The first of two of the New England Aquarium’s most anticipated spring events is this weekend. The Right Whale Festival, which is Sunday, May 5, and World Oceans Day on June 9 celebrate the ocean and efforts to protect it.

The New England Aquarium, Conservation Law Foundation, and Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs are partnering to bring the Right Whale Festival to Central Wharf. This year’s festival is focused on youth activation and will feature family-friendly activities and a whale-themed community art project, as well as presentations by the Adams School Calvineers. There will also be a discussion with Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life scientists and activists working to save the right whale, moderated by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, who is also an Aquarium Explorer-In-Residence. 

There will also be an art exhibition and awards ceremony to honor students who participated in the 2019 Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge.

Visitors learn about right whales at the New England Right Whale Festival on May 6, 2018.

On Sunday, June 9, the New England Aquarium will host World Oceans Day, which celebrates our oceans and the research and conservation work that go into protecting it. The festival will include hands-on, family-friendly activities as well as opportunities to learn how you can help protect the oceans. The theme of this year’s local festival is eliminating single-use plastics.

Boston’s event is just one of hundreds celebrated around the world. Last year, World Oceans Day.org sponsored more than 1,500 events in 140 countries.