Festival Schedule

(Gloucester Schooner Festival schedule subject to change)

Friday, September 4, 2015

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Welcoming Reception for invited guests.

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party

6:30 pm
Maritime Gloucester’s Gala (ticketed event)  Contact Maritime Gloucester for reservations and information.

Photos by: Carl Gustin, Gloucester Schooner Festival

Photos by: Carl Gustin

Saturday, September 5, 2015

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public. Over 25 artisan vendors and community organizations will be set up on Schooner Way and down Webster Pier with demonstrations and family activities. The traditional Celtic band, Meridian will be playing on the Boat House stage at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Schooners will be at the dock for visitors. Food will be available onsite. Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and aquarium will be open throughout the day for half-price admission.

7:00 pm
Schooner Festival Fireworks at Beauport
Celebrate Gloucester’s annual Schooner Festival with a fireworks display viewed from the terrace and lawn of Beauport , the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, and enjoy an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. $10 Historic New England members, $18 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800 to purchase tickets.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

Photos by: Arlene Taliadoros, Gloucester Schooner Festival

Photos by: Arlene Taliadoros

Sunday, September 6, 2015

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:30 am
Parade of Sail viewing at Beauport
Come to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800 to purchase tickets.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free of CATACharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests.

Photo by: Doug Mangum, Gloucester Schooner Festival

Photo by: Doug Mangum

 Monday, September 7, 2015

“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF REQUIRED.