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Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule

 

Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

LEGEND

(WP) = Wenonah Park (East Side)
(VMP) = Veterans Memorial Park (West Side)
MMF = Maritime Music Festival
SC = Storyteller’s Corner
ROS = Ring of Steel Action Theater

Schedule is subject to change.

11:30 a.m.     
Tall ships muster in the Saginaw Bay (approximately)
12:00 p.m.   
Festival opens (note: no ship boarding on Thursday)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
Arrival of ships (approximately)
5:00 p.m.     
Festival closes
5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Star Bridge Street Party on Third: Welcome Tall Ships!

Thursday is a working day; ships will not be available for touring.


Friday, July 19, 2019

10:00 a.m.
Festival opens to the public; deck tours and activities begin
MMF: Norfolk Broads (WP)
MMF: Za Horyzontem (VMP)
ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
10:15 a.m.

SC: Dale Fowler – Tall Ships of Michigan (VMP)
11:00 a.m.

MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (WP)
MMF: Roane (VMP)
ROS: Down and Out on the Barbary Coast (VMP)
11:15 a.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
11:30 a.m.

ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
12:00 p.m.

MMF: Sąsiedzi (WP)
MMF: Bocca Musica (VMP)
12:15 p.m.

SC: Gary & Jackie – Singing the Good Old Songs (VMP)
ROS: Battle for Castle McGuffin (VMP)
1:00 p.m.
MMF: Roane (WP)
MMF: El Pony Pisador (VMP)
ROS: Romantic Comedy of the Court Jester (VMP)
1:15 p.m.

SC: Dale Fowler – Tall Ships of Michigan (VMP)
1:30 p.m.

ROS: Ring of Fire (VMP)

2:00 p.m.
MMF: Za Horyzontem (WP)
MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)
ROS: Pirates Noir (VMP)
2:15 p.m.

SC: Ric Mixter – Diving into Great Lakes Mysteries (VMP)
2:30 p.m.

ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
3:00 p.m.

MMF: Za Horyzontem (WP)
MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)
ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
3:15 p.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
3:30 p.m.

ROS: Tale of King Gorbeduk (VMP)
4:00 p.m.

MMF: El Pony Pisador (WP)
MMF: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (VMP)
ROS: Ring of Fire (VMP)
4:15 p.m.

SC: Gary & Jackie – Singing the Good Old Songs (VMP)
5:00 p.m.

Festival closes to the public
5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Ballads and Brews at “The Quarterdeck” in Veterans Memorial Park
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
11:00 p.m.
Parks closed


Saturday, July 20, 2019

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Pancakes with Pirates at Veterans Memorial Park
10:00 a.m.
Festival opens to the public; deck tours and activities begin
MMF: Norfolk Broads (WP)
MMF: Roane (VMP)
ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
10:15 a.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
11:00 a.m.

MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (WP)
MMF: El Pony Pisador (VMP)
ROS: The Whip Show (VMP)
11:15 a.m.

SC: Dale Fowler – Tall Ships of Michigan (VMP)
11:30 a.m.

ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
12:00 p.m.

MMF: Roane (WP)
MMF: Sąsiedzi (VMP)
ROS: Pirates Noir (VMP)
12:15 p.m.

SC: Gary & Jackie – Singing the Good Old Songs (VMP)
12:30 p.m.

ROS: Unveiled Belly Dance (VMP)
1:00 p.m.

MMF: Za Horyzontem (WP)
MMF: Bocca Musica (VMP)
ROS: Unveiled Belly Dance (VMP)
1:15 p.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
1:30 p.m.

ROS: Ring of Fire (VMP)

2:00 p.m.
MMF: Norfolk Broads (WP)
MMF: Sąsiedzi (VMP)
2:15 p.m.

SC: Dale Fowler – Tall Ships of Michigan (VMP)
ROS: Battle for Castle McGuffin (VMP)
3:00 p.m.

MMF: El Pony Pisador (WP)
MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)
ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
3:15 p.m.

SC: Gary & Jackie – Singing the Good Old Songs (VMP)
3:30 p.m.

