MXO ‘The Arts Unplugged”: Tall Ships Are Coming!® The Celebrated Maritime Festival Makes Its Return To Cleveland!

The three-day family friendly event arrives in Downtown Cleveland, July 11 –14, 2019

The City of Cleveland, in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), and Destination Cleveland, welcomes the 2019 Cleveland TALL SHIPS®Festival. Presented in conjunction with Tall Ships America from July 11 –14, 2019, the three-day series of waterfront events, returns to Cleveland for the first time since 2013.

“We welcome the Tall Ships festival back to Cleveland as well as the opportunity to show visitors from around the world all that Cleveland has to offer,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland.

The event will kick off with a Parade of Sail and opening reception on the evening of July 11th. Tall Ships is expected to draw sixty thousand attendees who will be treated to a complete itinerary of exciting activities and tours, live music performances, festival food and beverage options making this an event perfect for the entire family.

“The return of Tall Ships is a great example of community collaboration, and Destination Cleveland is pleased to support the effort,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO, Destination Cleveland. “Our research shows that events are the second largest draw for visitation to Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, and the 2019 Cleveland TALL SHIPS Festival will give both visitors and residents another reason to come Downtown and explore what the city has to offer.”

Guests will be immersed in our nation’s rich maritime history while aboard a fleet of tall ships. The grand fleet will be docked near the north side of FirstEnergy Stadium and feature 10 replica and restored ships from the United States (Appledore IV, Appledore V, Inland Seas, Denis Sullivan, Pride of Baltimore II, U.S. Brig Niagara), Canada (Bluenoise II, Empire Sandy, Fair Jeanne) and New Zealand (Picton Castle).

“Complete with tours and sail aways, the 2019 Cleveland TALL SHIPS Festival will be a fun and interactive way to showcase our waterfront to Clevelanders and visitors,” said Joe Marinucci, CEO and president, Downtown Cleveland Alliance. “We’re fortunate and excited to welcome this prestigious event back to Downtown Cleveland.”

The Tall Ships will race through all 5 Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh surface water, and make stops at 11 ports. These include Toronto, Ontario: June 29-July 1;Buffalo, NY: July 4-7;Cleveland, OH: July 11-14;Bay City, Michigan: July 18-21;Green Bay, Wisconsin: July 25-28;Kenosha, Wisconsin: Aug. 1-4;Midland and Sarnia, Ontario: Aug. 9-11;Kingsville, Ontario: Aug 16-18;Erie, Pennsylvania: Aug. 22-26; and Brockville, Ontario: Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

“We’re thrilled to make our return to Cleveland with this exciting event,” notes Michael Rauworth, chairman of TallShips America. “It’s our goal, as a non-profit, to focus on youth education and leadership development as it relates to maritime heritage. In Cleveland, we look forward to bringing these stories to life.”

The 2019 Cleveland TALL SHIPS® Festival is presented by Tall Ships America, in conjunction with the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), and Destination Cleveland. The event is made possible through the additional support of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Cumberland Real Estate Development, The Rotary Club of Cleveland, the George Gund Foundation and North Coast Harbor.

For additional information on the 2019 Cleveland TALL SHIPS Festival, the itinerary and sponsorship opportunities, visit

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About Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA)

Downtown Cleveland Alliance(DCA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a dynamic downtown. By working with property owners and neighborhood based partners, DCA is able to provide economic development opportunities, business attraction and retention efforts, the Clean & Safe Ambassador Program as well as strategic marketing initiatives for Downtown Cleveland. In 2014, DCA unveiled Step Up Downtown, a vision and tactical plan that sets the course for the future of Downtown Cleveland. The five-year strategy is available to read here.

 About Destination Cleveland

Destination Cleveland is Cleveland’s destination marketing and management organization. This private, non-profit organization’s mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. Cleveland welcomes 18.5 million visitors annually. For more information, visit

About Tall Ships

 America Tall Ships America is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. In addition to organizing the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series, Tall Ships America manages scholarship programs to make sail training experiences more affordable for young people, grant programs to assist crew of member vessels with the costs of professional development courses and licensing requirements and publishes SAIL TALL SHIPS! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea.

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