Celebrate World Ocean Day on Galveston Island

What better way to spend an afternoon than celebrating the ocean right at Stewart Beach in Galveston during the World Ocean Day Festival

Don't miss out on the international celebration of the ocean in Galveston. The World Ocean Day Festival will be held right here on Stewart Beach, and ocean lovers of all ages will enjoy an afternoon of fun from 11 am to 4:30 pm.

pictured: World Ocean Day at Stewart Beach.

World Ocean Day Festival at Stewart Beach - June 12, 2021

This year, we will be featuring live entertainment, local businesses, an opportunity to sign up for a free beach tour, two art contests, and more!

Our art contests involve our Beautify the Bucket competition, which is geared toward bringing awareness to the importance of properly disposing of waste and appreciating our beaches, and our Marine Debris Art Contest to create a deeper understanding of our environment and preventing marine debris.

Concessions will also be available to all participants. The event is free, but parking fees will apply for Stewart Beach.

World Ocean Day

Artists and ocean-lovers of all ages will display their pieces at the World Oceans Day festival on June 12th at Stewart Beach.

Art pieces are comprised primarily of marine debris and demonstrate the effects aquatic trash can have on our oceans and the life that depends on them.

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World Ocean Day

Help Artist Boat beautify the trash receptacles along Galveston beaches to enhance the views of the beach and catch the eye of visitors.

Your beautiful and clever artwork helps to increase the proper use of the trash receptacles, Together we can all help to reduce marine debris! Judging and display occur on June 12th, at Stewart Beach during the World Oceans Day Festival.

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Interactive Entertainment by Young Audiences of Houston!

We are excited to have some amazing performances for this year's World Ocean Day. Each segment is focused on the practice and importance of conservation and education! Check them out below:

The Aquarium: A Marine Micro Ballet by Susan McDonald

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Guitarist/composer/poet Susan McDonald combines science and music to showcase creatures of the marine aquarium. Through video and music, Susan uses humor to bring to life terms such as symbiosis, proboscis, camouflage, and aposematic. Join Susan on this delightful, aquatic adventure.

Yasuni: Dances in the Rainforest by Susan McDonald

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Inspired by her travel through the Ecuadorian rainforest, the world’s most bio-diverse region, guitarist/composer Susan McDonald brings you her latest program Yasuni: Dances from the Rainforest. Part of her Animal Ballet series, audiences will be treated to a multi-sensory combination of live video and folk rhythms with themes taken from the sounds, and sights, of birds, insects and amphibians. The music ranges from ethereal to boisterous and takes the listener into a rare and fragile world whose mysteries are hidden from modern civilization.

Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry - Puppet Pizzazz

11:00 am - 11:45 am
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Professional puppeteer Greg Ruhe enthusiastically shares the ancient art of puppetry by demonstrating a variety of styles of puppets in a highly theatrical performance. Mr. Greg shares the secrets of making and manipulating many of his unique characters. It is guaranteed that the audience will walk away filled with an appreciation and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry. The audience will learn how to turn trash into treasure as Mr. Greg shares ideas on making puppets from recycled materials. This Puppet Extravaganza includes storytelling along with hand puppets, shadow puppets, recycled material puppets, and marionettes. Puppet Pizzazz is best known for its giant puppet creations. The show is not over until an eight-foot-tall surprise character takes center stage.

Oceans are not mere bodies of water, they are a source of life on earth. Time has come to protect and save them - participate this World Ocean Day!

Become a Vendor or Partner

We strive to support local businesses that focus on environmental importance and the arts as non-profits. Hands-on activities will be an educational and fun way to convey important conservation ideology!

Become a Partner

For a chance to show off your sustainable, eco-friendly, or ocean-related business, join us as a Partner.

Become a Vendor

Do you want a chance to sell your sustainable products during the festival for some extra business for your company? Join us as a Vendor!


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Karla Klay Artist Boat

Karla Klay is the founding director of Artist Boat. She has over 25+ years of experience in arts and environmental education, eco-tourism and public engagement in coastal experiences, and the development of programs to teach students and members of the public about coastal and marine ecology along with actions that result in improved environmental quality. Artist Boat was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2003 to provide fun and inspiring unique coastal experiences to people of all ages through art, science, and conservation.

Raised in the Florida Keys by parents who developed the technology to ship live sharks all over the world to large educational aquariums and with neighbors for dolphins of the Dolphin Research Center she has a very unique childhood with sharks in the backyard and dolphins as childhood playmates. This shaped an individual that has an extreme love of coastal margins, the marine environment, and the Gulf.