Tall Ships Festival 2014 will sail into Los Angeles in August

Majestic tall ships will parade through L.A.'s harbor and dock for five days in August for the first time since 2008 during the Tall Ships Festival 2014.

Visitors can spend a day sailing aboard one of the historic ships, take a tour while they're in port, and learn how to rig one during the festival.

Tickets went on sale this week for the Aug. 20-24 event that will feature more than a dozen tall ships, including the Irving Johnson and the Exy Johnson, the city's official tall ships.

Visitors can spend $150 for a spot aboard one of the vessels for the Grand Parade of Sail, which proceeds into the port by way of the Angel's Gate Lighthouse. A five-day pass to tour the ships dockside costs $19; single-day tickets cost $7 each (free for 1-4 year olds). Some offer rides out to sea for $85 per person.

There will be demonstrations of sword fighting, knot tying, tall ship rigging and cannon firings. The festival will include live music, from rock and jazz to sea shanties, big band and country, and movies will be shown on some of the ships' sails too.

The festival moves on to San Diego from Aug. 29-Sept. 2 and to Dana Point Sept. 4-7.

Info: Tall Ships Festival 2014, (877) 435-9849; (877) 435-9849
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