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Aquarium of the Pacific 15th Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People.

Children performing at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The fifteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019.

Entertainment at Moompetam Festival

This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures.

Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life.

Music at the Aquarium of the Pacific Festival

Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous people of Southern California, the ocean has always been a sacred entity. The maritime native peoples that inhabited ocean waters for thousands of years, including the Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay, deeply respected the ocean. The ocean environment is reflected in all aspects of their cultures.


Crafts at the Native American Festival

Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802


Moompetam is included with general admission–$34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), $24.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members


Native American Festival in Orange County

Enter to win 4 tickets to the festival by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving a comment on our Facebook posting, share the Facebook posting with a friend, and tag your friends in the Facebook post. We will pick one random winner on September 18th. Good luck! (Tickets are valid the weekend of the festival only 9/21-9/22)


Save $10 off admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific during the festival by downloading the coupon online.

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  1. I’m
    Hoping to win this giveaway! I love the cultural events it’s great for my children !!!

  2. Looks like such an amazing and enriching event!

  3. This looks like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing this awesome event and hosting the giveaway! Definitely want to bring my kiddos!

  4. I would love to be the lucky winner, after finding out that I am 27% Native American my kids really developed an interest in learning the native ways! 😃

  5. Oh this would be such a great experience for my family! We have Native American ancestors & I’d love to show this to my children!!

  6. Thanks, would be great for the kids!

  7. Hopely we have luck,thank you for the giveaway!!🙌🏻🍀👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

  8. Thanks for the chance. My kids would love this! We just moved here!

    mysticbutterfly37 at

  9. I would love for me and my family to win! We love the Aquarium of the Pacific! ✨🐋🦈🐠🐟🦑🐙

  10. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful culture and to educate our children, so they may educate others of what they have learn.

  11. Would love to take the kiddos!

  12. my kids would live the experience

  13. 🐠 🐟 🦈
    Thank you for the opportunity

  14. We love the aquarium so much and would love to go to this!

  15. Would love to visit with my kids!

  16. My grandson loves this place!

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