It’s finally here! The skies and seas will pay tribute to military service people this month during San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week. Whether it’s watching the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels in formation or a parade of ships on the Bay, there are plenty of ways to honor and celebrate the men and women who serve our nation!

Fleet Week brings a special energy to San Francisco, and offers daily opportunities to learn about and celebrate the military, including Coast Guard demonstrations, live music, art exhibits, and tours of U.S. Navy ships. The action takes place along Fisherman’s Wharf and throughout San Francisco, and everything is free unless you’d like to buy a ticket for a prime air show viewing spot. And while people come from all over to experience Fleet Week, us lucky locals can find plenty of ways to enjoy it too.Here are some highlights of the week:

Veterans Art Exhibit 

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday

Academy of Art University Galleries at The Cannery

2801 Leavenworth St.

For the sixth consecutive year, the San Francisco Fleet Week Association is featuring its dynamic and original art by veterans from World War II to the present.


Parade of Ships

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5

A San Francisco Fire Department fireboat will lead a parade of the first U.S. Navy ships under the Golden Gate Bridge into the San Francisco Bay just before noon. Get a spot along the waterfront for the best view!


Military ship tours

Weeklong, various times and locations

Piers along the Bay will host free tours for ships such as the HMCS Vancouver and the USS Bonhomme Richard. Check out the various times and locations and get a once in a lifetime look at some of the United States’ most amazing ships.


Blue Angels Air Show

3 p.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 5-7

This three-day air show over the waterfront typically draws more than a million people. The Blue Angels will rehearse on Thursday and officially perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Tickets starting at $55 are available for prime viewing locations, but you can watch for free anywhere along the water. Fisherman’s Wharf will be packed, but any location where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge will give you a great view of the Blue Angel’s thrilling show!