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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor.

Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.

On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic tall ships pass by as the sun sets behind the open sails. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the remarkable views.

Festival-goers can continue the festivities during Sails ‘n Ales on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with craft beer tastings from six different California breweries. Visitors will be able to sip craft beer and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks while listening to live music.

The young and young at heart can enjoy a Mermaid Breakfast on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind breakfast experience will give visitors the chance to make crafts, enjoy pancakes and interact with mermaids as they swim underwater.

Experience the action of Cannon Battle Sails on board a historical tall ship! Guests ages 4 and older can end their Tall Ships Festival experience with a bang during an exciting mock cannon battle on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Tall Ships Festival Pass includes tours of the Brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point and all visiting vessels from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 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 HighSchool 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 the Ocean Institute encourage guests to embark on the ultimate seaside adventure during the Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba September 7-9. For more information on activities, events, tickets, and parking visit

FLASH GIVEAWAY! We are thrilled to offer one family a family 4-pack of tickets to the Cannon Battles on September 9, 2018 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm! Enter to win by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner TOMORROW September 6th at noon! Good Luck!

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  1. I liked and shared the Facebook post! Would love this so much! My kids deserve this! Thank you for the opportunity

  2. Hope to win ! Thank you for posting so many interesting and fun activities!

  3. My 9-year old son would get such a kick out of this! I’d love to win!

  4. Oh my, this sounds like so much fun! We have never been there and will have to go!

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