Festival Of The Sea

Festival of the Sea

Maritime Museum Of San Diego To Host New
Port Of San Diego Festival Of The Sea

New Community Waterfront Festival

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Summertime Kick-Off Event focuses on Ocean, Art, Adventure, Education and Entertainment

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 is 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.

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.

Festivities will kick off Saturday, May 25 with the 27th Annual San Diego Sea Chantey Festival sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage staged on the main deck of Star of India from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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

The music festival vibe along the bayfront continues on the main deck of the Star with performances by local favorite classic rock quartet band Paul Hartley & The Chiefs. Also included with general admission. Times and performers subject to change.

Nested on the upper deck of the Victorian-era 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley will be a collection of regional artist and artisan works including paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more which embrace a passion for the sea. Visitors can view the displays and purchase merchandise throughout the festival Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Berkeley Bar will also be 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. The Berkeley observation deck will also be open offering guests a spectacular view of San Diego Bay.

CLICK HERE FOR Festival of the Sea Artist Application

Special weekend evening activities include an HMS Surprise On-board Pub open 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cover charge for adults 21+ only venue on the HMS Surprise Pub is $20.00 and includes entrance to the no-host bar with live music concert featuring maritime folk rock band John Kraus and The Goers playing 6 :00 p.m. to 8:00 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 including Saturday 5:30 p.m. showing of Swiss Family Robinson and 8:00 p.m. showing of The Hunt for Red October. Sunday, movie-goers can enjoy Moana at 5:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. the hilarious Captain Ron. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 3-12 per show. Popcorn and standard movie treats will also be available for 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.

Festival of the Sea Admission Tickets

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.

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.
  • 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.


Book now! Festival of the Sea General Admission May 25.


Book now! Festival of the Sea General Admission May 26.


Book now! Festival of the Sea General Admission May 27.



HMS Surprise Pub

HMS Surprise On-board Pub 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Book now! HMS Surprise Pub

With live music by John Kraus & The Goers 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cover charge $20.00. This is a 21 and over event, ID will be required
Space is limited.



Movies shown below deck

Movies in Star of India’s Hold Gallery
Sat, Sun, showings 5:30pm & 8:00pm


Book now for all shows! Movies Beneath the Mast

Adults $15.00
Child 3-12 $12.00

See Museum for movie information.
Popcorn and standard movie treats will be available prior to the shows.



Gun Battles on the Bay

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. Share in the excitement Saturday, Sunday, or Monday May 25, 26, & 27 10:30am to 1:30pm or 2:30 pm to 5:00pm.


Book now! Tall Ship Gun Battle

Tickets $59.00 per person – includes Festival of the Sea Admission
Tickets include water and snacks on board.



Sunset Evening Cruise aboard San Salvador

For those longing to enjoy summer sunsets on the Bay, the Museum offers this special treat from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 join us for this elegant pre-evening cruise aboard the galleon replica San Salvador.


Book now! Sunset Evening Cruise aboard San Salvador

Cruises include appetizers and 2 drinks per person and no-host bar (cash only) on board.
Tickets $89.00 per person – includes Festival of the Sea Admission



BOARDED! A New Pirate Adventure aboard San Salvador

This hilarious interactive show puts you right in the middle of the pirate action. After you are sworn in as part of the crew you will be trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the Kings Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. But beware…there be mutiny afoot, a lost crew and cursed treasure.

2 shows – Monday, May 27, 2019 only


Book now! BOARDED A Pirate Adventure aboard San Salvador

  • Adult $79.00
  • Child 3 – 12 $59.00

90 minute Show Aboard San Salvador
Choose from two shows. Check-in times are 10:30am, 12:45pm
Sails are not set for BOARDED