July


Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, July 1
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Joint Chiefs (funk, R&B, soul).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Friday, July 7
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars (jazz).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, July 8
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Undercover featuring Taylor Rae and Fergus (pop, rock).

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Member Night: Picnic by the Bay

When: Thursday, July 13
7–9:30 p.m.

One of our most popular Member Nights is back! Bring your own picnic dinner or reserve one of our picnic baskets to pick up when you arrive. Then relax and enjoy your meal on our ocean-front decks or 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: Friday, July 14
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Acoustic Soul (jazz).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, July 15
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Lisa Taylor & Soul City (R&B, pop, soul).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Friday, July 21
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Isaac de Vera Quartet (jazz).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, July 22
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Victory Lane (variety).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Friday, July 28
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from 5x5 (jazz).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, July 29
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from the White Album Ensemble (pop, rock).

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August


Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, August 5
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Wild Blue (variety).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, August 12
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from the Dave Holodiloff Band (pop, rock).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, August 19
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from the Dani Paige Band (variety).

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Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, August 26
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from Joint Chiefs (funk, R&B, soul).

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September


Evenings by the Bay

When: Saturday, September 2
6–8 p.m.

Join us for extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates and see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Sip a glass of wine and savor sustainable bites while visiting your favorite exhibits. This evening, enjoy live music from WildCard (variety).

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Members' After-Hours Party

Members' After-Hours Party

When: Saturday, September 9
7–11 p.m.

Fee & reservations required
Ages 21 and up

Attention grown-ups! Don't miss this special members-only party with a DJ, live band, unique photo opportunities and more! The Aquarium will stay open until 11 p.m. so you can boogie down after dark. Beer, wine, cocktails and small bites will be available for purchase. Tickets go on sale July 17.

October


Fiesta del Mar at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Fiesta del Mar

When: Sunday, October 15
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Included with Aquarium admission; children 12 and under admitted free

Latin American traditions come alive during this celebration of ocean conservation! With live music, cultural dance, animal feedings presented bilingually and crafts for kids, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Halloween Dance Party at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Members' Halloween Dinner & Dance Party

When: Saturday, October 28
7–10 p.m.

Fee & reservations required

Join us for an optional special Halloween Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Cindy's Waterfront restaurant. Then, join the skeletons and sea stars, black cats and bat rays for an evening of trick-or-treating, dancing and ghostly good times! Children under three admitted free. Tickets are limited, and must be purchased online or by phone in advance. Tickets go on sale August 16 and are non-refundable. More details about this event to follow in your member e-mails.
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December


Monterey Bay Aquarium holiday event

Members' Holiday Event

When: Friday, December 1
7–10 p.m.

Fee & reservations required for dinner only

Experience a night of good cheer at our annual Holiday Event for members. This festive evening includes holiday music, photo opportunities with Santa, wine tasting (with wine glass purchase) and more! Shop for unique holiday gifts with your Member Night exclusive 20 percent discount at our Gift & Bookstore. Start your Member Night with an optional dinner at Cindy's Waterfront restaurant where you'll enjoy a fixed menu featuring seasonal selections. Menu and reservation details to follow in your member e-mails.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Great Tide Pool

Community Open House

When: December 2–10 (Sat.–Sun.)
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Free admission for residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.