Updated 3 p.m. October 9, 2019
Love it or hate it, it's 2019's San Francisco Fleet Week. Have questions? We've got you covered.
What is Fleet Week?
Every October since 1981, military ships fill San Francisco Bay and the Blue Angels (usually) take to the skies. Fleet Week is a celebration of the Bay Area's naval history and is made up of a series of events around San Francisco, from art exhibits to ship tours and air shows. The U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and the California National Guard are all part of the weeklong event.
"We are excited and proud to welcome the women and men of the sea services back to San Francisco,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in a press release for this year's festivities. “During Fleet Week, our first responders will have the opportunity to conduct joint exercises with the sea services. This collaboration is key to making sure that our public safety departments are prepared to serve our city when a disaster occurs.”
The weeklong event is known to draw millions of visitors and, according to the press release from last year, can bring in over $100 million to San Francisco's economy.
This year Fleet Week takes place Oct. 6-14.
Where will it be?
Fleet Week events take place all over San Francisco and range from safety drills to processions.