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Sunset Picnic - Thursday, September 20

REEF Headquarters Open House - Friday, September 21

For the Love of the Sea Banquet - Saturday, September 22

Farewell Breakfast - Sunday, September 23



Welcome Party

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 to 8:30 pm - Murray Nelson Government Center

This year, REEF will kick off REEF Fest at the Murray Nelson Government Center with an evening sunset picnic followed by our opening seminar.  Come at 6pm for food and drink; relax with friends and check out this year's silent auction. Then wander outside and enjoy the Key's atmosphere and a stunning sunset at 7:20. Opening announcements and seminar will begin at 7:30 pm.

Hamburgers and hot dogs sponsored and served by Centennial Bank. Bring your water bottles as Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority will have water stations and REEF will provide beverages.



REEF Interpretive Center Open House


Friday, September 21, 6:00 to 9:00 pm - REEF Headquarters

Join the Open House social to mingle with REEF Board members and staff and tour the REEF office, the oldest building in the Upper Keys. There will be great raffle prizes, appetizers and a cash bar with wine and beer provided by Florida Keys Brewing Company. Drop by anytime. REEF HQ, 98300 Overseas Highway, Key Largo (in the median).





For the Love of the Sea 

Saturday, September 22, 6:00-10:00pm 

For the Love of the Sea - Annual REEF Fest Banquet, Saturday, September 22, 6:00-10:00pm.

Join in an evening of celebrations and fun! Connect with old and new friends over dinner, drinks, and a beautiful sunset on Key Largo's bayside. Tickets for this celebration include a three course meal, plus hors d'oeuvres and a full service liquor bar. Enjoy live music, friends, delicious food and fun - alongside fantastic silent auction items! 


Parmesan crostini with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and basil

Mushrooms stuffed with artichokes, spinach, and parmesan cheese

Fresh fruit and assorted cheeses


Spinach salad with goat cheese, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and tomatoes with raspberry vinaigrette


Roasted red potatoes, fresh asparagus, and pasta primavera 

With choice of:

Morada style chicken with breadcrumbs, tomatoes, scallions, parmesan cheese, and key lime butter

Local Mahi Mahi with a mango salsa (U.S. Atlantic Mahi Mahi is a 'Best Choice' fish according to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program)

Vegan and Vegetarian guests will receive a larger dinner portion of the pasta primavera


Indulgent chocolate and vanilla cakes with buttercream icing


Local craft beer provided by the Florida Keys Brewing Company, alongside assorted wines and a full service liquor bar.

Tickets are required and can be purchased ahead of time through this website. Purchase tickets by September 7th and receive a free REEF Fest gift bag including a special edition REEF Fest T-shirt, upon check in. Tickets are $65 per person or $750 to sponsor a table of 8. Sponsored tables receive premium benefits. For more information on table sponsorship, click here.

No pets allowed. Tickets are limited; if any tickets remain at REEF Fest, they will be available for purchase at REEF Headquarters during the weekend. 

If purchasing more than one ticket, please make a note of your guest(s) names in the comment box at checkout.

 For the Love of the Sea is a ticketed event. Click here to purchase your ticket.

103674 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, the open air venue on the Bayside, next to Quiescence Diving Services Inc.



Farewell Breakfast

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - REEF Headquarters

Join us on Sunday morning for our farewell event. The continental breakfast will include complimentary pastries, bagels, fruit, coffee, and mimosas. Drop by anytime and mingle with REEF staff, Board, and other members before you head back to the mainland.