Fireworks, music, and beautiful sailboats: Here are five things you must experience at The Tall Ships Races
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The week is finally here.
Expected to attract up to 700,000 visitors, the Tall Ships Races will put on a firework display from another world.
The festivities start today when the first ships are expected to arrive in Aalborg.
In the evening, we can look forward to music from The Blue Van, Rikke Thomsen, and Lis Sørensen herself – all free of charge. After that, the festivities continue every day until Sunday, and there’s plenty to look forward to.
40 beautiful sail ships in waiting
Apart from the biggest fireworks show in Danish history, there are still SO many things to look forward to that you can easily lose track.
Of course, you have to take a walk along the waterfront to see the 40+ beautiful sailships from around the world, but besides that, a lot is going on that you just can’t miss.
That’s why we’ve selected five things you MUST experience at this year’s Tall Ships Races.
… psst: You can see the program for The Tall Ships Races 2022 right here, or you can get it on your phone by downloading the GoVisit app either via Google Play or the App store. You can find The Tall Ships Races Aalborg in the app as an event via the search function. Then select “check-in.” Once you have checked in, you can find the event under the “heart” icon in the app.
1: Experience the biggest fireworks show in Danish history
We’re not getting around it.
Although the sight of the many sail ships will be a beautiful sight, the real highlight of The Tall Ships Races is the big fireworks show, which traditionally is a spectacular sight.
The final fireworks show will, once again, set a Danish record, making it the largest fireworks show ever held on Danish soil.
To be exact, you will be able to see the fantastic fireworks at 23.15 on Saturday, August 6th, and the show will last just under 20 minutes.
The organizer also announces that there will be music for the fireworks, which you can hear if you stand by Slotspladsen in Aalborg or the festival area in Nørresundby.
The music is also broadcasted on FM radio, which you can hear if you tune in to 88.9 FM.
2: Lots of free concerts
The organizers have set up The Tall Ships Races as a musical festival.
It’s a diverse group of names, ranging from newcomers like Tobias Rahim and Calby to famous veterans like TV2 and Birthe Kjær.
In addition to the already announced names, there are both well-known names like Lis Sørensen, Allan Olsen, Fyr & Flamme, Rikke Thomsen, The Blue Van, Souvenirs, Christian Hjelm and Alex Nyborg & Circle of Friends, and local names, including this year’s winners of Band Battle Thursday and Martin Buster, as well as Henrik Fevre, Al Jacobi and Tundra.
In total, audiences can look forward to 51 performances across four stages. The two stages in Castle Square and Activity Square look like their usual. Their location and size are similar to what you could experience during The Tall Ships Races in 2019.
The scene in Nørresundby results from two smaller stages merged into one.
That’s why significant Danish names like Poul Krebs, Johnny Deluxe, Birthe Kjær and Dodo & the Dodos can be seen on “the side of the sun.” The tent on Musikkens Plads in 2019 will replace the one located in Østre Havn in 2019.
All concerts will be free of charge. You can see the program of music for The Tall Ships Races here.
3: Take a trip along the harbour
As with previous hosts of The Tall Ships Races, ferries will be an essential part of the transport to ensure that the public can get around the event area easily and effortlessly.
There will be two shuttle ferries: Bertha-K sails from Goliats bridge (east of the Limfjord bridge) to the festival site in Nørresundby (at Havnegade), while Egholm II sails from Østre Havn to Stigsborg Brygge.
Ticket prices will again be at a level where everyone can participate:
Ages 0-5: Free
Children, Ages 6 -12 years: 10 kr.
Adult, ages 13+ years: 20 kr.
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children): 50 kr.
In addition to the shuttle ferries, there will also be a tour boat, the Swan, sailing from Castle Square. There is room for 97 passengers. The trip lasts 45 minutes.
Prices are as follows:
Ages 0-5: Free
Children, Ages 6 -12 years: 20 kr.
Adult, ages 13 13+ years: 40 kr.
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children): 100 kr.
You can buy tickets for the shuttle ferries at the 4 ticket booths located at:
Goliats Bro (directly east of the Limfjord bridge)
The festival site in Nørresundby (at Havnegade)
Tickets for the tour boat can be purchased from the ticket booth located at Castle Square.
Photo: Lars Horn / Baghuset
4: Entertainment for the little ones
Worry not; there is plenty of entertainment for youngsters during The Tall Ships Races.
On the Nørresundby side, a stage has been set up for all the children’s entertainment takes place.
Every day there is entertainment with Michael Back. Motor Mille will visit on Thursday, while on Friday, you’ll be treated to a visit from the Ramasjang Mysteries before MGP 2022 comes to entertain on Saturday.
At the festival site in Nørresundby, there will also be a children’s area where, among other things, you can jump and tumble in HopHans’ range of activities.
In addition, Aalborg Zoo, Springeren – Maritime Experience Centre, Limfjord Museum, “Head in the water,” and Aalborg Library have exciting stands with fun activities.
The children’s fun center is open from Thursday, August 4th to Saturday, August 6th from 11-18 and Sunday, August 7th from 11-14.
The program for children’s entertainment in Nørresundby can be found here.
5: Visit the exciting food stalls
Without food and drinks, the (sea) hero is not ideal, and when up to 700,000 people gather for one of the year’s biggest highlights in Aalborg, we shouldn’t risk going hungry.
The Tall Ships Races has many allies, including a whole string of food stalls that generally serve thousands of guests at Skanderborg Festival – Smukfest.
“There will be high-quality food stalls. Instead of having a few stalls with many dishes, we have chosen to have a sharp selection of stalls that serve a few dishes of really high quality,” explains Keld Rud from Aalborg Events.
You will find the food stalls in three different locations – in so-called foodcourts.
Two locations on the Aalborg side, namely in Utzon Park and in front of Musikkens Hus. In Utzon Parken, we can look forward to delicious Thai food, food pancakes, sweet pancakes, pasta, burgers and fries, rib roast sandwiches, coffee, and a large sweets stall.
In front of Musikkens Hus, you will find Thai food, slush ice, popcorn, cotton candy, and coffee.
On the Nørresundby side, the food stalls are in the middle of the festival area. Here you can gorge on burgers and fries, Thai food, sausage trucks, churros – and a stall with slush ice, popcorn, cotton candy, and coffee.
You can see the program for The Tall Ships Races 2022 right here, or you can get it on your phone by downloading the GoVisit app either via Google Play or the App store. You can find The Tall Ships Races Aalborg in the app as an event via the search function. Then select “check-in.” Once you have checked in, you can find the event under the “heart” icon in the app.