Fleet Week Returns Oct 9

No, they really won’t come this close  | image from Floatinghome.com © 2001 Ric Miller  | post by Larry Clinton

Get ready for the sound and fury of Fleet Week, which returns to the San Francisco waterfront with air shows taking place from noon to 4 p.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Flights of the Blue Angels are scheduled for 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Parade of Ships through the Golden Gate will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 9.

Best viewing sites are the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, and in San Francisco, the piers along the Embarcadero, as well as the Marina Green and Fisherman’s Wharf. Tickets for premium seating range from $85-$325.


There are lots of ancillary activities tied in with Fleet Week, as well:

  • Guided ship tours will be offered throughout the week. The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda is open for visits and tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
  • Other events include an “Honor Our Fallen” free concert with the 1st Marine Division Band at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. Registration and proof of vaccination are required for entry.
  • A dog show at 10 a.m. at Duboce Park in San Francisco on Oct. 9 will feature trained K9 units.
  • On the Marina Green (200 Marina Blvd., San Francisco), a Humanitarian Assistance Village will demonstrate how the military responds to disasters. This interactive exhibit offers prizes to lucky participants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday Oct 8 through Sunday Oct 10. Free.

Or, you could just stay home, check out a veterans’ art exhibition online retrospective, cover your pet’s ears, and wait it all out.