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!
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.
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.
To learn more about our ships, Click here.
Extraordinarily Elegant San Diego Waterfront Weddings and Receptions.
The lovely 1898 Berkeley ferryboat, gracing San Diego Bay with her turn-of-the-century charm and ambiance is available for weddings and receptions. She has two open-air decks, offering your choice of downtown skyline or sunset views of the harbor. Her Ladies’ deck and dance floor are also crowned with Victorian styled stained glass windows, softly backlit after dark. The ferryboat is an excellent site for both weddings and receptions, offering a full array of services from your ceremony to your bon voyage.
Our own majestic Star of India is without question the most unique wedding location in Southern California, if not the world. She is the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Built in 1863, she has circled the globe 21 times with her soaring masts and spars that support her white billowing sails. Your wedding ceremony will be celebrated in timeless elegance and unparalleled beauty.
To learn more about our ships, Click here.
$500.00 Wednesday Weddings!
Special wedding ceremonies are now available every Wednesday from 12pm-6pm by appointment. With the costs of weddings soaring, The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers a non-traditional route to brides and grooms. Every Wednesday, the museum offers $500 wedding ceremonies. They include: an ideal waterfront location on any ship at the museum, a private ceremony officiated by Reverend Powers, an immediate marriage license, and photo opportunities on any boat.
Up to 10 people are welcome aboard any Wednesday of their choosing. Keep it simple by cutting costs and stress to make the big day an intimate and romantic affair. After all, a wedding should be about the two getting married. Keeping costs down on the wedding means more money to spend enjoying a honeymoon, a house, or an adventure with that special someone.
“We created Wednesday Weddings for the couple on a budget that wants something personal and private. Come on down and elope to the San Diego Bay!” said Office Manager and Event Coordinator, Warren Potts.
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!
For more photos check out our Flickr set!
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…