Festival Schedule

(Gloucester Schooner Festival schedule subject to change)PrinterFriendlySchedule

Friday, August 29, 2014

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

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

6:30 pm
Bluenose Gala Evening (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.

Photos by: Carl Gustin, Gloucester Schooner Festival

Photos by: Carl Gustin

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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 Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. Free to all.

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.

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Public Lobster Bake
Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn.

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.

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. 

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.