World Oceans Day Festival Brings Family-Friendly Fun to the Beach!

Join the international celebration of the ocean right on its doorstep!

World Oceans Day (June 8th) is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. Artist Boat, a Galveston-based non-profit, is hosting the second annual World Oceans Day Festival to commemorate the day. Join us at Stewart Beach from 4-7pm on Thursday June 8th and be a part of the celebration.

Festival guests will experience interactive activities hosted by local, regional and state organizations; enjoy the musical and comedic talents of Tom’s Fun Band; and view submissions in the Marine Debris Art Contest. All activities, performances, and art pieces are designed to highlight the human connection to ocean and inspire visitors protect coastal and marine ecosystems.

Partner organizations include Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Turtle Island Restoration Network, the Houston Zoo, Galveston Island Beach Patrol, Friends of Galveston Island State Park, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Galveston Bay Foundation, FotoFest International, Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center, Houston Wilderness, American Bird Conservancy, and more.

The Festival will also feature performances from Tom’s Fun Band, one of Young Audiences of Houston’s fabulous artists. Tom’s Fun Band uses music and comedy to make learning about preserving our natural resources fun and thought provoking. You will chant, clap and sing along with this popular duo as you learn more about everyone’s role in conservation.

Marine Debris Art Contest submissions will be on display during the Festival. Artists and ocean-lovers of all ages are encouraged to submit art pieces composed primarily of marine debris or sargassum to showcase the negative effects of aquatic trash and benefits of sargassum for the marine ecosystem. A complete Call for Art can be found on the World Oceans Day Festival page here.

The World Oceans Day Festival is free for the public, but Stewart Beach parking fees will apply. The concession stand at Stewart Beach will be open during the festival so guests can purchase food, drinks, or snacks. For more information on the World Oceans Day Festival or the Marine Debris Art Contest call (409) 770-0722 or email