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Tall Ships Erie 2022

Tall Ships Erie 2022

Visit Erie, Pennsylvania for a four-day maritime celebration! Tour and explore a fleet of tall ships, and set sail on select ships, along with live music, entertainment, children's festival, a marketplace, food vendors and more. 

Tall Ships Erie is back, August 25-28, 2022!

Make your plans to attend this four-day celebration of maritime heritage with a fleet of tall ships on Pennsylvania's only port to the Great Lakes. 

Event Highlights and Basic Schedule: 

Parade of Sails - Thursday, August 25, 4 p.m. (see viewing locations below)

Festival Grounds Open - Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (foot of State Street, Erie Maritime Museum, Bayfront Convention Center)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I buy tickets?
A: Tickets are available for purchase online here or in person at the Erie Maritime Museum Gift Shop, open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. 

Q: Where can I park? Will shuttle service be offered? 
A: Traffic patterns and parking near the festival grounds will be extremely limited. Portions of Holland Street, State Street and Sassafras Street Extension north of the Bayfront Parkway will not be open to general public vehicle traffic. Festival attendees are highly encouraged to park in downtown Erie, and take a parking shuttle to the Tall Ships Festival. Shuttle information is available here

Q: Where will the ships be docked?
A: The U.S. Brig Niagara and the Lettie G. Howard will be docked at the foot of State Street. Four ships will be docked at the Bayfront Convention Center, and the rest will be docked near the Erie Maritime Museum. 

Q: Will the giant rubber ducks be at Tall Ships Erie this year?
A: Both mama and baby duck will be back at Tall Ships Erie 2022! They will be on display in the protected harbor area located directly behind the Erie Maritime Museum. 

Q: Will other bayfront attractions be open during Tall Ships Erie? 
A: Yes! Both the Victorian Princess and Scallywags Pirate Adventures will operate as usual. 

Q: Will vendors be selling any goods at Tall Ships Erie?
A: The Maritime Marketplace will be set up inside the Bayfront Convention Center. 

Q: Where can I purchase food?
A: In addition to onsite local food trucks, Erie features many local restaurants near the festival grounds. For a great meal, check out The Cove, Rum Runners, The Bayfront Grille, The Shoreline Bar and Grille, Oliver's Rooftop and Oliver's Beer Garden, Woody's Backwager BARge and Grill, Smugglers Wharf, Pier 6 and Bay House Oyster Bar

Q: Will there be fireworks at Tall Ships Erie? 
A: A fireworks display will take place on Thursday, August 25 at approximately 9:45 p.m. from the foot of State Street. 

Q: Where will the Kids' Zone be located? 
A: The east end of State Street, closest to the Maritime Museum will feature a kids' zone, various activities and food trucks. 

Q: What else should I do while I'm in town? 
A: So glad you asked! Get inspiration for your trip here

Have other questions? Call VisitErie Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at (814) 454-1000. 

Parade of Sails - Where to Watch

The Parade of Sails will kick off Tall Ships Erie 2022 at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 25! During this incredible spectacle, each of the participating tall ships will parade in from Lake Erie, through the channel, and into Presque Isle Bay before docking along the festival grounds. Use the map and list below for suggestions on the best places to view the Parade of Sails in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Suggested viewing areas include: 

  • The south side of Presque Isle State Park, along Presque Isle Bay (including the Perry Monument and East Pier)
    When viewing from Presque Isle State Park, please park in a marked location
  • North Pier at Presque Isle State Park
  • Liberty Park along the West Bayfront Parkway
  • Bayview Park, on West Second Street
  • Lampe Marina
  • East Avenue Pier
  • Lakeside Recreational Area (Lawrence Park)

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