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Aquarium of the Pacific September and October 2022 highlighted events

Los Cerritos Wetlands Habitat Restoration
Saturdays, September 3 and October 1, 2022
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a habitat restoration event at the Los Cerritos Wetlands on the first Saturday of every month. This provides an opportunity to visit and learn about local wetlands while joining the Aquarium in helping to restore this important habitat. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program is working to restore 66 acres of wetlands owned by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. These wetlands occupy habitat in two cities, Long Beach and Seal Beach, and two counties, Los Angeles and Orange. The program’s ongoing restorative activities have included removing non-native plants, collecting seeds from rare plants for later use, and collecting trash. Restoration will focus on non-native weed removal and rare native plant conservation. These events will be led by trained naturalists and local educators. Participants are eligible to win a free ticket to the Aquarium and other prizes.

Where: Participants will be met and greeted by Los Cerritos Wetlands staff at the corner of Pacific Coast Hwy and 1st Street in Seal Beach. Arriving around 10:15 a.m. is recommended.
Age: All ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free. No registration required.
Please Bring: The wetlands are wildlands, so please dress accordingly. Closed-toe shoes are required. Hat and sunscreen are recommended. Drinking water will be provided, but this is a plastic water bottle-free event. Please bring a reusable water bottle.
Aquarium Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/los_cerritos_wetlands_habitat_restoration/
Please visit the event webpage for safety protocol information.

First Wednesdays: Discover the World of Bees and Pollinators
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Emilie Usher, Urban Beekeeper and Nature Educator, Alvéole: The Urban Beekeeping Company
Emilie Usher is a longtime beekeeper and nature educator with Alvéole, the Urban Beekeeping Company. Alvéole installs honeybee hives to help foster environmental awareness and inspire people to protect bees and other pollinators. On First Wednesdays in September Usher will share insights about pollinators living in urban environments and what you can do to help them.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Free. Reservations are required.
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/first_wednesdays/

Coastal Clean-Up Day
Saturday, September 17, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The public is invited to help Aquarium staff clean the beach located at Ocean Blvd. and 72nd place. Help protect our ocean and marine life by picking up trash. Gloves, bags, and a spirit of camaraderie will be provided. Please look for the Aquarium booth to check in and receive your cleaning supplies. No RSVP necessary, but attendees can register online in advance.

Where: The Peninsula and lot at Ocean and 72nd place
Cost: FREE
Info: (562) 590-3100 / Register: https://form.jotform.com/222216862378157

Moompetam American Indian Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its eighteenth annual Moompetam American Indian Festival. This celebration features traditional cultural craft demonstrations, storytelling, music, and dance. The festival celebrates indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseño, and Kumeyaay.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three / Advance reservations required
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown

Baja Splash Cultural Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of the beauty and diversity of cultures found from México to Central and South America to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and beyond, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its twenty-first annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event takes places during “National Hispanic Heritage Month” and features cultural dance and music, environmental education programs in English and Spanish, and booths from participating organizations.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three / Advance reservations required
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/baja_splash_cultural_festival/

Sponsors: Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown, The Bernadett Family

Southeast Asia Day
Saturday, October 1, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You can join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its eighteenth annual Southeast Asia Day festival. The festival’s program will highlight the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia. Guests can enjoy music, dance, and cultural craft demonstrations.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three / Advance reservations required
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/southeast_asia_day/

Underwater Artists
Saturdays, September 17, October 1 and 15, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

An Aquarium educator will guide young artists in creating art step-by-step by making and sharing observations of their ocean animal art subject. Using live animal webcams and dynamic media, participants will discover animal fun facts, explore ocean science, and apply what they learn. Each class has a different ocean theme: September 17 is whales, October 1 is octopuses, and October 15 is kelp forests. Participants should have art supplies ready to go, and the Aquarium suggests you use what you are most comfortable with (crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, etc.). The virtual connection will be hosted on Zoom, and you may be able to hear or see other families who are participating in the program. Participants are asked to be supervised by an adult during the program.

Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/underwater_artists/

First Wednesdays: The Carbon Almanac
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each month the Aquarium’s First Wednesdays events bring scientists, authors, and other experts into the Honda Pacific Visions Theater for a free evening talk paired with a book signing or meet-and-greet. It will also include a question-and-answer session with the audience and a cocktail and social hour immediately following the talk, allowing attendees to socialize with other guests. October’s event will feature guest speaker Robert Gehorsam, who was a contributing author for The Carbon Almanac. This book is a collaboration between writers, researchers, and illustrators to provide information on climate change and inspire people to take action. Advanced online registration is required to attend in person. First Wednesdays talks will also be livestreamed for those unable to join in person.

Where: Honda Pacific Visions Theater, Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Free. Reservations are required.
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/news/lectures

Aquarium of the Pacific 5K
Saturday, October 8, 2022
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will partner with the Long Beach Marathon events team to host their 5K on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 a.m. The scenic course will loop through Rainbow Harbor, Queensway Bridge, Catalina Landing, and around the Aquarium. Participants will receive a race t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and a voucher for reduced Aquarium admission. Reservations required.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $55.00
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k/ / for registration: Visit active.com and search Long Beach Marathon

Sea Fare Chowderfest
Saturday, October 15, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Get ready to chow down at Sea Fare Chowderfest, a fundraising event benefiting the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific and its conservation and education programs. You can explore the Aquarium’s indoor galleries while sampling a variety of hearty chowders, savory breads, sweet desserts, and craft beer and wine from local businesses. Also featured is a live and silent auction, the popular “Go Fish” opportunity game where everyone is a winner, local artists creating original pieces of ocean-inspired art available for bidding, and a live band to groove the night away. Ticket price includes unlimited samples of food and complimentary beer and wine bars. All proceeds will benefit the Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $100 per person
Ages: 18+
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

Family Halloween Night
Friday, October 21, 2022
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

You can dress up in your coolest costume and explore the Aquarium’s animal exhibits at night. Touch sharks, rays, and sea jellies as you venture on a self-guided scavenger hunt. Families will receive goodie bags on entry.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $24.95 per participant, $14.95 for members; free for children under age three / Advance reservations required
Info: (562) 590-3100

Fright Dive
Friday, October 28, 2022
7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

You can kick off your Halloween weekend with Fright Dive. The event features “frightfully good Halloween fun,” including local bands rockin’ out right next to the fish, DJs spinning in the Aquarium’s galleries, works of art, cocktails and drinks for purchase, and food trucks on the front plaza. Costumes are encouraged with extra appreciation for Aquarium-themed costumes (some restrictions apply).

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $29.95 per person / $24.95 per Aquarium Member – Advance reservations required.
Food and drink sold separately.
Ages: 18+. Alcohol will only be available for purchase to those 21 and over who have valid ID.
Please visit the event webpage for safety protocol information.
Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/night_dive/

Scarium of the Pacific
Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Aquarium will celebrate its 23rd annual Scarium of the Pacific, a Halloween event for the whole family featuring costume and coloring contests, a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving, creepy critters, and more.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three / Advance reservations required
Info: (562) 590-3100

**Please note: prices, events, and safety protocols are subject to change. Please visit aquariumofpacific.org for the latest information.

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Shark Lagoon, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Pacific Visions, and the Babies! exhibition. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including its First Wednesdays featuring guest speakers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months and other special benefits. To make a donation to help support the Aquarium, please visit Pacific.to/donate. To visit, advance reservations are required for everyone and can be made at aquariumofpacific.org or by calling (562) 590-3100. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

This article was released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.