The Port of San Diego 2016 Festival of Sail, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will transform the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park. More than twenty tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world will visit San Diego, September 3 to 5. The festival kicks off with a majestic parade of tall ships on San Diego Bay, Friday September 2 led by the new Spanish Galleon, San Salvador. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen from the Embarcadero, Harbor Island, Shelter Island and Coronado. Festival visitors will enjoy touring the ships, marvelous food and drink from dozens of restaurant booths, a petting zoo, pirates, cannon battles on the bay, sunset cruises and shop for one of-a-kind items among more than 150 festival vendors.
More than a dozen majestic windjammers will sail into San Diego’s harbor in a magnificent nautical procession. The best spots to view from shore include the Maritime Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, local restaurants and businesses on Shelter Island, Harbor Island and the North Embarcadero. Please note that the list of ships scheduled to appear in the parade is subject to change. Ships should be docked by 6 pm at the museum and open for visitation starting on Saturday, September 3 at 9 a.m.
A complete list of the participating ships can be found on the museum’s website at www.sdmaritime.org. Please note that the list of ships scheduled to appear in the festival is subject to change.