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Celebrate the Coming of Fall at San Francisco Fleet Week

by Rich Goldman

A fun-filled party in the Bay Area where you can watch military demonstrations, learn about boats big and small, and partake in various family-friendly activities, San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual fall event that draws in thousands of visitors each year. It is a festival that brings awareness to humanitarian issues of the world and allows visitors to learn about the various roles of the military while enjoying some fun in the sun. Whether you are a resident of the area or are heading to San Francisco on relaxing beachfront vacation, be sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss out on any of the Fleet Week action.  

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What is San Francisco Fleet Week?

Established in 1981 in honor of America's maritime vessels, Fleet Week is an annual outdoor festival in which sea lovers of the West Coast and members of the Armed Forces come together to celebrate life, freedom, and the contributions of the military.

Fleet Week is held each October at Marina Green, and is a week long event that focuses on educating people about humanitarian efforts carried out at both the civilian and Armed Forces levels. Entrance into the main festival is free and you can purchase tickets for premium seating, VIP sections, and private dining areas.

Featured Activities and Events

San Francisco Fleet Week is packed with activities that are fun for people of all ages. Some of the highlights of the festival include:

Humanitarian Village: An all-encompassing camp set up where you can learn about global search and rescue missions, mobile mass care medical units, decontamination units, and emergency shelter operations.

Military Shipboard Tours: Take advantage of the opportunity to hop aboard and explore sea vessels of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. You can check out aircraft carriers, destroyer ships, and even an amphibious boat. While you are on board, service members will explain various job duties and how day-to-day life is lived while out at sea on a mission.

San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show: Sit back and relax while civilian and military aircraft put on a show stopping performance for all to see. You will get to watch the Blue Angels flying at high speeds while performing aerial tricks as well as parachute and rescue demonstrations put on by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.

K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park: Learn about the important role that dogs play in search and rescue efforts as well as recovery missions. Expert K-9 trainers are on hand to discuss training techniques and how K-9s communicate with law enforcement.

And While You Are Out There...

The San Francisco Bay is home to many iconic West Coast attractions you do not want to miss. While you are attending San Francisco Fleet Week, be sure to reserve some time to venture out to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore one of the most infamous historic prisons in the United States. The Golden Gate Bridge and Park is also a must-see attraction. Take some time to walk across the bridge as well as sailing under it so you can experience the structure in all of its glory. The fall season is also prime whale watching time in the Bay Area. Keep your eyes peeled for gray and humpback whales hunting for food and playing amongst each other.

Get the best views of all the San Francisco Fleet Week action when you book a sightseeing charter tour with Bay Lights Charters. Our expert captain and crew will welcome you aboard GAS LIGHT for the trip of a lifetime and ensure you get the best seats in the house. We have several different tour packages available and provide all guests with drinks and snacks to enjoy while sailing. Contact us today so we can help you set up a tour.

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