Festival of the Sea

Date & Time
08/18/2018 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Finding yourself, like Ishmael, with little or no money in your purse and growing grim about the mouth? Then perhaps it’s time to experience San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s free Festival of the Sea. Enjoying live, traditional music; exploring boats large and small; watching historic riggers splice and worm; and making fun, maritime crafts with your younger crew members – might be the perfect park prescription for 21st century overload. Sign on from 10am-5pm, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Hyde Street Pier.
This year’s Festival welcomes renowned performers from across the country, representing the natural diversity of America’s rich maritime heritage. Ron and Natalie Daise will perform Gullah songs and stories from the South Carolina Sea Islands. Slack-key guitar master Patrick Landeza will offer a set of Hawaiian songs. The American Center of Philippine Arts Rondalla and Percussion Ensemble will perform Philippine heritage music. Shay Black (the eldest member of Ireland's “first family of song”) will lead a seven-singers tribute to 22 years of singing at Berkeley’s Starry Plough Irish pub’s Sunday night sessions, with Kate Brubeck, Cathy Chilcott, Amelia Hogan, Jim Nelson, Laurel North, Lewis Santer, and Erin Ruth Thompson. Other festival favorites (and future favorites) include: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman (crossing the pond from England), Julie Henigan (trekking from Missouri), Bill Dempsey (following the coast up from San Diego), Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter, Felim Egan, Tim Hill and Richard Mandel, Dogwatch Nautical Band, Brass Farthing, Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz, and Steve Canright.

Festival Slate of Activities:

Maritime-themed children’s activities, ropemaking, and info tables crewed by local parks, environmental and history non-profits, and the Park’s own Maritime Research Center aboard the 1890 Eureka. Photo banner near the shipwright shop. Tattoos (only temporary!) and face painting in the Kingspoke store on Jefferson Street. Learn how to caulk a deck and raise/lower a dory near the stern of the 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer.
10:30am-4pm Ongoing Forepier Stage Music
Sail raise aboard C.A. Thayer
11:00am-4pm: Ongoing Eureka Stage Music
Noon to 2pm:
Park riggers splice, worm, and parcel line
Noon-5:15pm: Ongoing Midpier Stage Music
C.A. Thayer Open House
Racing in the Aquatic Park Cove
Cutter J row at the Small Boat Dock
1907 Steam Tugboat Hercules Open House
1891 Scow Schooner Alma Open House at the Small Boat Dock
Breeches Buoy Traditional Ship-to-Shore Rescue on the Pocket Beach.
Cutter J row at the Small Boat Dock
Performance Schedule
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Forepier Stage: Patrick Landeza
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Forepier Stage: Julie Henigan
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Ferry Eureka: Songs from the Starry Plough: Black / Amelia / Santer / North / Nelson / Brubeck / Thompson / Chilcott
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Forepier Stage: Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
Forepier Stage: Dan and Bonnie Milner
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Midpier Stage: Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter
12:30 PM - 12:55 PM
Forepier Stage: Felim Egan, Tim Hill and Richard Mandel
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Ferry Eureka: Forebitters and Contemporary Songs: Webber and Fentiman / Adrianowicz / Dempsey / Canright
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Midpier Stage: Brass Farthing
1:00 PM - 1:25 PM
Forepier Stage: Ron and Natalie Daise
1:30 PM - 2:40 PM
Ferry Eureka: Irish Traditions: Black / Henigan / Milner / Egan, Hill and Mandel /Hogan / Walsh
1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Forepier Stage: Dogwatch Nautical Band
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Midpier Stage: Patrick Landeza
2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Forepier Stage: Brass Farthing
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Midpier Stage: American Center of Philippine Arts Rondalla and Percussion Ensemble
2:30 PM - 2:55 PM
Forepier Stage: Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Ferry Eureka: Dogwatch Nautical Band
3:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Forepier Stage: Amelia Hogan
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Midpier Stage: Ron and Natalie Daise
3:20 PM - 3:50 PM
Ferry Eureka: Adrianna Ciccone and Colin Cotter
3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Forepier Stage: Bill Dempsey
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Midpier Stage: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Midpier Stage: Finale, all hands

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10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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