Aquarium events

After Hours

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Thursday, May 24, 6:30-9:30pm

Gather your friends for an event where adults take over the Seattle Aquarium at Aquarium After Hours. Want to take a closer look at life on the edge? The intertidal zone—where land and sea meet—is bustling with life and unexpected surprises. Come discover the amazing animals that dwell in this ever-changing habitat. This 21+ event will feature drinks and provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge while exploring local beaches on low-tide days this summer!

After Hours at the Seattle Aquarium
Family Science Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

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.



An hour for the ocean

Where: Various beach locations

When: June 9, 2018

Please join us in support of World Ocean Day: take action and be a part of the solution! On Saturday, June 9 spend one hour at your local beach or waterway cleaning up trash to support the health and vitality of our marine environment.

Share your experience with us by using #HourOcean on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

An hour for the ocean
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.



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.

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.


Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, June 24.

Shark and Ray Days

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: July 14-15, 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
Sea Otter Awareness Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: September 22-23, 2018

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!


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

17th Annual Seattle Aquarium Octopus Census

Where: Various dive locations

When: October 6-14, 2018

Calling all divers! Help collect data on a Puget Sound icon! If you go diving anytime during October 6-14, we’d like to know whether or not you see any giant Pacific octopuses.

Halloween at the Seattle Aquarium

Aquarium Halloween

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: October 26–28, 2018

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.


Trick or treat on the waterfront

Trick or treat at waterfront neighborhood businesses from the ferry terminal to Pier 66 on Sunday, October 29, noon-4pm.

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>

Discover Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 9-11, 2018

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
Deaf Community Day

Deaf Community Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 3, 2018

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

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Diving Santa

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at noon and 3pm
November 24-26,
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24*
*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!


Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium