Seattle Aquarium café closed for upgrades October 16–27
You can look forward to new equipment and streamlined service when the café reopens on October 28—we appreciate your understanding!

Aquarium events

Cedar River Salmon Journey poster

Cedar River Salmon Journey 2017

FREE family-friendly salmon viewing program!
In partnership with King County Flood Control District, Seattle Public Utilities, The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed), The City of Renton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District.

Where: Along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas.

When: See spawning salmon at one or all four locations along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas on October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29, 11am–4pm.

See the salmon migration and learn about the epic journey that takes place every year as salmon swim from the ocean, through the Ballard Locks, into Lake Washington, and up the river to spawn. The Cedar River hosts chinook, sockeye and coho salmon among other fish species.

Learn more. What do salmon need to thrive? Why is clean and cold water so important to their survival? Discover how you can help to keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born. MORE >

Click here for a flyer with directions.

Aquarium Halloween

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: October 28–29, 2017

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.

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Trick or treat on the waterfront

Trick or treat at waterfront neighborhood businesses from the ferry terminal to Seattle Aquarium on Sunday, October 29, noon-4pm.
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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, October 29.

Live streaming pumpkin cam: 9:30am-5pm
Watch live streaming video of Russ Leno carving aquatic designs into giant pumpkins at the Seattle Aquarium. WATCH LIVE HERE>

Halloween at the Seattle Aquarium

Science and Cocktails: Lightning Talks

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Wednesday, November 8, 6-10pm

Join us for a fun, 21+ evening at the Seattle Aquarium featuring fascinating, five-minute glimpses into the latest marine and ocean science from local scientists and science enthusiasts. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served; cash bar. After the main event, head to our Life on the Edge exhibit to chat with our presenters, enjoy dessert bites and sip a nightcap! MORE>

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during Lightning Talks by using #Sci5.

Discover Science at the Seattle Aquarium

Discover Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 10–12, 2017

Bring the family to explore science together through exciting interactive experiments and presentations. Meet scientists and researchers from the Aquarium as well as other organizations in the community to learn about current projects, as well as why and how the research is being conducted.

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Deaf Community Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 19, 2017, 10:30am-4:30pm

Sign language interpreters will be present at each of our scheduled daily talks and throughout our exhibit areas as well. Regular admission prices apply. MORE >

For more information on our community ticket program, go to SeattleAquarium.org/community-tickets.

Deaf Community Day
Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium

Diving Santa 2017

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 3pm
November 25 and 26,
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24*
*At noon only on December 24. Seattle Aquarium closes at 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 seasonal beverage at our café’s espresso bar. With special holiday concerts featuring local Puget Sound groups on select weekends. Be sure to bring your camera!

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, November 26.

Winter Fishtival

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: December 26-January 1, 2018

Join us for hands-on activities, special talks, and opportunities to learn more about the marine animals at the Aquarium and in Puget Sound. Each day will feature a different sea animal and activities. Included with Aquarium admission, no reservation necessary.

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, December 31.

Winter Fishtival at the Seattle Aquarium
Hawaii Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Hawaii in Your Own Backyard

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: January 13-15, 2018

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.

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, January 14.

Ocean Career Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: January 27, 2018, 9am-2pm

Ocean Career Day is an opportunity TEST for middle, high school and college students to learn about educational, volunteer, internship and career opportunities at a variety of colleges, nonprofits and government institutions. Parents, guardians and teachers are also welcome to attend.

Join us for formal presentations from marine science professionals and a panel presentation from representatives of colleges and universities—plus, speak with representatives from a variety of ocean-related organizations.

Ocean Career Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium

Octopus Week

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: February 17-25, 2018

Join us to learn about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the giant Pacific octopus. Each day will feature hands-on activities for kids, octopus feedings and talks.

A few highlights: February 18 and 25 at noon: Live octopus release and February 19, 20 and 26 at noon: Divers swim with an octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. MORE >

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, February 19.

*Activities, feedings and talks may vary due to seawall construction.

Marine Mammal Mania

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: April 6-15, 2018

How does the Aquarium celebrate spring? With Marine Mammal Mania—hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals—join us!

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, April 9.

Marine Mammal Mania at the Seattle Aquarium
Mother's Day at the Seattle Aquarium

Mother's Day at the Aquarium

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: May 13, 2018

Celebrate moms of all types, animal and human.

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Mother’s Day free parking
Celebrate Mother’s Day with free parking by visiting the Seattle Aquarium and picking up a free parking voucher. Vouchers are good for up to four hours at select waterfront garages from 9am to 8pm. Click here for more information and a list of participating garages.

Members-only early opening at 9am with a special gift for moms.

Family Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: May 26-28, 2018

Participate in activities to learn about science and research taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations will help the whole family discover science in a fun way.

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, May 28.

Family Science Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium
World Ocean Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

World Ocean Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: June 9-10, 2018

Celebrate the world’s one big ocean with us and learn to be an ocean hero! Everyone, no matter where they live, can help keep the ocean clean and healthy. We'll show you how with a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations.

Be sure to bring your camera and see the Octonauts' show, To Your Stations, at 11am and 1pm in the Puget Sound Hall.
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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, June 11.

Father's Day at the Aquarium

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: June 17, 2018

Celebrate dads of all types—animal and human. Join us for talks, enrichments and fun activities.

featuring a group LEGO® build with Master Builder Dan Parker from 9:30am-3pm in Life on the Edge.
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Members-only early opening at 9am.

Father's at the Seattle Aquarium
Orca Awareness Celebration

Orca Awareness Celebration

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: June 23-24, 2018

Learn about orcas with hands-on activities all weekend. Check out our 20-foot-long, inflatable orca, modeled after Granny—matriarch of the endangered southern resident population, and believed to have been the oldest known orca. Plus, find out how ocean debris impacts these whales, and why healthy salmon populations are so important to their survival.

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, June 25.

Shark Awareness Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: July 14, 2018

Join us to learn about sharks, skates and rays, including how we can help protect them. We’ll have special talks and hands-on activities throughout the Aquarium all about these amazing animals.

Shark Awareness Day at the Seattle Aquarium