Celebrate the oceans at REEF Fest! Each evening features different social event, including:

REEF Sustainers Appreciation Gathering -- Wednesday, Oct. 18 -- Invitation Only

Open House Welcome Gathering -- Thursday, Oct. 19 at REEF Campus

REEF Fest Happy Hour Social -- Friday, Oct. 20 at Murray Nelson Government Center

For the Love of the Sea Celebration -- Saturday, Oct. 21 at 103674 Overseas Hwy, Bayfront property next to Quiescence Diving Services -- Tickets Required

The Open House and Happy Hour Social are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For the Love of the Sea is a ticketed event. Tickets may be purchased during REEF Fest registration.

Click here to register for REEF Fest!

Open House Welcome Gathering

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm

Location: REEF Campus (98300 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037)

We're kicking off REEF Fest with our annual REEF Campus Open House! Before you head out for dinner, drop by the historic Headquarters building, walk the Native Plants Trail, and tour the Interpretive Center while mingling with fellow conservationists. Local craft beer and wine will be available.

REEF Fest Happy Hour Social

Date: Friday, Oct. 20

Time: 5:00-6:30 pm, followed by presentation from 6:30-7:30 pm

Location: Murray Nelson Government Center (102050 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037)

Mingle with friends while enjoying happy hour food and drinks and browsing a pop-up shop filled with REEF gear. Following the social, we will head back inside the auditorium to enjoy a presentation from one of our REEF Fest guest speakers.

For the Love of the Sea Celebration

Date: Saturday, Oct. 21

Time: 5:00-9:00 pm

Location: 103674 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037, an outdoor waterfront venue located next to Quiescence Diving Services on Key Largo's Blackwater Sound

Enjoy food, drinks, live music, silent auction, and a beautiful sunset over the waters of Florida Bay. Mingle with fellow ocean lovers and browse the silent auction, benefiting REEF's marine conservation programs. Tickets are $95 per person and include dinner (full menu below) and an open bar with local craft beer from Florida Keys Brewing Company, wine, liquor and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. The evening's menu includes a variety of appetizers, plus salad and dinner stations that guests may visit at their leisure. To maximize opportunities for socializing, there will not be any formal program for the evening. Scattered seating will be available throughout the property.

Tickets may be purchased when you register online for REEF Fest. Tickets are limited; if any tickets remain at REEF Fest, they will be available for purchase at the REEF Campus during the weekend.

No pets please.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of REEF Fest and the number of guests who attend, no refunds are available for cancellation or no shows at For the Love of the Sea.

For the Love of the Sea Menu

Traditional Hummus
Served with sliced cucumber and warm pita points

Fresh Vegetable Platter
Carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, radish, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and green goddess dressing

Asian Guacamole
Sesame seeds, nori, and ginger, served with wonton chips

Salad Station
Greek Salad
Crispy romaine, tomato, golden raisins, cucumbers, red onions, olives, pepperoncinis, feta cheese, and avocado, with a creamy red wine vinaigrette

Spicy Melon Salad

Cucumber Pineapple Salad

Dinner Stations
Sweet Potato Crusted Avocado
Greens, green beans, tomatoes, red onions, and mangos, with a key lime and garlic dressing and sambal aioli

Indoroni Pasta
Homemade cheese sauce, fried garlic, red onion, and sriracha

Coconut Panko Chicken Wraps
Greens and creamy cabbage and carrot slaw, with a honey, chili and lime sauce

Salsa Verde Veggie Bowl
Coconut rice, black beans, sweet plantains, and avocado pico de gallo

Coffee service from Kaldi's Coffee
Selection of delicious desserts from Keys Chocolates & Ice Cream

Sustainers Appreciation Gathering

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: Will be emailed to Sustainers

To show our appreciation for REEF’s most dedicated and generous supporters, members of the Sustainers Club are invited to join the REEF staff and Board of Trustees at this oceanfront event hosted at a private venue. Beer, wine, and a delicious spread of food will round out the evening, as we celebrate the important marine conservation work we’ve made possible together this year.

*This is an invitation-only event for REEF Sustainers. For more information on joining the Sustainers Club, visit this page or email giving@REEF.org.