DANA POINT, CA — The Ocean Institute Maritime Festival will look a bit different in 2020, organizers say. Transforming the multi-stage event into an online only venue will enable them to reach more fans and festival-goers than ever before.

"This year we are thrilled to be having a virtual Ocean Institute Maritime Festival!" a spokesperson said. "This multi-stage event has gained the interest and participation of organizations across the globe who will converge online September 11-13, 2020 to provide an interactive, engaging, and unique celebration of all things maritime."

Organizations from three different continents are going to participate, as well as engaging tours with ocean vessels from across the world. It is something the group has never been able to achieve before, and all as a result of the pandemic.

Our pre-festival activities include a Move Your Booty: Virtual Race. This virtual challenge encourages individuals, families, groups, and corporate teams to get outdoors and get moving in a fun way. Runners, walkers, paddleboarders, and more are invited to sign up and get moving. Prizes will encourage creativity and fun while creating excitement for the Ocean Institute Virtual Maritime Festival. All race registrants will get an exclusive race t-shirt! Proceeds from this event will support Ocean Institute's programs at CHOC Children's (Children's Hospital Orange County).

Winners will be announced and awarded via a live broadcast from the Ocean Institute on Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 pm.

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Move Your Booty: Virtual Race

AN OCEAN OF ART CHALLENGE

Another pre-festival challenge is Art Aboard, co-presented by Blick Art Materials. Participants will select a challenge from a "Sea Chest of Projects" to express their creativity through art. From sand sketching to sculpting an urchin, participants post their masterpieces online in a competition that highlights the beauty of the sea with prizes given for various categories.

Prizes for best submissions on the projects below in the following categories: K- Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12.

Ocean Institute in Dana Point Celebrates Virtual Maritime Festival