2019 proved to be a wonderful weekend for water, wind, Tall Ships® food, and entertainment. Thank you to the ships, volunteers, vendors and partners who helped make this event possible.

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Event Description


Green Bay once again has been awarded the honor of hosting a fleet of tall ships as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2019 Race Series. One of only 11 ports in North America and one of 7 in the USA, the Port of Green Bay will be home to nine majestic vessels July 26-28 as part of Nicolet Bank Tall Ships®, offering a wide variety of entertainment and experiences.

Dockside touring ships allow event-goers to learn about each ship’s rich history and meet the crew. Sailing ships offer even more of an experience as they hoist their anchor and sail down the river to the mouth of the bay. Daily programming includes a full day of entertainment that is sure to make lasting memories. In addition to sail excursions and on-board tours, this year a variety of on-board experiences will be available for purchase.


Some of the highlights of the festival are:

  • Day and sunset sail excursions
  • Friday night on-board Green Bay Gamblers Fireworks viewing
  • Appledore IV 3-hour sailing experience out to the Bay of Green Bay 
  • Onboard, dockside ship tours
  • George Kress Foundation Educational Stage
  • Tundraland Entertainment Stage
  • Dunkin’ Kids Zone
  • Oneida Nation Welcome Center
  • Ticket Star Family Day is Sunday, July 28. Kids ages 5-12 are only $5
  • Port of Green Bay Boardwalk
  • North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance Ship Yard
  • The World’s Largest Rubber Duck – presented by Miron Construction
  • Art in the Schools Project featuring area high school art students
  • Maritime Vendor Village
  • Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitor Bureau Trolley service
Credit: Tall Ships America


Thursday, July 25 Green Bay  – Ships arrive Leicht Memorial Park downtown Green Bay

Friday, July 26 Green Bay  – Festival 11 a.m. -8 p.m. with Green Bay Gamblers Fireworks at approx. 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 27 Green Bay  – Festival  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 28 Green Bay  – Festival 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. plus Ticket Star Family Day where kids 5-12 are only $5

Monday, July 29 Green Bay  – Ships depart Green Bay, select ships sail to Sturgeon Bay

Tuesday, July 30 – Sturgeon Bay  – Ships depart for Algoma and start the Great Lakes Challenge ®

Green Bay Sail & Paddle is a non-profit organization and a portion of this events proceeds will be donated back to that organization.