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.

Friday, July 31 7:00 - 10:00 pm Once in a Blue Moon Bat Cave Paddle
Thursday, August 6 9:30 - 10:30 am Aquarium Adventures: The Quest for Colors (sold out)
Friday, August 7 6:00 - 8:30 pm Shark Fest!
Saturday, August 8 10:00 am - Noon Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, August 8 7:00 - 10:00 pm #SHARKNOOGA: Sharknado at IMAX
Friday-Saturday, August 14-15 5:30 pm - 8:30 am Sleep in the Deep: Family Sleepover
Thursday, August 27 5:00 - 7:00 pm Nature Nuts: Turtles
Sunday, September 6 4:30 - 7:30 pm TVA History Cruise: "Lock Through Chickamauga Dam"
Tuesday, September 8   Home School Marine Ecology Classes Start
Saturday, September 12 6:30 - 8:30 pm Whole Foods Feast
Sunday, September 13 2:00 - 4:00 pm Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms Workshop
Thursday, September 24 5:00 - 7:00 pm Nature Nuts: Fossils
Saturday, September 26 10:00 am - Noon Rain Barrel Workshop

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Sleep in the Deep

Sleep in the Deep

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