Set sail! Tall Ships Festival takes over Cleveland
Ahoy, mateys! The tall ships are back!
Author: Ryan Haidet
Published: 11:28 AM EDT June 26, 2019
Updated: 12:54 PM EDT July 12, 2019
CLEVELAND 7 Articles

CLEVELAND — Climb aboard! The tall ships are back in Cleveland!

It's a four-day festival that runs Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14 on Lake Erie near FirstEnergy Stadium, which kicks off with a ceremonial parade as the ships arrive in Cleveland.

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What can you expect from the event? Below is a guide to everything you need to know...


Set sail! Tall Ships Festival takes over Cleveland

Chapter 1

What are the hours?

Anchors aweigh

Thursday, July 11:

- 4 p.m. Parade of sail

- 7 p.m. Captain's reception and opening ceremony

Friday (July 12), Saturday (July 13) and Sunday (July 14):

- 9:30 a.m. Gates open to the public.

- 10 a.m. Scheduled sail-aways begin.

- 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Festival activities, exhibits and public ships boarding.

Chapter 2

How much does it cost?

Break out your doubloons

Admission to the festival requires a ticket. General admission offers all guests the opportunity to climb aboard and tour the tall ships. 

Advanced ticket prices, which are listed below, will increase for walk-up sales:

- $15 for general admission

- $13 for seniors, veterans and active military members

- $10 for children ages 5-14

- Free for children ages 4 and younger.

There are additional VIP ticketing options for a separate price ranging from $100 to $250.

Tickets can be purchased in advance HERE.

All ticket sales are final, and the festival happens rain or shine.

Chapter 3

What ships can I expect to see?

Meet the 2019 fleet

This year's fleet includes ships from the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, which will be docked near FirstEnergy Stadium.

Here's the fleet lineup as listed on the event's site (click each ship's name to learn more about that specific vessel):

United States:

- Appledore IV

- Appledore V

- Inland Seas

- Denis Sullivan

- Pride of Baltimore II

- U.S. Brig Niagara

See photos of the 2019 Tall Ships fleet:


- Bluenose II

- Empire Sandy

- Fair Jeanne

- The Oriole

New Zealand:

- Picton Casle

Chapter 4

Can I actually sail on a ship?

How you can climb aboard

Yes! This is the known as the sail-away option, which requires a separate ticket.

"This ticket allows you to sail away on the tall ships for a 90-minute excursion on Lake Erie," according to the event's site. "Time slots are available on the Appledore IV, Appledore V and Inland Seas."

Prices for day tours are $65 (10 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or $85 for twilight tours (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Chapter 5

Where should I park?

Info you landlubbers need to know

The suggested lot is at 528 Erieside Avenue, but space is limited. There's another nearby lot at the Great Lakes Science Center (453 Erieside Ave.)

If you're taking an Uber or Lyft to the event, a "rideshare zone" will be established near the festival entrance.

Chapter 6

Meet your favorite WKYC personalities

Enter at our booth to win a pair of kayaks

Be sure to stop by the WKYC Studios booth at the Tall Ships Festival where we’ll have tons of sailing-related fun. 

You can meet some of your favorite Channel 3 News personalities and enter to win a pair of kayaks. 

We’re also partnering with The Foundry, Edgewater Yacht Club, Sailing Inc. and Sailors for the Sea to help you learn more about sailing. We’ll have a sailboat and definition sheets handy to help you learn the difference between port and starboard, bow from stern and other parts of a sailboat as well as how to tie the main nautical knots. 

We’ll also have gutter boat races, giveaways and popcorn from Campbell’s Sweets Factory.

Chapter 7

What else can I expect?

Live music and slime

The festival also offers food, performances from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Asian Festival and a 40-foot rock-climbing wall. There's even a slime-making station for the youngsters.

Here's the live music lineup:

Friday, July 12:

- 11 a.m. Broken English

- 1 p.m. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

- 2:30 p.m. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

- 4 p.m. Sam Hooper

Saturday, July 13: 

- 11 a.m. The Sellouts

- 1 p.m. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

- 2:30 p.m. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

- 4 p.m. The Vindys

Sunday, July 14:

- 11 a.m. Sunset Strip

- 1 p.m. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

- 2:30 p.m. Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

- 4 p.m. Cats on Holiday