In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. This extraordinary event takes place each year in September. History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and much more.
The Tall Ships Festival started in 1984 and is the Ocean Institute’s premier annual event, drawing thousands to Dana Point’s beautiful harbor. This festival celebrates California’s rich maritime history and our connection to the ocean. Equally important, the festival highlights the community’s rich cultural heritage as chronicled in Richard Henry Dana’s classic American novel, Two Years Before the Mast, when the Pilgrim explored and traded along this coastline in the early days while California was still owned by Mexico.
Tall Ships Festival Admission
Ahoy mates, get ready for some swashbuckling fun!
Event September 7, 2019 – 10:00am – 4:00pmSeptember 8, 2019 – 10:00am – 4:00pm
The Tall Ships Festival Pass includes:
Tours of the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, and all visiting vessels from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Educational activities including squid dissections, gold panning, candle making and more.
Access to Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, Main Stage & Pirate Camp
Food trucks and shopping
Family 4- Pack: $50.00
Adult Pass: $15.00
Child Pass (3-14 years): $12.50
2 years & younger: Free
Enhance your Tall Ships Festival experience with:
Mermaid Swim Encounters: $10.00 add-on
Meet our special mermaid and see her swim! Suitable for ages 2-12 years old; must be accompanied by an adult.
Cap’n Jack’s Pirate School: $10.00 add-on
“School” is back in session – Cap’n Jack’s School for Lil’ Scallywags has some new lesson plans for his pirates-in-training! Suitable for ages 8-12 years old.
Add-ons available at checkout with your Festival admission; limited quantity available.
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, USA

This legal notice expires, and will be moved to the archive, on Sunday September 15th, 2019.