Aquarium Events

Sea Otter Awareness Weekends at the Seattle Aquarium

Sea Otter Awareness Weekends

When: Weekends, September 20-21 and September 27-28

Join biologists at the Seattle Aquarium and explore the lives of sea otters. See how the Seattle Aquarium biologists care for these enchanting animals, including providing great nutrition, training and even toys! MORE >

Cedar River Salmon Journey

FREE family-friendly salmon viewing programs!
In partnership with the Cedar River Watershed and Seattle Public Utilities

Where: Jones Park, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park and Dam

When: Weekends, 11am-4pm on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26

Follow salmon up the Cedar River this October! Watch our local salmon spawning and learn about them and the things we can all do to improve watershed health and help salmon thrive. Volunteer naturalists will be stationed from 11am to 4pm on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Jones Park, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park and Dam. Carpool if you can – these sites have limited parking. Click here for a flyer with directions or to get more information, call (206) 792-5851.

Cedar River Salmon Journey poster
Halloween at the Seattle Aquarium

Halloween at the Seattle Aquarium

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: October 25-26

Get your Halloween celebration started early! Put on your costume and join us for creepy games and activities, face painting, fun treats and two kinds of pumpkin carving demonstrations—on land with master carver Russ Leno and underwater with our Aquarium divers. MORE >

Trick or Treat at Waterfront Neighborhood Businesses from the ferry terminal to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday, October 27, 11am-5pm.

Lightning Talks
Discover Science Weekend kickoff event

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Friday, November 7, 6:30-9pm

Lightning Talks provide an opportunity to hear a quick synopsis of the research projects being shared during Discover Science Weekend. Light refreshments; cash bar. Admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. REGISTER HERE >

Discover Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Saturday, November 8–Sunday, November 9

Bring the family to explore ocean and marine research alongside scientists through engaging and fun interactive displays and activities. MORE >

Discover Science at the Seattle Aquarium
Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walks

Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walks

Where: Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach

When: Saturday, November 22, 9:30-11pm (-1.9 @ 10:41pm)
Friday, December 5, 9-10:30pm (-2 @ 10:02pm)
Saturday, January 3, 9-10:30pm (-1.3 @ 9:47pm)

Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.
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Diving Santa

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Saturdays and Sundays, November 29 through December 21
Diving Santa at 12pm and 3pm

Come to the Aquarium and get in the mood for the winter holidays! Meet Diving Santa, take a photo, and treat yourself to a festive seasonal beverage at our café’s coffee bar. With special holiday concerts featuring local Puget Sound groups on select weekends. Be sure to bring your camera! MORE>

Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium 2014
Winter Fishtival at the Seattle Aquarium

Winter Fishtival

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: December 26 through January 4

Join us for hands-on activities, special talks, and opportunities to learn more about the care and feeding of the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide pool animals and marine mammals. Each day we’ll highlight a different sea animal and activity. Included with Aquarium admission, no reservation necessary. MORE >

15th Annual Seattle Aquarium Octopus Census

Where: Various dive locations

When: January 17-19, 2015

Calling all divers! Here's an excuse to go diving during the holiday weekend and collect data on a Puget Sound icon. Help us learn more about Puget Sound's giant Pacific octopus population and environment. MORE >

Hawaii Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Hawaii in Your Own Backyard

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: January 17-19 & 24-25

Take a break from winter, dress up in Aloha wear, and join us at the Aquarium to explore a little of the tropics. Discover some of the unique sea life that originates only in the Hawaiian Islands. Featuring Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows. MORE >

Seattle Aquarium Sea Otter Conservation Workshop IX

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Workshop schedule varies, March 20-22, 2015

Join the Seattle Aquarium for the largest meeting of sea otter biologists in the world at our Sea Otter Conservation Workshop. The event will feature over 50 talks, including discussions on wild sea otter biology, ecology, husbandry and conservation presented by biologists at the federal, state and nonprofit level; and updates on sea otters and facility husbandry and research from every U.S. institution that keeps sea otters. This international conference, the ninth since the Seattle Aquarium began hosting them biennially in 1999, will be attended by delegates from the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan. MORE >

Sea Otter Conservation Workshop