Celebrate the oceans at REEF Fest 2022! Each evening of REEF Fest features different social event, including:

REEF Sustainers Appreciation Gathering -- Invitation Only

Open House Welcome Gathering -- Thursday, Oct. 13 at REEF Campus

REEF Fest Happy Hour Social -- Friday, Oct. 14 at Murray Nelson Government Center

For the Love of the Sea Celebration -- Saturday, Oct. 15 -- Tickets Required

The Open House and Happy Hour Social are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. You can also purchase tickets to For the Love of the Sea when you register online for REEF Fest.

Click here to register for REEF Fest!

Open House Welcome Gathering

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13

Time: 5-7 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. 14

Time: 5-6:30 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. 15

Time: 5-9 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 attendees and browse the silent auction, benefiting REEF's marine conservation programs. Tickets are $100 per person and include a variety of sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres and quick bites, along with delicious desserts. An open bar with local craft beer, wine, liquor and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages is also included.

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.

The evening's menu will include a variety of passed appetizers served from 5:30-6:30 pm. Food stations will be open from 7-8:30pm to enjoy at your leisure. A "bread bar" with tasty meal accompaniments like pretzel bites, calzones and cornbread will be accessible to guests throughout the evening. To maximize opportunities for socializing, there will not be any formal program for the evening. Scattered seating will be avilable throughout the property.

For the Love of the Sea Menu

Asian Meatballs - pork, fresh ginger, scallions, garlic, hoisin glaze
Mushroom and Gruyere Crostini - vegetarian
Focaccia – tomato, onion, olive - vegan/vegetarian
Agnolotti - vegetable and cheese filled fried pasta pouches -vegetarian

Bread Bar
Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Sauce – pretzel is vegan/vegetarian
Mini Calzone with Marinara Sauce - vegetarian
Jalapeno Cornbread - vegan/vegetarian

Slider Station
Classic - Angus beef, American cheese, drunken onions
Philly Chicken - grilled chicken thighs, provolone cheese, drunken onions, roasted peppers
Asian Pork Tenderloin - marinated pork medallions, Asian slaw
*All served on brioche bun

Mini Grilled Cheese Station
Quatro Formaggi - mozzarella, asiago, provolone, gorgonzola
Tuscan - provolone, pesto, roasted tomato-garlic compote, drunken onion
Classic – American cheese, ham, tomato

Sausage Station
Brats in Blanket with Spicy Mustard
Lil' Smokies wrapped in Cheesy Cornbread
Chili Cheese Dog Bites

Veggie - all options at this station are vegan
Grilled Pierogies – mushrooms, cabbage, onion
Socca (Flatbread) with Housemade Kimchi
Tofu Eggrolls

Baker's choice selection of delicious freshly baked sweets
Columbian coffee, decaf, tea and espresso bar

Sustainers Appreciation Gathering

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12

Time: 5-7 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.