The Cleveland Tall Ships Festival, held every third July in downtown Cleveland, is a five-day festival showcasing magnificent tall sailing ships. Activities include ship tours, a ship parade, a kids' discovery area, live entertainment, food, and fun. Visitors can even take a sail-away tour on one of the ships. The next event will be from late August to early September, 2018.
The Cleveland Tall Ships Festival begins with a Wednesday afternoon parade, as the ships are escorted to the dock.
The festival continues Thursday to Sunday with live entertainment, a children's play area, food vendors, a maritime marketplace, and tours of the fabulous ships. In addition, visitors can take a "sail-away" tour in one of the ships for an extra fee.
Ships for 2016:
Thirteen ships participated in the 2016 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival, which was held at Fairport Harbor in Lake County due to the preparations for the 2016 Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland. They include:
- Appledore IV - an 85' schooner from Bay City, Michigan
- US Brig Niagara - the 198' official flagship of Pennsylvania
- Unicorn - a 118' schooner, crafted from salvaged German U-boats during WWII.
- HMS Bounty - a 180-foot, wooden hull ship built for the 1962 film, "Mutiny on the Bounty"
- Pride of Baltimore II - a 156' top-sail schooner
Hours and Admission:
Cleveland Tall Ships Festival starts with a sailing ship parade at 4pm on Wednesday, followed by the opening ceremony at Voinovich Park at 7pm.
The festival continues Thursday to Sunday from 930am to 6pm. Ship tours are available 11am to 6pm.
2016 Admission was $14 for adults; $11 for those ages 65+, Rotarians, and members of the military; and $8 for those 6-14. Children under 5 are free.
Location and Parking:
Cleveland Tall Ships Festival is customarily held at the waterfront in downtown Cleveland, between the E.
Ninth Street Pier and Dock 32 (the new home of the William G. Mather). In 2016, the festival was held in Fairport Harbor in Lake County.
Parking is available in the Great Lakes Science Center lot as well as the North Point Garage, the Port of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Municipal Lot on Marginal Rd.
Hotels near Cleveland Harborfest:
Hotels within walking distance to Cleveland Harborfest include the Doubletree Lakeside (check rates) and the Marriott Key Center (check rates). Other hotels, such as the Cleveland Renaissance and Ritz Carlton Cleveland are just a few more blocks away from the event.
(Last updated on 8-29-16)