ROS: The Whip Show (VMP)
4:00 p.m.

MMF: Za Horyzontem (WP)
MMF: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (VMP)
ROS: Ring of Fire (VMP)
4:15 p.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
5:00 p.m.

Festival closes to the public
5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Ballads and Brews at “The Quarterdeck” in Veterans Memorial Park
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
11:00 p.m.
Parks closed


Sunday, July 21, 2019

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Pancakes with Pirates at Veterans Memorial Park
10:00 a.m.
Festival opens to the public; deck tours and activities begin
MMF: Norfolk Broads (WP)
MMF: Sąsiedzi (VMP)
ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
10:15 a.m.

SC: Gary & Jackie – Singing the Good Old Songs (VMP)
11:00 a.m.

MMF: Bocca Musica (WP)
MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)
ROS: The Whip Show (VMP)
11:15 a.m.

SC: Dale Fowler – Tall Ships of Michigan (VMP)
11:30 a.m.

ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
12:00 p.m.

MMF: Roane (WP)
MMF: Za Horyzontem (VMP)
ROS: Down and Out on the Barbary Coast (VMP)
12:15 p.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
12:30 p.m.

ROS: Tale of King Gorbeduk (VMP)
1:00 p.m.

MMF: Sąsiedzi (WP)
MMF: Bocca Musica (VMP)
ROS: Cirque Surya (VMP)
1:15 p.m.

SC: Ric Mixter – Diving into Great Lakes Mysteries (VMP)
1:30 p.m.

ROS: Ring of Fire (VMP)

2:00 p.m.
MMF: Norfolk Broads (WP)
MMF: Roane (VMP)
2:15 p.m.

SC: Gary & Jackie – Singing the Good Old Songs (VMP)
ROS: Battle for Castle McGuffin (VMP)
3:00 p.m.

MMF: Za Horyzontem (WP)
MMF: El Pony Pisador (VMP)
ROS: Comedy of the Court Jester (VMP)
3:15 p.m.

SC: Lee Murdock – Songs of the Great Lakes (VMP)
3:30 p.m.

ROS: Tale of King Gorbeduk (VMP)
4:00 p.m.

MMF: 3 Sheets to the Wind (WP)
MMF: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (VMP)
ROS: Ring of Fire (VMP)
4:15 p.m.

SC: Dale Fowler – Tall Ships of Michigan (VMP)
5:00 p.m.

Festival closes to the public
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ballads and Brews at “The Quarterdeck” in Veterans Memorial Park
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
11:00 p.m.
Parks closed


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International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

Songs of the sea and those who sail upon it have become an increasingly popular part of Tall Ship Celebration. Each festival, we seek out the most talented shanty musicians in the world and invite them to perform for you as part of our maritime festival. Sponsorship supports the appearance of participating musicians especially those traveling from around the world to visit the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Sponsored by

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Bocca Musica (Michigan)

Bocca Musica is an international, award winning, band based out of the Metro Detroit area. Known for their spicy and raucous sense of humor, they perform a wide range of genres from original pirate and bawdy tunes to Celtic and traditional sea shanties. No matter where Bocca goes or what they sing, one thing remains the same...their love of tight harmonies and making people laugh!


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El Pony Pisador (Spain)

El Pony Pisador is a folk band formed by 5 young boys from Barcelona. They began playing in 2013 and after a few line-up changes, they played their first concert in October 2014. At first, they played Irish folk tunes, but then began to experiment with other traditional music styles and started to mix all of them. They’ve played more than 50 concerts in the Catalunya region of northeastern Spain and have continued to expand their musical repertoire over the years. In 2016, El Pony Pisador released their first album, “Yarr’s i trons!”


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Roane (Michigan)

With a unique acoustic sound and intricate three part vocal harmonies, Roane specializes in Celtic, folk, and maritime music. Their repertoire consists of traditional Celtic melodies, American traditional favorites, and sea shanties with their own personal twist. Roane’s original compositions embrace the spirit of the storyteller. Pouring out heart-felt lyrics and melodies, their music embodies the soul of their Celtic ancestry, while adding their own modern harmonies and instrumentation.


