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 Keys for all ages.

Join us for a day of fun, crafts, games, music, food, and shopping as we showcase our treasured marine environment while raising money for coral reef restoration. Local environmental organizations will also be in attendance.

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 event. 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.


For Event Logistics
Contact Allison Whitten

For Conservation Village
Contact Pamela Siderski


How You're Helping

The Protect Our Reefs program has worked tirelessly to understand the reasons for declining coral populations while discovering new ways to restore corals to areas where losses have occurred.

If you’re a Florida driver, you can help make coral reef restoration and conservation happen by purchasing a Protect Our Reefs specialty license plate for your car, truck, or boat trailer. Drive the plate that helps fund the restoration of our coral reefs and you’ll be helping preserve Florida’s unique underwater beauty while securing the future for our oceans!

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 don’t live in the state of Florida and want to support coral research and restoration, click the GIVE NOW button at the top of the page to donate!

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