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2017 Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor

The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history during the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor. Gather friends and family for three days of events Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 and experience the ultimate seaside adventure!

The Tall Ships Festival at Dana Point Harbor includes three days of events and entertainment for festival-goers of every age, prices vary per event. Festivities and the Tall Ships parade kicks off on Friday, September 8 and Tall Ships tours, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters and several other activities await guests on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

The Parade of Sails on Friday, September 8 from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. kicks off the festival and invites guests to join the armada as they adventure aboard a historic tall ship to work with the crew hailing up sail or to sit back to enjoy the ride.

The fun continues with Sails ‘n Ales on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a craft beer tastings from Sierra Nevada, Mother Earth, Bottle Logic, Lost Winds, and Laguna Beach Beer Company. Guests can sip craft beer, feast on delicious eats from local food trucks, enjoy live music from dance-fusion band Afrolicious, and watch 6 majestic tall ships over 130 feet in size sail in from the coast as the sun sets.

Mermaid lovers of all ages can enjoy the Breakfast with a Mermaid Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy brunch, story time, and crafts and then watch our mermaids swim underwater in a nearby tank.

Experience the Tall Ships Festival on board a historical tall ship during Cannon Battle Sails! Guests ages 4 and older are invited to participate in a dramatic mock cannon battle on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. with blasting cannons, towering rigging, and bustling decks.

The Tall Ships Festival Adventure Pass grants guests all day admission into the Festival and includes tours of the Brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point, and all visiting vessels in addition to access to pirate encampments, exhibits, crafts, the craft beer garden and much more.

Prices vary per event and can be found at Free parking is available at the designated shuttle lots located at Strand Vista Park and Dana Hills High School with free shuttle rides to the festival. Shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from all lots.

OC Parks, Dana Point Harbor and Ocean Institute welcome guests to enjoy an unforgettable seaside adventure during the Tall Ships Festival September 8-10. For more information on activities, events, tickets, and parking visit

GIVEAWAY!! We are thrilled to offer a giveaway to one lucky OC Mom Blog reader for (4) Tall Ships Adventure Passes!! These passes give visitors all day admission to the Tall Ships Festival, tours of the Brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point, and all visiting vessels and access to vendors, food, pirate encampments, exhibitions, crafts, activities, Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, live music, and more. Enter to win by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on Thursday, September 7th. Good Luck!

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  1. My boys would love to go!!

  2. Arrrrrrn’t you AWESOME!!!!!

  3. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages! We visit the Ocean Institute 1 week a year; but because of previous school and work schedules, have never been able to schedule during that period of time, until now! Would love to win to be present there; thank you!

  4. Oh my gosh, we’ve seen this but never been! How fun! Thank you!

  5. I’ve heard of this festival but have never gone, sounds like fun!

  6. Would love to attend!

  7. We have gone to this the last few years. SO much to do for so many ages!

  8. What a fabulous adventure this would be for our family and a great way to celebrate my daughter’s 5th birthday!

    • Thank you for the opportunity.

  9. Third time is the charm. The first I forgot to leave a comment. The second I wrote my email wrong. Hope to win achsnce to ride on these beautiful ships.

  10. it sounds so interesting

  11. My nephew and niece would love this….well so would I !

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