Ocean Institute Fest: Culinary-Music Festival
September 11 and 12, 2020

This week, Ocean Institute made the very difficult decision to postpone Ocean Institute Fest, our largest fundraiser, to ensure that this important night is free from any worry or concern from our esteemed guests.  This postponement injures our Adopt-A-Class program, which benefits thousands of low-income students each year, as the proceeds from the event directly support that program.



Dive into Summer Camp fun!

Summer Camp Dates: June 22nd- August 14th

Summer Camps will run in 2020!


Teen Programs

The Ocean Institute offers a variety of programs for teens, ranging from half-day conferences to year-long internships. 

Programs are designed to expose the next generation of scientists, leaders, and consumers, to global issues facing our oceans, current research, and the tools needed to better understand our changing world. 


Distinguished Speaker Series
Presented by The Nicholas Endowment

The Nicholas Endowment Distinguished Speaker Series is an inaugural education and cultural program hosted in the Samueli Conference Center. This series accentuates the core concepts of Ocean Institute’s strategic plan: research, education, conservation and organizational excellence. 


Host an Event
Take In The Ocean Sights

City chic and beach cool – this dynamic indoor and outdoor experience delivers Dana Point like no other. Sky-high ceilings and dazzling views, our venues are Ocean Institute’s most memorable spaces for any type of event.

Samueli is turned into an extravagant dining room, wedding hall or banquet to include an outside courtyard overlooking the Dana Point harbor.  This picturesque venue offers up incredible photo opportunities.

Where Events Become Unforgettable

Set along the harbor-front, Ocean Institute combines a naturally romantic setting with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether you prefer candlelit dinners or cocktails on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Wharf, we can transform the wedding of your dreams into a beautiful reality.  An evening on our Tall Ship will wow guests before the first hors d’oeuvre is served.

With spectacular views of the beautiful Pacific, award-winning architecture, and historic vessels, Ocean Institute provides the perfect venue for weddings, private events, meetings, and more. 

Every moment at Ocean Institute will leave you and your guests with a memory that will last a lifetime.

* Photos may depict rental chairs provided by client.

Ocean Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Site fees for all private events helps Ocean Institute sustain its year-round calendar of education programs for the community. 

For more information, please contact our venue coordinators, Jennifer Swartz and Angela Sophie at or call 949-599-4546.  

Also checkout Ocean Institute Weddings Facebook page. 

Event Brochure


Event Photo Gallery

Browse our photo gallery of special events, programs, and camps at the Ocean Institute.