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Message from the Commissioner of Tourism

As fall approaches and many across the U.S. are lamenting the end of summer, the USVI beckons with endless summer weather and activities.

Athletes can test their skills in races and tournaments this September and October, such as the Labor Day 5K Race on St. Croix. The battle of the sexes takes center stage on St. Thomas at the 14th Annual Golden Hook Guy/Gal Reel Challenge, while swimmers of all experience levels can race one to five miles in the Annual VI Coral Reef Swim.

For those interested in Caribbean culture and entertainment, there are many ongoing events, from fire dancing and outdoor movies on St. Croix to Jazz in the Park in St. Thomas.

Here's a glimpse at more activities for September and October:

SEPTEMBER 1
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

SEPTEMBER 2
Labor Day 5K Race, St. Croix
The Annual 5K race is held by the Virgin Islands Pace Runners. Awards are presented to the top finishers in all categories, and all participants will receive certificates. For more information: (340) 643-2557, (340) 777-0258, www.virginislandspace.org

SEPTEMBER 3
Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, poolside at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. at the Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 8
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

SEPTEMBER 10
Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, poolside at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. at the Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 12
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean Beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch Mocko Jumbies perform while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 15
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

SEPTEMBER 17
Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, poolside at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. at the Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 19
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean Beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch Mocko Jumbies perform while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 20
Sunset Jazz, Frederiksted, St. Croix
One of the island’s most popular musical events, this is a monthly Friday concert on the Frederiksted Waterfront featuring local jazz musicians. Admission is free and food and drinks are available for purchase at neighborhood bars and restaurants. For more information: (340) 690-0617.

SEPTEMBER 22
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

SEPTEMBER 24
Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, poolside at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. at the Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 26
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean Beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch Mocko Jumbies perform while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

SEPTEMBER 27
Jazz in the Park – Summer Music Concert Series at the National Park Gazebo, St. Croix
Bring your beach chairs or blanket and join Eddie Russell and his band at the Christiansted National Historic Park, for afternoon of great Jazz! Starts at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Concert is free and all are welcome! Eddie Russell: 340-277-3914

SEPTEMBER 29
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

OCTOBER 1
Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies, poolside at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. at the Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 3
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean Beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch Mocko Jumbies perform while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 5-6
14th Annual Golden Hook Guy/Gal Reel Challenge, St. Croix
Hosted by the Golden Hook Fishing Club, this tournament is known affectionately by locals as the Reel Challenge of the Sexes, helping raise money for the island’s St. Mary’s School. www.fishstx.com

OCTOBER 6
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

OCTOBER 7
Caribbean Night at the Palms, St. Croix
Dive into Caribbean culture every Monday night at The Palms at Pelican Cove, featuring Mocko Jumbie dancers, exhilarating music and delicious local cuisine served up in an all you-can-eat buffet. www.palmspelicancove.com

OCTOBER 8
Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, poolside from 7 to 8:30 pm at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 10
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch the Mocko Jumbies dance while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 12-13
Annual VI Coral Reef Swim, St. Croix
This annual race invites swimmers of all levels to plunge into the warm, crystal blue waters of the Buccaneer Resort and test their skills on a one- to five-mile course. The weekend events begin Saturday morning with a mini-clinic for new open water swimmers, followed by a cocktail hour with a live steel pan band. The race takes place on Sunday, concluding with an awards ceremony. www.swimrace.com

OCTOBER 13
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

OCTOBER 14
Caribbean Night at the Palms, St. Croix
Dive into Caribbean culture every Monday night at The Palms at Pelican Cove, featuring Mocko Jumbie dancers, exhilarating music and delicious local cuisine served up in an all you-can-eat buffet. www.palmspelicancove.com

OCTOBER 15
Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, poolside from 7 to 8:30 pm at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 17
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch the Mocko Jumbies dance while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 18
Sunset Jazz, Frederiksted, St. Croix
One of the island’s most popular musical events, this monthly Friday concert on the Frederiksted Waterfront features outstanding local jazz musicians. Admission is free and music lovers can purchase food and drinks at nearby bars and restaurants. For more information: www.gotostcroix.com

OCTOBER 20
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

OCTOBER 21
Caribbean Night at the Palms, St. Croix
Dive into Caribbean culture every Monday night at The Palms at Pelican Cove, featuring Mocko Jumbie dancers, exhilarating music and delicious local cuisine served up in an all you-can-eat buffet. www.palmspelicancove.com

OCTOBER 22
Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, poolside from 7 to 8:30 pm at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 24
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch the Mocko Jumbies dance while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 26
St. Croix Movies at the Fort
Looking for a sure bet for family or date night? Check out St. Croix Movies at the Fort, a free film night on the last Saturday of every month sponsored by the National Park Service. www.gotostcroix.com

OCTOBER 27
Guided Organic Farm Tour, St. Croix
Take a guided tour of the farm with one of St. Croix's most revered naturalists and tree cultivators, 7th generation medicine keeper Veronica Gordon! Tours run from 1 – 2 pm, at the Ridge to Reef Farm (Cost: $20 per person). Please RSVP by the Friday before you'd like to come. www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

OCTOBER 28
Caribbean Night at the Palms, St. Croix
Dive into Caribbean culture every Monday night at The Palms at Pelican Cove, featuring Mocko Jumbie dancers, exhilarating music and delicious local cuisine served up in an all you-can-eat buffet. www.palmspelicancove.com

OCTOBER 29
Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, St. Croix
Enjoy fire dancing performances by Kiki & The Flaming Gypsies, poolside from 7 to 8:30 pm at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. Contact: 340-773-9700.

OCTOBER 31
Caribbean Beach BBQ at Divi Carina Bay, St. Croix
Enjoy cultural entertainment at the Caribbean beach BBQ located at Dockside Restaurant, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort. Learn how to dance Quadrille with the "We Dey Ya" Cultural Dancers and watch the Mocko Jumbies dance while experiencing this diverse Caribbean buffet. (6 – 9:00 pm) Contact: 340-773-9700.

We look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular islands!

Sincerely,
Beverly Nicholson-Doty
Commissioner