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Eighth Annual

Urban Ocean Festival

Explore and celebrate Southern California’s coast during the Aquarium’s eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival. The event will include art exhibitions, a fashion show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, and educational activities. Urban Ocean boat cruises exploring the local coast and port complex will be available during the weekend at an additional cost.

Urban Ocean Festival Schedule

  • 10:30 a.m. Ronny & The Classics live music performance
  • 10:30 a.m. Kids’ Time: Whose Ocean is it Anyway?
  • 11:00 a.m. Urban Ocean Film
  • 11:35 a.m. Ronny & The Classics live music performance
  • 12:00 p.m. Sustainable Seafood Tasting (SATURDAY ONLY)
  • 12:30 p.m. Kids’ Time: Whose Ocean is it Anyway?
  • 1:00 p.m. Urban Ocean Poetry Awards Ceremony (SATURDAY ONLY)
  • 1:15 p.m. Urban Ocean Film
  • 1:20 p.m. Trashin’ Fashion Show (SUNDAY ONLY)
  • 1:30 p.m. Ronny & The Classics live music performance
  • 2:30 p.m. Urban Ocean Film
  • 2:45 p.m. Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise (SATURDAY ONLY). See Info Desk for pricing and reservations.
  • 4:30 p.m. Urban Ocean Film

Art Exhibition

Great Hall

The winning artists from the Urban Ocean Art Contest in the categories of painting/drawing, photography, and sculpture will display their artworks along the Great Hall. Various art pieces will be available for sale.

Vaquita Conservation

Learn about the most endangered marine mammal on the planet and what you can do to help.

Interactive Mural Painting

Plaza in Front of the Aquarium. Get a hand stamp for re-entry to the Aquarium

Art Miles Mural Project and guest community artists invite all Aquarium visitors to help paint murals on canvases that depict interpretations of the urban ocean.

Whose Ocean is it Anyway?

10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. / Marine Life Theater

This musical chairs-style game offers a child’s view of coastal and marine planning while engaging children with the urban ocean.

Urban Ocean Shows

Science on a Sphere / Ocean Science Center

Experience the urban ocean projected on a six-foot-diameter global display system in the Ocean Science Center. Shows will run periodically throughout the day during the festival weekend. See Ocean Science Center for show times.

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

Urban Ocean Festival
Anitza Valles
Event Information

Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon Download your coupon for $10 off adult admission here.
Tickets Members get in free. Simply show your card at the entrance.
Not a member? General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Saturday-Only Programming

Urban Ocean Poetry Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. in Ocean Theater

Winners from three categories of the Urban Ocean Poetry Contest will be recognized, and the winners will read their poetry.

FREE Sustainable Seafood Tastings at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall

The Aquarium’s Seafood for the Future program will offer free sample tastings of healthy and responsible seafood, presented in partnership with Premier. Learn about responsible seafood and what the Aquarium of the Pacific is doing to promote ocean conservation.

Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise at 2:45 p.m. at Dock 2 outside Aquarium

Come explore the urban ocean through poetry. As you sail past massive ships, local wildlife, and ocean vistas, listen to poetry of the sea, and learn about our local harbor from Aquarium narrators. See information desk for cruise prices and tickets. Urban Ocean: World Port and Sea Life Cruises occur monthly at 4:00 p.m. on June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 16.

Sunday-Only Programming

Trashin’ Fashion Show at 1:20 p.m. at Honda Blue Cavern

A fun fashion show featuring garments made from recycled materials and awards for the most creative eco-friendly designs.