This August, the Los Angeles waterfront will welcome a colorful spectacle honoring domestic and international sailing vessels, as the Tall Ships Festival sails into town. More than a dozen majestic sailing ships will call upon the Port of Los Angeles, between Aug. 20-24; and event festivities will include an opening-day Grand Parade of Sail led by the world’s largest floating Rubber Duck, as well as a host of family-friendly activities and entertainment taking place in the San-Pedro portion of the LA Waterfront.
“We’re privileged to welcome back the Tall Ships, which last visited here in 2008,” said Ambassador Vilma Martinez, President of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. “…the festival is an opportunity to re-introduce Southern Californians and out-of-area visitors to the many unique attractions and activities people can enjoy in and around the LA Waterfront.”
The Port of Los Angeles is just one of three West Coast ports to host the Tall Ships® this summer. Among the participating vessels, will be two vessels from the Official Tall Ships of Los Angeles: The Irving Johnson and The Exy Johnson. Additionally, ticketholders will also be able to tour San Pedro’s historic Battleship Iowa and S.S. Lane Victory.
Tall Ships Festival Events
The Tall Ships® Festival’s Grand Parade of Sail
The kick off event on August 20 will start at approximately 2 p.m. Participating ships will sail into Los Angeles Harbor, led by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s more than six-story tall Rubber Duck.
An oversized replica of the iconic children’s bath-time companion, the giant Rubber Duck urban art installation has been featured in ports and harbors worldwide at locales that include Hong Kong, Sydney, Amsterdam, London and Azerbaijan. The Rubber Duck will be on display throughout the Festival.
Irving Johnson & Exy Johnson
Designated the “Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles” at their launch in 2002, these 110-foot wooden vessels have provided tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to experience self-discovery at sea. Purpose-built by the Institute to meet or exceed all U.S. Coast Guard requirements, the brigantines are named in honor of the late Captain Irving and Electa “Exy” Johnson, sail training pioneers who have circumnavigated the globe seven times with youth crew aboard their sailing vessel YANKEE.
The Festival will include ship tours, cannon battles, an authentic privateer encampment, real sword fights, as well as knot tying and Tall Ships sail rigging training demonstrations.
Artists from CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles will also be on hand to help children create hand-made, one-of-a-kind treasures, like rubber duck hats.
Live Music & Regional Food Trucks
Live music by local performers, ranging from country to rock, will entertain guests throughout event. More than 30 regional food trucks will serve up their delights at the Festival, which will also feature beer and wine tasting venues.
The price of a “Single-day Dockside Viewing Festival Pass” is $7; a Multi-day On-Board Ship Tour Pass, which includes ship boarding and tours, is $19. Children aged 4 years or younger are free, except for day sails, cannon battle sails or pirate battle sails.
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