Holiday FUN for the whole family!!

This is one for the kids!! The Maritime Museum will transform into a winter wonderland complete with holiday-themed activities for everyone. Skate around an ice rink, board a pirate ship bounce house, or take photos with Santa!!

4 p.m. to 8 pm., 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.

AND watch the PARADE OF LIGHTS from any of our ships starting at 5:30pm!

This 46th year and true holiday tradition on the the San Diego Bay, the PARADE OF LIGHTS hold 80 boats decked out in festive lights and decorations. This year’s theme is “A Pirate’s Christmas,” so expect some swashbuckling displays on the water!!

Star of India Holiday Lights


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!

Meet Our Team: Jon Hall

This kicks off our new series of posts to help you get to know our Event Venues team here at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Events Group

First up is Jon Hall (center of photo)!  Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Jon has been a San Diegan since 1950!  This year he and his wife, Lucy, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Jon has been at the Maritime Museum of San Diego for seven years now and runs the Beverage Department in addition to assisting in the Event Venues Department.

When asked about one of his favorite memories here at the Museum Jon said, “My favorite was catering on the Star of India when it sailed.  It’s a 150 year old ship that sails with no motor and has sailed around the world 21 times.”  Now that is impressive!

Jon has also been the Assistant Food and Beverage Director at Town & Country, Vacation Village, Hacienda Hotel, and Holiday Inn Las Vegas.  He enjoys hanging out with his grandchildren and has a collection of 10,000 football programs and magazines.

We are so happy to have Jon as a part of our team.  If you host an event with us, you’ll probably see his smiling face behind the bar.  Make sure to say hello!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Festival of Sail 2012

San Diego Bay Festival of Sail 2012

Looking for something fun to do in San Diego this Labor Day weekend?  Come down to the bay and check out all of the excitement with the Festival of Sail!

What: Festival of Sail 2012

When: Friday August 31st thru Monday September 3rd, 2012 Labor Day weekend. Open 9am to 7pm daily.

Who: Fun for the Entire Family

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

This Labor Day weekend you can experience the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego!

The North Embarcadero will be transformed into a nautical theme park with more than twenty tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world visiting San Diego.

On Thursday, a day before FOS officially opens, cannon fire will salute the entrance of the tall ships from all over the world as they parade around San Diego Bay finally ending at the Maritime Museum’s docks.

Wondering what you might see if you attend the festival?  Daily you can see: visiting ships and crew, a petting zoo for kids with a variety of animals to pet, Tall ship cannon battles, Treasure Seeker Pirate themed bay cruises, over 100 arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more…

Visit our website for tickets, parking, and more fun!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Contiental Catering Food Tasting

Yesterday I visited Continental Catering, one of our preferred caterers here at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  They prepared a special tasting for our Event Venues team and totally wowed us!

Event Venues Team

The facility was bright and welcoming and it was fun mingling with our friends at Continental Catering.

They offer special tastings to help you select the perfect menu for your event be it a wedding reception, meeting, or party.

The Continental team is great at helping each client design a custom menu.  Just ask them if there is something special you have in mind!

My taste buds were jumping with joy at each of the delicious concoctions they served us.  For starters we enjoyed an Antipasto Plate of Olives, Mozzarella, Roasted Bell Hummus, and Baguette.  It was the perfect start to a decadent meal and a great idea for any catered event since it can be served as guests are seated and give them something to snack on.

Then came the interactive Apple Salad.  It was served in a mason jar and was definitely the most fun part of the meal because we got to shake them before we ate them.  It sounds simple–but it’s a lot of fun–so make sure to remind your guests to tighten the lids before shaking.  It included Mixed Baby Greens, Avocado, Bacon, Apple Toasted Pecans, Raisins, Blue Cheese, and Apple Vinaigrette.  Rolls and butter fit nicely on the plate as well since we ate the salad right out of the jar.  It was fun, easy to eat, and kept me (usually very anti-vegetable) interested and eating as I uncovered all of the goodies.

Next we sampled Grilled Cheese Triangles with Fig and Brie with Truffle and Curry Cauliflower Soup Shots for Appetizers.  The grilled cheese was to die for.  The flavors blended together in a perfect sweet and savory combination.

After all of that we were served three Small Tasting Plates.  First we tried the Waguy Beef & Black Truffle Ravioli & Pea Shoot Ravioli with Date & Poblano Sauce.  The sauce was sweet and tangy, once again creating an extraordinary flavor.

Golden Chicken

Tangerine Grilled Salmon with Seasoned Couscous Topped with Tangerine Sauce followed, accompanied by Golden Chicken which included Chicken Roulades sliced and served on Rosemary-Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Vegetables.

To top it all off, we sampled the Fruit Tart drizzled in Caramel Sauce for dessert.  I was so full by the time dessert arrived, but I had to eat most of it.  It was too good to leave alone.

After finishing our delicious meal, we took a tour of their enormous kitchen.  It was very impressive.

On our way out they even sent us home with a chocolate milk and cookies party favor–which is a great idea for weddings or corporate events.  It’s always nice to take a little something home and who doesn’t love cookies?

Thanks Continental Catering for an awesome meal!  It was wonderful.  Want to see more photos?  Check out our Facebook and Flickr account for the rest!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary