Aquarium events

Shark Awareness Day at the Seattle Aquarium

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.


After Hours

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Thursday, August 23, 6:30-9:30pm

Gather your friends for Seattle Aquarium After Hours, when adults will take over the Aquarium to explore the masters of migration: salmon. These iconic fish exemplify the interconnectedness of our local waterways and the ocean. Come discover what makes salmon so well adapted for a life of adventure, and why they’re a critical link to the health of the Salish Sea. Enjoy all the Aquarium exhibits during this 21+ evening, which will also feature a no-host bar, food available for purchase, a photo booth, and Aquarium staff and volunteers ready to turn you into a salmon expert.

After Hours at the Seattle Aquarium
Sea Otter Awareness Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: September 29-30, 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.

For information on ourcommunity ticket program go to

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