San Francisco Fleet Week: Schedule of Events

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The 35th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week celebration is set to kick off Mon. Oct. 5-12, 2015. More than 2,300 U.S. Marines and Sailors will join San Francisco-based U.S. Coast Guard during the 2015 Salute to our Sea Services.

SFFW began in 1981 when then Mayor Diane Feinstein led the nation in celebrating America’s sea services. The air shows will take place over three consecutive days, and is expected to attract over a million people every year.

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“We are excited to bring back one of San Francisco’s oldest maritime traditions this year,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “In the City that can, San Francisco’s Fleet Week is the only event in our country that combines the traditional air show and parade of ships with critical disaster response and emergency preparedness training to showcase our City’s and our residents’ resiliency.”

“San Francisco Fleet Week is a great opportunity to conduct joint military and civilian training programs,” said SF Fleet Week Chairman Major General Mike Myatt, USMC (ret).

The week-long event will also feature disaster capabilities, training exercises and senior leader talks, community relations projects, band concerts, ship tours, a parade of ships, veterans art show, MV-22 Osprey aviation demonstrations, and the popular Bark at the Park featuring military and civilian K-9 demonstrations in Duboce Park.

New in 2015, the first SF Fleet Week Veterans Summit in partnership with Military.com and Vets in Tech will take place on Tues. Oct. 6 and the first SF Fleet Week Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft, Oct. 10-11.

“Off the Grid is excited to partner with Fleet Week this year to bring a unique experience to Pier 80. With 10 food trucks, live music and a beer garden, Off the Grid Fleet Week Food Fest will compliment four pier-side United States Navy and Coast Guard ships open for tours,” said Sinead Kennedy, Off the Grid Marketing Director. “At its core, Off the Grid believes in the power of a shared food experience to connect communities and invites the Bay area to join this free public event.”

SF Fleet Week will conclude on Mon. Oct. 12 with the SF Fleet Week High School Band Challenge. All ships depart on Oct. 13.

“We all have a different reason to celebrate Fleet Week in San Francisco and are excited for a week dedicated to celebrating our men and women in uniform,” said Lewis Loeven, Executive Director, San Francisco Fleet Week. “Were also excited about the first ever Fleet Fest at Pier 80, a family environment for all to enjoy, as well as veterans hiring events, veterans art shows, tribute concerts and of course the always crowd pleasing Fleet Week Air show, featuring the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels roaring over the San Francisco skyline.”

Air Shows run Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11 from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Blue Angel are scheduled to practice this Thursday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

There will also be plenty of music this weekend including Saturday’s headliner avay Smith & her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM) and Sunday’s closing act Delphi Freeman (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM).


 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday Oct. 5:

6:00am-12:00pm: Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response Training Exercise/ Demonstration at M/V CAPE HUDSON, Pier 50.
11:30am-12:00pm: Mayor’s Press Conference aboard the M/V CAPE HUDSON. Media should arrive at the M/V CAPE HUDSON by 11:00am.
12:00pm: USS SOMERSET, LPD 25 arrives into the Port (30/32).


Tuesday Oct. 6:

8:00am-9:00am: Palo Alto VA Hospital visit
8:00am-5:00pm: SF Fleet Week Veterans Summit
10:00am-3:00pm: U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Interoperability training at Moffett Federal Airfield. Media should arrive at 9:30am.


 

Wednesday Oct. 7:

Morning-Afternoon: SF Fleet Week vessels arrive into the Port (15/17; 80)
8:00am-12:00pm: Senior Leaders Seminar at Marines’ Memorial Club
10:00am-5:00pm: 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
8:00am-2:00pm: Urban Search and Rescue Training by SFFD at Treasure Island. Media invited only. Not a public event
10:00am: U.S. Navy Band performs at SF VA Hospital
12:00pm-1:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Noe Valley Square (3861 24th Street) between Sanchez and Vicksburg Streets
1:00pm-3:00pm: San Francisco VA Hospital visit
2:00pm-3:00pm: UCSF Hospital visit
4:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39


 


 

Thursday Oct. 8:
8:00am-2:30pm: Fleet Week Softball Tournament at Moscone Field
8:00am-12:00pm: Senior Leaders Seminar at Marines’ Memorial Club
9:00am-12:00pm: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park/ Restoration cleanup
10:00am-2:00 pm: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and 80
10:00am-5:00pm: 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
10:00am-2:00 pm: Ship tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and 80
11:00am – U.S. Navy Band performs at Moscone Softball Tournament
2:00pm-4:00pm: Blue Angels SF Fleet Week Air Show Practice
4:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39
6:00pm-8:00 pm: Honor Our Fallen Tribute Concert. Special program in honor of the fallen heroes of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Concert features the 1st Marine Division Band at the Marines Memorial Club


 

Friday Oct. 9:

9:00am-1:00pm: St. Anthony’s Community Relations Visit
9:00am-5:00pm: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village
10:00am-5:00pm: 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
11:00am-12:30pm: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Powell/ Market Streets and marches toward Union Square.
11:00am: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39
11:00am: San Francisco Fleet Week Annual Parade of Ships! Lead by the SF Fire Department fireboat GUARDIAN, the first ship under the Golden Gate Bridge at 11:00 am will be USS CAPE ST. GEORGE
4:00pm: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Pier 39
11:00am-12:30pm: Parade of Ships
12:30pm-4:00pm: SF Fleet Week Air Show
6:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Ferry Building


 

Saturday Oct. 10:

9:00am-5:00pm: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village
9:00am-4:00pm: Ship Tours at SF Piers 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80
10:00am-12:00pm: Bark at the Park-K9 Heroes in Duboce Park (Intersection of Steiner and Duboce Streets)
10:00am-5:00pm: 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.
10:00am-6:00pm: Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft @Pier 80
11:00am-12:30pm: 1st Marine Division Band performs at Powell/ Market Streets and marches toward Union Square
11:00am: U.S. Navy Band performs at Pier 39
12:30pm-4:00pm: SF Fleet Week Air Show
3:00pm: U.S. Navy Band performs at Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft @Pier 80
6:10pm-6:50pm: U.S. Navy Blue Angels Meet and Greet @Pier 39 Entrance


 

Sunday Oct. 11:

9:00am-5:00pm: Marina Green Festival & Humanitarian Village
9:00 am-4:00 pm: Ship tours at SF Pier 30-32, and 80
10:00am-5:00pm: 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
10:00am-6:00pm: Off the Grid Fleet Fest presented by Lyft @ Pier 80
11:00am: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Band performs at Pier 39
12:00pm-2:00pm: 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 will march in the parade
12:30pm-4:00pm: SF Fleet Week Air Show


 

Monday Oct. 12:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Ship Tours at SF Pier 15/17, 30-32 and Pier 80
10:00am-12:30pm: SF Fleet Week High School Band Challenge


 

Tuesday, October 13:

Ships department San Francisco
SF Fleet Week Distinguished Visitor’s List:
Honorary Chairs
Honorable George P. Shultz
Senator Diane Feinstein

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