Festival of Sail in San Diego


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Expanded Venue!
Festival of Sail 2015!
Labor Day weekend.
Friday September 4 thru Monday September 7, 2015

Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone. Fun for the Entire Family.

Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero over Labor Day weekend into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days.

An incredible venue right on the embarcadero, beer gardens, kids activity zone, and a low admission per person, this is the premier waterfront event year after year.

Thursday September 3, 2015 we start Festival of Sail with a Tall Ship Parade! Watch the ships majestically sail into San Diego bay, enjoy cannon fire salutes, and seeing the ships end their journey at the Maritime Museum's docks. A limited number of tickets are made available to join in and sail in the tall ship parade.

Daily Activities during Festival of Sail include but not limited to:
Enjoy the visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, beer garden, exciting demos by Aquatic Aviation, Naval reenactors, photo ops with Pirates and more, and loads of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more.

Festival of Sail admission and add-on events tickets can be purchased online and at the Maritime Museum during Festival of Sail. Popular add-on events can sell out quick, an online purchase ahead of time will ensure your spot.

Do I have to buy tickets online? No, Festival of Sail tickets are available for purchase at the maritime museum. If you are buying a boating activity (cannon battle, mid-day sail, etc), we encourage purchasing ahead of time online. Walk-ups can purchase boating activity tickets at the "Boating Activity Booth" just north of the Berkeley Steam Ferry.

I want to purchase a boating activity ticket but the ticket shows unavailable online? The day of the event, we shut off online boating activity tickets (cannon battle, mid-day sail, etc) for that day approx 3~4 hours before the event to allow walk-up tickets sales. If the event is marked "SOLD OUT", there are no more spots available.

I'm here at the Festival, where do I buy a boat ride? All the boating activity tickets (cannon battle, mid-day sail, etc) are handled at the "Boating Activities Booth" on the Embarcadero just north of the Berkeley Ferry Boat. Can I get on the Ships? YES, all of the visiting ships plus all the Maritime ships are open to view. Included with your ticket is a passport, as you visit you will receive a stamp in your passport of that ship.

Festival of Sail is a special 4 day event. Returns, coupons, passes, general admission, and seafarer passes are not valid during the 4 days of Festival of Sail. A Festival of Sail Ticket or Maritime Museum of San Diego Membership are required to enter.


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