Thank you for visiting Tall Ships Festival presented by Toshiba


Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival presented by Toshiba has come to a close.  Thousands visited for the three-day festival to experience cannon battles, mermaid stories, beer garden, food trucks and much more.   

Thank you to visitors and supporters who celebrated with us during the successful festival event.  Proceeds from ticket purchases support our educational programs and operations.

About the festival:  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 the second weekend 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.

Schedule of Events:


Sails ‘n Ales (6:00 pm -9:00 pm): Craft beer tasting from six (6) different California breweries, live music, mermaids and prime viewing for Parade of Sail!

Parade of Sail (4:00 pm-7:30 pm): Set sail on any one of the historic tall ships and watch the sun dip below the horizon as we kick off the 34th annual Festival. Experience the wind, sights and sounds while the ocean breeze fills the sails. Bring your camera to capture the unforgettable views and the firing cannon as you sail along the coast.

Saturday & Sunday:

Mermaid Breakfast (9:00 am-10:30 am): Our special mermaid friends deliver a one-of-a-kind breakfast experience. Meet our mermaid friends, make a fun mermaid craft, enjoy pancakes, and watch our mermaids swim underwater! Family fun for all mermaids at heart. Be sure to book your ticket in advance as this event sells out every year.

Festival (10:00 am-4:00 pm): Tall Ships tours, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, unique vendors, Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, and more await for you at the 34th Annual Festival. For a full list of activities, please click here.  

Cannon Battles (4:30 pm-7:30 pm): Come aboard the Spirit of Dana Point and the armada of ships as they set sail to engage in the Festival’s most exciting and captivating experience. Join the crew as they harness the power of the wind to maneuver and position themselves to gain the advantage.