Photos: One Water Festival

Malibu local Sam Seelig poses in a shark at the One Water Festival on Saturday.

The City of Malibu held its inaugural One Water Festival at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School on Saturday, June 18. 

Music played while visitors checked out the many education booths and workshops. The family friendly celebration ran from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and included bounce houses, face painting, food trucks, giveaways and prizes. 

“We wanted to give Malibu residents the information, resources and inspiration to be part of the water solution, and have some fun while we’re at it,” Malibu Mayor Laura Rosenthal said in a statement provided by city staff.

The inaugural One Water Festival was created to “educate, inspire and activate the public on water issues and conservation at a time when California’s worst drought on record brings attention to the diminishing state of our most valuable resource,” according to information provided by the city.

It began in hopes of facilitating a greater awareness around caring for the planet and Malibu beaches, as well as conserving water. 

“Water is the essential issue of our time and we must be better stewards of how we use, reuse and conserve water,” Malibu Mayor Laura Rosenthal wrote to The Malibu Times. “The festival was a one stop shop to learn all things water. It had a great variety of booths and learning places for people of all ages and I think it really struck a chord with all who attended.”