Every year on the first weekend in July, Wilhelmshaven celebrates its big city-and-harbour festival with guests from near and far. It is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Northern Germany and invites visitors to experience a range of sailing adventures. The harbour festival delights young and old alike with numerous activities and events on water and on shore. For this weekend at the Jade River, the area around the main harbour is transformed into an extensive celebration zone. Culinary delights and musical entertainment with around 80 music groups on several open-air stages and in marquees round off the supporting programme.
On the first weekend in October, it’s time to “cast off” again for the major sailing regatta all around the Wilhelmshaven Sailing CUP. For the 17th time now, you can experience the exciting regatta on the Jade Bay and a colourful supporting programme ashore. The only traditional sailing regatta on the North Sea takes the tall ships past the JadeWeserPort. The finish parade of sailboats in the afternoon is an absolute highlight and also a popular photo subject. The supporting programme ranges from live music, harbour cruises and tours of moored boats to a colourful children’s programme. One thing is already certain: it will be colourful and absolutely maritime – on all days!