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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)

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.

Make and Take—
Tall Ship Kit

Sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University

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

Face Painting

Presented by CAN Council
Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck

Fanciful face painting for our whimsical guests.

“Color Our World”
Mosaic Mural

Presented by Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Sponsored by

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

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.

Small Boat Building Workshop

Presented by Balcer Boat Works
Sponsored by

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.


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.

Make and Take—
Scrimshaw Art

Presented by Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Sponsored by

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

Ring of Steel Action Theatre

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

Presented by Studio 23/The Arts Center
Sponsored by

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.


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: $ TBD.

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.

First @ Friendship

Service takes place in Wenonah Park

You are cordially invited to attend First @ Friendship, a non-sectarian and informal worship service presented by First Presbyterian Church in Wenonah Park on Sunday, July 21 from 8:15—9:00 a.m. The service will feature a special blessing of the tall ship fleet. (Free)

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

Call (989) 891-2828 or visit www.baycityboatlines.com

Around Town

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—Sunday, July 20 & 21, 11 am—4 pm (Free)

Planetarium Shows

100 Center Ave

Sit back, relax and be awestruck by the heavens in a 360° circle vision experience. Shows at the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center will start hourly on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, from 1:00—6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, from 1:00—4:00 p.m. Call 989-667-2260 for more information.

Tours of Trinity Episcopal Church

815 N Grant St @ Center Ave

Dating to 1887, the imposing Gothic structure hosts an impressive collection of stained glass windows from a variety of artists.
Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, from 12—4 pm (Free)

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)