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On Friday, June 2, the Aquarium will close at 3pm (last entry at 2pm) for our Splash! fundraiser.
Join us for Splash!

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When Friday, June 2, 2023

Underwater photo of a coral reef with the words Splash!2023 placed over the image.

Join the Seattle Aquarium for our biggest party of the year and signature fundraising gala! Slip into your favorite resort wear—from shorts and sandals to swanky cocktail attire—and prepare for a fun night filled with opportunities to experience the Aquarium like an ultimate insider. 

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll enjoy during our 21+ soiree:

  • A hosted bar, gourmet food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts—for this special night only, the Aquarium is turning into an all-inclusive resort on the waterfront!
  • Behind-the-scenes tours, animal enrichments, diver shows and habitat interpretation throughout the Aquarium.
  • A chance to win a personal behind-the-scenes tour for you and six guests!
  • Music from KEXP DJ Troy Nelson so you can dance the night away in Puget Sound Hall.
  • A special appearance with one of Ivar’s dancing clams (selfie alert!).
  • Late-night burgers from Dick’s before you head home and a commemorative wine glass to remember the amazing time you had.
  • Complimentary valet parking.

It's a party for the ages that you won’t want to miss! And the best part? Your ticket purchase helps support our animal care and marine conservation work.


Get ready for Splash! with a map of the event.

Your incredible evening will include:

A group of guests listen to a Seattle Aquarium staff biologist during a behind-the-scenes tour of the food prep area of the Aquarium's Pier 60 building.
Exclusive Aquarium Experiences

Behind-the-scenes tours
Get a glimpse of locations that are off-limits to our daytime guests, including our animal food prep area, water quality lab, Veterinary Care Center and the area above our Window on Washington Waters habitat. 

Diver shows in our Window on Washington Waters habitat
*Exclusively for Ambassador Circle pre-party guests

Animal enrichments
6:30pm: Birds & Shores habitat
6:45–7:15pm: feeding in the sea otter habitat
7pm: harbor seal habitat
7:30–8pm: enrichment in the sea otter habitat
8pm: octopus habitat
8pm: enrichment in the river otter habitat
8:15–8:45pm: feeding in the sea otter habitat

Watch our ROV Nereo navigating the waters of Elliott Bay
6:30 and 7:30pm

Habitat interpretation throughout the Aquarium
This intimate evening will provide a unique opportunity to get up close to the habitats and ask questions about the animals in our care.

An adult giant pacific octopus resting on the bottom of it's habitat, with arms outstretched, at the Seattle Aquarium
Special Opportunities

Visit each of our featured tables to learn about our exciting programs and initiatives, then drop your completed Splashport in the drawing box to be entered to win a personal behind-the-scenes tour for you and six guests!

Help choose the evening’s octopus enrichment 
The winning choice will be offered to the octopus at 8pm! $10 per entry.

Help choose the name for the next octopus in our care
$25 per entry.

Selfies with one of the famous dancing clams from Ivar’s

Drinks and Food
Hosted bar with signature drinks
Food stations
Passed hors d’oeuvres
Late-night snack
A table of wine glasses displayed in front of the Seattle Aquarium's Window on Washington Waters habitat.

Music and more

Music from KEXP DJ Troy Nelson
Starting at 8:30pm in Puget Sound Hall.

Commemorative wine glass
Remember the great time you had with our special parting gift!

Three adults standing over a tidepool habitat at the Seattle Aquarium, as one adult reaches in to touch the animals under the water.

5pm: Doors open for Ambassador Circle pre-party guests
5:30pm: Ambassador Circle pre-party program begins
6:30pm: Doors open for gala
11pm: Gala ends

Three women pose for a selfie with a Seattle Aquarium scuba diver swimming behind them inside the Window on Washington Waters habitat.
Attire: resort casual

From shorts and sandals to cocktail attire and everything in between! And, while we encourage you to draw inspiration from this year’s featured animal, coral, we ask that you please not wear any real coral.

The Seattle Aquarium's Pier 59 building during sunset on a summer evening.

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101

Complimentary valet service provided.

We look forward to seeing you at Splash!

Illustration of two fish swimming above coral with the text, Splash! 2023




Andrew Bleiman
Marcus Trufant


Jes Collins
Janet Haberbush
Stephanie Kornblum
Nicole Pargoff
Tom Raaf
Carla Wigen


Thank you to our institutional partners


Glassybaby Foundation Microsoft
PNC ​​Wright Hotels Inc.

If you are interested in Corporate Partner opportunities contact Kim Hickey at

Splash!2023 FAQs
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