2022 FAQ'S

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to bring identification?

Yes, all persons must have U.S. government-issued identification (driver's license, passport or California ID card) to enter event pavilions or ship tours. Those who plan to take a ship tour must have their ID to board – NO EXCEPTIONS! IDs are not required for children under 18 years of age when accompanied by an adult.

What items are NOT permitted at the event?

The following items are not permitted into the event fooprint:

  • NO LARGE BAGS of any kind, including oversized purses, backpacks, diaper bags or camera bags
  • NO WEAPONS of any kind
  • NO FOOD, DRINKS, COOLERS or ICE CHESTS. Exception: A maximum of two (2) unopened/sealed bottles of water per person will be allowed into the event footprint. Beverages are NOT permitted on any active duty military vessel.
  • NO PETS with the exception of seeing eye dogs.
  • NO DRONES of any size

Any tips on what to wear?

We highly recommend closed-toe shoes—no sandals or flip flops—on ship tours, as these are active military ships. Our footprint is very large and you can expect to be doing a lot of walking. Be sure and wear sunscreen and hats too!

If the weather is hot, how should I prepare for the heat?

We recommend you bring a hat, sunscreen, and stay hydrated. While you are here, you’ll see:

  • Water stations at multiple points throughout the area
  • Two first aid stations, one inside the Main Expo Hall and one in the outdoor footprint
  • Shade and tents throughout the area
  • The Main Expo Hall with exhibits and ships tour lines is AIR CONDITIONED
  • The American Red Cross Los Angeles/Long Beach and the Los Angeles Fire Department will be on site and available to assist as needed.

Will there be security screenings at the event?

All persons entering the event will be subject to airport-style security screening, which includes metal detectors and bag search.

Where may I park my vehicle?

Please visit the Map page under "Plan to Attend" for a map and more information on parking options.

Can I bring my “drone” to the event?

The Port of Los Angeles is a “No Drone Zone.” Photography is encouraged, but Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are strictly prohibited and subject to enforcement by the Los Angeles Port Police, per Los Angeles Municipal Code 63.44(B)8, which states: “No person shall land, release, take off or fly any balloon, except children toy balloons not inflated with any flammable material, helicopter, parakite, hang glider, aircraft or powered models thereof, except in areas specifically set aside therefore.”

How do I get tickets to LA Fleet Week?

Tickets are not required for any of the public events at LA Fleet Week. Entrance to our main event footprint is free!

How do I support LA Fleet Week to ensure that all public events remain free?

You can donate to the LA Fleet Week Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, by visiting our website at www.lafleetweek.com. We appreciate your generous support!

I would like to bring a group to LA Fleet Week, do I need any special authorization or approval?

No prior authorization is required to bring groups to LA Fleet Week. We encourage groups to attend on Friday, August 30th to avoid the crowds and large lines. If you have a large group attending (over 30 people), please email groups@lafleetweek.org with “large group” in the subject line.

When will the schedule be updated?

We generally update the schedule with additional details as we get closer to LA Fleet Week, around July 15th, and continue through opening day. Information about participating ships, military units, aerial demonstrations, sports and culinary competitions, and entertainers is posted as soon as we are able to release it. To receive regular updates, please subscribe to our email list on our website at www.lafleetweek.com. You may find our online schedule listings at https://www.lafleetweek.com/schedule.

Where is the event located?

LA Fleet Week is located on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles in the community of San Pedro, CA. The main event footprint is located next to the Battleship IOWA Museum. For driving directions use 100 Swinford Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 OR 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731.

Do I need to make a reservation to tour an active duty ship?

No reservations needed! Ship tours are free and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please wear closed-toed shoes. For your safety, flip flops and high-heeled shoes are strongly discouraged.

What is your mask and Covid-19 protocol?

Please click the heading Masks/Covid-19 for updated details.

Ship Tours

Are there any restrictions on the ship tours?

Yes, there are several restrictions that should be noted:

  • Visitors must be at least five years of age to tour vessels.
  • No strollers are permitted on the ship.
  • There is no disabled access on vessels: guests must be physically able to walk through tight spaces and up/down steep ladders – an equivalency experience will be offered if desired.
  • There are no public restrooms on vessels; restrooms are located on the dock.

Where can I buy ship tour tickets, and how much do they cost?