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Sasiedzi (Poland)

Sasiedzi (the Neighbours) were formed in 2001 in Gliwice (Poland). The name of the band originates from the pub where we first played music together. Initially, we performed mostly folk and sea shanties (maritime work songs performed a cappella in Polish, English, French and Russian). Today, our set list includes our own original compositions. Additionally, we incorporate music from other cultures in our repertoire, including traditional tunes from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, as well as our own Silesian folk and also some medieval folk.

The combination of musicians give the band its own unique sound. Magnetism of the group lies in intricate harmonies orchestrate with richly acoustic instrumentation. Sasiedzi have developed our own distinctive style.

Sasiedzi have performed over 400 concerts in Poland and abroad (Tatihoo, Paimpol - France; Appingedam - Netherland; Bremen, Rostock - Germany, Bay City and we are the first group from Poland, took place in legendary Sea Music Festival in Mystic Seaport in USA.


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The Norfolk Broads (Great Britain)

The Norfolk Broads are a four-piece female ensemble who enjoy singing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair and dastardly boyfriends.

They bonded over maritime work songs and failed romances in the alto section of the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir, deciding to form a girl-group during a long car ride to Cornwall in 2014. Since then, they have performed their spirited harmonies at festivals and venues in London and further afield, including the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Museum of London Docklands, on board the Cutty Sark, Wilton's Music Hall, the London Review Bookshop, Folk East festival 2016 and the Minack Theatre.

The Broads supply their repertoire of traditional stories with a very contemporary verve and energy, using old songs to fuel new takes on the lives of women both past and present.


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3 Sheets to the Wind (Belgium)

Formerly part of the Belgian shanty group “Les Mâles de mer” Yves and Manu decided to continue touring and singing the maritime repertoire as a duo, under the name “Two Sheets to the Wind”. With this third invitation to attend Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City, they had no problem convincing their young and talented fiddler to hop on board once more and join them on their journey of shanties, maritime songs and Irish jigs and reels. And just like that, Two Sheets to the Wind became Three Sheets to the Wind!

They play their music with a slight pop twist that sets them apart from more traditional bands. Over the years, they’ve had the pleasure of playing all major European venues and Canada’s beautiful province of Quebec and are delighted to be back again in Michigan. They’ll bring you tales of French pirates, British fishermen and Dutch pilots, songs about creole whale hunters and poems of  Brittany women longing for the return of their husbands sailing the seven seas. Yves plays guitar, Simon plays fiddle and Manu plays Mandola.


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Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers (Tennessee)

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of the Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their new CD "The World is Ablaze" draws on the fact that pirates sailed the world around and pirate crews were an international lot, so their music would be a medley of styles plundered from all over.

Tom’s theatricality and musicianship make for an explosive mix. His songs conjure up a life on the seas in an era when the only hope for destitute sailors was to go “on the account”, to become pirates.


Za Horyzontem (Poland)

Za Horyzontem is a Polish folk group whose songs tell stories about the sea from a female point of view. Their music is inspired by Irish folk music and they play their own original material. Since 2003 they have performed almost 500 concerts both in Poland and abroad. Colorful costumes and feminine charm create performances that are entertaining and engaging.


International Maritime Music Schedule

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veterans memorial park (vmp) - West side

Friday, July 19

10:00 a.m.
The Norfolk Broads (WP)
Za Horyzontem (VMP)

11:00 a.m.
3 Sheets to the Wind (WP)
Roane (VMP)

12:00 p.m.
Sasiedzi (WP)
Bocca Musica (VMP)

1:00 p.m.
Roane (WP)
El Pony Pisador (VMP)

2:00 p.m.
Za Horyzontem (WP)
3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)

3:00 p.m.
Sasiedzi (WP)
The Norfolk Broads (VMP)

4:00 p.m.
El Pony Pisador (WP)
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (VMP)

