Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tall Ships Festival Comes to LA Port

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles is hosting the Tall Ships Festival along the LA waterfront from Aug. 20-24. The event showcases more than a dozen domestic and international sailing ships and offers family-friendly activities and entertainment during its run along the San Pedro portion of the waterfront.

The festival includes ship tours, cannon battles, an authentic privateer encampment and sword fights, as well as knot tying and Tall Ships sail rigging training demonstrations. Artists will also be on hand to help children create handmade crafts. Live music – from country to rock – will be performed throughout the event. Also, over 30 regional food trucks and beer and wine tasting venues will be featured.

“We’re privileged to welcome back the Tall Ships, which last visited here in 2008,” Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Vilma Martinez said. “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 LA is one of three West Coast locations to host the Tall Ships this summer, including San Diego and the Orange County city of Dana Point.

Festival ticketholders will also be able to tour San Pedro’s historic Battleship Iowa and S.S. Lane Victory. A list of all ships on display at the Festival can be found at

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. For children aged 4 or younger, admission is free.

More information about the event, including online ticket purchasing, can be found at