The Guide to LA Fleet Week at the LA Waterfront

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

Fireworks at Battleship IOWA during LA Fleet Week in San Pedro

Fireworks at Battleship IOWA | Photo: Los Angeles Fleet Week, Facebook


Now in its fourth year, LA Fleet Week® is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. Taking place over Labor Day Weekend and free to the public, the event features public ship tours, live entertainment, military displays, aircraft flyovers, kids’ STEM Expo, Conquer the Bridge Labor Day Walk/Run, 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament, a new Obstacle Course, and the Galley Wars culinary competition judged by Chef Robert Irvine.

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

Presented in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, LA Fleet Week is organized by the LA 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.

LA Fleet Week Highlights

Public hours for LA Fleet Week are 8:30am to 4pm from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Highlights include:

Thursday, Aug. 29

  • REBOOT Military & Veterans Job Fair - Battleship IOWA fantail (10am - 1pm)
  • LA Fleet Week Welcome Party -398 W. 6th St, San Pedro 90731 (6:30pm - 11pm)
  • "Top Gun" Screening - Warner Grand Theatre (9pm - 11pm)

Friday, Aug. 30

  • Obstacle Course Competition (11am - 3pm)
  • Wilmington Welcome Reception - Banning Museum (5:30pm - 8:30pm)
  • Military Appreciation Concert feat. Cheap Trick - Main Stage (6pm - 10pm)

Saturday, Aug. 31

  • STEM Expo feat. Battleship Blast High School Robotics Competition - Indoor Expo Hall (9am - 3pm)
  • 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament: Military vs. LA City - Liberty Hill Plaza/Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor (9am - 4pm)
  • Aerial Demonstrations - Main Channel (10am - 4pm)
  • Obstacle Course Competition (11am - 3pm)
  • Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Jump (time TBA)
  • Evening Concert - Main Stage (6pm - 10pm)

Sunday, Sept. 1

  • STEM Expo feat. Battleship Blast High School Robotics Competition - Indoor Expo Hall (9am - 3pm)
  • Aerial Demonstrations - Main Channel (10am - 4pm)
  • Meet & Greet with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine (10am - 11am)
  • Obstacle Course Competition (11am - 3pm)
  • Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Jump (time TBA)
  • Galley Wars Culinary Competition - Battleship IOWA fantail (1:30pm - 3pm)
  • Chef Robert Irvine Q&A: Leading the Food & Restaurant Industry through Technology (3pm - 4pm)
  • Evening Concert feat. DJ MissNinja - Main Stage (6pm - 10pm)

Monday, Sept. 2

  • Conquer the Bridge 5.3-mile Run-Walk Race (7am - 10:30am)
  • STEM Expo feat. Battleship Blast High School Robotics Competition - Indoor Expo Hall (9am - 3pm)
  • Aerial Demonstrations - Main Channel (10am - 4pm)
  • Obstacle Course Competition (11am - 3pm)
  • Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Jump (time TBA)

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

Follow LA Fleet Week on Facebook, and @lafleetweek on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #LAFleetWeek2019

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

Ship Tours

During LA 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. Ship tours are FREE and no advance reservations are necessary. Walk-up visitors are able to take tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Ship tours begin at 8:30 am and typically run through 3:30 pm. The ships will be located at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, at 100 Swinford St. just off Harbor Boulevard. 

  • 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 and require admission. Tickets are on sale at the Battleship IOWA website.

Pappy's Seafood in San Pedro

Photo: Pappy's Seafood, Facebook

Discover San Pedro

While you're in the neighborhood for LA Fleet Week, enjoy the best of San Pedro with our guides to shopping, dining and hidden gems.

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Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel | Photo courtesy of IHG

San Pedro Hotels

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