It’s about that time again!
The 2017 Festival of Sail is almost here, and we’re as happy as a Steam Ferry!
The Festival of Sail, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the West Coast. Every year, our team of sailors, experts, volunteers, members, and vendors come together, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for Labor Day Weekend!
On Thursday, August 31, a majestic flotilla of tall ships will once again be sailing on San Diego Bay. This parade salutes the start of the 4 day festival. You can visit our website to book a trip on one of our many sailing excursions that weekend, including a chance to actually be IN the Parade of Sail!
Food, drinks, games, animals, prizes, activities for the kids! The Festival of Sail is always our most esteemed event!
Join us LABOR DAY WEEKEND and be a part of San Diego tradition!!!
Maritime Museum and Craft Breweries are joining together for the 5th Annual Craft Beer Festival to give your taste buds an experience of a lifetime and we cannot wait!
Attendees will be able to walk about the vessels and sample beers from several different breweries. If you’re 21 or older, come join us on August 5th, 2017 for beer, food, live music, and a FUNdraiser party!
Prepare to sail through time here at the Maritime Museum! (Complete with our Rat Stew and live music!)
Come join us at any of our unique events where we’re sure you’ll have a blast!
Every event comes with a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay, so make sure to check out our different venues!
There are many ways to enjoy Independence Day at the Maritime Museum. Both the picnic dinner and fireworks cruise includes admission to the museum and our art exhibits. For those looking to just view the fireworks from our unique venue we offer a discounted fireworks viewing admission starting at 8:30pm, $10 for adults and $8 for children 12-3.
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the Maritime Coffee Cart, and we have a cash bar on the mooring platform located directly behind the Berkeley for those 21 and over.
The observation deck of the museums historic 1898 steam ferry Berkeley provides a spectacular view of the fireworks show over San Diego Bay and is reserved for guests participating in our delicious catered picnic dinner.
Dinner is $35 for adults and $18 for children 3-12 with two seatings to choose from (first seating 5pm-6:30pm second seating 7pm to 8:30pm).
Independence Day Picnic Dinner aboard the Berkeley features BBQ chicken, burgers, coleslaw, potato salad, ice cold watermelon & double fudge brownies for dessert!
Price includes Maritime Museum Admission for the day.
The history of chocolate and how it came to our country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels.
This year’s event will be held on multiple vessels to expand the event space!
This popular annual event with over 15 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate, has something for every palette. Kids and adults can make their own chocolate pizza, to delight chocolate lovers of all ages. The adults can participate in the wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings as well as live baking and cooking with chocolate demonstrations.
Bay cruises and sailing opportunities with chocolate delicacies on board are available too.
- Experience chocolate at our vendor booths
- Kitchen tricks with chocolate
- Culinary demonstrations starts at noon
- Build your own Chocolate Pizza
- Beer & Wine Chocolate pairings (21+ up)
- Limited sample quantities
- While supplies last
In advance ticket range: $13 – $20.
At the door: $23 – $33
2 and under ticket doesn’t include sampler card.
Chocolate on the Seas, for Chocolate Festival:
- Chocolate Goodies will be handed out on all Pilot Bay Cruises. Tickets available at the museum, $7 per person.
- Tall Ship Adventure will have chocolate goodies aboard for sampling. Click here for Tall Ship tickets.
The San Salvador is a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542.
These 4 hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history, and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard Galleons of the sixteenth century and these day sails will offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, the San Salvador.
*Schedule is subject to change. Any new times will be noted on ticket.