Saturday, July 20

10:00 a.m.
The Norfolk Broads (WP)
Roane (VMP)

11:00 a.m.
3 Sheets to the Wind (WP)
El Pony Pisador (VMP)

12:00 p.m.
Roane (WP)
Sasiedzi (VMP)

1:00 p.m.
Za Horyzontem (WP)
Bocca Musica (VMP)

2:00 p.m.
The Norfolk Broads (WP)
Sasiedzi (VMP)

3:00 p.m.
El Pony Pisador (WP)
3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)

4:00 p.m.
Za Horyzontem (WP)
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (VMP)

Sunday, July 21

10:00 a.m.
The Norfolk Broads (WP)
Sasiedzi (VMP)

11:00 a.m.
Bocca Musica (WP)
3 Sheets to the Wind (VMP)

12:00 p.m.
Roane (WP)
Za Horyzontem (VMP)

1:00 p.m.
Sasiedzi (WP)
Bocca Musica (VMP)

2:00 p.m.
The Norfolk Broads (WP)
Roane (VMP)

3:00 p.m.
Za Horyzontem (WP)
El Pony Pisador (VMP)

4:00 p.m.
3 Sheets to the Wind (WP)
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (VMP)

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Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2019

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2019

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

Ballads and Brews

When the festival closes at 5:00 p.m., Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, the more lively shanty musicians can be heard in The Quarterdeck at Ballads and Brews. 

When the festival ends for the day, the music carries on into the evening and the taps flow with Michigan craft beers. $5.00 coverage charge to enter The Quarterdeck for Ballads and Brews, waived if you present your Souvenir Passport at the entrance.

Sponsored by

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Featured Performers

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Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers (Tennessee)

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of the Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their new CD "The World is Ablaze" draws on the fact that pirates sailed the world around and pirate crews were an international lot, so their music would be a medley of styles plundered from all over.

Tom’s theatricality and musicianship make for an explosive mix. His songs conjure up a life on the seas in an era when the only hope for destitute sailors was to go “on the account”, to become pirates.


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Za Horyzontem (Poland)

Za Horyzontem is a folk group from Poland. Since 2003 they have given almost 500 concerts in Poland and abroad. They play their very own material composed by all band members. Their songs tell stories about sea from a female point of view and they are inspired by Irish folk. Colorful costumes and feminine charm creates performances that are entertaining and engaging.


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Sasiedzi (Poland)

Sasiedzi (the Neighbours) were formed in 2001 in Gliwice (Poland). The name of the band originates from the pub where we first played music together. Initially, we performed mostly folk and sea shanties (maritime work songs performed a cappella in Polish, English, French and Russian). Today, our set list includes our own original compositions. Additionally, we incorporate music from other cultures in our repertoire, including traditional tunes from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, as well as our own Silesian folk and also some medieval folk.

The combination of musicians give the band its own unique sound. Magnetism of the group lies in intricate harmonies orchestrate with richly acoustic instrumentation. Sasiedzi have developed our own distinctive style.

Sasiedzi have performed over 400 concerts in Poland and abroad (Tatihoo, Paimpol - France; Appingedam - Netherland; Bremen, Rostock - Germany, Bay City and we are the first group from Poland, took place in legendary Sea Music Festival in Mystic Seaport in USA.


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El Pony Pisador (Spain)

El Pony Pisador is a folk band formed by 5 young boys from Barcelona. They began playing in 2013 and after a few line-up changes, they played their first concert in October 2014. At first, they played Irish folk tunes, but then began to experiment with other traditional music styles and started to mix all of them. They’ve played more than 50 concerts in the Catalunya region of northeastern Spain and have continued to expand their musical repertoire over the years. In 2016, El Pony Pisador released their first album, “Yarr’s i trons!”


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Bocca Musica (Detroit)

Bocca Musica is an international, award winning, band based out of the Metro Detroit area. Known for their spicy and raucous sense of humor, they perform a wide range of genres from original pirate and bawdy tunes to Celtic and traditional sea shanties.

