Chelsea and Vee at Reef-a-palooza orlando in octonation octopus booth

OctoNation’s Review of Reef-A-Palooza

Get a glimpse into what it was like when OctoNation makes waves at Reef-A-Palooza in Orlando, FL. We meet passionate saltwater aquarium enthusiasts and experienced all the fun that this two-day expo had to offer.

OctoNation Fans at Reef-A-Palooza event octopus fan club

OctoNation’s Reef-A-Palooza adventure

In April of 2023, OctoNation got to hang with a passionate community of saltwater aquarium enthusiasts when we made waves at Reef-A-Palooza in Orlando, Florida, a two-day aquarium expo. (This years ticket options are available at the very bottom!)

If you’ve never been, Reef-A-Palooza is an underwater marketplace of ideas, innovations, and vibrant corals. (Also, some of the nicest people we’ve ever met!)

Chelsea and Warren at Reef A Palooza

A peek into our Octopus Garden at Reef-A-Palooza

Our OctoNation booth was an octopus fanatics dream come true!

A cornucopia of engaging materials, from educational coloring sheets and our Octo-Mania activity book to a variety of sticker packs featuring every single design we’ve created to date, awaited the attendees.

Among the crowd’s favorites were our LED light-up squid hats, octopus plushies, and the star attraction – a Giant Octopus Plush that made many stop in their tracks for a photo opportunity.

🐙 Octopus Fun Fact

Our Creative Director unveiled an exquisite mural at the World Wide Corals Orlando Superstore during the event, which took Chris and his crew a combined 250 hours to finish!

chris mural

Watch the mural unveiling!

Connecting with OctoNation fans and community through this aquarium expo

The response from the attendees was simply overwhelming! We had the whole crew there!

Warren Carlyle, the founder of OctoNation. Our very own Scientific Advisor, Dr. Chelsea Bennice, delightedly answered a ton of octopus-related questions. Meanwhile, our Creative Director, Chris Adams, signed prints of his popular octopus illustrations. Even our Blog manager, Vee Zarate, was there helping attendees decide & mix and match their favorite octopus sticker designs!

Chris and Warren at Octonation Booth

We were especially thrilled to meet many young ocean enthusiasts whose parents shared that their kids were already big fans of OctoNation’s social media pages! 

Reef-a-palooza merch

Casting the net further: How OctoNation is building on the Reef-A-Palooza Success!

The success of our booth at Reef-A-Palooza fuels our mission to inspire a deep love for the ocean. The proceeds support our small but mighty team, enabling us to host educational events like STEMfest in Waco, where we run Octopus Superhero Academy, a series of fun STEM activities.

group photo at stemfest

We also promote the Adopt an Octopus program, which helps us create educational curriculum materials for teachers.

Chelsea teaching

Calling All Ocean Lovers to Reef-A-Palooza Orlando!

Join the Octo-Brigade… In Anehiem, California!

Excitingly, the next Reef-A-Palooza will be in Orlando April 20 & 21st! And yes, we’ll bring more of those quickly sold-out light-up squid hats! ✨🦑✨

To our OctoNation members, we need your help! If you’re available to volunteer at any of our next events in please share your interest by emailing us at [email protected]!

mini octo fan at expo booth

OctoNation’s Vision Post Reef-A-Palooza

The love and support we receive at Reef-A-Palooza is electric! We look forward to our next Palooza, hope you can make it!

Peace, Love, & Octopuses
Team OctoNation 

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