Urban Ocean Festival @ Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s third annual Urban Ocean Festival is coming up on May 5 and 6. Celebrating the “convergence of wildlife, industry, recreation, and nature that takes place off the coast of Southern California in our urban ocean” the festival will feature art, fashion and harbor cruises all connected to the ocean surrounding the Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbors area.

On the pre-festival cruise, fashions from designers Dara Khim and Amanda Hunn, modeled by  Yasmine Solamon and Caitlin Code respectively, were featured from the Trashin Fashion show demonstrating how recycled and found materials can make fabulous outfits.

Model Caitlin Code, Designer Amanda Hunn, Designer Dara Khim and Model Yasmine Solamon

Ocean Art show winners Dominique Ovalle (Paining) and John Trevino (Photography) showed their works.

Painter Dominique OValle with her piece "Tasmen"

1st Place Photography by John Trevino

A sustainable food cooking demonstration of peppered sardines taco was presented by Seafood for the Future and Renaissance Long Beach’s Sip Lounge.

Sustainable Seafood Cooking Demo

On the Harbor Cruise from Long Beach to Los Angeles Harbors, facts that you may have never known can be learned, such as the mouth of the Los Angeles Rivers feeds into the Pacific Ocean!

Mouth of the Los Angeles River

You can also see the mountains of recycled scrap metal that serve to remind us why conservation is so important. An learning experience that is also a blast can not be beat!

Photography by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

A female harbor seal pup, currently in the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat with her parents, was born at the Aquarium on Thursday, April 26.  Be sure to check her out while you’re at the festival!

The Urban Ocean: World Port and Sea Life Cruise launches on the festival weekend and occurs monthly through September (at 4:00 p.m. on May 6, June 16, July 14, August 11, and September 1). The Poetry Ocean Cruise is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Festival included with admission—$24.95 adult (12+), $21.95 senior (62+), $13.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members. Combo Price for Aquarium admission and Urban Ocean Cruises aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises: $39.95 adult (12+) and $15 child. For info: (562) 590-3100 or the links below.

Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/urban_ocean_festival/
Summer Cruises: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/the_urban_ocean_world_port_and_sealife_cruise

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