SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 08: A U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Major Nathan Miller flies past the San Francisco skyline during a practice flight ahead of the Fleet Week performance October 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco kicks off its annual Fleet Week celebration October 10 with a parade of ships and an air show featuring the Blue Angels. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Blue Angels, fighter jets, and other aircrafts to appear above Bay Area skies all this week

Brace, Bay Area.

Those low-flying jets you hear above this week aren’t a direct call to arms. That boisterous brouhaha signifies the beginning of Fleet Week. Before the weekend’s airshows take flight, expect to hear the roar of Canadian Snowbirds, United States Navy Blue Angels, Air Force F-16s, and other airborne crafts as they practice all throughout the week.

While many enlistees can be found roaming city streets in full military regalia, here’s what will be happening in the above:

  • Thursday, October 5: Blue Angels Survey Flights (1pm – 5pm)
  • Friday, October 6: Air Show (12pm – 4pm)
  • Saturday, October 7: Air Show (12pm – 4pm)
  • Sunday, October 8: Air Show (12pm – 4pm)

There are many spots in the city to see the practice sessions and official airshows. Devotees can throw down anywhere from $55 to $65 for a Marina Green box seat. Otherwise, hilltop locales, like Chestnut and pass Leavenworth in Russian Hill, are free and easy.

US Navy Blue Angles Practice For Fleet Week Air Show In San FranciscoPhoto by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

But not all Fleet Week merriment happens in the sky. Here are a few choice options for people who prefer their Fleet Week fun with less warfare:

K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park, showcasing dogs trained in urban search and rescue, detection, will happen in Duboce Park on Saturday, October 7.

The Veterans Art Exhibit will feature works of artists who have also made the choice to serve. The show will be under the guidance of the Academy of Art University, staged in the gallery of the Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf,

If you’re looking for a schedule of additional Fleet Week events, check out other highlights on the Fleet Week website.