Announcing Festival of the Sea

Announcing Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea


San Diego, CA (March 21, 2019) — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, exhibits, and on-the-water adventure guest experiences, will host the region’s first annual Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, 2019. Festival of the Sea, produced by the Maritime Museum and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, is one of the keynote events that will take place during 2019 commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the beginning of modern-day San Diego.

On April 11, 1769 the first seaborne contingent of Spanish settlement arrived in a quiet harbor in San Diego aboard the ship San Antonio. Just a scant three months later, these Spanish soldiers and missionaries, led by a Franciscan priest named Junipero Serra, gathered amid oaks and coastal sage scrub to dedicate the founding of Mission San Diego de Alcala. The two events set into motion the first 21 missions extending northward and the evolution of that calm harbor into a working Port.

For 18 years the Maritime Museum hosted the Port of San Diego Festival of Sail, the largest regular public event on the waterfront. The new Festival of the Sea will be an opportunity for guests of all ages to return to the Maritime Museum for a weekend of waterfront celebration for our community to share a passion for the sea.

The Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic north Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego, the Maritime Museum of San Diego will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 25 to 27 with special general admission hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission ticket prices apply for the Memorial Day weekend celebration event at $18.00 for adults, students 13-17/military/seniors 62+ $13.00, and children 3-12 $8.00 . Children 2 and under are free. Group rates will not apply for Festival of the Sea Memorial Day weekend.

Visitors to Maritime Museum of San Diego May 25-27 have so much more in store and included for one low admission price.

Tickets include:

  • Freedom to tour all Museum vessels and dozens of fascinating exhibits below deck
  • 27th Annual San Diego Sea Chantey Festival sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage staged on the main deck of Star of India Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Sea Chantey Performance schedule includes:
    Musical Line-up 2019
    10:00 AM Jackstraws
    10:55 AM Sportive Tricks
    11:50 AM Kick Up the Dust
    12:45 PM Jackstraws
    1:40 PM John Kraus and The Goers
    2:35 PM Raggle Taggle
    3:30 PM Finale
  • Jam session Sunday and Monday May 26 and 27 noon to 4:00 p.m. with performances by local favorite Classic Rock quartet Paul Hartley & The Chiefs.
  • Fun-filled Education Zone for kids Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. located on the ‘Tween deck of Star of India.
  • Regional Artist and Artisan Exhibition of paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more which embrace a passion for the sea located on the upper deck of the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, with work displayed and available for purchase Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exciting experiences, on-the-water adventures and entertainment also offered include:
The Berkeley Bar open on the upper deck amidst the lively artist exhibition serving wine and beer to guests for an additional charge noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

A fun new HMS Surprise On-board Pub open 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cover charge for adults 21+ only. Tickets are $20.00 and include entrance to the no-host bar and live music concert featuring Trad-Rock band John Krause and The Goers playing 5 :30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Movies Beneath the Mast will be shown below deck in the Hold Gallery of Star of India Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Four sea-focused film classics have been chosen for the pop-up waterfront shipboard theatre experience. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 3-12 per show. Popcorn and standard movie treats will also be available for purchase prior to the shows.

Food trucks will be on-site daily, and The Maritime Café will be serving up special meal deals throughout the weekend open 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 27.

On-the-water adventures:
Adventure calls for all that want to partake in an exciting Gun Battle between the state’s official tall ship schooner Californian and the 136’ two-masted, gaff-rigged schooner Bill of Rights. Tickets are $59.00 per person for all ages Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 25, 26 and 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets include water and snacks on board. Reservations can be made in advance, Click Here Tickets include general admission.

For those longing to enjoy summer sunsets on the Bay, the Museum will also offer from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 an elegant pre-evening cruise aboard the galleon replica San Salvador. Tickets are $89.00 per person. Cruises include appetizers and 2 drinks per person and no-host bar (cash only) on board. Reservations can be made in advance, Click Here Space is limited. Tickets include general admission.

Monday, May 27 for guests 5+ the Maritime Museum of San Diego presents two 90-minute performances of Boarded! A Pirate Adventure staged aboard San Salvador. Check-in for shows will be at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. San Salvador does leave the dock for this experience. Reservations can be made in advance, Click Here Tickets include general admission.

Thirty-minute Bay tours will also be available on the Museum engine-powered vintage vessel Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for only an additional $10 with general admission ticket purchase.

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About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.

About the Port of San Diego’s Tidelands Activation Program
Port of San Diego Experiences includes the Tidelands Activation Program (TP). TAP awards grant funds and waives service fees to community organizations for public events along the waterfront that connect visitors and residents to new cultures and vibrant activities. Artistic and cultural exhibitions, along with exclusive interactive installations inspire visitors and residents to push the boundaries of creativity. Additionally, Port Experiences sponsors and hosts events across San Diego Bay, including organized runs, parades, cultural festivals, concerts and more.