Aquarium events

Meet us at the beach
FREE 2017 Beach Naturalist program

Where: Various locations

When: Various dates: May-August 2017

Time: Various times

Explore the beach at low tide with a Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist. Trained Naturalists will be at several local beaches. Look for signs at the entrance to the beach. This is a free drop-in program and reservations are not needed. MORE >

Seattle Aquarium's Beach Naturalist program
After Hours at the Seattle Aquarium

After Hours—This event is sold out!

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: July 13, 6:30-9pm

Enjoy the Seattle Aquarium during After Hours, a 21+ event featuring drinks, music and more! Experience the Aquarium after closing, soak up the sun on the pier and enjoy an adult beverage as you explore our exhibits like never before. With live music, exclusive animal encounters and a cash bar, this is not a night to miss!
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Shark Awareness Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: July 14

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.
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Shark Awareness Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Cedar River Salmon Journey poster

Cedar River Salmon Journey

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: Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard and at four sites along the Cedar River.

When: Watch the salmon migration through the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard on July 15, July 29, August 5 and August 12, 11am–3pm.

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.

Deaf Community beach walk

Where: Lincoln Park

When: July 22, 10am-1pm

Meet us on the beach! Sign language interpretation will be available between 10am and 1pm at Lincoln Park on July 22, 2017.

For accurate directions and more information, CLICK HERE >

Beach Naturalist program
Sea Otter Awareness Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: September 23-24

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!

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

17th Annual Seattle Aquarium Octopus Census

Where: Various dive locations

When: October 7–15

Calling all divers! Help collect data on a Puget Sound icon! If you go diving anytime during October 7–15, we’d like to know whether or not you see any giant Pacific octopuses.

Cedar River Salmon Journey poster

Cedar River Salmon Journey

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

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.

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, October 30.

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>

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

Deaf Community Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 19, 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.

Lightning Talks

Discover Science Weekend kickoff event

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Thursday, November 10, 7-10pm

Learn about marine science research directly from local scientists during Lighting Talks, part of the Aquarium’s larger Discover Science Weekend. Get exciting five-minute glimpses into a variety of topics, and learn how you can help with the conservation of our marine environment. It’s like science on a speed date—including a chance to meet and network with the scientists after their presentations! Admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. REGISTER HERE >

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

 

Discover Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 10–12

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.

Discover Science at the Seattle Aquarium
Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium

Diving Santa

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!

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, November 27.

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.

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, January 1.

Winter Fishtival at the Seattle Aquarium