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Special Events

  • Catch of the Central Coast
  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
  • Beneath The Surface

Catch of the Central Coast 2017
5th Annual Fundraiser

Eventbrite - CATCH of the Central Coast 2017

The Central Coast Aquarium is excited to announce the 5th annual “CATCH of the Central Coast” fundraiser dinner, Saturday September 9th, 5:00 PM at the Harford Pier in Avila Beach.

This year guests will enjoy a unique setting of spectacular ocean views while dining over the water on the Harford Pier at the Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Beach. This limited seating event will include live music and both a live and silent auction. This exciting fundraiser will feature an authentic Caribbean style multi course dinner with wine pairings. “Our goal is to inspire people to think, act and feel connected to the ocean and the life within it,” says executive director Tara Kasarjian. “Holding our fundraiser fifteen feet above the oceans surface is the perfect place to celebrate marine education.”

CATCH of the Central Coast is a benefit for the Central Coast Aquarium (CCA), a San Luis Obispo County non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement and action.

Many locals experience the CCA through its Avila Beach location and public aquarium. However, our primary mission is to serve the community as a marine science education center for children. The organization has been serving school children across six counties for over 20 years.

The CCA is a valuable community resource providing marine programs to over 350,000 people between Monterey and Santa Barbara, since 1994.

For more information about the CATCH of the Central Coast event or about the Central Coast Aquarium, please contact Tara Kasarjian or Kate Capela at 805-595-7280

To Purchase Tickets - 5 per Person, 00 per Table of 8 People: Visit the Aquarium to purchase in person in our Gift Shop or Call 805-595-7280 to purchase over the phone.

California Coastal Cleanup Day | Details Coming Soon


  • 50 San Juan Street Avila Beach, CA 93424
  • All registered and active volunteers will receive free same day admission to the aquarium


  • TBD


  • TBD

Beneath The Surface | 2015
4th Annual Marine Cleanup and Earth Day Festival

Dive Cleanup:  8am-11am at the Harford Pier at Port San Luis, Avila Beach

Experienced open water divers are invited to join us as we dive in to cleanup Avila Beach below the surface!! All divers MUST register in advance by calling Chuck Rawlinson at Depth Perceptions (805) 595-3631. Diver check-in is at 7:00am at the Harford Pier. The divers will enter the water at 8:00am. The public is also welcome and encouraged to attend the dive cleanup event. The divers will be retrieving trash for other volunteers to sort through at the surface.

The public is also welcome and encouraged to attend the dive cleanup event.  The divers will be retrieving trash for other volunteers to sort through at the surface.  

Beach Cleanup:  10:00am-12:00pm, meet at the park in front of the aquarium

Join us to help cleanup Avila Beach!  Volunteer participants will be provided buckets, grabbers, and gloves.  Bring hats, sunscreen and sturdy shoes (we will be sending participants on to the piers, up the estuary and creek and along the Bob Jones trail).  Open to the public, no pre-registration required.  All participants will recieve same-day complimentary addmission to the Central Coast Aquarium.  Invite your friends and family to come out and cleanup the beach and learn more about our local sea life!

Earth Day Festival:  10am-2pm at the park in front of the aquarium

The festival will feature local educational and wildlife organizations, facepainting, raffle prizes and fun entertainment for the entire family! A complimentary BBQ will be available for beach cleanup participants.

We are grateful to partner with these generous sponsors:

Questions? Please call 805-595-7280. 

Is your business interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an item to our raffle?  Please email Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.