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Frequently Asked Questions
When is the airshow?
The Great Pacific Airshow will take place on October 19-21, 2018. This free event is open to the public all three days. Friday, Oct. 19th is a practice day which means the performances may change from the main show on Saturday and Sunday. The flying takes place from noon - 4PM daily. The beach + street festival is open all day, the whole weekend, wrapping up around sundown.
Who is performing this year? When will the schedule be released?
This year’s show will be headlined by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, who will be making their return to Huntington Beach. The Thunderbirds thrilled in 2016 and we're so excited to have them back. Sign-up for our email list now or check the website starting in August for announcements of featured air teams and performers.
Where is show center? Where is the best place to experience TGPA?
Show center is located on the beach across from the Waterfront Hilton. With an aerial performance box of more than one mile long, anywhere along the beach north or south of this location will be a terrific spot to view the show! Show center will also feature upgraded seating, and multiple vendors providing food, beverage and souvenirs will be available throughout the beach.
How can I hear the show’s announcer?
The airshow announcing enhances the experience with background information on the aircraft and pilots, music and more. Once again iHeart Media will broadcast the airshow audio through their app. You can download it here - https://news.iheart.com/apps/ At the airshow channel on the app, you’ll also be able to hear pilot interviews, details about the airshow and festival and more.
What if it rains?
The airshow is a rain or shine event. If weather poses a risk to the safety of the public or performers, some flying demonstrations may be modified, delayed or suspended. Upgraded tickets are non-refundable.
How much are tickets?
The airshow is FREE to the public with upgraded seating options available. Tickets will go on sale in August. Last year upgraded and VIP tickets sold out long before the show, so check back in August to buy your tickets.
Do you have senior citizen, military, student or other discounts?
Early bird and other discounts will be announced in August.
Where should we stay?
Visit Huntington Beach - Surf City USA is the official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Huntington Beach. On this site you will find up-to-date information on Huntington Beach hotels, restaurants, attractions, things to do, shopping and more. It’s your one-stop resource for planning a trip to HB. Visit: surfcityusa.com
Where can we park? How do we get to the airshow?
Parking is available on a first come, first served basis around the city. Given its popularity, parking close to Show Center will be difficult to find on Saturday and Sunday and if you live nearby, we highly recommend walking, biking, or using public transit.
Hourly parking is available at the Pier Plaza lot and Main Promenade Parking Structure. Yearly and monthly pass holders will not be charged; however, parking cannot be guaranteed.
Delays and queues are expected throughout the city due to the sheer volume of traffic anticipated. Guests are advised to leave early and expect frequent delays or to seek alternative transportation to the show. Uber drivers & Lyft drivers will be available.
A shuttle service will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Please check the website in August for more details.
If you are flying to Southern California, the easiest access is through SNA (John Wayne International) or Long Beach (LGB). Both airports are a reasonable taxi/Uber/Lyft ride to Huntington Beach.
What about handicap parking and viewing?
We’ve made sure that handicap lots (when state issued handicap tags are presented) on the state side of the beach. ADA accessible seating area on the pier will be available. Once the spots are filled they are gone, so please plan ahead. Transportation from your vehicle to and around the airshow site is not provided. Please note that it’s often quite hot in October and attending the airshow can be physically demanding. Everyone should make sure they are prepared to safely attend an all day show at the beach.
Can I watch from a boat on the water? What about surfers?
Those on the water will have a great view of the show! In 2017 there were thousands of boats in a floating airshow city with premier views.
Important to note: During the hours of 12PM to 4PM the airshow will institute what is called a sterile aerobatic box in the water which will be marked with buoys and US Coast Guard patrolling as well as lifeguards on jet skis to monitor the area. Swimmers, surfers and boogie boarders should expect to only be able to swim in waist deep water during these times. Boaters should refer to the US Coast Guard notice to mariners for further location information.
What items are prohibited?
All Licensees, ticket holders, and guests are prohibited from bringing into the Event the following prohibited items: any weapons, including but not limited to, firearms, bombs, grenades, toys resembling firearms, ammunition, brass knuckles, loose batteries, wires, box cutters, mace, tear-gas, pepper spray, knives, fireworks, sparklers or incendiary materials of any kind; any noisemakers, including but not limited to, megaphones, air horns, sirens and whistles; helium balloons; kites; drones; laser pointers; any illegal substances, including but not limited to, any drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol; and any item that would or could negatively impact public safety, aircraft safety and present a threat, real or perceived.
Please note that all bags and containers are subject to security inspection when entering the Event or show center area.
The Airshow is a NO DRONE ZONE. No aircraft, including any drone or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), may be operated within five nautical miles of the airshow site. Local pilots are encouraged to check NOTAMS for the latest temporary flight restrictions (TFR) and airspace requirements.
Are shaded areas available?
Shaded areas are available in the upgraded seating areas. Beach guests should anticipate little to no shade. Guests are asked to consider bringing sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, sunglasses, and plenty of water. Please remember to be courteous to the people that may be behind you during the show to avoid obstructing their view with tents and large umbrellas.
Do I need to bring my own seating or can I purchase/rent seating at the event?
We recommend all attendees without upgraded tickets bring their own seating or be prepared to sit on the sand. Keep in mind you may have to carry these items with you throughout the day, so consider bringing chairs with carrying straps or a bag to hold your towels/blankets.
Will there be food and drink available for purchase?
A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase (cash and credit) near show center. Our concessionaire makes 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 your own snacks.
What type of medical services will be available?
First aid will be provided for treatment for minor cuts/bruises and hydration.
What to do in an emergency?
Airshows have an incredibly good track record for safety. As a precaution there will be a strong police and first responder presence at The Great Pacific Airshow. In case of emergency you will be directed by the local authorities.
Do you have an airshow checklist?
You bet we do! Pilots don't fly without a checklist, why should you? Use this checklist of helpful tips to optimize you and your family’s Airshow experience:
Plan your arrival strategy. Be prepared for traffic delays. Utilize Uber, Lyft, carpooling, take the shuttle busses, walk or bike if possible.
If you drive, please obey all posted parking signs. The last thing you want after a fun day at TGPA is a parking ticket or a towed vehicle.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! A day in the sun is fun, but be sure to drink plenty of water.
Bring snacks! The beach will be full of food vendors, but lines will be long. Make sure you have snacks for kids and other items that’ll keep everyone happy and healthy.
October can be hot! Protect yourself with sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and umbrellas.
Bring earplugs/muffs, especially for kids. Part of the airshow thrill is the sound, but ear protection is highly encouraged, especially for young children.
Cameras and binoculars are a great way to capture the excitement.
Leave your drone at home! TGPA is an enforced NO DRONE ZONE for everyone’s safety.