Kenosha Tall Ships

August 2-4, 2019 with August 1 Parade of Sail

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Kenosha Tall Ships
Kenosha Tall Ships
Kenosha Tall Ships
Tall Ship Red Witch, sailing, North Pier Lighthouse, Kenosha harbor, Lake Michigan

The City of Kenosha is looking forward to welcoming a fleet of seven historic vessels known as “tall ships” to our harbor during the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®.

August 1:

Vessels will arrive in a “Parade of Sail” on the afternoon of August 1, led by Kenosha’s own tall ship – the schooner Red Witch. The Parade of Sail is free to view. People may view the Parade of Sail along the lakefront from Pennoyer Park, south to Eichelman Park. The best spots for viewing will be nearest the harbor.

Parade Schedule:

3 p.m.: Ships Muster outside Kenosha harbor for Parade of Sail.

4 p.m.: Ships head north to Pennoyer Park, 3601 7th Avenue, then head south to Kemper Center, 6501 Third Avenue, then downtown.

5:30 p.m.: Ships begin their approach into Downtown Kenosha for docking.

6 p.m.: Music and opening ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park (Peanut Butter & Jam concert series stage), at 6th Avenue and 54th Street.

August 2-4:

Five ships will be moored along the south side of the harbor at 54th Street between Sixth Avenue and First Avenue.  Live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, and children’s activities are part of the festivities.

Festival admission tickets allow you to board the ships docked along the south harbor and explore from bow to stern. Festival admission also includes hands-on activities in the Pepsi Kids Zone; live entertainment at the Miller Lite Entertainment Stage and more. Stop by the Wisconsin Coastal Management and NOAA Exploration Station to learn more about the ships and the Great Lakes. You may even find a unique treasure at the festival art fair.

Visiting ships from the international fleet include:

  • U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie, PA
  • Barque Picton Castle, Cook Islands
  • Bluenose II, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • S/V Denis Sullivan, Milwaukee, WI
  • Pride of Baltimore II, Baltimore, MD


Regular priced admission tickets may be purchased at the listed website: online ticket prices are $18 for adult admission and $9 for children’s admission. 

Discount admission tickets are on sale at area Festival Foods stores. Visit the service desks at Festival Foods stores in Kenosha, Somers and Mount Pleasant to purchase adult admission tickets for $16 plus tax; and children’s admission tickets (ages 6-17) for $7 plus tax.


Friday, August 2: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 3: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 4: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

See website for the complete schedule.


On the north side of the harbor (near the Kenosha Yacht Club at 5130 Fourth Ave. on Simmons Island), Red Witch and Appledore IV from Bay City, Mich., will offer sail-away tours on Lake Michigan, providing a unique opportunity to view the Kenosha coastline. A separate ticket is required – also available at the listed website.

Kenosha is one of 11 host ports on the Great Lakes in 2019 – including stops in Canada – and one of only two port stops on Lake Michigan. The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® travels through the Great Lakes every three years. In 2019, the CHALLENGE begins on June 28 in Lake Ontario, with the first port stop in Toronto. Over the course of 10 weeks, a core fleet of ships will make its way through Lake Erie and Lake Huron, before traveling to Lake Michigan, with port stops in Green Bay and Kenosha. Between ports, Tall Ships America organizes races among the tall ships. The festivals in host ports offer an opportunity for visitors to explore the vessels and meet the crew. Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting sail training in North America, and supporting education aboard and about tall ships.