Harbor Fest Parade of Boats

The Black River Channel
Friday, July 14th 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Witness the HarborFest kickoff event from Waterfront park as a parade of vintage vessels from the Maritime Museum pass along the Black River channel. The parade, led by the tall-ship Friends Good Will, will provoke the nostalgia of seafaring days.

While you're in the Marina, check out the 38th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show!
Put on by The Michigan Maritime Museum Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10 AM – 4 PM.

HarborFest kicks off the festival with a parade of vintage vessels from the Michigan Maritime Museum!  Aboard will be mermaids, pirates and captive dignitaries.  Narration for the event will be provided from the HarborFest Performance Stage at Riverfront Park.  Best public viewing locations are along the Riverfront Park and the South Beach Pier.  Friday, June 14, 2019, at 5:30 pm.


This event is for public viewing only.  Mermaids aboard the Friends Good Will will be selected representatives from Hannah’s Underwater Modeling Workshop participants, the Circus Siren Pod performers, and festival organizers.

Watch the Harbor Fest Parade of Boats

During the summer months special “Pirate Chaser Adventure Sails” are scheduled on the tall ship Friends Good Will which are geared towards children, Wednesday through Saturday at 11:00 am. The crew briefs the young recruits on operations and procedures that will ensure not only the sighting of pirates, but also the capturing of the scoundrels and, in the tradition of the Buccaneers, sharing in their loot. Never has so much adventure been packed into one 90-minute sail. For details and reservations call 269-637-8078 or purchase tickets online.


*Pirate Chaser Sails also available on Tuesdays during the month of July*


How to Catch a Pirate

Book passage on a Friends Good Will Pirate Chaser Sail.

Get a dockside briefing by the Captain on recent pirate sightings in the area.

Board the tall ship Friends Good Will with your fellow recruits, cast off the dock, and follow the Black River into Lake Michigan…then hoist the sails high.

Look for pirates.

Upon sighting, fire a warning shot over their bow, overtake their ship… if the pirates attack, repel them with gusto.

Capture the scoundrels, recover our treasure, and sail for home to divide the spoils.



Sails open to children 4 years and up. No exceptions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tariff: $37 per person.

90 minute Pirate Chaser Sails will take place on Lake Michigan.

Go/No Go weather decisions at sole discretion of the Captain.

In the event of inclement weather, fares will be refunded or accredited to a future sail.

Fun for the whole family!

Pirate Chaser Sails