Calendar

Natural Events, Community Events, Meetings and Presentations

Hammerhead shark

All Month

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays school around the banks.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Traveling exhibit on display in Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

All Month

Reef on the Road Exhibit

This traveling exhibit about the sanctuary is on display at Alvin Historical Museum in Alvin, TX through March 2019.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

January 1

New Years Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


January 17

Sanctuary Anniversary

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary was designated on this date in 1992. Check out "20 Things to Love" about the sanctuary!


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

January 21

Martin Luther King Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Hammerhead shark

All Month

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays school around the banks.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Traveling exhibit on display in Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

All Month

Reef on the Road Exhibit

This traveling exhibit about the sanctuary is on display at Alvin Historical Museum in Alvin, TX through March 2019.


Waterline view of RV MANTA at sea.

February 6

Seaside Chats

Topic: TBD

6:30-7:30 pm, FGBNMS Ballroom, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston

Learn more about how the research vessel MANTA has been helping us understand and explore the Gulf of Mexico for the past 10 years.


Waterline view of RV MANTA at sea.

February 13

Seaside Chats

Topic: TBD

6:30-7:30 pm, FGBNMS Ballroom, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston

Learn more about how the research vessel MANTA has been helping us understand and explore the Gulf of Mexico for the past 10 years.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

February 18

Presidents Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Waterline view of RV MANTA at sea.

February 20

Seaside Chats

Topic: TBD

6:30-7:30 pm, FGBNMS Ballroom, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston

Learn more about how the research vessel MANTA has been helping us understand and explore the Gulf of Mexico for the past 10 years.


Waterline view of RV MANTA at sea.

February 27

Seaside Chats

Topic: TBD

6:30-7:30 pm, FGBNMS Ballroom, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston

Learn more about how the research vessel MANTA has been helping us understand and explore the Gulf of Mexico for the past 10 years.


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

February 28

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period begins at 1 p.m. For more information contact Leslie.Clift@noaa.gov


Hammerhead shark

All Month

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays school around the banks.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Traveling exhibit on display in Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

All Month

Reef on the Road Exhibit

This traveling exhibit about the sanctuary is on display at Alvin Historical Museum in Alvin, TX through March 2019.


Hammerhead shark

Early April

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays may still be schooling around the banks in the early part of the month.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Trash nestled in dried sargassum on a beach

April 22

Earth Day

Get out and do something nice for coral reefs and the rest of the planet!


Whale shark

Late May

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary toward the later part of the month.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

May 15

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period begins at 1 p.m.


Sea turtle swimming

May 19

Endangered Species Day

This is a day to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and what you can do to help protect our nation's disappearing wildlife.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

May 27

Memorial Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Diver navigating over the reef

June 8

World Ocean Day

This annual Earth Day for the Ocean began in June 2003. Did you know that FGBNMS has some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world?


Man holding up large lionfish

June 9-13

Lionfish Invitational I

Collection permits will be issued for a four-day lionfish research cruise on board the recreational dive charter M/V FLING.

Applications will be available by March 2019. Questions? Please contact Michelle.A.Johnston@noaa.gov


A hawksbill sea turtle swimming in open water

June 16

World Sea Turtle Day

This day is used to highlight the importance of sea turtles and how they are being affected by human actions.


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


A United States flag made from colorful sea creatures. Coneys (a type of grouper) make up the red and white stripes. Murexes (a type of snail) make up the stars.

July 4

Independence Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.

Download Fish Flag


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Small squid in open water at night

All Month

Squid Aggregations

Aggregations of small squid may be noticed during coral spawning.
- Learn More
- Watch Octopus and Squid Video
- Watch Spawning Videos


Small white bundles of eggs and sperm nestle atop a brain coral prior to their release.

August 21-24

Mass Coral Spawning

This annual event happens 7-10 days after the full moon in August. Due to the early date of the full moon, there may also be a spawn in September.
- Watch Spawning Videos


Man holding up large lionfish

August 25-29

Lionfish Invitational II

Collection permits will be issued for a four-day lionfish research cruise on board the recreational dive charter M/V FLING.

Applications will be available by March 2019. Questions? Please contact Michelle.A.Johnston@noaa.gov


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

September 2

Labor Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

September 4

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period begins at 1 p.m.


Two Spot Octopus jetting across reef

October 8-12

Cephalopod Awareness Days

Check out these amazing mollusks and their relatives in our Mollusk Species List.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

October 14

Columbus Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Candy Corn image made from different animal photos.

October 30

National Candy Corn Day

No snacking required! Instead, see if you can identify the animal images that make up this Candy Corn treat. Need help? Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

November 7

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period begins at 1 p.m.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

November 11

Veterans Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

November 28

Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Poinsettia picture with petals and leaves made from sea life images

December 25

Christmas Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.

Download 12 Days of Fishmas

Download Holiday Poinsettia

Download Gifts from the Gardens

Visit with Elf From the Shelf