The Tall Ships Festival started in 1984 and is the Ocean Institute’s premier annual event, drawing thousands to Dana Point’s beautiful harbor. This festival celebrates California’s rich maritime history and our connection to the ocean. The Tall Ships Festival Pass Includes: Tours of the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, and all visiting vessels from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Educational activities including squid dissections, gold panning, candle making and more. Access to Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, Main Stage & Pirate Camp. Food trucks and shopping.