Bay City is a host port for the TALL SHIPS® CHALLENGE, a series of races and rallies organized by TALL SHIPS AMERICA. In 2019, Bay City celebrates eighteen years of award-winning maritime festivals having hosted the fleet every time it has visited the Great Lakes in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Bay City has been awarded the designation “Port of the Year” four times by TALL SHIPS AMERICA - more than any other host port in all of North America.

Welcome to Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City, the best tall ship festival in North America!


Sponsors for Tall Ship Celebration 2019 are being recruited now! If you're interested in learning more about becoming a Major Ship Sponsor or a sponsor at any level (starting at $750), please contact us at or (989) 895-5193.









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