On Saturday, April 13, Mote Marine will be throwing its annual celebration of all things aquatic: Ocean Fest at Truman Waterfront Park. Mote is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution made up of renowned scientists who believe that conservation and sustainable use of oceans originates with research and education.

Founded in 1955 in Placida, Florida by Dr. Eugenie Clark, famous for her work with sharks, Mote has grown from a one room lab to a massive organization. Mote has the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco Discovery Center — adjacent to Truman Waterfront — as well as a new state-of-the-art facility The Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Restoration on Summerland Key.

Mote’s recent efforts have zeroed in on stony coral tissue loss disease, which is plaguing nearly half the coral species on the Florida Reef Tract. This deadly and rapidly spreading coral disease has pushed Mote scientists to accelerate their innovative efforts to restore the reefs with techniques like out-planting and re-skinning coral. Visitors to Mote’s Ocean Fest can learn more about coral disease and how it affects our local aquatic ecosystems.

Ocean Fest is all about having fun, too. Check out live music, a painting performance by famed marine artist Wyland, and taste Florida Keys Brewing Company’s new beer for Ocean Fest: The Resistant Strain.

Mote’s Ocean Fest 2019
Saturday, April 13 Key West
@Truman Waterfront Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mote’s Ocean Fest 2019 begins with a live broadcast by Pirate Radio

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Adrienne Z music performance on the stage

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wyland’s Art Studio opens with Kids’ Painting


11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Emily Springsteen performance on the stage

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Leah Sutter performance on the stage

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Interactive Kids’ Art Lesson with Wyland at the Wyland tent

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Dave Feder performance on the stage

3:30 p.m.  Howard Livingston & the MM 24 Band performance with Wyland painting LIVE on stage

4:30 p.m. Live auction on stage with Wyland

5 p.m.  Festival concludes

Directions to Truman Waterfront Park:

In Old Town Key West, follow Southard Street (it’s one way) to the end.  When you reach the ocean and the fun, stop.

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