Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor takes center stage this October 10-17 when the city hosts the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, a grand celebration of Maryland’s rich naval traditions. The weeklong event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy, on-board public ship tours, educational opportunities, entertainment, a festival featuring Chesapeake-inspired food and drink and most notably, the return of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. What’s more, all Fleet Week events are free and open to the public!
Blue Angels Take to the Skies During Fleet Week
Baltimore last hosted the Blue Angels in September 2014 during Star-Spangled Spectacular, the culminating event for Maryland’s three-year commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of our national anthem. This year, the flight demonstration team will take to the skies above Baltimore and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on October 15-16 alongside nearly two dozen aviators. Beginning October 13, the Blue Angels will conduct circle maneuvers and practice show rehearsals over the Inner Harbor area. Rehearsals and both Air Shows can be viewed along the entire Inner Harbor area, at Fort McHenry and various public spots throughout the city.
Exciting Fleet Week Events
A free open house festival will take place at Martin State Airport in Middle River the same days as the Air Show featuring the Blue Angels. Here, visitors can observe aircraft takeoffs and landings, see static displays of military aircraft, attend a meet-and-greet with the pilots and more.
Throughout the week, dozens of gray hulls, vessels and schooners from the U.S. and Canadian navies will be docked in the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point and Locust Point. Free, on-board public tours of visiting ships will take place October 13-16 for all ages. On those same days, the Fleet Week festival at the Inner Harbor will feature entertainment and participation from various local, cultural, military and community organizers, as well food and beverage offerings.
Other highlights throughout the week include a parade of sail in the Inner Harbor of the schooners participating in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race on October 12. They can be viewed dockside in Canton beginning on October 8 and cast off for the race to Portsmouth, Va. on October 13.
In addition, the commissioning of the USS ZUMWALT, the country’s most powerful, technologically-advanced U.S. destroyer in history, will take place on October 15.
Share Your Fleet Week Photos!
Throughout the celebration, visitors can tag photos and videos on social media platforms using the hashtag #MDfleetweek. For more information and a complete list of activities taking place during Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, visit mdfleetweek.com.