The largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast is held this weekend through Labor Day.
This annual event, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will transform the North Embarcadero area of the waterfront into a nautical theme park. More than twenty tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world will be visiting San Diego.
Held over Labor Day weekend each year, thousands are attracted by the opportunity for nautical attractions and a full roster of related events including a historic vessels, live music, costume contests and the biggest water parade on the west coast. 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. A limited number of seats are available for the tall ship parade.
Adventure cruises on the tall ships are being offered, see the website for details. Water cannons and pirates are also entertaining sights to behold.
A total of four days of performances bring a variety of musical styles for all to enjoy. Friday’s musical entertainment starts with the legendary Chicago Six jazz band, or catch a wave with Mó Wasabi’s surf and 60’s inspired beach party music. Enjoy happy hour when dynamic singer Eve Selis takes the stage. Her incredible stage presence combined with dynamic vocals make this a performance that should not be missed.
A special highlight of this year’s festival is the arrival of the historic Polynesian vaka watercraft which recently toured San Francisco Bay. So, if you missed the Pacific Voyager fleet in the Bay Area, you can catch another glimpse of them this fall in San Diego.
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