In 1769, the first settlement of Alta California was established which included a mission and presidio (Spanish fort). The San Diego we know today began on July 16, 1769, with the dedication of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 California missions. This first mission and neighboring presidio was established near the ancient Kumeyaay village of Kosa'aay (Cosoy), known today as Old Town San Diego. Occurring in Old Town and nearby downtown waterfront, exciting special events in 2019 that commemorate San Diego's rich history and its 250th anniversary include the Festival of the Sea occurring May 25-27, San Diego 250, Where California Began on July 16, and Founders' Day Old Town San Diego occurring September 14-15.
Maritime Museum Of San Diego To Host New Port Of San Diego Festival Of The Sea
Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, exhibits, and on-the-water adventure guest experiences, will host the region’s first annual Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, 2019. Festival of the Sea, produced by the Maritime Museum and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, is one of the keynote events that will take place during 2019 commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the beginning of modern-day San Diego.
On April 11, 1769 the first seaborne contingent of Spanish settlement arrived is a quiet harbor in San Diego aboard the ship San Antonio. Just a scant three months later, these Spanish soldiers and missionaries, led by a Franciscan priest named Junipero Serra, gathered amid oaks and coastal sage scrub to dedicate the founding of Mission San Diego de Alcala. The two events set into motion the first 21 missions extending northward and the evolution of that calm harbor into a working Port.
The Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego.
Festivities will kick off Saturday, May 25 with the 27th Annual San Diego Sea Chantey Festival sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage staged on the main deck of Star of India from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Performance schedule includes:
Musical Line-up 2019
10:00 AM Jackstraws
10:55 AM Sportive Tricks
11:50 AM Kick Up the Dust
12:45 PM Jackstraws
1:40 PM John Kraus and The Goers
2:35 PM Raggle Taggle
3:30 PM Finale
The music festival vibe along the bayfront continues on the main deck of the Star with performances by local favorite classic rock quartet band Paul Hartley & The Chiefs. Also included with general admission. Times and performers subject to change.
Nested on the upper deck of the Victorian-era 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley will be a collection of regional artist and artisan works including paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more which embrace a passion for the sea. Visitors can view the displays and purchase merchandise throughout the festival Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Berkeley Bar will also be open on the upper deck amidst the lively artist exhibition serving wine and beer to guests for an additional charge noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The Berkeley observation deck will also be open offering guests a spectacular view of San Diego Bay.
Special weekend evening activities include an HMS Surprise On-board Pub open 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cover charge for adults 21+ only venue on the HMS Surprise Pub is $20.00 and includes entrance to the no-host bar with live music concert featuring maritime folk rock band John Kraus and The Goers playing 6 :00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Movies Beneath the Mast will be shown below deck in the Hold Gallery of Star of India Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Four sea-focused film classics have been chosen for the pop-up waterfront shipboard theatre experience including Saturday 5:30 p.m. showing of Swiss Family Robinson and 8:00 p.m. showing of The Hunt for Red October. Sunday, movie-goers can enjoy Moana at 5:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. the hilarious Captain Ron. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 3-12 per show. Popcorn and standard movie treats will also be available for prior to the shows.
Food trucks will be on-site daily, and The Maritime Café will be serving up special meal deals throughout the weekend open 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 27.