What are the Airshow dates?
The Abbotsford International Airshow is always the 2nd full weekend in August.
The dates for the next 3 years are as follows:
- 2017: August 11, 12 & 13
- 2018: August 10, 11 & 12
- 2019: August 9, 10 & 11
Are tickets for single-day admission?
General Admission tickets provide admission for one patron on any day of the show. A carload pass provides admission up to six people in one vehicle. Weekend passes are available for Adults, Children, Camping, and Photo Pit.
Which acts perform on which day?
Most of the acts will perform each day of the show. The biggest difference will be between the Twilight show and the day time shows on Saturday and Sunday. All of our performers who have the ability to attach pyro to their aircraft will be doing so on the Friday night. The Twilight show will end with Fireworks.
Check the Performers page for more details.
How much is parking?
Parking is $10 for a carload for all patrons with General Admission tickets. Parking fees go towards parking services and volunteer groups that filter vehicles onto the airfield. BC Transit continues to partner with the Airshow and has increased it’s activity on the show weekend. Check out the bus schedule here.
For guests who are patrons of Chalet Row and Photo Pit, parking is included in your ticket price.
Is there an opportunity to camp on site?
There sure is! You and your friends and family can choose to camp for one night or a full weekend. Camping arrivals start on Thursday and end on Sunday. If you purchase a weekend pass of camping, it includes admission for 6 people for all three days of the show. For more information, please visit the Tickets section on the website where you will locate all the details.
Please note that propane fire pits will not be allowed in 2017 due to the extremely dry conditions.
Can tickets be purchased at the show?
Yes. Tickets and ticket upgrades can be purchased on show days at both entrances. Check out the ticket page to view all the options ahead of time.
What type of terrain is the General Admission area?
The main patron area is grass. A folding chair or blanket to sit on is recommended. Strollers and wheelchairs have been able to navigate the show site, but please note it is a large site that requires a lot of walking.
Do Runway Seating and Flight Club include a chair?
Yes. With the purchase of Runway Seating, a specific seat is reserved for you all day.
Flight Club patio seating is first come first served.
What types of payment can you accept?
At the Main Entrance gates, food concessions, and exhibitor areas, we accept:
- VISA and MasterCard
Runway Seating Entrances accept cash, VISA and MasterCard and Interac/Debit
Beer Gardens accept cash only – ATMs are nearby.
Around the show site, there are several ATMs available.
What is your cash exchange rate for US Dollars?
$1USD = $1CDN
We also accept VISA, Mastercard and Debit at the entrances and there are several ATMs available on the showsite.
What time does the show start?
The Airshow Grounds are open to the public from 3:30PM to 10:30PM (Friday) and 9AM to 6PM (Sat & Sun)
The Static Display is open to the public from 3:30PM to 7:30PM (Friday) and 9AM to 5PM (Sat & Sun)
Flying Events are approximately 6PM to 10PM (Friday) and 11AM to 4:30PM (Sat & Sun)
What amenities are offered onsite?
- Food Concessions of all varieties
- Beer Gardens and 19+ Flight Club – No outside alcohol permitted
- Novelties and Ice Cream
- Souvenir and Gift Kiosks
- Airshow Program Booths – each Souvenir Program has a Prize Draw Ballot included
- Cash ATMs
- “People-Movers” shuttles between areas onsite and the parking lots/campground
- Fully plumbed washrooms throughout the show site
- Info Services/ Lost and Found – Posters & Programs available here
- Autograph Booth
- St John Ambulance First Aid Attendants
- Patron Safety Personnel
Will the show still go on if it rains?
Potentially. Historically the Airshow has had excellent weather and there have not been show cancellations. If the weather becomes particularly unforgiving, certain flying events could be cancelled. The Airshow staff would make this call early in the morning before the show starts to advise patrons of the decision.
Designated parking is available for those with a valid Disability Parking Permit. The general admission area consists mainly of hard packed ground making it accessible for wheelchairs. The ground may however be uneven in some areas, so caution is advised. Accessible washrooms are available on field near Chalet Row.
What can I bring to the Airshow?
- A (empty) refillable water bottle
- A hat
- A lawn chair, blanket, and/or small umbrella
- Parents – please note the event is loud and appropriate ear protection is advised for children
What should I NOT bring to the Airshow
- Pets – leave your pets at home. You will be turned away at the gate if you try to bring a pet onsite. The event is loud and hot – you cannot leave your pet in the car and they cannot be on site on leash or off leash (exception to service animals)
- Hard coolers – you will be asked to take this back to your car
- Tents – putting up a tent in the general viewing area is not permitted
- Smoking is strongly discouraged on any grass area and completely prohibited near the Static Display