Dublin is set make major waves when an estimated one million visitors descend on the city from Thursday August 23rd to Sunday August 26th for an action-packed, free, family festival marking the last leg of the Tall Ships Race 2012.
The north and south quays of Dublin's Docklands will come alive over four fun-filled, magical days with music, children's activities in a special Family Zone, a food theatre, markets, watersports, street performances and Dublin's first floating cinema! There will also be literary trails and art exhibitions celebrating the personal stories and memories of the city's seafaring community and life on the docks.
Dublin is the final port of call for what is one of the most visually stunning sailing races in the world with 60 magnificent ships taking part. The fleet set sail from the Northern French port of St Malo in early July, and will have raced across the Bay of Biscay to Lisbon in Portugal and Cadizin Spain before its arrival in Dublin.
George's Dock hosts a feast of free top music talent with performances from Therapy?, Ash, Delorentos, The Minutes, The Mighty Stef, The Undertones, Frank & Walters, Spook of the 13th Lock, and lots more.
One of the highlights of the Festival will be the Crew Parade (Friday August 24th), when 1,500 sailors parade through the city to a prize giving ceremony. The weekend will end in spectacular fashion with the Parade of Sail (August 26th) when all the ships leave port together with their graceful sails hoisted.