Mote Marine Laboratory’s 2017 Ocean Fest

Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco­travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment at Mote Marine Laboratory's annual event, Mote’s Ocean Fest. Proceeds and donations from the festival support Mote Marine Laboratory’s coral reef restoration and research programs. The family ­friendly fun will take place on Saturday, November 18 at the Guy Harvey Islander Resort (82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It has been said to be one of the best events in the Keys for all ages.

Meet Mote scientists and researchers, along with other conservation and environmental organizations from around Florida to learn about the work they are doing and how you can help.

Oceanfest attendees

Mote’s Ocean Fest attendees can explore conservation and environmental exhibits, meet live animals and experience touch tanks, view and purchase wares from local marine artists and vendors, enjoy music, try their skill at active amusements and bid on silent auction items.

Vendor Info

Mote's Ocean Fest is now recruiting vendors for our November 2017 and March 2018 events. Sign up to join others selling homemade crafts, art, jewelry and other merchandise. Have a fun children's activity? Please join us as a vendor! *We are unable to take food or beverage vendors at this time.


Contact Us

Do you have questions about Ocean Fest? Do you want to know how you can sponsor or partner with Mote for the event? Are you interested in volunteering your time? Please contact us!

For Event Logistics
Contact Allison Whitten

For Conservation Village
Contact Pamela Siderski


How You're Helping

Ocean Fest is an annual outreach event that takes place in the Florida Keys to raise awareness of the work Mote Marine Laboratory is doing for coral reef research & restoration, and its more than a dozen other research programs, along with the work of likeminded partner environmental organizations. The funds raised through Ocean Fest go directly to help fund coral reef research & restoration programs.

By attending Ocean Fest, you are already taking a step toward understanding the commitment it takes to positively affect the world around us – both on land and sea. We ask that you take the time to share this information with your friends, family, and loved ones so we all may inspire those around us and generations to come.

For each Protect Our Reefs license plate sold, Mote’s Protect Our Reefs program receives a direct $25 donation. This donation funding goes straight to the restoration and research of our coral reefs so the more plates that are sold, the faster we can restore our coral reefs.

If you would like to take the next step in your commitment, please consider further involvement with Mote through any of the following:

  • Purchasing a Protect Our Reefs specialty license plate
  • Digital Learning Programs
  • Volunteer, Sponsor, and other Support Programs with Mote
  • If you don’t live in the state of Florida and cannot attend Ocean Fest but want to support coral research and restoration, click the orange GIVE NOW button at the top of the page to donate!

    See more from Dr. Dave Vaughan in this Documentary by The Atlantic, A Coral Reef Revival