Festival Schedule

Saturday, July 18th
Free – no ticket required to enjoy the Parade of Sail and all the activities in Compass Park at Maine State Pier

1:00 pm    Festival gates open at Maine State Pier for Exhibits and Parade of Sail Food includes Luke’s Lobster and Shipyard Beer (download event and parking maps)
1:45 pm    Parade starts near Portland Head Light (see parade map)
4:00 pm    Ships dock in downtown Portland
5:00 pm    Welcome by the Maine Pops Concert Band kicking off an evening of  celebration.
6:00 pm    Opening Ceremony on the Shipyard Brewing Music Stage with a warm  welcome from local dignitaries to our arriving Captains, crews. Public invited.
7:00 pm    Shipyard Brewing Summerfest Concert with Buffalo Chip Tea

Please note:  Maine State Pier is free on Saturday.  Ship tours start on Sunday.

SUNDAY, JULY 19TH
Festival opens for ship tours, music and great local food.
Tickets required. They are $15 and can be purchased through www.tallshipsportland.com. Or by calling 207-619-1842.

9:30 am 30-minute dockside interpretation of visiting vessels for individuals with special needs. Local deaf interpreters will translate the
discussion for one select vessel.

10:00 am Gates open to the Festival – public boarding of visiting tall ships at Maine State Pier, Port Ocean Terminal, Maine Wharf and Ocean Gateway along Commercial Street. Tickets required.

12 noon – 9:00 pm Kids and Guppies at Compass Park/Maine State Pier

12 noon – 4:00 pm Roll and Go will be performing at the Port Ocean Terminal on both Sunday and Monday.  They are a Downeast sea music group based in Portland, Maine, and bring the great days of sail to vivid life in sea shanties and fo’c’s’le songs, in a cappella harmony or with banjo, guitar, penny whistle, washtub bass, and concertina accompaniment. The group includes:  Charlie Ipcar, Norris Dale, Eli Dale, Dick Dufresne, and Jeff Logan.

11 am – 6:00 pm Education Station at Compass Park/Maine State Pier. Enjoy musical performances, introduction to navigation, visual storytelling and much more!

11:00am Northeast Maritime, Eric Dawicki
12:00pm Cartoon Artist, Jay Piscopo, and Author of The Undersea
Adventures of Capt’n Eli offering an interactive drawing
workshop!
1:00pm Roll and Go – Maine group of men and women who
love to sing “sea shanties”
2:00pm Portland Teens share their tall ship experiences from the
past 2 weeks
3:00pm David Wood – How to Sail a Tall Ship
4:00pm Introduction to Navigation – Techniques that tall ship
navigators used to get to their destinations!
5:00pm United States Power Squadron


8:00 pm Offsite - The City of Portland is hosting an Organ Performance at Merrill  Auditorium. The magnificent organ will play alongside the historic film, “Old Ironsides.” If you love old boats, old films and authentic performances, this will be a night to remember. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through www.tallshipsportland.com. Or by calling 207-619-1842. Box office closes at 8 pm.

9:00 pm Festival closes for the evening

MONDAY, JULY 20TH

Festival opens for ship tours, music and great local food.
Tickets required. They are $15 and can be purchased through www.tallshipsportland.com. Or by calling 207-619-1842.

6:30 am – 7:30 am Photographer and Photography Club Access – If you like being behind the lens and want to see the ships up-close from the dock, register for our exclusive viewing opportunity. Tickets are $20.  Includes a festival ticket, and can be purchased through www.tallshipsportland.com.

9:30 am 30-minute dockside interpretation of visiting vessels for individuals with special needs.  Local deaf interpreters will translate the discussion.  

10:00 am    Gates open to the Festival – public boarding of visiting tall ships at Maine State Pier, Maine Wharf and the Ocean Gateway terminal.  Also visit Compass Park inside Maine State Pier for kids activities, music and exhibits!  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through www.tallshipsportland.com. Or by calling 207-619-1842.

12 noon – 6:00 pm   Compass Park (inside Maine State Pier) Festival Activities For Kids and Guppies! Face painting, balloon artist and coloring

12 noon – 4:00 pm Roll and Go, at the Port Ocean Terminal. A Downeast sea music group based in Portland, Maine will be performing.

11:00 am  – 6:00 pm   Education Station at Compass Park/Maine State Pier. Relish some time in the shade while you enjoy musical performances, introduction to navigation, visual storytelling and much more! 

11:00am  Maritime Photography and Video Storytelling –
    How to document your voyage
12:00pm   Cartoon Artist, Jay Piscopo, and Author of
    The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli offering an
    interactive drawing workshop!   
1:00pm  Roll and Go – Maine group of men and women
    who love to sing “sea shanties”
2:00pm   Captain Bailey – Captain of the Oliver Hazard Perry
3:00pm  Bert Rogers – Tall ships sailing
4:00pm   Introduction to Navigation – Techniques that tall
    ship navigators used to get to their destinations!
5:00pm   United States Power Squadron

5:00 pm  Admission to Maine State Pier and Maine Wharf for ship tours close.

6:00 pm  Festival closes
 

TUESDAY, JULY 21ST
Ships depart

Everyone likes to know when the ships are leaving so they can once again see them under sail.  The ships, particularly on departure, leave on their own schedule. There is a lot to do before they leave – pick up new crew, provision the galley, fuel the tanks and so on. So a sharp eye might see them pass by Portland’s lighthouse one last time. All we can tell you is to keep a weather eye! Fair winds until our courses cross again!