Second Annual Maine Ocean Festival ~ June 8, 2024

Second Annual Maine Ocean Festival ~ June 8, 2024

The Maine Ocean Festival came into existence when the staff at the Oceanarium brainstormed about creating our first annual fundraiser to support our mission of providing educational exhibits and programs for all ages on local ecology, marine biology and research, citizen science, dark skies, fisheries and aquaculture, and STEM education in partnership with Maine schools.

With our focus being the Gulf of Maine and families, creating an event surrounding World Ocean Day, held every year on June 8, seemed like a no-brainer. World Ocean Day unites and rallies the world to protect and restore our blue planet and it seemed a perfect backdrop for our festival.


The Maine Ocean Festival will host speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities to the Gulf of Maine as well as educate us on the marine life that exists beneath the ocean’s surface and along our shores. The speakers will challenge us to take action and to think deeply about how our individual efforts can aid in the health and existence of the Gulf of Maine and Oceans.

Learn and play while enjoying games, art, and live music, all taking place on part of the beautiful, 20 acres of tidal salt marsh the Oceanarium is located on.

We also invite everyone to explore the Oceanarium and our incredible exhibits including our a 29-Foot authentic indoor lobster boat, 2000 gallons of authentic Gulf of Maine habitat, rare Maine lobsters, a juvenile Humpback Whale skeleton, and a 650-gallon touch pool.


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, email or call us at 207-288-5005


Whether it’s helping to set up or take down tents and tables, manning the arts and crafts and games tables, or helping out in the Oceanarium, we need your help! In return, volunteers receive one of our Volunteer Festival T-shirts with design from a local artist and our eternal thanks for your hard work. Volunteers also receive 50% off any food items in our Museum Shop.

For questions about volunteering, email or call us at 207-288-5005.