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Harbor Fest returns to Charleston, S.C.

South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor Fest is an event that has grown during the last three years with audiences ranging from 50,000 to nearly 100,000 expected this year. The event welcomes traditional ships from afar and highlights the importance of this region's rich maritime heritage. As the tall ships from around the globe arrive, the sight recalls photos and centuries-old paintings, depicting the days when trade ships had square rigs and the towering masts of wooden ships were as common as container ships are today.

Charleston Harbor Fest runs June 26-29 with 18 tall ships as the central draw, complemented by extensive attractions on land, by air and at sea. The festival grounds will boast annual favorites including Wooden Boat Display, Family Boat Building, the Education Village, Kids' Zone with water slides, and many unique exhibitors showcasing their handmade crafts.

Tickets to the event are available in advance online at Tickets are good for all three days of the event for $15 in advance and $20 on-site. Children 6-17 years are $5 in advance and $10 on-site. Children 5 years and under are free.