NOTE: As of 3:00 p.m. today (3/25), ticket sales for tonight’s event have transitioned to at-the-door sales. Tickets are still available and will re-open for purchase starting at 7:00 p.m. on-site at Great Lakes Aquarium.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request raffle tickets!
List of 2023 Raffle Prizes
2023 raffle prizes include:
- $1,000 Cash Prize courtesy of North Shore Bank
- featuring a cold hard check with your name on it.
- Local Artwork
- featuring hand-crafted pieces from local artists including a personalized, commissioned portrait of your favorite pet from Sarah Amistadi, a piece from Kelly Schamberger, a piece from Carole Kinion Copeland, a membership to the Duluth Art Institute, a pit-fired vase from Haataja Designs, and tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
- Rest & Wellness
- featuring a 60 minute therapeutic massage from Eagles Nest Massage Therapy, YMCA personal training sessions (plus swag), gift certificates to Svälja Yoga and Zenith Bookstore (plus books), a Diamond Glow facial from Twin Ports Dermatology, and more!
- Crafty Duluth
- featuring artwork from Bailey Builds courtesy of Architecture Advantage, a $500 tattoo credit from Mad Tatter Studio, a flamework class from Lake Superior Art Glass, a macrame wall hanging from MGM Fiber Art, a pair of tickets to All Pints North craft beer festival, mushroom art from Workshop to Woods, and more!
- Travel the Twin Ports
- featuring local goods and experiences from Aerostich, New Scenic Café, Earth Rider Brewery, Vikre Distillery, Va Bene, Unsalted Adventures LLC, North Shore Scenic Railroad, Whole Foods, Wine Seller Winery, and more!
- Enjoy the Great Outdoors
- featuring a guided rafting tour and high ropes challenge for four from Swiftwater Adventures, a North Shore Dive/Adventure Charter for two from Unsalted Adventures LLC, a piece from Ken Allen | Kenspeckle Letterpress, a dispatch bag from Aerostich, a handmade walking stick and maps from Workshop to Woods, tickets to the Minnesota State Fair, and more!
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
Rest & Wellness
Travel the Twin Ports
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Hot DJ jams all evening from The Crunchy Bunch
2023 Food & Beverage Vendors
Once inside, enjoy complimentary samples from the following local vendors: