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Maritime Festival at Ocean Institute in Dana Point

DATES: Friday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10

SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2023

Celebrate California’s rich maritime history with a fun-filled weekend featuring visiting Tall Ships, cannon battles, mermaid swim shows, pirate school, re-enactors and sailor camp, local vendors, live music, food trucks and more.

Free Areas include:

  • Sailor Camp (blacksmiths, pirates, and more)
  • Band and Beer Garden
  • Seafarer’s Landing (food trucks)
  • Peddler’s Village (local craftsmen and artists)


Festival Adventure Pass includes:

  • Ocean Institute’s Main Campus Activities
    • Marine Life Artifacts
    • History of Whaling
    • Scrimshaw Activity
    • Local Aquaria & Marine Life
    • Gold Panning Station
    • Tide Pool Touch Tank
    • Shark Touch Tank
    • Sea Monster Scavenger Hunt
  • Tall Ship Tours
    • Spirit of Dana Point
    • Curlew
    • Irving Johnson
    • Exy Johnson
    • Bill of Rights
  • Lil’ Lads Landing
    • Pirate Obstacle Course
    • Festival Games
    • Challenges & Prizes

Festival Adventure Pass Pricing: $17-20 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.


Special Ticketed Experiences:
(Festival Adventure Pass included with ticket purchase)

  • Cannon Battles – $80 Tall Ship or $60 Escort Cruise
  • Mermaid Breakfast – $70
  • Mermaid Swim Show – $35
  • Mermaid Tea by the Sea – $70
  • Cap’n Jack’s Pirate School – $35



Friday, September 8
Sunday, September 10
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24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
(949) 496-2274

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