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Tacoma Ocean Fest Returns This June

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Courtesy of Tacoma Ocean Fest via Facebook

Courtesy of Tacoma Ocean Fest via Facebook

Tacoma Ocean Fest kicks off its month-long celebration this June with a number of both in-person and digital ways of connecting the community to oceans and waterways through conservation, education, and fun.

The festival begins with the Lantern Paddle for Species, an all-new open-air activity in honor of endangered sea life, on June 4 from 7-9 p.m.

Check out a preview of Ocean Fest art in the Foss Waterway Museum, or the no motor Seventy-48 paddle race take off from the Museum of Glass as it passes through the waterway making its way to Port Townsend.

Whether on the water or from the shore, participants and spectators alike can revel in the glow of a night sky lit by lanterns at sunset, as well as light art displays on the outside of the museum.

On June 5, join in the Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and a chance to track and dispose of trash in the colossal metal sculpture called Trashoctopus by local artists Nichole Rathburn and Ed Kroupa.

On June 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., guests can visit the Foss Waterway Seaport to experience a variety of art displays, live performances, as well as science activities, and food offerings. Check here for line-up details.

“I’m really excited to bring Tacoma Ocean Fest back safely and in-person,” said director Rosemary Ponnekanti in a release. “During this pandemic our community really needs that connection with each other and with our planet — especially the ocean, which gives us food, water, and half of the air we breathe. It’s vital that we protect it and other species. And one great way to make that connection is through arts and science events like this.”

Check here for other ways to get involved. In addition, the festival will be live-streamed both on the website and Facebook.