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Dates:Friday, August 30, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019
Hours:times vary by day
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:Fairs & Festivals
annual gloucester schooner festival photoWell known to the world as Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event, the 35th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester.

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.

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.

In 2012, the Committee chose to broaden this effort and to institutionalize the educational component of the Festival by providing further opportunities for kids to sail on the schooners and giving financial support to local programs that put Cape Ann kids on the water.

We look forward to continuing this efforts on the behalf of Cape Ann’s youth.

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gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/

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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 33rd Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which will take place in Gloucester Harbor over Labor Day Weekend, 2018.

  • The festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and along the eastern seaboard.
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