Festival Schedule

(Gloucester Schooner Festival schedule subject to change)PrinterFriendlySchedule

Friday, August 29, 2014

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Arrival of U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle

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

6:30 pm
Maritime Gloucester’s “Under the Spars” Gala (ticketed event) Join us for another wonderful evening on the docks, and on the pier, for our annual fund raising gala. Admission includes music, cocktails and food. Contact Maritime Gloucester for reservations and information.

8:00 pm
Henri Smith New Orleans Friends and Flavours concert to benefit Camp Spindrift and programs of the Cape Ann YMCA. Ticketed event. Click here for info.

Photos by: Carl Gustin, Gloucester Schooner Festival

Photos by: Carl Gustin

Saturday, August 30, 2014

9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 9:30am to 3:00 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.

10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Open House Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
Scheduled to berth at Americold, the Eagle will host an Open House for the general public on Saturday.

10:00 am
Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester Walking Tour
Take a stroll through this 19th century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood led by a Cape Ann Museum docent. (ticketed event, reservations required) Information: 978-283-0455

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House
Stop by the Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester.

4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
2nd Annual Public Lobster Bake
Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll. Relax with your dinner at Maritime Gloucester and on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn.  Also available: hot dogs & hamburgers, soda, spring water, beer & wine.


7:00 pm
Fireworks Viewing at Beauport/Sleeper McCann Museum
Enjoy the fireworks display viewed from the terrace and lawn of Beauport 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. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information.

7:00 pm
Concert on the Boulevard
(time subject to requirements of Parade of Lights and Fireworks)

7:30 pm
Boat “Parade of Lights”
Boat owners interested in participating in the Parade of Lights should contact Tobin at 978-283-3293 or tobin@capeannmarina.com.

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, August 31, 2014

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 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.
Click here for information on reserving a place aboard one of the schooners during the Parade of Sail.

10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Parade of Sail Breakfast at Beauport/Sleeper McCann Museum
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. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information.

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.

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House
Stop by the Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester.

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

approximately 3:00 pm
Departure of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle

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 1, 2014

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