Step aboard a schooner, learn about traditional shipbuilding and fitting out, watch America’s oldest marine railway in action, or explore the unique biology that makes our oceans so amazing. You can find it all at Maritime Heritage Day! Maritime Gloucester will be hosting a variety of local community organizations with an exciting array of demonstrations and interactive options for all ages.

In addition to our exhibitors we will have music, schooner charters, and delicious local fare. Many of the Gloucester Schooner Festival's visiting schooners will be open to deck tours and charters. This festival will take place over two locations on the Gloucester Waterfront, our own Harriet Webster Pier on Harbor Loop as well as the new Schooner Docks at the neighboring I4C2 lot.

This is an exciting day with something for everyone from the budding marine biologist to the maritime history enthusiast. A list of our vendors and a schedule of events can be seen below.

Where: Maritime Gloucester (23 Harbor Loop) & I4C2 Lot (dirt parking lot between the Building Center and The Gloucester House)

When: Saturday August 31st 10am-4pm

Price: Free and open to the public

Schedule of Events By Location

Maritime Gloucester - 23 Harbor Loop


10-11: Blubber Demonstration

10-12 : Marine Coloring Activity

10-12 : Sensory Pool

11-11:30 : Story Time & Meet a Creature

11-11:30 : Learn to Make Rope


1-1:30 : Story Time & Meet a Creature

1-2 : Blubber Demonstration

1-4 : Marine Coloring Activities

2-3 : learn to Make Rope

2-4 : Sensory Pool

2-4 : Personalize your new T-shirt from our Gift Shop

All Day: Food!

All Day: Artisan Vendors with Locally Made Goods

All Day: Gloucester Schooner Fest Merchandise for Sale

All Day: Winslow Homer Inspired Water Colors

All Day: Henna Tattoos

All Day: 1 Hour Schooner Ardelle Trips for $20

All Day: Deck Tours Aboard Lewis H. Story

I4C2 Lot - Between Building Center and Gloucester House

All Day: OLLIE Ocean Learning Lab & Virtual Submarine

9am-7:30pm: Schooner Viewing and Deck Tours

All Day: Gloucester Schooner Fest Merchandise for Sale

Participating Organizations and Vendors

Food Vendors

The Eclectic Clam

Gig Rower Gourmet

Kim Gregory Pure Pastry

Artisan Vendors 

Melissa Cox Photography

Design of Mine

Fast Food Prints

Jay's Maritime Antiques

John Bergmann Art

Karol Peralta Art

Sonal Henna and Sand Art