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Aquarium of The Pacific's 20th Annual African American Festival

African American Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific
African American Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African American Cultures

During National Black History Month

It is no secret that our family loves the Aquarium of the Pacific. It's not close, yet we visit every chance we get. Our boys love exploring the grounds, watching the feature presentations at the theater, coloring digital fish and sharks to see them come to life on that giant digital screen that looks like an aquarium full of whimsical creatures. We love it.

One of the coolest things we had the chance to do at the Aquarium of the Pacific, before the 2020 shutdown of the world, was attend the African American Festival. Check it out HERE.

We really enjoyed it and are so happy to announce that the festival is coming back again this year.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 20th annual African American Festival, which features music, dance, storytelling, historical displays, and the annual Heritage Award presentation. The Aquarium will also announce and celebrate the recipients of its 2022 African American Scholar Program.

The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will have the chance to experience hip hop and break dance, drum circles, and live band performances.

You can view the African American Festival Virtualy

The performance by Dembrebrah at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, February 27 will be live on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Facebook and Instagram.

The African American Scholar Program awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 26, at 1:00 p.m. and can be attended in person in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater or via a free live stream by visiting the Aquarium’s African American Festival webpage.

The Heritage Award will be presented on Sunday, February 27, to Carolyn Caldwell in recognition of her more than thirty years of dedicated service in healthcare in Long Beach. In addition to the festival’s offerings, you can discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium as they meet more than 12,000 animals.


The festival is included with general admission.

$36.95 per adult (ages 12+)

$26.95 per child (ages 3-11)

$33.95 per senior (ages 62+)

Free for Aquarium members and children under age three



The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the recipients of its second annual African American Scholar Program. The award ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, February 26 during the Aquarium’s annual African American Festival. The applications were submitted by students who demonstrated a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field, including ocean education, animal husbandry, water quality, building maintenance or facilities, microbiology, and business management. Award recipients were selected by a committee made up of Aquarium staff and members of the community. Beyond the financial award of $10,000, each scholar is invited to engage with the Aquarium through individualized opportunities that support their careers such as volunteering, participating in public festivals, presenting to various audiences, or meeting with Aquarium staff members. This program is possible thanks to funding from individuals and corporate supporters, including Aquarium of the Pacific Board members and staff members, The Ahmanson Foundation, The Boeing Company, and Poms & Associates. You can support the initiative by making a donation on this Aquarium webpage or by contacting the Aquarium development department at



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