Celebrate World Ocean Day in Galveston, Texas

The Artist Boat World Ocean Day Festival is held at R.A. Apffel East Beach Park, at the far eastern tip of the island, Saturday, June 10th, from 11 am – 4:30 pm.

The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. As the past years have shown us, we need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.

What is World Ocean Day?

World Ocean Day is the UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action.

On World Ocean Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration.

All around the globe individuals and groups use the day to celebrate, learn about, and do their part to help the ocean. Local, regional, and state organizations will come together to provide engaging activities to help visitors understand the human connection to the ocean.

Why Celebrate World Ocean Day?

A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Ocean Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. The ocean is important because it:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers a pharmacopeia of medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!

How Can I Participate?

Participate in a World Ocean Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future. It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. World Ocean Day allows us to:

  • Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and future generations.
  • Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
  • Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more! SEE THE FACT SHEET
  • Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.

Continue reading to discover World Ocean Day events in Galveston to participate in.

World Ocean Day

The Artist Boat World Ocean Day Festival will be held at R.A. Apffel East Beach Park, at the far eastern tip of the island, Saturday, June 10th, from 11 am – 4:30 pm.

The Festival is FREE and will feature vendors, a kids workshop and the displaying of this year's Beautify The Bucket entries (see below for more details).

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World Ocean Day

The Beautify the Bucket Competition allows participants to take an active role in beautifying Galveston Beaches and improving stewardship behaviors.

Judging & display occurs on June 10, 2023, at East Beach during the Artist Boat World Ocean Day Festival in Galveston, TX. Winners are announced at 3:00 pm.

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Ocean lovers of all ages can join in on a workshop on the beach. Workshops will take place at the World Ocean Day Festival on June 10, 2023 at R.A. Apffel East Beach Park.

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Bring your lawn chairs and join us under the stars for a free film screening of “Seadrift.” In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots a white fisherman at the town docks in Seadrift, Texas.

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Acclaimed poet and Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to those less fortunate, in this collection of more than eighty original and never-before-published poems.

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Host a Booth for Your Business

Do you have a sustainable, eco-friendly, or ocean-related business that is struggling during this difficult time? For a chance to get the word out about your business, host a booth as a partner at the World Ocean Day Festival. Booths are free for nonprofit organizations.

Become a Partner

If your business fits the above partner description, but you want a chance to sell your ocean-related or sustainable products during the festival, then participate as a vendor!

Become a Vendor

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