Ocean Institute Announces Sept 7-9 Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba


Dana Point, CA – Ocean Institute will host visitors and families at the 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival presented by Toshiba on September 7-9, 2018.  Tickets are on sale now for admissions and thrilling activities such as the Sails ‘n Ales Kickoff party, Parade of Sail, Cannon Battles, Mermaid encounters and more.  Visit oceaninstitute.org to purchase tickets.

“Toshiba has been a loyal partner for 20 years and a longtime supporter of our local communities. We are excited to once again join with Toshiba to deliver an unforgettable experience celebrating California’s maritime history,” said Dan Pingaro, CEO of Ocean Institute.  “Among the exciting activities visitors will be able to experience fascinating tours of Ocean Institute’s own Tall Ships, Brig Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana Point, along with five visiting ships from San Diego and Los Angeles.”

Tall Ships Festival is an extremely popular event.  Visitor can also expect to enjoy the history of whaling, squid dissections, hands-on activities such as the Sailor’s Life, Cap’n Jacks Pirate School and gold panning, and the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, live entertainment, food trucks and exhibits.   

“Toshiba is delighted to be an established supporter of such an impactful nonprofit organization as Ocean Institute,” said Michael Torcaso, senior vice president and executive chief financial officer at Toshiba America Business Solutions and Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.  “For more than 40 years, Ocean Institute has been an incredible resource for inspiring and educating our community’s students – and adults – about California’s cherished marine life and the importance of conserving this vital ecosystem.”

Toshiba is a supporter of Ocean Institute and is recognized as a corporate donor in honor of their generous contributions to the Ocean Institute’s education, conservation and research programs.

“We are so grateful for Toshiba’s year-after-year support of the Tall Ships Festival,” said Dan Pingaro, CEO of Ocean Institute.  “Maritime and California lovers visit each year to experience the historical reenactments of pirate adventures and Tall Ships cannon battles, and the significant cultural value it brings.  We are looking forward to those around the region who have not had an opportunity to experience the festival to do so.”

Details about Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival can be found at oceaninstitute.org/tall-ships-festival.  Hours are Friday 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for the Parade of Sails and 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. for Sails ‘n Ales and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with the Mermaid Breakfast running from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Children 2 and under will receive free festival passes.   

Free parking is available at the designated shuttle lots located at Strand Vista Park and Dana Hills High School with free shuttle rides to the festival. Friday Night shuttles will run from Stands Vista Park only 3:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Shuttles will run from Strand Vista Park and Dana Hills High School 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.


Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs.  Its mission is to use the ocean as its classroom to inspire children to learn.  Ocean Institute provides high quality science education about marine life, conservation and the habitats and species of the California Pacific Coast.  Ocean Institute’s diverse program inventory includes STEM programs that align with California’s content standards.  Learn more at oceaninstitute.org.