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Dates:Sunday, September 1, 2024 - Sunday, September 1, 2024
Hours:times vary by day
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Category:Fairs & Festivals

40th annual gloucester schooner festival photoWelcome to the 40th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival! This year, the festival starts Thursday, August 29th, 2024 and concludes with the schooner race on Sunday, September 1st, 2024 (with Monday held as a rain date).

This capstone to the summer is steeped in history and jam-packed with events and opportunities to get up-close and personal with these beautiful ships.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival has become a Labor Day weekend tradition for thousands of people every year and we hope you will join in the festivities!

Every year schooners from all over travel to Gloucester to race and to show off their beauty and grace both under sail and as a dock-side attraction.

Taking place in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, the Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.

Old and new, large and small– a variety of schooners will visit Gloucester Harbor and delight all comers. The festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and along the eastern seaboard.

Gloucester’s beautiful harbor, acclaimed by explorer Champlain as “Le Beauport”, is the backdrop for a unique mix of the old and new, as modern day trawlers share their home port with traditional vessels from the age of sail.

A spectacular highlight of the Gloucester Schooner Festival is the Parade of Sail on Sunday morning, as the participating schooners make their way through the harbor and out past the breakwater, to the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point. (Click here for a complete list of activities throughout the weekend.)

With an eye toward the future, as well as the past, the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee has always embraced the goal of involving young sailors in the event.



Stacy Boulevard, Gloucester, MA, 01930 map
Phone: (978) 283-1601

Route 128 North ends in Gloucester, with several exits to choose from. Route 128 and Interstate 95 are the same highway from southern Massachusetts until Peabody, MA. In Peabody, Route 95 branches off toward New Hampshire and Maine. When traveling north on Interstate 95/Rte. 128, you must stay on Route 128 by keeping to the left at this point (this is exit #45).

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  • Sail away from your daily life and into the Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which will take place in Gloucester Harbor over Labor Day Weekend.

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