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Youth Story Contest

Write a poem or make a film about the ocean for pizza, prizes and to have your voice heard! Open through April 15, the Contest is for grades 6-12 in Tacoma and Chief Leschi schools. NOW ON: Free online workshops!


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Marine Biologist Beach Walks

Low-tide walks led by marine biologist Emily Pinckney! Open for 10 masked, socially-distanced attendees and also livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube links coming soon).

5pm March 6 (space left) & April 4 (full).


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Ghosts of the Salish Sea

A pod of illuminated whales cascades just inside the Foss Waterway Seaport museum. Lanterns made of resined fabric by artist and scientist Kristian Brevik, they echo the beauty and fragility of endangered species that swim in our own waters. Part of the Tacoma Light Trail, this dazzling light art is visible from the dock and street every night through March 31 at 705 Dock St, Tacoma.


Tacoma Ocean Fest went virtual in 2020! Dance & music videos, speaker Zooms, art tours & talks, DIY science and more, all online! Start exploring now.

Celebrate | Learn | Protect


Online art tours, galleries, livestreams

PCD booth
Virtual eco-booths, science, ocean learning

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Ocean music, dance & aerial circus videos

Play the Ocean Action Game for a giveaway!

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OceanX Zoom Talks now up! Watch them all.


As a festival held on the Tacoma waterfront, we acknowledge that we are standing on traditional lands of the Puyallup tribe, who live here and speak the Twulshootseed language. We honor their history; their leaders past, present and emerging; and their continued protection of the Salish Sea.