No matter where Bocca goes or what they sing, one thing remains the same...their love of tight harmonies and making people laugh!


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3 Sheets to the Wind (Belgium)

Formerly part of the Belgian shanty group “Les Mâles de mer” Yves and Manu decided to continue touring and singing the maritime repertoire as a duo, under the name “Two Sheets to the Wind”. With this third invitation to attend Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City, they had no problem convincing their young and talented fiddler to hop on board once more and join them on their journey of shanties, maritime songs and Irish jigs and reels. And just like that, Two Sheets to the Wind became Three Sheets to the Wind!

They play their music with a slight pop twist that sets them apart from more traditional bands. Over the years, they’ve had the pleasure of playing all major European venues and Canada’s beautiful province of Quebec and are delighted to be back again in Michigan. They’ll bring you tales of French pirates, British fishermen and Dutch pilots, songs about creole whale hunters and poems of  Brittany women longing for the return of their husbands sailing the seven seas. Yves plays guitar, Simon plays fiddle and Manu plays Mandola.


Ballads and Brews Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
Sasiedzi
6:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
7:45 p.m.
Za Horyzontem
8:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
9:45 p.m.
Bocca Musica
 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
The Women of Wind & Water
6:45 p.m.
El Pony Pisador
7:45 p.m.
Three Sheets to the Wind
8:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
9:45 p.m.
Bocca Musica
 

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
All Hands Sing Around

CLOSED FOR 2019!

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TSC Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

TSC Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

In addition to the International Maritime Music that brings the festival to life, the following activities are located within the festival grounds and are available during regular festival hours Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Wenonah Park (East Side)

Make and Take—
Tall Ship Kit

Sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University

Build your own tall ship from kits designed and produced locally.


“Color Our World”
Mosaic Mural

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Presented by Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Sponsored by McDonald’s of Michigan

Grab a paint brush and add your own artistic expression to “tiles” that will form a giant mosaic mural.

Face Painting

Presented by CAN Council
Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck

Fanciful face painting for our whimsical guests.



Veterans Memorial Park (West Side)

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Art in the Park

Presented by The Great Lakes Market

Shop for one-of-a-kind original works of beauty, style, and pricelessness.


Storyteller’s Corner

Presented by the Bay County Library System Sponsored by Friends of the Bay County Libraries

Some of Michigan’s best professional storytellers spin yarns of ships and life on the high seas in a cool, shady spot.


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Small Boat Building Workshop

Presented by Balcer Boat Works
Sponsored by Frankenmuth Insurance

Lend a hand to our professional boat builders and you may get to take a custom built boat home with you at the end of the weekend.


Knot-Tying

Presented by BaySail

Learn how to tie knots and make a souvenir.


Make and Take—Lighthouse Kit

Presented by S.R.M.H.S
Sponsored by Bay City Town Center

Build your own lighthouse and learn about our own Saginaw River Rear Range Light.


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Make and Take—
Scrimshaw Art

Presented by Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Sponsored by WCMU Public Media

Learn how to replicate the fine art of scrimshaw on special Yupo paper.

Ring of Steel Action Theatre

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Sponsored by MBS International Airport

Learn how to dress, talk and fight like a pirate at Pirate Cove. Play pirate games like balloon fencing and Jacob’s Ladder and practice your hand at archery and knife throwing. Enjoy action-packed, life action shows from two stages through the festival.


Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Presented by US Power Squadron 

Experience the industry’s best interactive simulation-based boating safety program allowing students to virtually maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a 3.5 x 4 mile lake. 


Make and Take—
Nautical Masterpiece

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Presented by Studio 23/The Arts Center
Sponsored by Mid-Michigan Health

Artists from Studio 23 will teach you how to paint your own nautical masterpiece that you can take home as a souvenir of your Tall Ship Celebration experience.


Sail-Raising

Presented by SBCSA

Lend a hand and help raise the sails.


The Amycita

Presented by S.R.M.H.S

See one of the last of her kind! The Amycita is a wooden boat built from a “knock-down frame” kit purchased from Defoe Boat and Motor Works in 1915. 


