The Guide to L.A. Fleet Week at the L.A. Waterfront

Ship tours, military demos, live entertainment, educational activities & more

Fireworks at Battleship IOWA | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Fleet Week, Facebook
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The third annual L.A. Fleet Week® is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the L.A. Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. Taking place over Labor Day Weekend and free to the public, the event features public ship tours, The Beach Boys and live entertainment, military displays, aircraft flyovers, Navy Film Festival, a kids’ STEM Expo, 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge Race, 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament, and the Galley Wars culinary competition between Sailor, Marine & Coast Guard teams.

Sailors at the inaugural L.A. Fleet Week
L.A. Fleet Week | Photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles

Presented in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles, L.A. Fleet Week is organized by the L.A. Fleet Week Foundation and is taking place at various locations along the L.A. Waterfront, including the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, Battleship IOWA, and Downtown Harbor.

L.A. FLEET WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

Public hours for L.A. Fleet Week are 8:30am to 4pm from Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3. Highlights include:

Aug. 31

  • 3-6pm: Live music by Michaela Paige, Jo Kross with Luniz, Navy Band Southwest (opening band)
  • 10pm: Fireworks over Battleship IOWA

Sept. 1

  • 9am-3pm: 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament (Day 1)
  • 9am-4pm: Battleship Blast High School Robotics Competition
  • 10am-4pm: Aerial Demonstrations
  • 5-10pm: The Beach Boys Military Appreciation Concert feat. Navy Band Southwest (opening band), The Wingtips, One Ten South, Steve Morris, Laser Show following The Beach Boys

Sept. 2

  • 9am-2pm: 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament (Day 2)
  • 9am-4pm: Battleship Blast High School Robotics Competition
  • 10am-3pm: Aerial Demonstrations
  • 3-7pm: Brews, Blues & BBQ at SS Lane Victory
  • 4:30-9pm: Live music by Soul Sacrifice (Santana cover band), Rich Girl (Hall & Oates cover band), Bay Side High, Navy Band Southwest (opening band)
  • 9:15pm: Laser Show

Sept. 3  

  • 7-10am: 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge 5.3-mile Run-Walk Race
  • 9-11am: Conquer the Bridge Victory Breakfast
  • 9am-4pm: Battleship Blast High School Robotics Competition
  • 10am-3pm: Aerial Demonstrations
  • 11:30am-1pm: Galley Wars culinary competition between the Sea Services
  • Live music 2-6pm by Brent Payne, Faultlines featuring Ashley Morgan, USO Show Troupe, Navy Band Southwest (opening band)

For a complete schedule and to sign up for updates, visit the L.A. Fleet Week website.

Follow L.A. Fleet Week on Facebook, and @lafleetweek on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #LAFleetWeek2018

SHIP TOURS

L.A. Fleet Week ship tour
L.A. Fleet Week ship tour | Photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles

During L.A. Fleet Week, the public is invited to take free tours of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Navy ships calling at the Port of Los Angeles. The ships will be located at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, at 100 Swinford St. just off Harbor Boulevard.

  • Online reservations at Eventbrite are dated and timed for a specific "get in line time."
  • Ship selection is random due to crowd management issues.
  • You may only tour one ship per day.
  • Six ticket maximum per day.
  • Wear comfortable, rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for touring a military vessel.
  • Ships are not ADA equipped. Guests must be physically able to walk through tight spaces and up/down steep ladders. Special pier-side tours will be available for visitors with disabilities on the half-hour - tickets are not needed for these tours.
  • Minimum age for ship tours is 5 years old.
  • Visitors will be subject to an airport-style search at the event. You will need to show government-issued ID.
  • National origin information will be collected for each person going aboard a vessel, regardless of age.

NOTE: Battleship IOWA tours are separate, but will be offered at a discounted rate of $10 during L.A. Fleet Week. Current enlisted military and veterans with proof of service are free of charge.

NAVY FILM FESTIVAL (Sept. 1-3)

Celebrating the 100-year relationship between the U.S. Navy and the world-renowned Hollywood film industry, the Labor Day Weekend Navy Film Festival is taking place at the landmark Warner Grand Theatre in Downtown San Pedro. The film festival will screen six films from Sept. 1-3, with each night featuring a different theme. The first film each night will be shown at 5:00 p.m. and the second at 8:15 p.m. The first episode of the new Amazon Prime Video series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” will be screened between each film.

Ticket sales start each day at 4:00 p.m. and doors open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for all active military, veterans and children under age 3, and $5 (cash only) for all others. ​

NAVY FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sept. 1 - Marine Corps Night

  • “Sands of Iwo Jima” - John Wayne WWII classic, 1949
  • “Battle: Los Angeles” - Marine Corps versus aliens in Los Angeles, 2011

Sunday, Sept. 2 - Navy Air Night

  • “Hell Divers” - Classic fighter pilot film starring Clark Gable and Wallace Beery, filmed aboard first aircraft carriers, 1931
  • “Top Gun” - Modern-day fighter pilot '80s classic starring Tom Cruise, filmed aboard carriers with full Navy cooperation, 1986

Monday, Sept. 3 - Navy Ships & Subs

  • “Mister Roberts” - Classic WWII comedy starring Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon and James Cagney about a Navy cargo ship serving in the South Pacific, 1955
  • “Hunt for Red October” - American espionage thriller starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, adapted from the best-selling Tom Clancy novel, 1990

DISCOVER SAN PEDRO

Pappy's Seafood in San Pedro
Photo courtesy of Pappy's Seafood, Facebook

SAN PEDRO HOTELS

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel | Photo courtesy of IHG

With so much to see and do in San Pedro and the L.A. Waterfront, why not extend your visit beyond L.A. Fleet Week? Hotel options in the San Pedro area include: