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Fleet Week roars into the Bay Area this week

Grab your earplugs!

San Francisco’s Fleet Week and all its patriotic grandeur (and noise) kicks off today and runs through Oct. 12.

As the week progresses, the bay will fill up with boats and the sky
with planes. The signature event, the Parade of Ships and Air Show
starring the Blue Angels, will draw crowds along the city’s waterfront
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but locals know the best days to see the
U.S. Navy planes’ aerial stunts is Thursday, the practice day.

Leading up to the weekend, you’ll find a variety of events around the
city including ship tours, a veterans’ art show, band performances and
military and civilian K-9 demonstrations.

An Off-the-Grid festival is new this year with food trucks, live
music and displays of military equipment. “In the past there hasn’t been
anything else going on at Pier 80 near the ship tours,” Fleet Week
spokesperson Garth Langley said in an interview. “This year we’ve added
food trucks and music so people can literally spend the entire day down
there. This is really a family event.”

In its 35th year, Fleet Week was started in 1981 to recognize the
contributions of the men and women who serve in the armed forces. A
government shutdown famously forced organizers to cancel the event in
2013.

Here’s a look at Fleet Week highlights for the week. Find the complete schedule at FleetWeekSF.org.

Mon., Oct. 5:

Noon: USS Somerset (LPD 25) arrives into the Port (30/32)

Tues., Oct. 6:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.: SF Fleet Week Veterans Summit at the Marines’ Memorial Club

Wed., Oct. 7:

Morning–afternoon: SF Fleet Week vessels arrive into the Port (15/17; 80)

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the Fleet Week SF Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf

10 a.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at SF VA Hospital

noon–1 p.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at Noe Valley Square (3861 24th St.) between Sanchez and Vicksburg Streets

4 p.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

Thurs., Oct. 8:

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and 80

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the Fleet Week SF Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf

2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Blue Angels SF Fleet Week Air Show practice

4 p.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

6 p.m.–8 p.m.: Honor Our Fallen Tribute Concert.
Special program in honor of the fallen heroes of the Iraq and
Afghanistan conflicts with a concert featuring the 1st Marine Division
Band at the Marines Memorial Club.

Fri., Oct. 9:

9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village, featuring an interactive demonstration of U.S. Military and Civil capabilities in responding to a disaster

10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the SF Fleet Week Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Powell and Market Streets and marches toward Union Square.

11 a.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: San Francisco Fleet Week Annual Parade of Ships led by the SF Fire Department fireboat Guardian. The first ship under the Golden Gate Bridge at 11 a.m. will be the USS Cape St. George.

4 p.m.: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Pier 39

12:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: SF Fleet Week Air Show.
Performers include the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team (12:30
p.m.), the Red Star Pilots Formation Team (1:30 p.m.) and the U.S. Navy
Blue Angels (3 p.m.).

6 p.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at Ferry Building

Sat., Oct. 10:

9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village, featuring an interactive demonstration of U.S. Military and Civil capabilities in responding to a disaster

9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80

10 a.m.–6 p.m.: Off the Grid Fleet Fest with food, music and displays of military equipment at Pier 80

10 a.m.–noon: Bark at the Park: K9 Heroes at Duboce Park (Intersection of Steiner and Duboce Streets)

10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the SF Fleet Week Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Powell and Market Streets and marches toward Union Square.

11 a.m.: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39

12:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: SF Fleet Week Air Show.
Performers include the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team (12:30
p.m.), the Red Star Pilots Formation Team (1:30 p.m.) and the U.S. Navy
Blue Angels (3 p.m.).

Sun., Oct. 11:

9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village, featuring an interactive demonstration of U.S. Military and Civil capabilities in responding to a disaster

9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Off the Grid Fleet Fest with food, music and displays of military equipment at Pier 80

10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Veteran’s Art Exhibit by the SF Fleet Week Association and the Academy of Art University at the Top Floor of The Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf

11 a.m.: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Band performs at Pier 39

noon–2 p.m.: Italian Heritage Parade. North Beach. U.S. Navy and
Marine Bands march/perform. Contingents of service members from the U.S.
Coast Guard, Navy and Marines march in the parade.

12:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: SF Fleet Week Air Show.
Performers include the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team (12:30
p.m.), the Red Star Pilots Formation Team (1:30 p.m.) and the U.S. Navy
Blue Angels (3 p.m.).

Mon., Oct. 12:

9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Ship Tours at SF Pier 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80

Tues., Oct. 13:

San Francisco Fleet Week vessels depart the Port of San Francisco

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