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A scene from the 2013 Tall Ships Festival. Photo: Andrea Swayne
A scene from a previous Tall Ships Festival. Photo: Andrea Swayne

Dana Point Times

The sights, smells and sounds of authentic working tall ships is set to return to the Dana Point Harbor as the Ocean Institute hosts the 31st annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival.

The event kicks off today with a sunset parade sail participating vessels in the waters just off of the Harbor. The festival continues through the weekend, Sept. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with live music, food, arts, crafts and demonstrations of seafaring days past by reenactors—pirates, British and American evolutionary period and western vaqueros from the time of missions and ranchos.

Inside the Institute, see mermaids, interactive activities and sea life. Admission to the Institute and ship deck tours is $5 for members and $8 for non-members, ages 3 and up.

Tickets to sail aboard a tall ship during the sunset parade, pirate adventure sails and mock cannon battles are $30-$65 and available for ages 4 and up. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

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