Aqua Affair

SAVE THE DATE: Aqua Affair 2024 will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024! Check back for updated theme and raffle details coming soon!

Aqua Affair is Great Lakes Aquarium’s annual fundraising event, and this year, it’s getting a totally tubular makeover. Experience the Aquarium in a whole new light with a rad evening of local food and drink among the animals.

Proceeds from Aqua Affair directly support animal care, educational programming, community outreach and exhibit design all year long.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
at Great Lakes Aquarium

Aqua Affair is a 21+ event.

Event Tickets

Tickets to the event are $50/ea for Aquarium members and $55/ea for non-members.

Your ticket gets you food & beverage sampling from local vendors, access to the exhibit floor, 1980’s activities and décor, fresh DJ jams from The Crunchy Bunch, animal encounters, touchpool experiences, an appearance by the Twin Ports Ghostbusters, access to our raffle (Need a quick $1,000 or perhaps a new tattoo?), and more!


Raffle tickets are $20/ea and can be purchased at the front desk of Great Lakes Aquarium prior to March 25th or at the event on March 25th. Great Lakes Aquarium is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.

Want to support the Aquarium from the comfort of your own home? We’ll send raffle tickets to you! Email us at to request raffle tickets!

List of 2023 Raffle Prizes

2023 raffle prizes include:

Need not be present to win! Must be 18+ years old to purchase raffle tickets.

Click the arrow to view images of 2023 Raffle Prizes

Local Artwork

Custom Pet Portrait by Sarah Amistadi
Pit-fired Vase from Haataja Designs
A Piece from Kelly Schamberger
11″x12″ piece – Dibs by Carole Kinion Copeland

Rest & Wellness

Crafty Duluth

12.5″x18.75″ Bailey Builds piece courtesy of Architecture Advantage
Tattoo Credit from Mad Tatter Studio
Flamework Class from Lake Superior Art Glass
Macrame Wall Hanging from MGM Fiber Art
Mushroom artwork from Workshop to Woods

Travel the Twin Ports

Kelly Green Courier Bag from Aerostich

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Guided Rafting Tour and High Ropes Challenge from Swiftwater Adventures
North Shore Dive/Adventure Charter from Unsalted Adventures
Summer Homecoming by Ken Allen
Hunter Green Dispatch Bag from Aerostich
Walking Stick from Workshop to Woods
Four Maps and Mushroom Brush from Workshop to Woods

2023 Music

Hot DJ jams all evening from The Crunchy Bunch

2023 Food & Beverage Vendors

Once inside, enjoy complimentary samples from the following local vendors:

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Black Woods Grill & Bar

Castle Danger Brewing Co.

Duluth Cider

Earth Rider Brewery

Hoops Brewing Company

Love Creamery

MidCoast Catering Co.

Uffda Kombucha

Ursa Minor Brewing

Vikre Distillery

Wild State Cider

Thank you to our sponsors!