Festival of Sail Kicks Off Over Labor Day Weekend

The festival runs through Monday with tickets starting at $5

Cannon battles, festival food and magnificent ships delighted the crowds this weekend at the 2013 Festival of Sail along the Embarcadero.

Since Friday, 20 tall ships from around the world have docked along the Embarcadero for the festival that's been dubbed the biggest event of its kind on the west coast.

Through Monday, entry for the festival will take place at the Maritime Museum, located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive. Tickets will cost $5.

Once inside, ship fanatics and novices alike can immerse themselves into nautical culture with entrance to the museum, tall ship tours, a beer garden and more all done in the spirit of the age of sail.

Throughout the weekend, live cannon battles will take place and for an extra price the public can take a seat on one of the battling ships.

The festival has plenty to do for younger Maritime fans as well, including a kid’s zone, petting zoo and a family area. Those looking to shop shouldn’t be disappointed either as more than 150 vendors will be on hand selling one-of-a-kind items.

Proceeds from the event help fund education and youth programs at the Maritime Museum and help cover the ship's preservation costs.

For more information about the Festival of Sail 2013 or to buy tickets, visit the event’s website.

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