Pacific Airshow

September 29 - October 1, 2023

This three-day spectacle in the sky will return to Surf City USA® September 29 through October 1, 2023. The world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and, for the first time in Huntington Beach history, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration team, along with dozens of other military and civilian aviators from around the world, will headline the show's seventh year. 

The Pacific Airshow's footprint spans the entirety of Huntington City Beach with ample viewing opportunities. For front-row and show center thrills, General Admission and VIP packages are available for purchase online. Click HERE for tickets.

Parking will be available, but extremely limited. See the FAQs for more information. 


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  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds
  • U.S. Army Golden Knights
  • U.S. Navy Parachute Team
  • U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo
  • U.S. Navy F-35C Demo
  • U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Demo
  • U.S. Navy F/-18 Super Hornet Demo
  • U.S. Air Force F-35A Demo
  • U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight - P-51D Mustang - Steve Hinton Jr. 
  • U.S. Air Force KC-135
  • U.S. Air Force F-15 x 4 159th FW Louisiana
  • U.S. Air Force B-52 Flybys
  • FedEx B757 Flybys
  • Lyon Air Museum C-47 "Willa Dean"
  • Ace Maker T-33 2-ship
  • Matt Hall & Emma McDonald MX and Extra 300
  • Mike Goulian - Extra 300
  • Sammy Mason - Edge 540
  • Tom Larkin - SubSonex Mini Jet
  • Red Bull - Bo-105 Helicopter - Aaron Fitzgerald
  • Jet Waco - Jerrod Lindemann
  • Opener Blackfly
  • OC Fire Authority water drops 2 Bell 212s plus CH-47 
"2023 will be our most incredible, action-packed lineup of all time," said Kevin Elliott, Pacific Airshow's Executive Director. "Every year our team tries to dial up the action, but this year's lineup is simply mind blowing! If you've ever planned to attend Pacific Airshow, this will be your year to attend."

Beach seating for the Pacific Airshow is free to the public, however, upgraded General Admission, Pier Seating, Premiere Club Seating, Cabanas, and Chalet viewing options are available for purchase HERE.

2023 Pacific Airshow Seating


Already the most attended airshow in the United States, this year's event will feature an expended General Admission area, stretching nearly 1 mile from the Huntington Beach Pier to Beach Blvd. The larger GA area will allow for more enhanced hospitality offerings and new ticketing options for small groups, allowing more families to experience the action up close and personal. 

Formerly known as "Drop Zone" or "Beach Seating", this private area on the beach is right on the water's edge at Pacific Airshow Show Center. This section does not include reserved seats or spots on the sand, and it's strongly encouraged that you bring your own chairs and umbrellas. 

  • Standing room access (no reserved seats/spots)
  • Access to nearby food trucks and beverage stands (additional costs apply)
  • Access to nearby restrooms
  • BYO chairs, blankets, tables, and umbrellas
  • BYO coolers (no alcoholic beverages allowed)
  • EZ-Ups and canopies prohibited


Are you ready for every roar, twist, and turn?! Experience the Airshow at its most intense with a seat on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier! With your Pier Seating ticket, you'll receive an unreserved seat on the pier on a first-come, first-serve basis, along with access to the Airshow's live announcer feed and access to nearby food trucks, beverage stands, and restrooms. 

  • Seat on the Pier (unreserved - first-come, first-serve)
  • Access to nearby food trucks and beverage stands (additional costs apply)
  • Access to nearby restrooms
  • Personal coolers, chairs, umbrellas, EZ-Ups, and canopies prohibited


This all-inclusive premiere ticket is perfect for the most dedicated Airshow enthusiasts. Formerly known as the "Flight Line Club," this reserved section is located directly in front of our private chalets right at Airshow Show Center. Your ticket includes hosted food and beverage options, access to private restrooms, and an unforgettable view of exciting aerobatic performances - all in the comfort of a tented pavilion complete with tables, chairs, and patio umbrellas.

