Events & Programs

The Tennessee Aquarium offers a variety of special events and programs each month.

Programs for children and adults are hosted on the Aquarium campus and themed cruises are offered aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Check out this calendar for fun outings that match your family's interests and age ranges. Visit our full calendar for all listings including IMAX showtimes, RGE cruises, dive shows, bird shows and penguin feedings.

Thursday, May 28 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Nature Nuts: Creek Stomp
Friday, June 5 - Saturday, June 6   Fishackathon
Sunday, June 14 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. BBQ & Bluegrass Father’s Day Cruise
Sunday, June 21 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Wildflower Walk at Lula Lake
Thursday, June 25 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Nature Nuts: Butterfly Count
Saturday, June 27 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Protect Garden Pollinators!
Wednesday, July 1 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sunset Paddle Boarding to the Bat Cave!
Friday, July 3 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. America's Birthday Cruise
Thursday, July 23 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Summer Feast at 212 Market
Thursday, July 23 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Nature Nuts: See the Forests AND the Trees!
Friday, July 31 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Once in a Blue Moon Bat Cave Paddle
Thursday, August 6 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Aquarium Adventures: The Quest for Colors!
Friday, August 7 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Shark Fest!
Saturday, August 8 10:00 a.m. - Noon Rain Barrel Workshop
Friday, August 14 - Saturday, August 15 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m. Sleep in the Deep: Family Sleepover
Thursday, August 27 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Nature Nuts: Turtles!

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Sleep in the Deep

Sleep in the Deep

Ever dream of sleeping under the peaks alongside sharks, stingrays and more?