The festivities begin with a parade of sails on Wednesday July 27. The ships will approach Navy Pier starting at 3:00 pm. The festival will run through Sunday July 31. There is a $10 admission fee and it is $25 if you also want to board some of the ships. Luckily you can see some of the boats from outside of the festival grounds on Navy Pier if you do not want to pay the admission fee.