All aboard! Fleet Fest, Norfolk’s annual ship festival hosted by Navy MWR Mid-Atlantic, will be happening Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Piers 11-14 at Naval Station Norfolk MWR.
Participants in the event will be able to climb aboard participating ships, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), and receive a guided tour.
The USS George H.W. Bush is a Nimitz-class supercarrier that was built at the Newport News Shipyard. The USS James E. Williams is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
If your sea legs aren’t quite there, there is plenty to do on shore. There will be live entertainment, static aircraft displays, military demonstrations and a car show.
Once you start to get hungry, MWR has you covered. There will be local food vendors and a chili cook-off.
This event is also family friendly and there will be a large children’s playing area.
Although the event is handicap accessible, the ships are not. The ships are also considered industrial areas and may not be suitable for small children, those with medical conditions or strollers. Visitors should also plan to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, avoiding open-toed sandals, high heels, necklaces, or other items that may get caught, as well as bags that are too heavy to carry comfortably. Visitors can also expect to be searched prior to entering the ships. The following items are prohibited: bottles, cans, containers, weapons, fireworks or explosives, illegal drugs, flammable liquids, aerosol spray cans, smoking. Pets are also not allowed to board the ships.