Plan Your Event
Take your event to the next level... Sea Level
Blu Culinary Creations, the exclusive caterer for OdySea Aquarium, invites you to host your event somewhere extraordinary!
Host an enchanting wedding by the water or sip refreshing cocktails while gazing at fascinating sea life. From intimate receptions to corporate gatherings to black tie galas, OdySea Aquarium will provide a unique experience and lasting memories. Offering a variety of unique venue space options, your special event can be customized to fit your vision and needs, and the guest list can even include a penguin or otter!
Please note event bookings are for evenings only.
Please click here for information regarding group visits to the aquarium. We do not currently offer any birthday packages or daytime event reservations at this time. For birthday parties, we recommend purchasing regular admission tour tickets and dining at the Lighthouse Café.
Amenities & Services
- Variety of event venues to select from, offering more than 200,000 square feet of space. Full aquarium rental is available.
- Accommodate up to 2,800 guests
- Dedicated Event Coordinator to assist from start to finish
- Innovative menus and seasonal cuisine, with sustainable and locally sourced food
- Make your event a green one with high-end compostable goods
- Full service event design including themed events, customized menus, specialty linens, lighting, decor, and entertainment
- Inclusive event packages from linens to dining
- Audio/Visual capabilities
Types of Events
- Weddings - Experience Something Blu
- Corporate Events - Waves of Excitement
- Social Events - Make a Splash
Dive Deeper with our Event Enhancements
Give the souvenir of knowledge! From guided tours to hands-on experiences, our education programs are available for all events.
Deep Ocean 3D Movie
A state-of-the-art 3D movie experience features Underwater Giants like the humpback whale and the whale shark. Be prepared for a special surprise at the end of the show!
SeaTREK® Underwater Ocean Walking Experience
Put on your OdySea wetsuit and SeaTREK helmet and get ready to walk in! Our certified divers will take you deep into one of our largest exhibits where you’ll be surrounded by thousands of colorful and curious sea creatures.
Invite a penguin, otter, bird, sloth, or reptile to mingle with your guests! An expert handler will chaperone the animal and provide a hands-on learning experience for your event.
Living Sea Carousel
This one-of-a-kind voyage through the living sea will leave your guests speechless!
Tide Touch Pool
Our Tide Touch Pool is a thrilling and interactive way to experience marine life up close. At 37 feet long and holding over 2,000 gallons of water, this may be the largest hands on aquarium experience you have ever encountered.
Our venue options provide unique spaces that will amaze and excite your guests. Our spaces can be combined or rented separately. Our goal is to provide you with the perfect floor plan for your special event!
We offer both plated and strolling receptions depending on space selected. Complete aquarium rental is available as well as lower or upper level rentals.
- AQUA LOBBY
Dine under 9 sparkling globe-shaped aquariums suspended from the ceiling. Each one of the “rain drops” houses a bright and beautiful array of schooling fish, flitting about just out of reach.
- OCEAN ART
Enjoy libations and small bites while gazing at painted anthias, tropical fish, and seahorses in this "art gallery.”
- REEF JEWELS
Party with reef inhabitants such as the clownfish, banded butterfly fish and the magnificent sea anemone.
- DEEP OCEAN 3D VIEWING THEATER
Dine under the sea with an expansive view into a 200,000 gallon habitat featuring sharks, rays, and sea turtles.
- BIZARRE & BEAUTIFUL
Enhance your event with a 3D movie experience or add on the Bizarre & Beautiful area and enjoy the unusual sights of the flashlight fish, the king crab, and the giant Pacific octopus.
- LIGHTHOUSE CAFE & PENGUIN POINT
Blu Culinary Creation’s nautical themed restaurant is the perfect backdrop for your event. Impress your guests with the African black-footed penguins and get to know these charismatic animals.
- RIVERS OF THE WORLD & OTTER BANKS
Introduce your guests to the resident Asian small-clawed otters and also enjoy creatures from the fascinating to the fearsome including piranhas and behemoth alligator gars in the Rivers of the World!
Full Aquarium Buyout: 2,800 capacity
Executive Chef, Blu Culinary Creations & Lighthouse Café at OdySea Aquarium
Matt found his passion and enthusiasm for food at an early age in his grandmother’s kitchen in Colorado Springs, Colorado and began his culinary career at only 15 working in the kitchen of a cheesesteak chain in San Antonio, Texas. Years later, after studying business and concluding it was not for him, he decided to attend culinary school at the Austin Culinary Academy in Texas. After graduation, looking to expand his talents and knowledge, Matt enrolled at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona where he earned his Bachelors in Hospitality and Hotel Management. While completing his studies, Matt was employed as the Banquet Chef at the W Hotel and Sushi Roku in Scottsdale.
After earning his degree from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Matt was promoted into the role of Executive Chef for the W Hotel in 2011, becoming one of the youngest Executive Chefs in Arizona at the time. He spent the next three years honing his skills and expanding his knowledge on Asian cuisine and seizing the opportunity to explore a variety of other cultures and culinary influences from around the world. In 2014, after more than nine years with Sushi Roku and the W Hotel, Matt accepted the Executive Chef role with the new and upcoming restaurant, SumoMaya in Scottsdale, Arizona which he held for two years. In 2016, Matt accepted the position of Executive Chef for Blu Culinary Creations and the Lighthouse Café at OdySea Aquarium.