  • Unreserved seating at Show Center (first-come, first-serve)
  • Premium hosted bar with food and beverages (beer/wine)
  • Seating and shade in a tented pavilion
  • Access to private restrooms
  • Personal coolers, chairs, umbrellas, EZ-Ups, and canopies prohibited

Want to elevate your Premium Club Seating experience? Reserve a private table for 10 people!


Make yourself at home in a luxurious, fully-furnished cabana - perfect for entertaining family, friends, coworkers, or clients in an unforgettable setting! Your cabana setup is complete with lounge seating, Adirondack chairs, and entertaining tables, all in a private, tented space on the beach at Show Center. 

  • Reserved cabana for up to 15 people
  • Tables, chairs, and shade in a tented space
  • Bottle service with (1) premium bottle of liquor and mixers (ages 21 and over)
  • Access to à la carte food menu items (at an additional cost)
  • Access to private restrooms
  • Personal coolers, chairs, umbrellas, EZ-Ups, and canopies prohibited


You don't know luxury until you experience a private chalet at Pacific Airshow's Show Center. You and up to 135 of your clients, staff, VIPs, and families can enjoy a front-row view of spectacular aerobatic performances, all while enjoying world-class hospitality with catered food and beverage options. Each chalet is equipped with a shaded pavilion complete with tables, chairs, a fenced-in patio with umbrellas, and access to nearby Airshow areas and restrooms. Custom branding options are available. 

  • Reserved chalet for up to 135 people
  • Tables, chairs, umbrellas, and shade in a tented pavilion
  • Fully-furnished, fenced-in patio space 
  • Premium hosted bar with food and beverages
  • Access to private restrooms
  • Personal coolers, chairs, umbrellas, EZ-Ups, and canopies prohibited

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Show center is located on Pacific Coast Highway & Huntington Street. Anywhere along the beach north or south of this location will be a terrific spot to view the show.

  • Beach guests should anticipate little to no shade. Bring a beach umbrella if you need a shaded area.
  • The handicap seating area on the pier will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be aware that no transportation is offered from your vehicle to and around the airshow site. 
  • You can watch the airshow from a boat on the water. Boaters should refer to the US Coast Guard notice to mariners for further location information.
  • You can swim and surf during the show however expect to only be able to swim in waist-deep water during the showtime.

Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis around the city.  Biking or walking are suggested for those who live/are staying close. Review the Pacific Airshow parking guide for details.

RV Parking

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Places to Stay

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Looking to watch the airshow from your hotel room balcony? Premium viewing experiences will be available at Huntington Beach's oceanfront resorts.

If you are looking for more budget-friendly hotels, there are numerous unique and affordable options that are not far from the airshow. 

Helpful Hints

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Food & Beverages

A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase (cash and credit) near the show center. Pacific Airshow's concessionaires make every effort to ensure menu items are suitable for all guests. It is recommended that all attendees who have food restrictions eat before the show and/or bring their own snacks. 

Other Tips:

Pilots don't fly without a checklist, why should you? Use this checklist of helpful tips to optimize your Airshow experience:

  • Bring beach chairs or a beach towel for comfortable seating.
  • Pacific Airshow does not publish an official schedule for performances. They only list the performers on their website in no particular order in hopes that attendees will be surprised and delighted without knowing what’s up next!
  • This free event is open to the public all three days. Flying takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. 
  • All three days of the airshow contain the full lineup of performers. Friday, September 29, 2023, is a “rehearsal day,” meaning the performances may change from the main show on Saturday and Sunday. If you can make it on Friday, parking will be easier and the crowds smaller than Saturday and Sunday.
  • Show Center is located on the beach across from The Waterfront Beach Resort (Hilton) at Huntington St. and Pacific Coast Highway. With an aerial performance box of more than 1 mile long, anywhere along the beach North or South of this location will be a great spot to view the show!
  • The Show center will also feature upgraded seating, and Airshow vendors providing food, beverage, and souvenirs.
  • Be prepared for traffic delays.
  • Obey all posted parking signs. The last thing you want after a fun day is a parking ticket. 
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 
  • Bring sunglasses, a hat, and umbrellas
  • For more information, contact Pacific Airshow.

Uber & Lyft Drop-off

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Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Street is the designated Uber & Lyft Drop-off for the airshow.