Ships, planes, pomp and celebrations honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces is making its return to the Bay Area this week! Fleet Week is back and taking the San Francisco Bay by storm kicking off the many exciting October events to come. The event runs through October 12, and includes ships and planes from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Canadian Navy participating in parades and air shows.
There are a ton of events taking place all weekend long but to help you easily navigate this Bay Area wide celebration, I've put together a list of my personal favorite ways for families to experience the festivities.
Blue Angel Practice
Thursday, October 8, 12:00pm-4pm, Bay Area Wide.
To avoid the crowds, practice is a great time to see the Blue Angels. Don't forget water, sunscreen and layers of clothes. If your child is sensitive to sounds you might want to try earplugs.
Anywhere along the waterfront in San Francisco is great viewing but parking is a challenge unless you get there early. Some of my favorite land bound spots include:
- Southview Park, Sausalito (parking is limited)
- Fort Baker, Sausalito
- Marin Headlands, Sausalito
- Downtown Sausalito
- Downtown Tiburon
- Strawberry Point
- Angel Island
- Berkeley Marina
- Treasure Island
Friday, October 9, Saturday October 10, & Sunday October 11, 12:30pm-4pm, Bay Area Wide.
Over three consecutive days, this event attracts over a million people every year including a breathtaking display by The United States Navy Blue Angels. Here is the schedule:
- 12:30pm --- U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team
- 12:45pm --- U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Demo
- 1:00pm --- Ace Maker T-33
- 1:15pm --- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Extra-330 flown by Matt Chapman
- 1:30pm --- Red Star Pilots Formation Team
- 1:45pm --- Michael Wiskus and the Lucas Oil Air Show
- 2:00pm --- Patriots Jet Team Formation Demo
- 2:30pm --- United Airlines 747 Demo
- 2:45pm --- Sean Tucker’s Team Oracle Pitts Special
- 3:00pm --- United States Navy Blue Angels
- Thursday, October 8, 10am-2pm
- Saturday, October 10, 9am-4pm
- Sunday, October 11, 9am-4pm
- Monday, October 12, 9am-4pm
All Ship Tours are FREE of charge at Pier 30-32, Pier 80, and Pier 15/17. Best to get there as early as possible to avoid waiting.
Parade of Ships
Friday, October 9, 11am-12:30pm. At 11am the first ship sails under the Golden Gate Bridge.
SFFD Fireboat Guardian
USS Cape St. George
ACRE MV John Dillard
Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11, 10am-6pm, Pier 80, San Francisco.
Enjoy a festival atmosphere of San Francisco food truck culture, live music, art and educational military displays.
Saturday, October 10, 10am-1pm, Duboce Park, San Francisco
Public safety canine demos in celebration of San Francisco’s Fleetweek 2015. Watch and learn about working canines from the US Marines, US Navy, San Francisco Police, San Francisco Sheriff, San Mateo Sheriff, San Francisco Fire Department, US Customs and Border Protection, Canine Companions for Independence, CARDA, and many others.
Friday, October 9, Saturday October 10, & Sunday October 11, 10am-4pm, Marina Green, San Francisco
The Humanitarian Village is an interactive demonstration of US Military and Civil capabilities in responding to a disaster. The 2015 Village will include an educational program for participants to learn about these capabilities. Guided by a “Passport”, participants will be encouraged to explore four different theme camps and receive a stamp from each: Mass Care and Shelter, Power and Utilities, Community Response & Rescue, and Environmental Management & Decontamination. Participants who turn in a completed Passport with 4 stamps will be eligible for a prize drawing.
* Sunday, October 11 is the Italian Heritage Parade & Festival, 12:30p, San Francisco. Expect large crowds in San Francisco and no parking.