Commotion in the Ocean

Make plans to join us for the Virginia Aquarium’s biggest fundraiser of the year: Commotion in the Ocean, presented by Capital Group! On October 7, from 8 to 11 p.m., grab your dancing shoes for a night of live music by the Michael Clark Band featuring Tracy Clark, delicious appetizers and refreshments, a silent auction, a live auction presented by Diamonds Direct, and much more! Find a full schedule of events below!

VIP Experience

7:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Free valet parking
  • Guests will be greeted by some of the Virginia Aquarium’s fabulous Animal Ambassadors and their handlers. 
  • Enjoy delicious seafood appetizers paired with wine and beer while learning about the Sensible Seafood Program from the program coordinators. 
  • Meet a mermaid at the Red Sea Exhibit!
  • Learn how a mermaid trains for mermaid dives as she answers all your questions and shares her secrets.
  • Receive a souvenir glass and have reserved seating in the National Geographic 3D Theater for the Live Auction.
  • Champagne greeting for the Live Auction.


8:00 – 11:00 PM

  • Doors open on the 15th Annual Commotion in the Ocean. 
  • Free valet parking
  • Live music by the Michael Clark Band Featuring Tracy Clark
  • Silent Auction
  • Heads or Tails Game with the chance to win an amazing prize.
  • Live Auction, presented by Diamonds Direct, featuring diamonds, travel and exclusive Aquarium experiences.
  • Live demonstrations – cooking, art, dive operations and more!
  • Meet curators, educators and other wonderful staff and learn about how they keep the Aquarium running behind the scenes.
  • Interactive Trivia Game at the Ray Touch Pool
  • Delicious, endless appetizers and refreshments to include Sensible Seafood choices
  • Activities all night!

Not able to attend but want to participate in the silent auction? Register at bidpal today!