Sailabration Festival hosts assortment of entertaining activities June 14-19


From air, to sea, to land, Star-Spangled Sailabration covers it all with a variety of lively activities and entertainment scheduled during the week-long maritime festival. On June 14-19, the Sailabration Village – Inner Harbor features live music concerts, street theater, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, sporting events, food, beer and wine.

In addition, the Inner Harbor village includes guest services, first aid, portable restrooms, ATMs, bike parking, and locations on-site to purchase souvenirs and merchandise. Festivities take place throughout the Baltimore Inner Harbor area, including McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor Amphitheater, Bicentennial Plaza, West Shore Park and Rash Field. The Inner Harbor village is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. It operates from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Additional Sailabration villages are located at Fells Point, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

The Sailabration Village – Inner Harbor hosts music concerts with local, regional and military bands in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater and West Shore Park. Highlights for the Transamerica West Shore Concert Stage include Donegal Express, Irish rock; Andy Poxon, blues; Swingin Swamis, Latin; Guayas – Ecuador Tropical+ Band, tropical; 8 OHMs, funk; 7 IghQ The Band, reggae and world; The Corporates, jazz and R&B; and Old Man Brown, blues. (See full lineup of concerts at the TransAmerica stage.)

Highlights for the Inner Harbor Amphitheater are U.S. Navy Commodores, jazz; U.S. Navy Cruisers, popular music ensemble; Indonesia-Dewaruci Naval Cadet Marching Band and U.S. Navy Concert Band, wind ensemble.(See full lineup of concerts at the Amphitheater.)

On June 14-17, the Ports America Chesapeake Demo Kitchen presents entertaining cooking demonstrations and competitions in the Galley Works area, located in Bicentennial Plaza near the Baltimore Visitor Center. Spectators can view and sample foods during cooking demos from area restaurants and chefs, such as Papa John’s, Bistro 300 at Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Fleet Street Kitchen, Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Waterfront Kitchen, Chef Sandy Lawler, Johnny Mo and Navy Culinary Specialist. Plus, winners are announced for the Best Served Cold Competition, Big Daddy Crab Cake Competition and the Sweet Sailing Cupcake Competition. (See the complete lineup of restaurants at the Gallery Works.)

The M&T Bank Chesapeake Family Zone, located in McKeldin Square, contains all things fascinating, fun and interactive for children. The kids’ area is open Thursday through Sunday and closes at 6 p.m., daily. Groups are on-site providing hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy, such as the United States Power Squadron, Seaworthy Small Ships, Che Education, Downtown Sailing Center, Nancy Jagelka Recycling Crafts and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Additionally, the United States Power Squadron showcases an interactive robot that keeps youngsters engaged, as well as literature, displays, equipment and models pertaining to safe boating.

Rash Field and near the Maryland Science Center are home to the Adventure Zone, which includes a halo jumper, rock wall, exhibits and the Minutemen humvee, as well as a 70-foot big wheel attraction, sports competitions, open play sandbox, and music and street theater in Kaufman Pavilion.

Street theater offers a variety of lively entertainment during the festival. From music and magic, to comedy and stunts, performers offer something that appeals to audiences of all ages. Also, entertainers incorporate festival-goers into their shows for a fun and unique experience. Scheduled performers and shows include Professor Max Bloviate’s “Old Time Medicine Show,” Professor Paul Trattner, Experience the Impossible – The Magic of Joe Castricone, Matt Macis Sings the Legends, Evan Young, Doc Sharpe’s International Wonder Show, Musician Peter James, Jonathan Burns, Amazing Josini, Casper Alex and The Magic of George Gilbert. (See full lineup of street performances at the Kaufman Pavilion.)

An assorted menu of food is available throughout the site and includes traditional festival fare, ethnic specialties and vegan/vegetarian offerings. In addition, Papa John’s is stationed in major areas of the Inner Harbor village with pizza and other signature foods. Beer and wine gardens are located in West Shore Park and Rash Field.

Star-Spangled Sailabration is the national launch of the three-year commemoration for the War of 1812 Bicentennial and penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The international maritime and air festival features free entertainment including regional bands, orchestras and choirs, public tours of ships, air shows, aircraft displays, fireworks, sporting events and additional special events.

Star-Spangled Sailabration is presented by Star-Spangled 200 Inc., the U.S. Navy and Operation Sail Inc., in partnership with the state of Maryland, city of Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Baltimore County, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Sail Baltimore and Visit Baltimore. Star-Spangled 200 is presented by AT&T. Founding partners to date, include Constellation Energy and Papa John’s Pizza.

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