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Special Events

Suds for Sharks

May 19

Raise a glass for sharks and celebrate this charismatic animal during Suds 4 Sharks, a shark conservation fundraiser 5:30 p.m. -8 p.m. May 19 at Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Atlantic Beach. We’ll have a silent auction of shark-themed swag. We'll update you with speakers and more information. Part of our Party for the Planet Celebration! 

No registration is needed to attend! Bring your family and friends or come yourself! 

Shoreline Restoration

Join the Aquarium education team and let’s get to work and make a positive change in our communities! The Shoreline Restoration project is a free event available for individuals, families, and groups to volunteer for a few hours to participate in marsh grass planting efforts that help restore the shoreline. Learn about the habitats, and animals that live in the area that we will be helping to protect. The event is free and required advance registration.

Paint and Craft Nights

The Aquarium Events Team regularly hosts Family Paint Nights, Sip and Paint 21+ paint nights, and Craft Nights. Wine and Design on Wheels of Morehead City provide expert instruction and all the materials needed to create a one-of-a-kind art piece that you will treasure. Choose from a selection of events throughout the year.

This year we have Family Paint Nights, Sip and Paint 21+ Nights, Coastal Door Hangers craft day, and Resin-Pour Mosaic craft day. Scroll through our offerings to see which event interests you.

Advisory Committee

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Advisory Committee regularly meets quarterly at the Aquarium from 1-3 p.m. The Advisory Committee had its first meeting of 2023 in February. The following are the next scheduled Advisory Committee meetings: Wednesday, May 10, 2023; Wednesday, Aug 9, 2023; Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

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