Walk in a fisherman’s boots for the day and experience an authentic, commercial fishing community . . .

  • Tour commercial fishing boats, tugboats, Coast Guard Vessels and historic vessels.
  • Listen to the fishing community share stories of their lives, skills and experiences.
  • Watch demonstrations of net mending, trap making, fish filleting and more.
  • Enjoy performances of music, dance, poetry, and theater.
  • Hear maritime authors read from their works.
  • Try your hand at knot tying, net mending and other skills.
  • See demonstrations by galley cooks, fisherman’s wives and local chefs.
  • Observe The Blessing of the Fleet.

Scheduled Activities:

  • Performances of Music, Dance and Poetry
  • Narrative Stage (Panel Discussions and Author Readings)
  • Kid’s Area (Family Performances)
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Contests (Scallop Shucking, Net Mending, Survival Suit Race, Rilleting, Link Squeezing)
  • Harbor Tours
  • Author Readings
  • Whaleboat Races
  • Tugboat Muster
  • Blessing of the Fleet

Ongoing Activities:

  • A Working Waterfront Exhibit (Wharfinger Building,  Pier 3)
  • Festival Store (Fisherman’s Wharf)
  • Big Boats, Little Boats, model boats and boat building (Coast Guard Park)
  • Farmers Market (Pier 3)
  • Fishing Vessel Tours (Pier 3 & Coast Guard Park)
  • Festival Souvenirs (Pier 3 & Steamship Pier)
  • Industry Exhibits (Steamship Pier)
  • Kids Area (nautical crafts, Steamship Pier)
  • Maritime Artisans Marketplace (Pier 3)
  • Non-profit Exhibits (Steamship Pier & Pier 3)
  • Occupational Demos (Steamship Pier)
  • Self-Guided Walking Tours (depart from Wharfinger Building)
  • Harbor Tours (discounted rate)