Fleet Week

Bernard Zee

You’ve seen them and you’ve certainly heard them and now they’re back again. Yep, Fleet Week is coming back to the bay. Much more than just the Blue Angels, this yearly festival and celebration of military power typically features a full air show with a 747, Coast Guard rescue demonstrations, plus Navy ship tours, live music, a parade of ships underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, fireworks and more.

San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) began in 1981 when then Mayor Dianne Feinstein led the nation in celebrating America’s sea services. Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SFFW’s air show, parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city’s local culture and economy.

As the largest and most significant event of its kind in the nation, SFFW features a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance and emergency disaster response.

Consistently attracting millions of visitors – and scaring the unsuspecting tourists – San Francisco’s Fleet Week creates lasting relationships for its partners and is now recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the model for fleet weeks across the country.

If You Go:

When: Thursday, October 8th to Monday October 12th

Where: Northern Waterfront, San Francisco

Cost: Free