Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I see the ships come in and/or under sail?

The ships will arrive in a ceremonial parade of sail into Downtown Cleveland on Thursday, July 11 from 4-6 p.m. (approximately). Ships can be viewed for FREE by the public across at Wendy Park, Voinovich Park at North Coast Harbor, Kirkland Park, E.55th Street Marina, and the Gordon Park. Tickets to attend the Parade of Sail Captain’s reception are available for purchase on-line.

What do I need to purchase to access the festival?
Guests are required to pay a daily admission fee to enter the festival for each day you wish to attend. This provides access to all standard festival activities and allow you to board and tour each visiting tall ship one time. 

Sail-aways must be purchased separately and do not include access to the festival.

Are there age requirements for children to attend?
All festival attendees are required to purchase a daily admission ticket for each day you wish to attend the festival. Children 5 years of age or younger are welcome and will be admitted free of charge with a paying adult.

There is no age limit to enter the festival or sail aboard, however, children 6 years old and under are required by law to wear a lifejacket at all times while aboard the vessel. We strongly advise that you bring your own lifejacket. 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival and Tall Ships Celebration will not be responsible for providing them to sail-away passengers.

Please note all passengers, including children and infants are required to have a ticket to board the ships.

Additionally, a Rock & Rest station for nursing moms is located in the first aid tent on the main festival site.

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?
Handicap and general parking is available for festival attendees at 515 Erieside Avenue. Parking is limited in these lots so please plan accordingly. For a full list of parking lots located in Downtown Cleveland, click here.

Attendees are highly encouraged to take advantage of the RTA and other public transportation. The RTA Rapid Transit Waterfront Line W. 3rd stop will provide guests with the closest site access.

200 West Third Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

This station is on the southeast corner of West Third Street and Alfred Lerner Way, directly across the street from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Visit the RTA website for a full schedule and routes.

A rideshare zone will be located west of the festival entrance on Erieside Avenue for guests interested in utilizing Lyft or other rideshare services.

Use CODE LYFT2SHIPS19 for $5 off your first two rides. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Limited quantity available. $5 off your rides. You have 2 rides remaining. Offer valid until 5 days after activation. Pickup or drop-off must be within the coverage area. Cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers. Subject to Lyft's Terms of Service.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
Special security measures are in place to ensure public safety. All personal belongings, bags, and purses are subject to be searched. Large backpacks are prohibited. No weapons are allowed. Liquids, food, and glass are prohibited. Baby food/formula must be in plastic containers and may be stored in coolers no larger than 5 quarts. Coolers for any other purpose are prohibited. Any other items deemed unlawful or dangerous may be prohibited at the discretion of security personnel. No prohibited item will be held at the gate.  

We strongly recommend dressing for the weather. The festival grounds are exposed to the elements and have limited areas of shade/cover from the sun. A 3oz travel size bottle of Sunscreen is permitted through the security checkpoint and should be applied multiple times during your time in the sun. Umbrellas are not permitted on any tall ship.

In case of emergency, find the nearest Tall Ships Festival staff or volunteer member or uniformed security or law enforcement officer.   

No pets of any kind are allowed inside the festival grounds, with the exception of service animals as permitted by law. 

What are my other lodging options during my time in Cleveland?

There are a number of hotels located within walking distance of the festival. Please consider supporting our partners The Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Doubletree, Aloft, Hyatt Regency at the Cleveland Arcade and Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower. More information about local lodging options can be found at or by calling Destination Cleveland at 800-321-1001.

What is your refund policy?
All sales are final and are not refundable. This is a rain or shine event.

Lost & Found
Lost & Found is located in the INFO booth on the west end of the Tall Ships Festival site near the Harborside Marketplace.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For information about the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival, contact us at