A Local’s Guide to San Francisco Fleet Week
For nearly 40 years, Fleet Week—which honors the contributions of the individuals of the United States Armed Forces—puts on an exciting show for San Franciscans while providing a rich education to both residents and military personnel. Held from October 6–14, this year’s lively happenings will take place all over the western side of the city. Here are a few that aren’t to be missed.
San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13
Get tickets here for guaranteed seating and the best views.
People travel from across the world just for this—the highlight of Fleet Week. As the only air show in the country with a commercial plane (the United 777), it gives attendees a truly unforgettable experience. Other notable acts include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the USAF F-35 Demo Team.
Visiting Ship Tours
Thursday, October 10 and Saturday, October 12 through Monday, October 14
Free of charge; first come, first serve
Full schedule and visiting info here
Want to get a glimpse into the daily life of a sailor on a military ship? Over the course of the week, you’ll have the opportunity to climb aboard a carrier from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Australian Navy.
Parade of Ships
Friday, October 11, 2019
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Head somewhere with a view of the Golden Gate for the largest parade of ships on the West Coast. The parade typically showcases the San Francisco Fire Department’s fire boat, followed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. This year’s parade will also feature the Royal Australian Navy. Due to U.S. Navy security protocol, you’ll have to wait until the day of to see the participating ships.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come out to meet and honor the canine heroes of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, S.F.P.D., S.F.F.D., San Francisco and Alameda County Sheriffs, various search and rescue teams and more.
For a full list of events, ticketing info and more, visit the official SF Fleet Week site.