Local Events

For 13 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! 

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 2019 by organizing something in your community.

Questions? Email rein@wecprotects.org.

2019 Events

Stay tuned for a full list of 2019 Orca Month events across the Pacific Northwest!

Featured Event

Sunday June 2 – Orca Month Kickoff: Hungry for Change
Join us in Seattle on Sunday, June 2 for Orca Action Month festival to start Orca Action Month in style with family friendly activities, community art,  live music, speakers, food and educational booths. Come one, come all! Details coming soon.

2018 Events

Sunday, May 27 – Orca Awareness Day

Throughout June – Pop-up Orca Presentations by Ferry Naturalist Program

Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 30 – Orca Book Display

Saturday, June 2 to Saturday, June 30 – Salish Sea Art Show

Saturday, June 2 – Orca Month Art and Authors Walk

Tuesday, June 5 – How We Came to Know and Love the Orca

Tuesday, June 5 – Whale Trail Summer Gathering featuring Photos by Stephen Rink

Thursday, June 7 – Sonic Sea Screening

Thursday, June 7 – Our Toxic Orcas

Friday, June 8 – NOAA Open House

Saturday, June 9 – Hour For The Ocean Beach Cleanup – Oregon

Saturday, June 9 – Hour For The Ocean Beach Cleanup – Washington

Sunday, June 10 – Tacoma Ocean Fest

Sunday, June 10 – Ocean Listening Booth Opening and Dedication

Sunday, June 10 – Whales in Your Neighborhood

Tuesday, June 12 – Pub Talk: Southern Resident Orcas and Conservation Canines

Friday, June 15 – Toki’s Journey Home

Saturday, June 16 – What’s The Point?

Saturday, June 16 – Renew Orca Awareness Day with Eileen Fisher

Saturday, June 16 – Stand Up For Lolita

Saturday, June 16 – Beach Walk For Lolita-Tokitae

Saturday, June 16 – Orca Fin Hat Making For Kids

Saturday, June 16 – Sound the Alarm for Southern Resident Orcas

Saturday, June 16 – Killer Whale Tales

Tuesday, June 19 – DamNation Screening

Tuesday, June 19 – Pint-Sized Science

Saturday, June 23 – Plastics In The Ocean

Saturday, June 23 – Orca Sing

Saturday, June 23 – Port Townsend Orca Festival

Saturday, June 23 – Kids for Orcas

Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 – Orca Awareness Celebration

Monday, June 25 – Orca Month Paddle

Thursday, June 28 – Orcas Need Free-Flowing Rivers

Saturday, June 30 – World Oceans Day


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!