Something huge is cruising into the South Bay! The World’s Largest Rubber Ducky will be sailing into the Port of Los Angeles to kick off The Tall Ships Festival. It will be followed by over a dozen amazing tall ships from all over the world.
You will get the chance to watch this majestic display of ships glide into our very own Port of Los Angeles. Then climb on board and gain your sea legs to explore the deck, galley and innermost parts of each ship.
The USS Iowa along with the SS Lane Victory will also be prepared for boarding by those interested. The crew will be standing by to answer questions, share the history of the ship and pass along other tidbits of information about the grand tall ships. Those with a yen to set sail can become part of the crew rather than a passive observer, and take to the seas on board a sailing vessel. There are ticket options available for every group, age and interest so get ready to sail!
Tall Ships Festival Fun
Don’t worry if you prefer to stay ashore on dry land. There will be plenty of entertainment for landlubbers too. Musical talents from every genre will be performing all throughout the fairgrounds all weekend long. There will even be a group singing sea shanties!
Watch as the tall ships’ sails become gigantic movie screens showing different featured films throughout the harbor. There will also be educational hands on opportunities for kids and adults alike.
You can learn about knot tying, or how to rig a sail (or what that even means), and then create sea themed arts and crafts. My son really enjoys learning the nautical terminology from the ship’s crew. I personally can’t wait to see some of the demonstrations they have lined up including am authentic privateer encampment, sword fighting and the firing of cannons!
Food and Drink
Of course it would not be much of a festival without delicious dishes to help us sustain our strength during the festivities. Luckily, there will be a myriad of yummy food options including a sampling of regional cuisine, L.A.’s most popular gourmet food trucks, and a special menu presented by San Pedro Brewing Company.
If you find the need to whet your pallet, there will be craft beer brewed by some of the most well-known local brewers to satiate your thirst.
California wine tasting will also be a tempting option. There will be so much to savor during the festival that we simply cannot list all of the tasty treats!
The Tall Ships Festival runs Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to Sunday, August 24, 2014.
Parking Fee is $5-$8
Shuttle Service will be available to the outlying lots indicated on the map below.
Don’t forget to come back and tell us what you enjoyed most at the Tall Ships Festival in the Port of Los Angeles!