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After Hours: Pride Celebration

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Join us for this fun 21+ event

After Hours: Pride Celebration


Thursday, April 25, 2024




Seattle Aquarium

Come celebrate Pride in LGBTQIA+ communities with us! Love is love, even in the deep blue sea. Adults will take over the Seattle Aquarium for this 21+ event, featuring live music, opportunities to experience our habitats at night, a variety of animal-themed experiences throughout the Aquarium, a no-host bar, food available for purchase and more.   

Ticket proceeds cover just part of the cost of sustaining our animal care and marine conservation work. Please consider adding a tax-deductible donation to help support the Seattle Aquarium and our expansion with the new Ocean Pavilion.

This event is for adults 21 years old or older. View our After Hours FAQ for more information.

After Hours: Pride Celebration aims to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all Aquarium guests. This event not only celebrates the beautiful diversity of our community but also promotes learning more about the marine environment—where queerness exists naturally among many species. 

Buy early and save!

After Hours tickets

We’re offering plan-ahead pricing for this event, which means that the further in advance you purchase your tickets, the more you’ll save—so grab yours today! Prices will increase as the event date approaches.

Bonus squid hat available for purchase online

Please note:  Squid hat is an add-on; admission tickets must be purchased separately and are required for entry. Add-on purchases are refundable until April 22, 2024. Starting April 23, 2024, add-on purchases are non-refundable and will expire at the end of the After Hours: Pride Celebration event. Add-on items not redeemed are non-refundable.

Members and Connection program partners

Seattle Aquarium members and Connection program partners receive a 10% discount on tickets! To get the promo code:

This fun evening will include:

Alaska Airlines ticket raffle

Join us at After Hours: Pride Celebration for a chance to win two round-trip Alaska Airlines vouchers! Book a getaway to a dream destination—anywhere Alaska Airlines flies—and support the Seattle Aquarium as it expands with the Ocean Pavilion at the same time. You can enter the raffle for a chance to win from 7–8:45pm near the Windows on Washington Waters habitat during the event.

"Love is love" messages

Throughout the Aquarium, you will be invited to leave notes of love and positive affirmation. Feel free to write them to whoever or whatever you wish—to others, to Aquarium animals, to the universe!

Music and drag performances

Dance the night away to music by DJ SummerSoft and enjoy live drag performances.

Meet our birds

See tufted puffins and other alcids up close! Alcids are diving birds that make their homes in the Northern Hemisphere and appear to “fly” underwater. Fun fact: Seabirds are known to form same-sex bonded pairs.

Get the trash out!

Play this Operation-like game to save a common murre and learn more about the impacts of microplastics and debris on marine birds.

Is it? Or isn’t it?

Put your cephalopod knowledge to the test and learn more about octopuses and their relatives.

Event schedule

The Ocean is Queer Presentation
at the Family Activity Center (next to underwater mammal viewing)

Drag Show in Puget Sound Hall

The Ocean is Queer Presentation
at the Family Activity Center (next to underwater mammal viewing)

Drag Show in Puget Sound Hall

Available for purchase

Food and beverages


  • Rainbow poke bar: $14 (avoiding gluten)
    Purple rice, salmon, tuna, red cabbage, shiso leaf, cucumber, jalapeño, edamame, avocado, diced mango
  • Rainbow quesadilla: $9 (vegetarian option available)
    Flour tortilla, rainbow cheese 
    Choice of chicken, chorizo or vegetarian filling
  • Nutty Squirrel Gelato: $6
  • Bar snacks: prices vary

Specialty drinks

  • Just a Tadd (Named in honor of Tadd Fujikawa, the first openly gay male professional golfer)
    Fresh lemonade, World Spice Midnight Berry Tea
  • Grand Dr. Ruth (Named in honor of Ruth Gates, the first female President of the International Society for Reef Studies)
    Bourbon, orange liqueur, blackberries, ginger
  • Carson and Cran (Named in honor of Rachel Carson, marine environmentalist and author of Silent Spring)
    Campari, white cranberry, sparkling wine

Frequently asked questions

Yes. By law, everyone must be 21 years or older to attend this event. Children (including toddlers and babies) are not allowed inside the Aquarium for After Hours events. Don’t forget to bring your ID.

No. You can purchase tickets for After Hours by clicking on an event above.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis and we do not have a wait list or resale ticket vendor. The Seattle Aquarium, in partnership with Eventbrite, is the only official vendor for After Hours events. To avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen or voided tickets, please make all ticket purchases through Seattle Aquarium-authorized websites only.

Seattle Aquarium members and Connection program partners receive a 10% discount on tickets!
To get the promo code:

We do not offer parking vouchers.

Please visit our directions and parking page for more information on getting to the Aquarium and nearby parking options.

Click on “request a refund” or contact the organizer via your Eventbrite account to request a refund, including the reason for the request. Refunds will include the ticket price less the Eventbrite fees (which consist of the payment processing fee and the service fee combined). Eventbrite fees are nonrefundable.

Refund requests must be made 24 hours before the event.

Yes. Details will be communicated on the event webpage. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Cash is not accepted. Payment options include chip cards with PIN entry and signatures for added security; credit/debit cards from all major credit card companies; and payment services including Apple Pay®, Google Pay® and Samsung Pay®.

No. All tickets can be in your name for your guests.

The gift shop will be open 6:30–9:30pm.

An unstaffed coat rack is available at no charge during After Hours events (space is limited). Bag and coat check are not available. The Seattle Aquarium is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Yes. Please first go to Guest Services to request a stamp for re-entry.

Please join our mailing list to sign up for the Seattle Aquarium newsletter, which includes news and information on upcoming events.

Media partner

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The Seattle Aquarium is grateful for our partnership with:

Alaska Airlines

Website maintenance

Please note: Our ticketing and membership systems will be offline for approximately two hours starting at 9pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 20. During the maintenance window, online ticketing and membership will not be available.

Thank you for understanding.

Support the Seattle Aquarium

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With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

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Giving Tuesday

Make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Seattle Aquarium

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to a very generous anonymous donor!

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