The sounds of jets overhead remind us… it’s that time of year again. Prep the pets, scout out a hill to catch the action, Fleet Week San Francisco is back.

Fleet Week for the most part takes place along the Embarcadero and Marina Green. Although the air show on Saturday and Sunday (October 6th & 7th, 12noon – 4pm) is the obvious highlight, there will be other events all week and the ship tours are free, fun & educational. If you’ve never been on a ship, not a boat, this is your chance to take in how big these naval ships really are.

Other highlights include the K9 event at Duboce Park and the High School Band Challenge in Golden Gate Park.

The Blue Angels will be doing practice runs on Thursday and Friday.

Be forewarned – this will be a busy weekend in San Francisco – with other events such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Castro Street Fair and the Italian Heritage Parade in North Beach. So prepare accordingly. If you plan to be up in San Francisco, public transit and walking may be your best mode of transportation.