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Festival of the Sea coming to San Diego bayfront this May

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Posted at 8:40 AM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 11:40:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new festival is on its way to the Embarcadero this May.

Called Festival of the Sea, the Maritime Museum of San Diego will host the Memorial Day weekend festival from May 25 through the 27.

Not only will the festival take place along the beautiful San Diego bayfront, but organizers say there will be something for everyone.

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Festivities kick off Saturday, May 25 with the 27th annual San Diego Sea Chantey Festival on the Star of India from 10 .m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile on the Victorian-era 1898 ferryboat Berkley there will be a collection of work by regional artists including paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. Visitors can view the art on all three days of the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The BerkleyBar will also be open on the upper deck serving beer and wine for an additional charge from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Special weekend evening events are also planned, including a pub on the HMS Surprise open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The pub is $20 and includes entrance to the bar and live music.

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Movies Beneath the Mast will be shown below the deck in the Hold Gallery of Star of India Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Four sea-based films will be shown at the gallery including the Swiss Family Robinson, The Hunt for Red October, Moana and Captain Ron. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 3-12.

Food trucks will also be parked at the festival daily.

General admission for the festival is $18 for adults while students 13-17, military and seniors can get in for $13. Tickets for children 3-12 are $8.