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.
Our Corporate Event Venues Produce Positive Results and an Incredible Experience!
San Diego’s best location for off site corporate mixers, meetings and private events. The Maritime Museum offers four incredible ships, each with their own unique personality.
The National Historic Landmark, 1898 Berkeley ferryboat, located near the convention center on San Diego Bay, is available for corporate and private events, meetings, special events, and social gatherings. The Berkeley event space is not only unique with her gorgeous Victorian period appointments, but the space also has two large open-air decks that offer incredible views of both the downtown city skyline as well as breathtaking sunset views of the harbor. The event space boasts a large dance floor, beautiful hand carved wood seating, and Victorian (opalescent) stained glass windows that are back-lit at night and crown the venue with grace and elegance.
The historic tall ship Star of India is arguably, the most unique icon of San Diego, if not all of southern California. Built in 1863, she has circled the globe 21 times and has been designated with National and State Historic Landmark status.
The Star of India or any of the ships can be transformed, from an elegant cocktail reception to an exhilarating Pirate party. With its magnificent top decks, the Star of India is surrounded by a 360 degree breath-taking view of the San Diego skyline and harbor.
HMS Surprise, from the 20th Century fox Studios movie hit, Master & Commander, is available for corporate events and private events or gatherings. Host your unique corporate event, cocktail reception, a pre-dinner gathering, or dance on her decks into the night. She has a treasure of opportunities.
The HMS Surprise is fantastic for themed events as guests never forget the experiences aboard this majestic venue.
California’s State tall ship, Californian, has the dexterity to sail or stay dockside for intimate events and charters. She is instrumental in serving the community with our results oriented corporate team-building and sailing programs.
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This year’s 150th Anniversary Gala for the Star of India was a huge success!
Delicious appetizers by Continental Catering and craft cocktails Craft & Commerce made the evening sparkle. Twinkle lights adorned the Star of India as she was moored in the middle of San Diego bay for this once in a lifetime event.
Generous guests were escorted over aboard the tall ship Californian and accompanying vessels. Live music enchanted the guests as the sun set over the bay. A live auction was held to raise funds for the San Salvador Project where many generous donations were made. Thank you to everyone who participated!
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Festival of Sail 2013
Labor Day weekend.
Friday August 30 thru Monday September 2, 2013
Open 9am to 7pm Friday – Sunday
Open 9am to 5pm Monday
Daily addmission is just $5.00 per person!
This year’s Festival of Sail features an expanded events area, more booths to explore, larger kids zone, vintage boat display, stage for live entertainment, and a beer garden.
Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days.
Held over Labor Day weekend each year, we start with a parade! On Thursday, a day before FOS (Festival of Sail) vendors and ships open to the public, you can watch the ships majestically sail into San Diego bay, enjoy cannon fire salutes, and seeing the ships end their journey at the Maritime Museum’s docks. A limited number of tickets are made available to participate being aboard during the tall ship parade.
Daily Activities during Festival of Sail: enjoy the visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on stage entertainment, Naval reinactors, photo ops with Captain Sunny and Pirates, and 100’s of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more…