June


World Oceans Day Celebration

When: June 6–7 (Sat.–Sun.)
9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Member hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Join us for a two-day celebration of the amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of our planet. Enjoy special weekend activities including live musical performances, craft for kids, sustainable seafood samplings, special presentations and programming, and much more! Included with Aquarium admission. Learn more

Cooking for Solutions Weekend

When: June 6–7 (Sat.–Sun.)
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Event times vary; Fee & reservations required

For the first time, Cooking for Solutions will celebrate World Oceans Day the same weekend with its own festivities focused on sustainable and organic food from land and sea! Get tickets to culinary events including daytime Food & Wine Adventures and the Talk & Taste Series, and late-night event The Party with Carla Hall. Tickets on sale now to Aquarium members and the general public. Learn more

July


Evenings by the Bay

When: July 4–5 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Monterey Acoustic Project on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musician Kenny Stahl on Sunday.
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Guests enjoy a meal in front of our Kelp Forest exhibit

Member Night: Picnic by the Bay

When: Thursday, July 9
7–9:30 p.m.

Join us for one of our most popular Member Nights! Bring your own picnic dinner or favorite "to go" meal and enjoy dining on our ocean-front decks or inside the Aquarium in front of your favorite exhibit. Please note that beer and wine are available for purchase at the Aquarium; you may not bring in your own alcoholic beverages. Member Nights are free for members and guest cards are honored. Registration not required. Please enter through the Main Entrance.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: July 11–12 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Rollin' & Tumblin' on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musicians Along Came Betty on Sunday.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: July 18–19 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Wharf Rats on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musicians Gary Meek and the DMSM Lab Band on Sunday.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: July 25–26 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Linda Arceo on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musician Roger Eddy on Sunday.
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August


Evenings by the Bay

When: August 1–2 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by The Joint Chiefs on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musician Bill Spencer on Sunday.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: August 8–9 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Lillie Lemon on Saturday night and the MJF County High School All-Star Band on Sunday.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: August 15–16 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Linda Arceo on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musicians Tim Jackson & Friends on Sunday.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: August 22–23 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Wharf Rats on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musician David Morwood on Sunday.
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Evenings by the Bay

When: August 29–30 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Red Beans & Rice on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musician Julie Capili on Sunday.
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September


Evenings by the Bay

When: September 5–6 (Sat.–Sun.)
6–8 p.m.
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended weekend hours until 8 p.m. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, sip a glass of wine and savor tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners. Enjoy musical performances by Steve Ezzo & the Monterey Bay All-Stars on Saturday night and Monterey Jazz Festival musicians Paul Contos Big Band on Sunday.
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Sculptures made of recycled plastics in the Ocean Travelers Plastics Gallery

Member Night: Plastics—A Deadly Diet

When: Saturday, September 26
7–9 p.m.

Many people think that the biggest source of pollution in the oceans is oil spilled from ships, but most marine pollution is litter that starts on land. Join us for special programs and explore our exhibits during these quieter hours when we're open just for members and your guests. Member Nights are free for members and guest cards are honored. Registration not required. Please enter through the Main Entrance.
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October


Member's halloween dinner

Halloween Dinner

When: Saturday, October 24
6:15–8 p.m.

Member event
Fee & reservations required

Start your evening with our special Halloween Dinner in Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and Cafe. Price includes dinner and a ticket to the Halloween Dance Party. The dinner is limited to Aquarium members; seating is limited. Advance reservations are required and tickets are non-refundable. Dinner reservations will be available August 17.
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Members' Halloween Dance

Halloween Dance Party

When: Saturday, October 24
7–10 p.m.

Member event
Fee & reservations required

Put on your costume and join the skeletons and sea stars, black cats and bat rays for an evening of haunted activities and ghostly good times! Kids of all ages love this event featuring trick-or-treat stations, face painters, a DJ, stilt walkers and more. The Halloween Dance Party is limited to Aquarium members; children under three admitted free. Tickets go on sale on August 17.
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December


Members' Holiday Dinner

Member Night: Holiday Dinner

When: Friday, December 4
6:15–8 p.m.

Fee & reservations required

Celebrate the season at our Holiday Dinner! You'll dine in Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and enjoy a fixed menu featuring seasonal selections. Dinner reservations are required and will be available in the fall.
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Ocean Discovery Storefront

Member Night: Holiday Event and Sale

When: Friday, December 4
7–10 p.m.

Help us kick off the holidays with a special Member Night featuring our Gift & Bookstore! Shop for unique holiday gifts, take part in special programs and enjoy local wines while strolling through the Aquarium at its festive best.
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