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Largest Tall Ships Great Lakes Festival to Occur in Erie this August

Posted on August 15th, 2019 at 1:34 PM
Largest Tall Ships Great Lakes Festival to Occur in Erie this August

Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, is bringing 14 tall ships and the world’s largest rubber duck into the ports of Lake Erie in Erie, PA, August 22-25.

Sail back in time to when eyes were drawn to the sky to view white sails billowing in the lake breeze. Fourteen majestic tall ships and the world’s largest rubber duck will be sailing into Lake Erie this August for the Tall Ships Erie 2019 festival, presented by Highmark. Starting on Thursday, August 22, view the Parade of Sails as ships from around the world join Erie in this maritime celebration.

Tall Ships Erie 2019 is expecting ships from around the world including Canada’s largest sailing ship, a former WWII minesweeper, and Erie’s very own U.S. Brig Niagara. One European ship making the long journey is the Nao Santa Maria, a replica of the 15th century square sail ship that sailed with Christopher Columbus on his journey to discover the new world.

Joining the tall ships includes the viral media sensation Mama duck. Standing six stories tall “The World’s Largest Rubber Duck” will float alongside tall ships, encouraging sailors of all kinds to grab a photo with this lovely yellow giant. However, Mama duck isn’t coming alone but bringing her baby duckling with her. Baby duck stands at about one story tall and weighs two tons.

Tickets for the tall ships festival range from a single day to weekend passes. Both offer all-day access to festival sites, dockside viewing of all tall ships and the ducks, access to live music and entertainment, educational seminars, children activities, the beer garden, food vendors and vendor marketplace. Deck tours for each tall ship are sold separately from the passes. Experience the festival aboard a tall ship with deck tours, sail under fireworks on the lake or a take breathtaking sunset sail. Deck Tour passes, Evening Fireworks Sail tickets and Sunset Sail tickets are available for separate purchase.

Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, will take place Aug. 22-25, 2019. To purchase tickets, parking passes and this year’s festival guide go to

About US Brig Niagara

The Flagship Niagara League is a 501 (C) 3, a non-profit educational associate organization of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), chartered to facilitate citizen participation and operation of the U.S. Brig Niagara and its homeport, Erie Maritime Museum.