Special Events

Join us for our next special event at the Aquarium! Our themed events throughout the year include special programs and activities the whole family will enjoy.

Upcoming 2018 Events

Sleepover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


  • Year-round
  • 6 or 7 p.m.–8:30 a.m.

Find out what the fishes do at night! Enjoy special activities and a bedtime snack before falling asleep under the sea stars. Greet the next day with breakfast in our Cafe and admission to the Aquarium all day long. Learn more

Bat star at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Veterans Day Weekend

  • Nov. 10-12 (Sat.–Mon.)
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

We honor the bravery and sacrifice of U.S. military personnel by offering free admission over Veterans Day weekend for veterans, active-duty military, reservists and retirees. Learn more

Members' Holiday Event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Members' Holiday Event

  • Dec. 7 (Fri.)
  • 7–10 p.m.

Put the "sea" in your holiday season! Join us for fishy festivities, tasty treats and plenty of good cheer at our Members' Holiday Event. Learn more Not a member? Join now online

Monterey Bay Aquarium Great Tide Pool

Community Open House

  • Dec. 1–9
  • 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. We'll be offering bilingual programs on the weekends, too.

Past Events

Family at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dia Del Niño

  • Apr. 29 (Sun.)
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrate children and families at our annual Día del Niño event. Enjoy live Latin music performances, crafts, special bilingual programming and more. Children 12 and under are admitted free! Learn more

Event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

An Ocean of Opportunity

  • Mar. 27 (Tues.)
  • 7–10 p.m.

Attention college students and young professionals! Join us for this exclusive event and enjoy food, wine and select exhibits while learning about conservation issues. Network with other young adults who want to get involved with the Aquarium. Tickets are $25 for general public, $20 for members. Advance tickets are required and space is limited. Ages 18 and up.

Picnic by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Member Night: Picnic by the Bay

  • July 12 (Thurs.)
  • 7–9 p.m.

Spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy a meal on our oceanfront decks or in front of your favorite exhibit. Bring your own picnic treats or buy one of our dinner baskets full of delicious chef-selected bites. Learn more Not a member? Join now online

Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Evenings by the Bay

  • June 30–Sept. 1 (Saturdays)
  • 6–8 p.m.

See the Aquarium in a whole new light at Evenings by the Bay! Enjoy extended hours, a glass of wine, delicious small bites and live musical performances. Learn more

Monterey Bay Aquarium photo booth

Summer in the City

  • Summer 2018

The Aquarium spreads our tentacles into San Francisco by sponsoring fun events such as festivals, beach clean-ups and happy hours. Don't forget to bring your member card to claim special perks! Learn more

Guests enjoy the Aquarium during an after-hours event

Members' After-Hours Party

  • Sept. 15 (Sat.)
  • 7–11 p.m.

Attention grown-ups! Boogie down after dark at this 21-plus members-only event with a DJ, live band and unique photo opportunities. Beer, wine, cocktails and small bites will be available for purchase. Learn more Not a member? Join now online

Performer at Fiesta Del Mar event

Fiesta del Mar

  • Oct. 14 (Sun.)
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American culture with fun bilingual programs and activities for the whole family! Children 12 and under are admitted free! Learn more

Halloween Dance Party at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Members' Halloween

  • Oct. 27 (Sat.)
  • 7 p.m.–10 p.m.

Trick or treating, dancing and a special dive program make this members-only Halloween party a spooktacular event! Learn more Not a member? Join now online