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Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays on SF Bay

There’s always a good reason to come aboard the Red and White Fleet®!
No matter when or why you plan a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf, the Red and White Fleet® offers San Francisco tours and activities that allow you to entertain family and friends throughout the year. Come see our listing of seasonal events below, including our popular July 4th Fireworks Cruises, Fleet Week Airshow Cruises, and New Year’s Eve Cruises.

Chinese New Year

img-chinese-new-year Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco, the largest Chinese community in North America. Enjoy lunch in one of the many wonderful Chinese restaurants in the nearby Chinatown neighborhood. Then come on down to Pier 43 ½ where the Red and White Fleet’s® Golden Gate Bay Cruise®  and Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise® take you and your family on entertaining and insightful tours of San Francisco Bay – of course featuring Red and White Fleet’s® exclusive headphone audio tours in Mandarin Chinese. Gong Hey Fat Choy!

Valentine’s Day Romance – February

img-valentines-dayTake your sweetheart aboard Red and White Fleet’s® California Twilight Cruise for a romantic and relaxed night out on San Francisco Bay. With five departures during the week of Valentine’s Day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the occasion with your loved one, and can do so in the down-to-earth atmosphere of our twilight sail along San Francisco’s illuminated skyline. Your cruise includes appetizers from the buffet, a drink and live guitar music. Reservations need to be made in advance.

Mother’s Day Celebrations – May

img-mothers-dayTreat mom for a fun cruise with spectacular views on San Francisco Bay! Our family-owned fleet has been cruising the waters of San Francisco Bay for over 120 years, so let us show you the many landmarks, history and sights that have made San Francisco the famous metropolis that it is today. We recommend trying the afternoon sailings of our Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise® or the California Sunset Cruise®.

Memorial Day Events – May

img-memorial-dayMemorial Day weekend is the beginning of our summer season here at Red and White Fleet®. That means, you will be able to choose from even more daily departure times for our sightseeing cruises, giving you more flexibility in planning your day! Popular tour options include the Golden Gate Bay Cruise®,  Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise®California Sunset Cruise® (warning, it sells out!), and the Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Tour. Or start your summer with a splash, trying one of the Ride the Duck amphibious vehicle tours.

San Francisco Pride Weekend – June

Pride-WeekendRed and White Fleet® welcomes the LGBT community to San Francisco during Pride weekend in June! If you are visiting our City by the Bay, Red and White offers a variety of tours that let you discover the city on land and at sea. Popular options include our 90-minute Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise® featuring a full bar, as well as our relaxed California Sunset Cruise® with appetizers, live guitar music and drinks. If you are visiting the parade on Market Street, be sure to look out for our historic Ford Model A!

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises – July

Fourth-of-JulyJoin us for a celebration of Independence Day with our special Fireworks Cruise launches the evening of July 4th. With four cruise departures from Pier 43 ½ between 7:45pm and 8:15pm that evening, Red and White Fleet® will take visitors on a brief sail of San Francisco Bay before securing the best spots to see the fireworks over San Francisco Bay. To ensure the comfort of our guests and viewing opportunities for everyone onboard the boats, we limit the number of tickets sold well below the capacities of our vessels.

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Labor Day Fun – September


End your summer with a splash by joining Red and White Fleet® aboard its cruises of San Francisco Bay. Our tours at sea and on land will be operated daily over Labor Day weekend, and are an excellent chance to escape the busy city streets with a leisurely cruise along San Francisco’s Skyline. Red and White Fleet® will operate all of its sightseeing cruises, including the Golden Gate Bay Cruise®, Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise®, and California Sunset Cruise®.

Fleet Week Airshow Cruises – October

Fleet-WeekAre you ready for the thrill of a lifetime? Then come aboard our Fleet Week Airshow Cruises, providing you with a chance to see the thrilling aerial acrobatics and flight show of the famed Blue Angels. Racing faster than the speed of sound, be amazed as these jets perform dramatic flights over our cruise boats on San Francisco Bay, maneuvering through spectacular hairpin turns, loops, immelmans, and heartline twists. Your breath-taking cruise will include a full picnic with sandwiches, salads, antipasti, fruit and dessert.

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Thanksgiving Day Events – November

img-thanksgivingIf you are visiting San Francisco over the extended Thanksgiving Day weekend, we are here to entertain you and show you the sights of San Francisco. From daytime bay cruises and bus tours, to twilight cruises along San Francisco’s city lights, Red and White Fleet® provides you with ample opportunities for exploring San Francisco with your loved ones.

Christmas Day Offerings – December

img-christmasRed and White Fleet® is open on Christmas Day, December 25, providing locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to enjoy the season with family and friends on San Francisco bay. Come down to Pier 43 ½ to celebrate the holidays and to have fun on our Golden Gate Bay Cruises®, Bridge 2 Bridge Cruises®, or Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours.