Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, will be in Erie August 22-25. With just a few days till the tall ships arrive, here are a few important things you need to know before climbing aboard.

Where to Park?

While the festival takes place on Erie’s Bayfront, there will be almost no available festival parking north of the Bayfront Parkway for the general public.  With an abundance of city parking, attendees can choose to park in one of Erie’s many metered parking lots, streets or available parking garages. You can download the meterEZ app to your phone to pay for metered parking and track remotely. 

There are multiple options for handicap parking locations in downtown Erie.  Pre-paid parking is available online. The options available for purchase include: pre-paid handicap parking spots near festival grounds, and parking in exclusive garages in the city. 

By parking in the city, whether at pre-paid garages or city parking, festival goers are able to ride a free shuttle down to the festival. Shuttle pickup locations and routes, as well as other parking and ticket information can be found here.

Festival Security

Tall Ships Erie 2019 has been designated as a Marine Event of National Significance by the United States Department of Homeland Security. This designation requires certain security measures to be in place for the public’s safety. Individuals must possess an approved ticket, wristband, or credential to gain access into the event. Tickets can be purchased online or at designated booths outside the festival grounds.

Note that all personal belongings, bags, and purses will be checked upon festival entry.

The following items are not permitted in the festival boundaries:

-              Large backpacks 

-              Firearms, weapons of any kind, explosives, or incendiary devices 

-              Selfie sticks 

-              Drones (not permitted to be launched from or flown over the event)

-              Glass 

-              Bottles or containers of any kind of water or other liquids and food 

Festival goers may bring baby food and formula but it must be stored in plastic containers. Small coolers no larger than 5 quarts will be permitted to utilize for baby food/formula and medicine only.