Special Events

These special events occur outside of normal festival hours, at other locations around town, and may charge an additional fee. See each description for more details.

At the Festival

Pancakes with Pirates

In Veterans Memorial Park at The Quarterdeck

Watch out for pranks and shenanigans when pirates join you for breakfast in The Quarterdeck (Veterans Memorial Park) on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, from 9:00—11:00 a.m. Tickets available at the door: $10 adults, 10 & under $7


Sail-Away Adventures

Sail-Aways depart from Veterans Memorial Park

Have your own tall ship adventure! Regular departures from Veterans Memorial Park are available aboard Bay City’s own Appledore IV an Appledore V throughout the festival. Advance reservation is recommended. Click here for schedule and pricing.


Tours of the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse

Tours depart from Veterans Memorial Park

The Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse is rarely open to the public. Members of the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society are offering tours Friday— Sunday, running continuously starting at 10 a.m. Tours will take approximately 1 ½ hours and include stops at the USS Edson and the Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum; the last tour will leave at 5 p.m. (Adults $7; Children $3 upon boarding)


Princess Wenonah/Islander Cruises

Departing from Veterans Memorial Park

The M/V Princess Wenonah and Islander will offer several trips with great photo opportunities daily, including 30 minute guided tours and 2 hour lunch cruises. Events range from $20 to $45. 

Call (989) 891-2628 or visit www.baycityboatlines.com


Around Town

Star Bridge Street Party

Third Street, between N Water & Saginaw

You’re invited to a community street party to celebrate the return of the tall ship fleet to Bay City! Join residents and visiting crew on Third Street under the Start Bridge in Downtown Bay City. Thursday, July 18, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (FREE)


Bay County Maritime History Exhibits

321 Washington Ave

The Historical Museum of Bay County is a treasure trove of all things nautical. Don’t miss the “Bay City: Seaport to the World” exhibit and maritime gifts in the gift shop. Open Thursday—Friday, July 18 & 19, 10 am—5 pm and Saturday, July 20, 12 pm—4 pm (Free)


Storm: A Visual Concert Experience

State Theatre - 913 Washington Ave

Mid-Michigan’s contribution to maritime history is impressive. Hundreds of ships were created here and lost in terrible storms or collisions all around the world. From Coast Guard cutters to the ship that found the Titanic, explore the history of our maritime past with a live concert event featuring musician Dan Hall and historian Ric Mixter. With rare interviews, underwater video and exclusive archival footage, STORM is a musical history lesson you will not soon forget. Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ($10 General Admission)


Planetarium Shows

100 Center Ave

Shows at the Delta College Planetarium will start hourly on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, from 1:00—6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21, from 1:00—4:00 p.m.

A special presentation of “First on the Moon,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, will play on Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.  Call 989-667-2260 or visit www.delta.edu/planet for more details. (Adults $7; Children 3-18, Seniors 60+, Delta students, and military personnel $5)


Historic Church Tours

Historic architecture, stained glass, woodcarvings and more. Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, from 12 p.m.—4 p.m. (FREE)

Trinity Episcopal Church
Center Avenue and N Grant Street

First Presbyterian Church
Center Avenue and Jackson Street


USS Edson Tours

1680 Martin St

Featured on “Ghost Asylum,” the USS Edson is a Forrest Sherman class destroyer built in Bath, Maine, for the US Navy in 1958. A valuable member of the South Pacific Fleet, she was in service during the Vietnam War and was decommissioned in 1988. The USS Edson arrived at her new home in Bay City in 2012. Available daily from 9 a.m.—6 p.m. (Adults $10; Children $8)


An Evening with Great Lakes Divers

State Theatre - 913 Washington Ave

Four Great Lakes divers present stories of their underwater adventures. Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m. ($7 General Admission)


Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Battery Park - Center Ave, next to City Market

The Michigan Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to the families and friends of those servicemen and women whose lives were sacrificed while on active duty, is located in the recently renovated Battery Park next to City Market on Center Avenue, three blocks east of Wenonah Park. (Free)