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 10:00 am and typically run through 4:30 pm. To best manage ship tours, the lines may close to new guests periodically throughout the day. In particular, depending on the length of the lines in the afternoon, the ship tour lines may close to new guests prior to the end of the event. Battleship IOWA tickets are available in advance and help you avoid the lines by visiting https://labattleship.com.

Where will the ships be located?

The ships will be located at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, located at 100 Swinford Street in San Pedro, just off Harbor Blvd.

Is the Battleship IOWA tour also free?

No. Battleship IOWA tours are separate. To purchase tickets for the IOWA please visit https://tickets.labattleship.com. Tickets may also be included in a special VIP Experience at LA Fleet Week, which will be released in August. Current enlisted military and veterans with proof of service are free of charge during Labor Day Weekend.

Will you have special active duty ship tours for veterans?

Yes, Friday September 3rd is specially dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces. However, veterans are welcome to tour active ships throughout the weekend. Reservations are not required. Visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are taking photos while on ship permitted?

Yes, taking photos on the decks of vessels is allowed. No interior photography, please. No camera lenses over 100mm will be allowed into the event.

What is a ship-viewing tour?

If you don't wish to wait in line to tour an actual ship, a ship-viewing tour is still an option. Escorted individuals will have the opportunity to take exterior photos of the ships, including up-close photos with ships in the background. This is a great way to show everyone that you were at the event! These tours are available to all ages, but you must be able to climb stairs.

What ships are coming this year?

Unfortunately we are unable to disclose this information until the week of the event. This is primarily due to US Navy security requirements.

Will I be able to select the ship I want to tour this year?

Unfortunately you will not be able to, primarily due to a variety of capacity available per ship.

Live Entertainment

Are the concerts open to the public at no-cost?

Yes, all concerts are open to the public for no-cost on a first come, first served basis. Concerts are planned for daytime hours, Friday through Monday. Specific schedule can be found on our website at: www.lafleetweek.com. Please consider donating to the LA Fleet Week Foundation to help cover the costs to host this great event. You can donate online at www.lafleetweek.com.

How do I get concert tickets?

Tickets are not required and guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis at no-cost on the day of until we meet the capacity of the venue. Please consider donating the LA Fleet Week Foundation to help cover the costs to host this great event. You can donate online at www.lafleetweek.com.

Will you be clearing out the footprint of people prior to re-entry for the concert this year?

No, we will not be clearing out the footprint prior to entry in 2021. Come out and hang out all day!

Will there be seating for those with physical challenges?

Yes, we will have more seating in 2021 than prior years.

Will there be "live" entertainment throughout the weekend?

Yes. All entertainment will take place during our 2021 event hours, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Food & Beverage

Will you have food and beverages at LA Fleet Week?

Yes! We will have a variety of food trucks and food vendors throughout the footprint, and multiple bars to enjoy non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks all day!

I am a food vendor (food truck or booth) and would like to be considered for future food service, how do I do this?

Please submit your information by completing our General Interest Form at www.lafleetweek.com/exhibitors.


How do I exhibit?

We close out exhibitor applications on the last day of July prior to LA Fleet Week. If you would like to exhibit in the future, please go to our Exhibitor page at www.lafleetweek.com/exhibitors.

I am an exhibitor and am awaiting further information for load in, parking, entry, and other details.  When will I receive this information?

We usually send out this information in the middle of August prior to LA Fleet Week. Please check your email by August 20th at the latest for this information. If you didn’t receive it, please email exhibitor@lafleetweek.org requesting a package to be resent to you.

Media / Press

How do I request media credentials or passes to LA Fleet Week and/or be added to your press distribution list?

Click here to register for a media credential.


Who do I contact to volunteer for LA Fleet Week?

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer for LA Fleet Week including the information booths, Battleship IOWA, and Bob Hope USO. Please email your name, phone number, email address, and interest area to volunteer@lafleetweek.org.

Youth Groups / Education

How do I schedule a tour for our youth or student group at LA Fleet Week?

Please email us at education@lafleetweek.org.


Am I required to wear a mask?

In accordance with current Los Angeles County Health Department and U.S. Navy COVID-19 guidelines, masks will be required in all indoor areas and on board active duty military vessels.

What public health guideline is the event operating under?

We are operating under the "Hosting Large Events" LA County Public Health guideline, which can be found at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/bestpractices/largeevents/