Local Events

For 12 years, June has been proclaimed Orca Awareness Month by the Governor of Washington — and for the first time in 2016 Orca Awareness Month was celebrated in Oregon and in British Columbia as well! Explore other events and photos on twitter with #orcamonth.

Orca Month is open to everyone and anyone, and provides all of us a great opportunity to connect with our local communities and educate people about the Southern Resident orcas. Providing opportunities to learn about orcas inspires and engages people to take action to help protect and recover these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Whether you are a community restoration group, a science center, a nonprofit organization, or state agency, we hope you will participate in Orca Month 2018 by organizing something in your community. Questions? Email rein@wecprotects.org.

2018 Events

Sunday, May 27 – Orca Awareness Day
10 am – 4 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport , OR

Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 30 – Orca Book Display
During library hours at the Main Downtown, Esquimalt and Tillicum branches of Greater Victoria Public Library in Victoria, BC

Saturday, June 2 to Saturday, June 30 – Salish Sea Art Show
7 am – 5 pm at Caffe Misto in Victoria, BC

Saturday, June 2 – Orca Month Art and Authors Walk
5 – 7 pm in Langley, WA

Featured event:

Sunday June 3 – Orca Month Kickoff: Sound the Alarm for Orcas
1 – 5 pm at the Golden Gardens Park Bathhouse in Seattle, WA
RSVP on Facebook!

Thursday, June 7 – Sonic Sea Screening
5 – 8 pm at the Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay in Newport, OR
RSVP on Facebook!

Thursday, June 7 – Our Toxic Orcas
5:30 – 8 pm at Ocean Research College Academy in Everett, WA
RSVP on Facebook here!

Saturday, June 9 – Hour For The Ocean Beach Cleanup – Oregon
10 am – 12 pm at Agate Beach in Newport, OR
Meet at Agate Beach State Wayside. Learn more here!

Saturday, June 9 – Hour For The Ocean Beach Cleanup – Washington
10 am – 12 pm at various locations around the Salish Sea
Celebrate World Ocean’s Day by spending one our helping our ocean! Join a beach cleanup near you at various locations around the Salish Sea! Whale Scout will host an event at Alki Beach and Orca Network will have sites on Whidbey Island and San Juan Island.
RSVP on Facebook!

Sunday, June 10 – Tacoma Ocean Fest
11 am – 4 pm at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, WA
Learn more here and RSVP on Facebook!

Sunday, June 10 – Whales in Your Neighborhood
12 – 2 pm around the Salish Sea region
Meet up with local naturalists at local beaches to look for whales!

Tuesday, June 12 – Pub Talk: Southern Resident Orcas and Conservation Canines
6 – 8 pm at the Lucky Labrador Beer Pub in Portland, OR
RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 15 – Toki’s Journey Home
A presentation and update about Lolita/Tokitae by Howard Garrett
5:30 pm at the Langley Whale Center in Langley, WA

Saturday, June 16 – What’s the Point?
11:30 am – 3:30 pm at Point Whitehorn Park in Whatcom County, WA

Saturday, June 16 – Renew Orca Awareness Day with Eileen Fisher
11 am – 1 pm at the Eileen Fisher Renew Store in Columbia City, Seattle, WA
* For the week of June 10 – June 16, visit the Eileen Fisher Renew Store when 10% of proceeds benefit Orca Awareness Month. Buy a limited edition screen printed Eileen Fisher Orca Tee!

Saturday, June 16 – Stand Up For Lolita
12 pm at Pier 56 in Seattle, WA
RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday, June 16 – Orca Fin Hat Making For Kids
12 – 1 pm at the Greater Victoria Public Library – Central Branch in Victoria, BC

Tuesday, June 19 – DamNation Screening
5 – 8 pm at the Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay in Newport, OR
RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday, June 23 – Plastics In The Ocean
9 am – 12 pm at the Oak Bay Green Committee Recycling Depot, Carnarvon Park, Henderson Road in Victoria, BC

Saturday, June 23 – Orca Sing
Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island, WA

Saturday, June 23 – Port Townsend Orca Festival
11 am – 5 pm at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA
Learn more here and RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday, June 23 – Kids for Orcas
3 – 7pm at the Langley Whale Center in Langley, WA

Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25 – Orca Awareness Celebration
9:30 am – 5 pm at the Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, WA

Thursday, June 28 – Orcas Need Free-Flowing Rivers
7 – 9:30 pm at Patagonia Ballard in Seattle, WA

Saturday, June 30 – World Oceans Day
10 am – 5 pm at the Oregon Aquarium in Newport, OR
RSVP on Facebook!

More events will be announced as soon as they’re finalized!


2017 Events

See a full list of events in a PDF handout here.

*Featured Event* Sunday, June 4th – Orca Month Kick-Off and Tribute to Granny J2
View photos from the event here!

Sunday, May 28th – Orca Month Proclamation

Thursday, June 1st – Green Drinks

Thursday, June 1st – “The Unknown Sea” Film Screening

Saturday, June 3rd – Whales In Your Neighborhood

Saturday, June 3rd – The Day of the Orca

Sunday June 4th – Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films

Friday, June 9th – NOAA Open House

Saturday, June 10th – Orcas In Our Midst Workshop

Saturday, June 10th – Hour For The Ocean: Beach Clean Up

Saturday, June 10th – Orca Hat Craft

Tuesday, June 13th – Orcas Love Raingardens

Wednesday, June 14th – Pub Talk

Wednesday, June 14th – Marine Evening

Saturday, June 17th – Orca Celebration and Action Day 

Saturday, June 17th – Fernfest

Saturday, June 17th – Orca Awareness Month

Tuesday, June 20th – Retire Lolita demonstration

Thursday, June 22nd – Active Oceans: How the ECHO Program is working to reduce the impact of vessel traffic on whales in the Salish Sea”

Saturday, June 24th – Orca Sing

Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th – Orca Awareness Celebration

Saturday, June 24th – Port Townsend Orca Fest – Summer Kick Off

Saturday, June 24th – World Oceans Day

Sunday, June 25th – Two If By Land, One If By Sea: Oil Transport Threatens The Salish Sea – Outdoor Family Event
See photos from the event here!

Wednesday, June 28th – Our Toxic Orcas


Orca Spotting – Around The Salish Sea

Throughout the year, especially on warm summer days, you might spot a pod of Southern Resident orcas. If you happen to be boating, please follow the BeWhaleWise.org regulations and guidelines, and stay at least 200 yards from the orcas. Visit Orca Network’s Sighting Page to find recent sightings or post your report and share photos!

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