TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON will welcome an expected 65,000+ guests to Galveston’s historic waterfront and downtown for this exciting new event. A limited number of food truck and craft vendor spots are available. For more information, please click the links below or contact Helen Doherty at 409-765-3432 or helen.doherty@www.galvestonhistory.org.


For the first time in history, Tall Ships America will bring it’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series of Tall Ships races and port festivals to the Gulf of Mexico. In the spring of 2018, tens of thousands of visitors will flood the waterfronts of four host ports to explore the magnificent visiting Tall Ships.

WHEN: April 5-8, 2018

LOCATION: Gated festival location at Pier 22 & Pier 21 with usage of numerous surface lots and grass locations. Non-gated events at Hendley Green and Saengerfest Park will be held all weekend long.

ATTENDANCE: Expected attendance of 65,000+

ATTRACTIONS: Continuous entertainment on several stages both in and out of the ticketed festival area, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, and wonderful special events throughout the weekend in addition to viewing and tours of a fleet of incredible Tall Ships!

ORGANIZATION: Sponsorship of this event will benefit Galveston Historical Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.


Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making the event special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit. Open carry firearms, pets and ice chests are not allowed.

Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured and will be asked to go through additional screening.

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