Fall Festivals Celebrate The Season At The Aquarium
October 23, 2012 – Festival weekends are among the most exciting times to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. In addition to the 11,000 animals and daily shows normally on view at the Aquarium, festival days feature live music, dance, storytelling, and other performances. Festivals also bring to the Aquarium artisans, vendors, and leaders from the local community representing cultures and groups from around the world.
The Aquarium’s eleventh annual Autumn Festival, held on November 3 and 4, will spotlight the cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines. Visitors will be able to enjoy traditional crafts, music, dance, cultural arts exhibits, ethnic cuisine, storytelling, and much more. Some of the most popular performers at this festival include taiko drumming ensembles, plate-spinning acrobats, martial artists, and dragon dancers. Kids and adults alike can try their hand at origami, and get a jump on holiday gifts by purchasing hand-made crafts from local vendors.
Cultural festivals are just one example of the different types of special days held at the Aquarium each year. On November 17 find out what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does for you, our nation, and our world at NOAA and Our Planet Day. Learn how NOAA, a government agency, works to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment in order to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources. The Aquarium has a long-standing partnership with NOAA, which includes working closely with NOAA scientists and policymakers in developing exhibits at the Aquarium, as well as in planning and executing the Aquarium’s Aquatic Forums and Aquatic Academy courses. NOAA scientists have also participated in the Aquarium’s Guest Speaker Series and have served as sources for articles in the Aquarium’s member magazine, Pacific Currents. Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel is currently serving a second term on NOAA’s Science Advisory Board, providing guidance for the agency’s future activities, particularly its research portfolio, informal education, and ocean exploration.
The last festival of the year, Holiday Treats for the Animals, will be held on December 1 and 2. In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s animal residents. Guests will be able to watch the Aquarium’s animals receive their special treats and enrichment gifts during this festival weekend, and enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, photo opportunities, shopping, and more. The Aquarium’s exhibits will be specially decorated for the holiday season, and snow will fall in the Great Hall.
We hope to see you at the Aquarium for special festival days through the end of the year!