We invite you to host your next event or dine at the Lighthouse Café to experience firsthand Chef Matt’s talents and innovative menus and why he has been recognized as a “Best Chef” by Best Chefs America for the previous consecutive four years.
Our Commitment to Local & Sustainable Foods
Our menus are developed using local, seasonal and sustainable foods. We partner with multiple local farms to provide the best and highest quality ingredients, as well as we follow the Monterey Seafood Watch program. We also use Eco-Products brand compostable or recyclable disposables where possible. All buffet dinners and strolling stations includes disposable products made from 100% renewable resources in efforts for environmental sustainability. China and flatware can be rented at an additional cost.
A few of our partners
- Arizona Grown Beef Program
- Local Sausage, Denmark Foods
- Local Dairy, Crow’s Dairy
- Local Olives and Olive Oil, Queen Creek Olive Mill
- Local Coffee Roaster from Tempe, Momentto Caffe
- Local Spices, Grains and Dried Fruits, Mount Hope Wholesale
- Local Eggs, Hickman’s Family Farms
- Local Brownies, Fairytale Brownies
Evening events will include up to four hours. Extended hours can be considered and pro-rated. Event set up time is determined based upon the Aquarium schedule and will be no earlier than (1) hour prior to your event unless otherwise discussed and pre-arranged.
Site fee includes the use of the contracted event space and exhibit space, appropriate security staff, maintenance, and cleaning fee. Also included is (1) OdySea Aquarium guide per 100 guests. Additional attendants can be provided upon request at $75.00 per guide, with applicable taxes.
All food and beverage arrangements must be made through Blu Culinary Creations. You are not permitted to bring in any outside food or beverage into the Aquarium, other than a wedding cake, from a licensed and bonded bakery. There will be a $4.00 per person cake cutting fee, which includes a cake plate and fork. The Aquarium does not have the capacity to store your cake for more than 4 hours.
Bar services are provided exclusively and arranged by Blu Culinary Creations. We can provide your guests a hosted bar, non-refundable pre-paid drink tickets, a cash bar, or a combination. Barware is compostable plastic. Glassware can be arranged through your event coordinator. Plated dinner service will include a set water, beverage, and wine glass.
Bar set up fees as follows; $250 per bar, with a $750 minimum sale per bar, prior to tax and service charges. This bar fee will be waived if this minimum requirement is met.
Any outside vendor including; floral, photography, entertainment, bakery, must contact the Event Manager no later than 2 weeks prior to your event date. Event Manager will work with vendor in coordinating delivery times and location, set up schedule, and pick-up. All vendors must provide their own means of transporting their goods including all set up and strike. All materials must be removed from the Aquarium within one hour of event conclusion unless other arrangements have been agreed upon. Caterer nor Aquarium is responsible for any damaged or missing materials.
The OdySea Aquarium requires that you employ an outside professional/certified wedding coordinator to assist with your wedding arrangements, ceremony, rehearsal and reception; Blu Culinary Creations must pre-approve your coordinator and their qualifications. The wedding coordinator will work with you to coordinate all aspects of your rehearsal and ceremony, and may assist with your vendors, as appropriate. Your Catering Manager can provide you with names of our recommended Wedding Coordinators. Blu Culinary Catering requires an on-site meeting one week prior to event to review event orders and guest expectations.
Plated Dinner - Up to (25) 66” round banquet tables, (25) white floor length linens, white linen napkins, appropriate china, flatware, and table glassware.
Strolling Receptions - Scattered cocktail tables, floor length white linens and (1) votive per table, environmentally friendly and compostable disposables.
Additional tables, chairs, specialty linens, dance floor, rental furniture, bar glassware, décor items, menu cards, audio/visual needs, and specialty gifts, can be arranged by your Blu Culinary Creations Event Manager and added to your event billing.
No event may involve the support for opposition to any political standing or involve fundraising for political candidates or legislation. We do not allow the client to utilize any advertising or promotional materials which include the Aquarium name or logo. Neither the Aquarium nor the Caterer will sell tickets for your event, nor may any tickets or exchange of money be allowed at the Aquarium.
We ask that your group conducts themselves with the upmost respect of the Aquarium. Due to the nature of the Aquarium’s marine and animal life we require music to remain at a certain decibel and must be strictly adhered to (need more info). The Aquarium prohibits confetti, glitter, rice, birdseed, feathers, adhesive tape, sand, and Mylar and helium balloons, smoke machines and bubble machines. No items can be adhered to the walls, floors, exhibit graphics, furniture, or surrounding areas. Candles must be enclosed. All banners and signage must be pre-approved by the Event Manager and installed by Aquarium Personnel for an engineering fee of $50.00 per banner.
A 72 hour hold can be placed without a deposit. Events that will occur two months out or later, requires a 25% deposit of your food and beverage estimate, along with a credit card on file to hold your event date. (If booked inside of 60 days, a 50% deposit is required). An additional 25% of estimated food and beverage charges are due 60 business days prior to event date. Final payment and guarantee attendance is required, in full, 7 business days prior to your event date. If hosting a bar, the consumed amount of beverages, plus tax and service charges, will be charged the next business day, following your event date.
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