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Tall Ships, Challenges, and Family Fun
Maritime Festival

Replacing the annual Tall Ships Festival, Ocean Institute’s president and CEO Wendy Marshall sees the new virtual event as an annual festival moving forward. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with maritime museums and vessels from around the world to present this exciting streaming event during such extraordinary times. As they say, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats.’” The inaugural virtual event will be complimentary to all participants, with the goal to further education in all things maritime.

Let us bring the festival to you virtually!

Join the Ocean Institute and all of the participating organizations from around the world to bring maritime history, ocean conservation, and fun for the whole crew!


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Virtual Demonstrations

Including Live cannon battles, mermaid encounters and more!




Global Events

Live Interviews and Lessons from around the globe.




Ship Tours

Ship tours from maritime organizations around the world.





Ocean Institute Virtual Maritime Festival Challenges

Saturday, August 15, to Thursday, September 10

The Virtual Maritime Festival kicks off Saturday, August 15, with a Move Your Booty Challenge. This virtual challenge encourages individuals, families, groups and corporate teams to get outdoors and get moving in a fun way. Runners, walkers, paddleboarders and more are invited to sign up and get moving. Prizes will encourage creativity and fun, while creating excitement for the Ocean Institute Virtual Maritime Festival. Proceeds from this event will support Ocean Institute’s programs at CHOC Children’s (Children’s Hospital Orange County).

A second challenge beginning Saturday, August 15, is Art Aboard, co-presented by Blick Art Materials. Participants will select a challenge from a “Sea Chest of Projects” to express their creativity through art. From sand sketching to sculpting an urchin, participants post their masterpieces online in a competition that highlights the beauty of the sea with prizes given for various categories.

To take part in the Maritime Festival challenges, participants can visit


Virtual Maritime Festival Global Stream Marathon

Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13

During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute brings together interactive and educational virtual experiences from maritime establishments from around the globe. From maritime reenactments and cannon battles to mermaid encounters, sea shanties, music and a sail cargo transporting coffee through the Costa Rican jungle, the virtual event will include live and pre-recorded content. A highlight of the three-day event will be a Buccaneers Video Game Challenge utilizing an icon representing The Pilgrim, Ocean Institute’s former full-sized replica of the 1830’s merchant ship detailed in the classic novel, “Two Years Before the Mast,” that sunk earlier this year.

Participating oceanic institutions include Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney; the United Kingdom’s Island Trust; San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Lady Washington vessel in Washington; Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaii; Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut; and much more.

The full schedule of events and signups are available at The free Virtual Maritime Festival is sponsored by Toshiba Corporation.

Sponsorships and Donations

While the Ocean Institute is not charging for any part of the Virtual Maritime Festival, participants are encouraged to shop online for Maritime Festival logo items or donate funds. All proceeds support Ocean Institute’s Adopt-A-Class program, which will assist funding for the Ocean Institute’s new virtual learning and livestream programs. Sponsorships are also available. More information can be found at