Founders Day Celebration 2023

September 14th -16th
Celebrate Mare Island's history through three days of storytelling, tours, and a family-friendly festival.

MIHPF Events

The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation is proud to host and share in a number of events during the year that help us fundraise and educate the public about the historic island. Learn more about the latest happenings below.

Speakers Series: The Cold War: Mare Island's Secret War Beneath the Waves

March

 TBD

March 3, 2024

3:00 PM

Focused on the story of the USS Mariano G. Vallejo, which was built on Mare Island, this talk will look at how Mare Island played a major role in ending the Cold War. Selected related artifacts from the MIHPF collection will also be on view.

St. Peter's Chapel, 1181 Walnut Ave, Mare Island, CA 94592

Speakers Series: The Life of Julia Morgan - A Trailblazing Architect

March

 TBD

March 17, 2024

3PM

Victoria Kastner, author of the noted biography "Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect" will present a lecture on this fascinating and important architect, best known for designing Hearst Castle. A book signing will follow the lecture. Co-Sponsored by Alibi Bookshop.

Lecture by author Victoria Kastner on the Life of Julia Morgan - Trailblazing Architect

"Open Mare Island" Free Self-Guided Tour Day

March

 TBD

March 24, 2024

12noon - 2pm

Join MIHPF and Mare Island CO for our second Open Mare Island, featuring self-guided walking/driving tours of historic Mare Island, Docents will be stationed at four locations to present the area and answer questions, including St. Peter's Chapel and the Naval Cemetery.

Child/Adult Workshop: Magical Glass: A Hands-on Workshop Exploring Stained Glass

March

 TBD

March 24, 2024

3 - 4:15pm

This fun, interactive children's workshop will start with a look at the Tiffany stained glass windows, followed by a fun story reading session. The children will then make their own tissue-paper stained glass window!

Hands on stained glass workshop at St. Peter's Chapel

Decked out at the Quarters

April

 TBD

April 28, 2024

12p-4p

"Open Mare Island" Free Self-Guided Tour Day

June

 TBD

June 9, 2024

12p-2p

Join MIHPF and Mare Island CO for our second Open Mare Island, featuring self-guided walking/driving tours of historic Mare Island, Docents will be stationed at four locations to present the area and answer questions, including St. Peter's Chapel and the Naval Cemetery.

Jazzfest 2024

June

 TBD

June 15, 2024

TBD

Jazzfest is our annual event celebrating local Jazz Musicians.

Fun Jazzy Image

Mare Island Founders Day 2024

September

 TBD

September 15, 2024

TBD

Stay tuned for the full array of events that will commemorate the opening of Mare Island Shipyard in 1854. Included will be Open Mere Island tours, a Family Festival, the return of the very popular “Behind the Fences” bus tour (this year with new stops!) and more. The events will take place Sept. 19 - 21.

Mare Island Founders Day Festival

"Open Mare Island" Free Self-Guided Tour Day

September

 TBD

September 15, 2024

12p-2p

Join MIHPF and Mare Island CO for our second Open Mare Island, featuring self-guided walking/driving tours of historic Mare Island, Docents will be stationed at four locations to present the area and answer questions, including St. Peter's Chapel and the Naval Cemetery.

PedalFest: Lap of the Shipyard

September

 TBD

September 29, 2024

TBD

Get ready for an epic bike tour around the island!

PedalFest Lap of the Shipyard Mare Island

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Reach out to us and we'll respond promptly!

Mail to: P.O. BOX 4540, Vallejo, CA 94590
Visit St. Peter's Chapel: 1181 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
Visit Admirals Mansion: 1065 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
Visit Library: 1175 Nimitz, Suite 170, Vallejo, CA 94592
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