Tall ships, live music and delicious food all packed into one family-fun festival. Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, is filled with entertainment from tall ship deck tours, a maritime marketplace, band performances and so much more.

Tall Ships Erie 2019 will be highlighting Erie’s maritime heritage through more than just historical tall ships and the world’s largest rubber duck. Explore the maritime marketplace and be taken back in time to when dockside markets were central gatherings for the exchange of both local and exotic goods. Find specialty chocolates and cheeses, wines and spirits, candles, books, local photography, fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, health services, educational expositions and adventures, and more. You’ll also be able to explore Lake Erie shipwrecks, the history of the Bluenose II or see the 20-foot dugout canoe at interactive educational exhibits open throughout the festival.

The Erie Maritime Museum will feature Naval Gunnery Drills, maritime artwork and a special lecture series. Engage with maritime films and speak with knowledgeable experts like Dr. Leslie M. Alexander, an expert on common health practices sailors used during long journeys or Peter Rindlisbacher, an internationally acclaimed artist knowledgeable about the ships that participated in the Battle of Lake Erie.

Live entertainment from bands you know and love will be playing throughout the festival weekend. Rock out to 80s hits with Two For Flinching, Celtic tunes from The Wild Geese or Erie’s very own DJ Henry GQ. Stop by the Bayfront Convention Center Beer Garden Stage or the outside stage on the plaza of the Erie Maritime Museum to catch these musicians and more.

The Kidz Zone offers family-fun activities from sailor tattoos to an inflatable obstacle course. For the adults, Tall Ships Erie will have designated hydration stations throughout the festival grounds offering adult beverages provided by Erie Beer. Erie food trucks will also be making special appearances throughout the festival. Munch on delectable tacos from Atacolypse, savory sandwiches from The Big Cheese, wood-fired pizza from Sticks and Bricks, and much more!

For more details and for complete lists of vendors and offerings, purchase your Festival Guide online at tallshipserie.org/event-details or from roving salesfolk on the day of the festival.

Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, will take place August 22-25, 2019. To purchase tickets, parking passes, and this year’s Festival Guide go to tallshipserie.org.