Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Hempler takes his seat in his Blue Angel before the performance.
Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Hempler takes his seat in his F/A-18 Hornet before the Miramar Air Show in 2018. The show returns to Miramar Friday. Photo by Chris Stone

Do you feel the need, the need for speed? San Diego has the show for you, and if you want to support our military some more, there’s another event this weekend to honor them. But how about another kind of flyboy? Then we have an Oscar winner for you too.

You may not be in the cockpit, but you can watch any number of top guns as they take part in the Miramar Air Show beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday. The talents of famed teams like the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and the U.S.Army Golden Knights will be on exhibit, as will all manner of very impressive – and fast – military machinery, from Ospreys to F-16s. Admission is free, though tickets for VIP tents are available. The final demonstration each day begins at 3:20 p.m.

The GI Film Festival continues through Sunday with screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park and Ultra Star Cinemas in Mission Valley. The slate includes films depicting generations of war heroes dating back to World War II, along with works by veterans and first-time filmmakers. Admission is $10, with $2 discounts for veterans and service members.

Continuing the film theme, some great musicians mull the talent of one of the all-time greats in the new documentary, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. It opens Friday at the Angelika Carmel Mountain for a week-long run. Variety called it “a superbly crafted documentary.”

The G.I. Film Festival screens “Island Soldier” as part of the 2019 festivities. The fest continues through Sunday. Photo credit:

In the South Bay, Imperial Beach honors a surfing pioneer and lifeguard with the Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest, off the North IB Pier. The contest is open to ages 11 and up. Admission is free, but entrants must pay fees.

Point Loma hosts the 56th annual Cabrillo Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in honor of the Spanish explorer’s 1542 landing on our fair shores. The free event includes a re-enactment of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s arrival, along with the traditional festival goodies – food court, art show, cultural music and dancing. A note: the public must arrive at Navy Base Point Loma by 2:30 p.m. to enter.

Fall came upon us this week and with that the free summer outdoor movie season soon will close. Horton Plaza Park will screen last year’s Best Animated Film at the Oscars,  Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse Saturday. Reminder: with less daylight, the movie starts earlier – arrivals begin at 5:30 p.m. Also, how often do you get to take your pooch to the movies? The park welcomes your four-legged friends.

– Staff reports