Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Sea Stars and Stripes

May 26, 4-8 p.m.

On Memorial Day, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Sea Stars and Stripes as a way to salute active military and their families. The event, held 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26, is specifically designed for currently serving military who have young children. Join us for an evening after hours for dinner, live animal presentations, and take-home crafts that children of all ages can enjoy.

The event will offer an intimate experience of the Aquarium. Participants will get a personal tour of the habitats with staff available to answer questions about the animals, habitats, and ongoing Aquarium conservation projects. There will be a reptile presentation featuring turtles and snakes, and an encounter with several of our avian ambassadors such as pelicans and owls. After dinner, catered by Village Market in Emerald Isle, the night will end with a craft that will engage younger family members. 

Tickets are $35 per individual and $31.50 for Aquarium members. 

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Bird's-Eye View: Free-Flight Bird Program

May 25 at 11 a.m.

Flock to the Big Rock Theater to get a close look at some impressive birds. The show highlights the unique features of owls, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. Event is free with admission or membership. Events will be held daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


World Oceans Day

June 8

Dive into oceans of inspiration on World Oceans Day, an international observance to promote ocean conservation. Answer the annual call to celebrate ocean conservation with themed crafts and activities. This year the theme is “Turn The Tide.” We will celebrate the wonders of our beautiful blue planet and share easy ways we can all help make a difference. We will have hands on ocean themed activities and crafts for the whole family to enjoy.

We will be focusing on plastic pollution prevention, the impacts of marine debris on marine life and everyday ways everyone can make a difference. Learn how long it takes plastics to degrade through an interactive activity, find out how baleen whales eat, pin the jellyfish dinner to the sea turtle, challenge your family to a bean bag toss, and make a cool craft to take home.





Click here to learn more about World Oceans Day


July 13-19

Sink your teeth into fun and facts all about sharks during Shark Week July 13-19 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Family-friendly programs, activities, crafts and displays portray the truth about these often misunderstood creatures, their essential role in the ocean ecosystem and the threats they face.

Shark Week activities, free with admission, include information on way to help these endangered animals. “We want to use this opportunity to let people know that while sharks face overwhelming obstacles, people have the power to help the ocean’s top predators each and every day,” Education Currator Windy Arey Kent said. Family friendly crafts and activities will also be availalbe.

About 50 of the more than 450 shark species worldwide frequent North Carolina waters. Look for four species of sharks at the Aquarium: sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks and nurse sharks all inhabit the Living Shipwreck. Watch for the unmistakable profiles of the bonnethead sharks in the Queen Anne’s RevengeFor an overhead look at a shark feeding, sign up for the Shark Snack Behind the Scenes Tour on Tuesday and Friday — advance registration and additional fees are required for this special program.

International Owl Awareness Celebration

August 4

Find out whooooo’s who during our International Owl Awareness Celebration, Aug. 4. The Aquarium joins other organizations and facilities worldwide to reveal fascinating facts about these birds, the troubles some species face and how everyone can help.

Participate in owl-oriented programs, crafts and activities. Meet a screech owl, a great horned owl and a barn owl. The birds star in the Aquarium’s daily Bird’s-eye View bird show or other educational presentations. All have injuries or conditions that give them little chance of surviving on their own in the wild.

Additional activities will be held throughout the day and include owl-themed games and family-friendly crafts.

Owl Awareness Day activities are free with admission. Bird’s-Eye View is presented daily, free of charge with admission or membership.

International Vulture Awareness Celebration

Sept. 7


The Aquarium joins the worldwide effort to help the much-maligned vulture with its image problem on International Vulture Awareness Day Celebration, Sept. 7. The global vulture defense movement is aimed at heightening awareness of the big birds, their importance to their ecosystems and the troubles they face.

Aquarium activities include crafts and programs about vultures, displays about vulture species around the world and encounters with the vultures that live at the Aquarium. Black vultures and turkey vultures are popular stars of the free-flight program, Bird’s-Eye View. The show also features other native raptors and shorebirds.


Vulture Awareness activities are free with admission or Aquarium membership.

International Sawfish Day

October 17

Join the Aquarium and other AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the nation as we celebrate the mighty yet endangered sawfish! Learn about sawfish with activities and crafts. Children can learn different ways that they can help not only sawfish but other animals found in North Carolina and across the globe.
Activities and crafts are included with admission and Aquarium membership. 






29th Annual Surf Fishing Workshop Weekend

Oct. 11-13)

This hands-on workshop weekend is designed for novice fishermen, but it's a great refresher course for all skill levels. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch. The weekend culminates with a fishing expedition to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ages 12 and up. $150 for non-members and $135 for members. Must cancel 7 days prior to program to receive a refund.

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