100 anglers compete for snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snapper, bonefish and black drum against the backdrop of Everglades National Park. An overall grand champ prize is given to the individual or team who catches at least four of the seven eligible species. The angling challenge is also a qualifying event for the 2011 IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
Contact: Linda Denkert 305-852-1425               305-852-1425      
September 25 ,  in Islamorada
Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day
September 25
The History of Diving Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine.  Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors for an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in diving history.  The Museum is also celebrating its fourth anniversary, and showcases “The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea, and is approximately 3,000 square feet of amazing exhibits relating to diving history. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: (305) 664-9737 (305) 664-9737    

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