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11 must-sees at LA Fleet Week

File: The USS Iowa berthed at its permanent home in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.
File: The USS Iowa berthed at its permanent home in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.
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Los Angeles's Fleet Week starts Friday and runs through Monday — and it's totally free. Most of the advance tickets for free tours of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships are sold out, but you can still come and have a chance to get on a ship.

Plus, there's a lot more to do, from watching aerial flyovers every hour on the hour to taking in a concert by the iconic '70s band Jefferson Starship. We talked to Port of Los Angeles spokesperson Phillip Sanfield and got all the details.

Pro tip: Sanfield offered his advice on how to make the most of your trip. "For an ideal day, I would say come early, have comfortable walking shoes, bring the family and have patience."

Here are the event highlights:

Where: The event is all along the L.A. Harbor waterfront, near the World Cruise Center at Swinford and 1st streets.

When: The event opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday, with most events each day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Parking: There will be parking along the waterfront, Sanfield said, as well as parking shuttles and a downtown San Pedro trolley service. Plus, if you park in downtown San Pedro, it's only a couple of blocks' walk to the event. You can find more details on parking here.

L.A. has celebrated Navy Days before, but this is the first expanded Fleet Week. Officials are hoping for as many as 200,000 people to visit, Sanfield said. (More than 15,000 people have already watched a couple of the ships come into port.)

You can find more details online at LAFleetWeek.com.