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San Francisco Fleet Week

To Fisherman's Wharf:

By Bus, Rail or Ferry

     From the North Bay Area

Take the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco (Portions toll)
Turn Left onto Van Ness Ave.
Turn Right onto North Point St.
Turn Left onto Stockton St.
Turn Right onto Beach St.

    From the South Bay Area

Take 101 South toward SF
Merge onto I-280 N
Take the exit on the left
Merge onto King St.
King St becomes Embarcadero
Drive 2.5 miles
Fisherman's Wharf is on the Left

    From the East Bay Area

Take 80 across the Bay Bridge
Take the Fremont St Exit
Turn Right onto Howard St.
Turn Left onto the Embarcadero
Drive 1.5 miles
Fisherman's Wharf is on the Left

A tradition since 1981, Fleet Week is the most anticipated Fall event in San Francisco.

With an estimated audience of 1 million, spectators are drawn every year to the city's northern waterfront to be awed by a parade of Navy ships, along with a spectacular aerial show that includes the Navy Blue Angels.

Also always on hand are a variety of nighttime entertainment venues that kick off just as the sun sets over San Francisco Bay.

When : This year, Fleet Week begins in earnest on Friday, October 6, 2023 continuing until Tuesday, October 10th, kicking off with the traditional parade of ships, followed by spectacular aerial stunts by the Navy Blue Angels, and wrapping up with Navy ship tours open to the public.

As the 2023 schedule firms up, keep it here for updates and the full San Francisco Fleet Week schedule (below.)

Where : Join the crowds along the main viewing area at Marina Green park with additional viewing at Fishermans Wharf, or from any vantage point along the shores of San Francisco Bay.

Air Show & Blue Angels

Besides the parade of ships, the Blue Angels team are without a doubt the main event of San Francisco Fleet Week, featuring awesome aerial stunts guaranteed to take a spectator's breath away.

Aerobatic maneuvers include the Blue Angels' signature diamond formation and the six-jet Delta formation, along with dizzying solo performances by individual pilots high above San Francisco Bay.

Warning: those with sensitive hearing are advised to wear ear plugs, since the engines that power Blue Angels jets are LOUD.

2023 Air Show, Ship Parade & Visits

Parade of Ships, Fleet WeekSince the schedule changes little from year to year, just up ahead check out the tentative dates and times for key events during Fleet Week 2023, plus keep it here for the official schedule when it is announced over the summer:

2023 Parade of Ships
Friday, October 6
11:00 AM

Along the San Francisco Waterfront

2023 Air Show Dates
Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8, and Monday, October 9

Noon to 3PM daily
In addition to the Navy Blue Angels on Saturday and Sunday, scheduled performers usually include demonstrations by U.S. Navy parachute teams and U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicoptors.

2023 Ship Tours
Wednesday, October 4, Thursday, October 5, Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For additional info, check out the official SCHEDULE OF SHIP TOURS.

More about San Francisco Fleet Week around the Web:

2023 SF Fleet Week Official Site

Fleet Week - Wikipedia

San Francisco Fleet Week: tips from a local

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