2017 Festival of Sail

It’s about that time again!

The 2017 Festival of Sail is almost here, and we’re as happy as a Steam Ferry!

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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!

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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!

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Food, drinks, games, animals, prizes, activities for the kids! The Festival of Sail is always our most esteemed event!

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Join us LABOR DAY WEEKEND and be a part of San Diego tradition!!!

Quench Your Thirst and Satisfy Your Taste!

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!

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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!

Go Back in Time at the Maritime Museum!

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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!

4th of July Celebration

4th of July at the Maritime Museum

Join us at the Maritime Museum of San Diego for a spectacular 4th of July!

Our Independence Day celebration includes some of the best fireworks viewing on San Diego Bay, and the chance to explore one of the most amazing collections of historic ships & exhibits anywhere, plus you can watch the fireworks from any one of our ships!

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.

4th of July Picnic Dinner

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!

Book now! First seating 5pm-6:30pm

 

Price includes Maritime Museum Admission for the day.

Chocolate Festival is April 30, 2017!

Chocolate Festival 2017

Chocolate Festival

Sunday April 30, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm

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.

Included Activities

  • 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.

Book now! Chocolate Festival Admission

  • For Maritime Museum Members Admission is FREE and sample cards are available for $5.00 at the door.
  • Guest passes and seafarer passes are not valid during this special event.

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.

NEW San Salvador Sailing Adventure

San Salvador Sailing
A 4 hour sail aboard the San Salvador

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.

Book now! San Salvador Sailing Adventure.

  • San Salvador Sailing Adventure is 4 hours
  • Check-in ends at 11:30am*
  • San Salvador Sailing Adventure ticket includes museum admission.
  • You can check-in as early as 9:00 am, enjoy the Museum before or after your sail.
  • Return to museum at 4:00 pm
  • Tickets range from $99.00 to $49.00

*Schedule is subject to change. Any new times will be noted on ticket.

Earth Day On The Bay April 24th

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Earth Day On The Bay

Free general admission all day!

April 24, 2016

Earth Day on the Bay will take place at and around the Maritime Museum of San Diego from 10am-4pm. Opportunities to go on a bay cruise or sailing adventure with a naturalist aboard will be available for a nominal charge.

About:

The Maritime Museum believes that, at a time of particularly heightened concern regarding the effect of human activity on the earth’s environment, it will be important to make this event as accessible as possible. For that reason, there will be no charge to attend Earth Day on the Bay, and the Museum will be open to all who wish to attend without charge.


  • FREE Admission to the Maritime Museum
  • Visit interactive Displays from Sponsors
  • Take a photo with a 30′ Whale
  • Interact with Marine Wildlife
  • 1 hour Tall Ship Cruises (add-on activity)
  • 45 minute Bay Cruises (add-on activity)
  • Food Vendors
  • …and more!

http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/earth-day-on-the-bay/