Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture During National Black History Month

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s eighteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers.The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to meet, learn about, and even touch animals from Africa with special guests Conservation Ambassadors. Guests can explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. The Heritage Award will be presented on Saturday, February 22, at 12:20 p.m. to H. Maxie-Viltz in recognition of her dedicated service to the African-American community.

WHEN:           Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST:    Free to children under age three and Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public / General admission: $34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), and $24.95 child (3-11)

INFO:    (562) 590-3100 or

Mobile-print coupon: adults receive $10 OFF admission. Regular $34.95, just $24.95 with coupon.

More information can be found here.

We have teamed up with the Aquarium of the Pacific for a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway! It’s really simple to enter! Just leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Aquarium! The deadline to enter is February 15th, 2020 at noon (PST). One winner will randomly be selected.

Self Disclosure: Event information and images were provided by The Aquarium of the Pacific. Giveaway winner will be selected by SoCal City Kids.


  1. Ashley Patino says

    My favorite part of the aquarium is watching the jellyfish, they are so peaceful.

  2. We love watching the otters! They are so much fun.

  3. We love the seahorses and the jellyfish.

  4. the otters are so cute! we love them.

  5. the jellyfish are great. the kids enjoy them.

  6. Congrats Ashley! 🙂 Already emailed you..hope you had fun!

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