San Diego Fall Military Events
The Race at the Base!
The Coronado Speed Festival is celebrating its 19th year, with events on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. Coronado’s North Island Naval Air Station transforms its live runways into a twisty 1.7 mile course and invites only vintage race cars to compete. Car enthusiasts will also enjoy exhibitions, the Car Club Corral, and the Military Pit Crew Challenge.
In addition to the racing, this is the only annual West Coast Navy Base Open House. Civilians can view current Navy jets, helicopters, special boats and hovercraft up close, with pilots on hand to answer questions.
This year, attendees will be in for a special treat. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will be performing at noon on September 17. No additional admittance fee is required.
The base opens early and events begin at 8:00 a.m. each day. Parking is free and ticket prices start at $25 for a one-day pass. Buy your tickets in advance to save money as well as time on race day.
The main gate to the North Island Base is 1.5 miles from the Hotel Marisol. We recommend borrowing a couple of our bikes to avoid the car traffic getting on and off the base.
Miramar Air Show
See the Navy's Blue Angels
The crowd-pleasing “Blue Angels”, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will perform at 2:05 p.m. each day, accompanied by their traveling companion, the Marine Corps C-130 named “Fat Albert.”
Parking and admission are free so bring beach chairs and pick a spot on the flight line to enjoy this spectacular event. Preferred (paid) seating options are also available. Tickets for reserved seating are on sale now.