What are the Airshow dates?
The Abbotsford International Airshow is held the 2nd full weekend in August.
The dates for the next 2 years are as follows:
- 2018: August 10, 11 & 12
- 2019: August 9, 10 & 11
Where can I buy tickets?
Discount tickets can be purchased online through the Abbotsford Airshow website here beginning in November 2017 (Date TBA). Beginning July 1, 2018 discount tickets can also be purchased at Lower Mainland Save-on-Foods locations. Full priced tickets are also available at the entrance gate on Airshow days.
Early bird pricing ends July 31, 2018. Get your tickets early to secure the best price!
How much is parking?
Parking is $10 per vehicle for all General Admission patrons. Parking fees go towards parking and traffic services and volunteer groups that marshal vehicles onto the airfield. BC Transit offers increased service to the Airshow. For transit options, please see the bus schedule here. For patrons of Chalet Row and Photo Pit, parking is included in your ticket price.
Which acts perform on which day?
Most Airshow acts will perform during both Saturday and Sunday full day shows. The Friday Twilight Show features a shortened flying events program and not all acts will perform. Friday evening’s program features aerial performances with pyrotechnics and a Fireworks Finale. Please see the Performers and Events pages for more details.
Please note all airshow acts are subject to change without notice due to mechanical maintenance and other issues.
Is there seating available?
The General Admission area consists of a grass infield. A folding chair or blanket to sit on is recommended. Ticket upgrades that include seating such as Runway Seating, Flight Club and Photo Pit are available for an additional charge. For full details on upgrade options, please visit the Tickets page.
Do Runway Seating and Flight Club include a chair?
Yes. Runway Seating includes a specific reserved seat for the full day. Flight Club features patio seating with umbrellas and all seating is first come, first served.
Can I camp on site?
There sure is! You and your friends and family can choose to camp for one night or a full weekend. The Airshow Campground opens on Thursday at 12pm (noon) and closes on Sunday after the show ends. Weekend camping passes include admission for up to 6 people for all three days of the show. For full details on camping, please visit the Tickets page.
Please note that due to the extremely dry conditions, open flame including propane fire pits are not allowed in the Airshow camping area.
What types of payment do you accept onsite?
All Main Entrance gates, Runway Seating and Flight Club entrances, concessions and exhibitors accept:
- VISA and MasterCard
Beer Tents accept cash only, including the Flight Club beer tent.
Several ATMs are available onsite around the Airshow grounds.
Do you accept US cash?
Yes, US cash is accepted at the Airshow at par ($1USD = $1CDN).
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)
Please see our Events page for more details.
What amenities are offered onsite?
- Food Concessions of all varieties
- Beer Tents and 19+ Flight Club – No outside alcohol permitted
- Novelties and Ice Cream
- Souvenir and Gift Kiosks
- Cash ATMs
- “People-Mover” shuttles between areas onsite and the parking lots/campground
- Fully plumbed washrooms as well as portable toilets throughout the show site
- Info Services/ Lost and Found – Posters & Programs available here
- Autograph Booth
- St John Ambulance First Aid Attendants
- Patron Safety Personnel
Is the Airshow accessible for the physically disabled?
Yes. Designated parking is available for those with a valid Disability Parking Permit. The general admission area consists of hard packed ground with paved access roads making it accessible for wheelchairs. The ground may be uneven in some areas, so caution is advised. A disabled seating area is available near Chalet Row including accessible washroom facilities.
What should I bring to the Airshow?
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
- An (empty) refillable water bottle – fill stations are available
- A folding chair and/or blanket – or upgrade your ticket to Runway Seating or Flight Club
- Parents – please note the event is loud and appropriate ear protection is strongly advised for children of all ages
What should I NOT bring to the Airshow?
- Pets. Animals are not permitted on the Airshow grounds. The event is loud and hot and you cannot leave your pet in the car. Abbotsford Police will forcibly enter any vehicle found with an animal inside. The Abbotsford Airshow accepts no responsibility for damage to vehicles to remove animals for safety reasons.
- Alcohol. All bags are subject to search upon entry. Any outside alcohol will be confiscated and your ticket will be revoked without refund.
- Smoking is prohibited everywhere on the Airshow grounds. The only permitted place to smoke is inside of your vehicle. Anyone caught smoking outside of their vehicle will have their ticket revoked without refund.
- Hard sided coolers – you will be asked to return these to your vehicle.
- Tents and Patio umbrellas – Low-level sun-shelters for children are permitted as long as they do not create a visual obstruction for other patrons. Please be courteous to those around you.
Will the show be cancelled if it rains?
Not likely. Historically, the Abbotsford Airshow has had excellent weather and there have not been show cancellations. If the weather becomes particularly unforgiving, certain flying events could be restricted or cancelled. If the entire show day were to be cancelled, Airshow staff would make this decision early in the morning before the show starts and advise patrons accordingly.