The National Aquarium’s Black History Month Celebration

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Black History Month

catch of the day fish (2)Last week, we made note of the fact that the aquarium isn’t just all-fish-all-the-time. They have that adorable baby sloth, you see. But lately the aquarium has been expanding its capacity even further—hosting impressive cultural events that have nothing much to do with the watery depths, but plenty to do with local history—and global histories, as well. It all began in October with the launch of the Aquarium’s Cultural Series— which dedicates the first Friday each of the month to exploring, experiencing and celebrating cultures from around the globe. Each event is celebrated with music, dance, food, arts and crafts, community resource tables, and educational exhibits. 

As we all know, it’s Black History Month. And to honor that, the Aquarium will host an event this Friday evening focusing specifically on Black History around the Chesapeake Bay region. The evening will feature “Chesapeake Bay Dreaming”, an original play by the award-winning Aquarium on Wheels program. The folks at the aquarium will also recreate one of Baltimore’s legendary jazz clubs, with a cash bar available for those 21 and over. In a more fishy vein, you can participate in an oyster tonging demonstration, enjoy a photo exhibit of Black Watermen by Glen McClure and more. If you’re ready to boogie, you can dance to live R&B and jazz by Eugene Chapman—whether you’re stomping those feet for flapping those fins.

The National Aquarium’s Black History Month celebration takes place Friday, February 7 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Admission will be discounted, at only $12 per person. For more information, visit

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