By Heather Sears, Tourism & Events Coordinator
In Florida, it’s hard to tell what season we are in sometimes. Luckily, we have the start of Snook season on September 1st to give us the head’s up that autumn is just around the corner. Snook are known in this area as a great sportfish that also taste good! You will need a special Snook permit to keep one or hire a chartered fishing boat. Two of our favorite charters that offer Snook fishing is Going Coastal Charters and Still Jillin Charters.

September also holds National Estuaries Week from the 18th through the 25th. Did you know the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is the most biodiverse estuary in North America? It is also home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals. It serves as a spawning and nursery ground for snook, dolphin, and many endangered or threatened species including sea turtles and manatees who depend on the seagrass beds and mangrove forests that line the lagoon. The Environmental Learning Center, located along the Wabasso Causeway, is a great place to learn more about the IRL and get up-close and hands-on with the creatures that inhabit it. Or take a ride down historic Jungle Trail to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and get a bird’s eye view of the famous island in the IRL that serves as a rookery for over 30 species of migratory birds.

While visiting the Sebastian River area in September, be sure to check out all our festivals and special events. There’s a River Raft Race and even a Chicken Race! Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and head down to the Pirate and Caribbean Festival or enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise at Capt. Hiram’s Resort while listening to the Jimmy Buffet tribute band, Caribbean Chillers. Read on for more details…
ON THE WATER
River Raft Regatta
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at noon
Proceeds benefit United Against Poverty.

Whether you're participating or spectating, it's sure to be a fun-filled day on the water! Teams consist of four people who will build a small watercraft from 100% recycled materials and navigate a water course in the Indian River Lagoon. The team who crosses the finish line first with all original contents of their vessel and all four team members will be crowned the Raft Regatta winners! Registration includes team entry fee and event towel.

ON THE FARM
AHOY!
Pirate & Caribbean Festival
September 17th - 19th, 2021
3258 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach
Event Hours:
Friday 2PM - 6:00PM
Saturday 10AM - 6:00PM
Sunday 10AM - 4PM
Rain or Shine
Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and head down to Vero Beach to experience the music, food, and drinks of the Caribbean, Pirate style! This family-friendly event will take place under the shade of 300 year old oak trees with a boatload of activities for all. You may even spot a mermaid! Admission is FREE though a $2 "buck-n-ear" voluntary contribution is greatly appreciated. VeroBeachPirateFest.com
MORE HAPPENINGS...
CARIBBEAN CHILLERS
Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band
Sunday, September 5, 2021
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1580 US Hwy 1, Sebastian, FL 32958
STAY TUNED ACOUSTIC DUO
Sunday, September 12, 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5185 US Hwy 1, Grant, FL 32949
CROSSFIT CHALLENGE
September 13th - October 10th, 2021
Registration deadline 9/3
155 Sebastian Blvd., Ste. 103, Sebastian, FL 32958
CRAFT BREWS CRUISE FEATURING:
Saturday, September 25, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
1580 US HWY 1, Sebastian, FL 32958
HOOK KIDS ON FISHING
Saturday, September 25, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963
22ND ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Benefiting Women's Refuge of Vero Beach
Saturday, September 18, 2021
12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
6001 Clubhouse Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32967
BLUE CYPRESS BLUEGRASS BAND
Friday, September 24th, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Reservations recommended
44 N Broadway St, Fellsmere, FL 32948
PELICAN ISLAND PONTOON BOAT TOURS
Morning tours on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunset tours on Fridays from 6:15 - 8:15 PM
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963
OPEN JAM NIGHTS ~ DJ BIG B ~ KARAOKE
On-going every Mon., Wed., & Thur.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Tiki Bar & Grill
1109 Indian River Drive, Sebastian, FL 32958
BIDS & BREWS MEDIA & LIFESTYLE AUCTION
Presented by Tight Line Productions benefiting Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 6 PM - 9 PM
712 Cleveland Street, Sebastian, FL 32958
Register now to participate in our annual Media & Lifestyle Auction benefiting the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. $20 General Adm./$15 Member. There will be many adventure and staycation packages, entertainment, dining and spa packages, as well as other gift baskets.

LOOKING AHEAD...
TOURISM PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you can't workout! Visit Treasure Coast CrossFit in Sebastian and keep up on your wellness goals. Register now for the Treasure Coast CrossFit Fall Reset Challenge from September 13th through October 10th and stay focused on your nutritional goals while your here visiting.

772-584-9310
155 Sebastian Blvd. Sebastian, FL 32958

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Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce & Pelican Porch Visitor's Center
700 Main Street, Sebastian, FL 32958
(772) 589-5969 | cthibault@SebastianChamber.com | www.SebastianChamber.com