Tall Ships Erie returns August 25-28 with seven sailing ships and the world’s largest rubber duck slated to appear in Presque Isle Bay.
It is the first time the festival has been held since 2019, but the delay was not due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is planned every three years.
If you’re planning on going, here’s the information you need to know to enjoy the family-friendly event.
This year’s festival:Tall Ships Erie 2022 Festival featuring returning ships and Bayfront family attractions
What are the Tall Ships Erie Festival opening times?
The festival begins on August 25th at 4pm with the Sails Parade as the ships enter Presque Isle Bay. The festival site is open daily from August 26th to 28th from 10am to 6pm and is located at the foot of State Street, the Erie Maritime Museum and the Bayfront Convention Center.
How much do tickets cost and how do you get them?
Ticket prices range from $10 for a day pass to $199 for a VIP pass. Day and weekend passes provide access to festival sites, harbor tours of all Tall Ships, live music and entertainment, seminars and other activities.
Deck Tours are part of the VIP Pass and are also sold separately. Day sails are sold separately and only offered on some ships.
To purchase passes, visit tallshipserie.org or visit the Erie Maritime Museum Gift Shop at 150 E. Front St. during normal business hours.
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Where can I park?
Parking near the festival site will be limited. Portions of Holland Street, State Street and the Sassafras Street Extension are closed to the general public during the festival. Festival goers are encouraged to park in downtown Erie and take a shuttle to the festival.
Tall Ships organizers have met with the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority and are expected to deploy eight shuttle buses during the event, compared to four shuttles in 2019. This is expected to reduce long waits at busy times, said William Sabatini, executive director and fleet captain Flagship Niagara League.
You can hop on one of the free shuttle buses that take people to and from the festival site. Shuttles operate Friday through Sunday from 8:30 AM to 7 PM. The opening hours of the festival are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shuttles will pick up and drop off passengers at the downtown Erie parking garages and Park & Rides near Liberty Park, as well as at West 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue. During the festival they stop at the Bayfront Convention Center, Dobbins Landing and Holland Street Pier.
There is no parking on the festival site, except for disabled parking and VIP parking, both of which are located at the convention center.
Which ships will be part of Tall Ships Erie?
The following ships will be part of the festival:
Only the US Brig Niagara and Lettie G. Howard, which will be docked at the foot of State Street, are available for day sails. The others, which will be docked at either the Bayfront Convention Center or the Erie Maritime Museum, are open for deck tours.
Is there a children’s area?
The Kids Zone will be inside and outside the Erie Maritime Museum and will include a large bouncy castle, Sabatini said.
Where are the medical area and public toilets?
The medical area will be located at Dobbins Landing, Sabatini said. Rows of portable toilets and sinks will also be located at Dobbins Landing, as will the Erie Maritime Museum and Holland Street car park. Public restrooms will also be available at the museum and at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier.
What is the world’s largest rubber duck?
Also known as Mama Duck, it’s a 61-foot-tall, 69-foot-wide, and 79-foot-long inflatable boat that weighs 31,000 pounds. It will join the tall ships in the Sailing Parade and then exhibit the festival in the waterfront just behind the Erie Maritime Museum.
There is also a smaller rubber boat called Baby Duck.
quack, quack:The world’s largest rubber duck returns to Tall Ships Erie for the 2022 festival
Where is the best place to watch the Sailing Parade?
Spectators can gather at the North Pier, South Pier, along Erie Bay to the Erie Yacht Club, the bluffs along Front Street and along the bay side of Presque Isle State Park.
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