Other than your friend’s rooftop in the Marina, you might be wondering where you can get the best view of the Blue Angels this weekend. Fleet Week offers air shows from Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8. between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Weather shouldn’t be an issue this year with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-mid 70s.

PS: Don’t forget your earplugs!

Marina Green

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This is the classic spot where all the action will be going down. It’s one of the favorite viewing locations for locals and tourists alike. Show up bright and early with your your blanket and picnic basket in hand.


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Many sightseers will chill outside the Ferry Building near the Star Princess Cruise Ship docked at Pier 34. The Embarcadero provides ample space, and there’s a ton of good eats nearby. Besides, you can’t beat the view of the Bay Bridge.

Pier 39

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Pier 39 offers incredible views but only if you get there early and can tolerate massive crowds. If you get bored, you can always wander around or sunbathe alongside the famous seals.

Fort Mason

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Aquatic Park

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Will it be packed? Absolutely. But the upside is that you can hear commentary on the Maritime Museum loudspeakers. The ideal spot is up the hill just past the Municipal Pier at the western end of Aquatic Park.

The Golden Gate Bridge Pedestrian Walkway

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There will be tourists aplenty along the Golden Gate walkway, but it’s a gorgeous view of the bay. Since the water’s still warm(ish), you might even get lucky and catch a few surfers riding the break along the Fort Point National Historic Site.


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Alcatraz is not only a bucket list destination, but it’s also one of the coolest venues for watching the air shows. As expected, the crowds will be sizeable, but it’s worth it to enjoy the unobstructed views and incredible ambience.

SS Jeremiah O’Brien

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While other boat tours are sold out for the weekend, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien still has tickets available. This seaworthy landmark is the only active Liberty Ship in its original form. Boarding begins at 8 am and sets sail from 9 am-5 pm.

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From A Distance

To avoid the crowds, check out these spots:

  • Dolores Park
  • Alta Plaza Park in Pacific Heights
  • Treasure Island
  • The Marin Headlands

The weekend’s festivities kick off with the Parade of Ships this Friday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free ship tours are available, and the port will be filled with food trucks, live music, art, and educational military displays. For more information, visit fleetweeksf.org.

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