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THE AIRSHOW

WHAT IS AN AIRSHOW?

From supersonic-speed jets to gravity-defying aerobatic acts to wing-walkers, parachutists, and a host of on-the-ground displays and activities, a day at the Airshow is a fantastic and memorable experience, whether you’re an avid aviation fan or just love a great show. Tens of millions of spectators attend air shows every year, and the air show industry represents one of the very largest, if not the largest, outdoor professional sports in North America. Moderately priced for families and individuals of all ages, this is one show you won’t want to miss – buy your tickets today!

WHEN IS THE AIRSHOW?

October 1-2, 2016. Airshow gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. each day of the two-day show. Flying performances are 12-4pm each day.

WHAT TIME DOES THE AIRPORT CLOSE TO NON-AIRSHOW AIR TRAFFIC?

Mather Airport will close to air traffic at 7 a.m. on the Friday preceding the show and remain closed until Sunday evening.

MAY I FLY INTO THE AIRSHOW?

Yes! A limited number of general aviation pilots will have access to Fly-In privileges during non-waivered airspace for the day or for the weekend!  Please see our Fly-In page for more information.

WHAT IS THE PERFORMER SCHEDULE?

A list of performers is listed on the performer page. Unfortunately, the schedule is not solidified until the morning of the Airshow to allow for security, safety, weather and operational concerns.

WILL THE AIRSHOW BE TELEVISED?

The Airshow will not be televised and unauthorized broadcast of the show is prohibited. To see all aspects of the Airshow, you need to attend.

ARE CAMERAS AND VIDEO RECORDERS ALLOWED?

Yes, cameras and video recorders are allowed.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

It takes more than a few drops of rain to stop the California Capital Airshow! The Airshow will take place – rain or shine both Saturday and Sunday. Airshow performers have high, low and flat routines to adapt to varying weather conditions. Schedules may be altered or delayed for periods of time if heavy rainfall occurs. All display aircraft, concessions and exhibits will be open regardless of weather.

ARE DRONES ALLOWED?

In the interest of everyone’s safety, the California Capital Airshow is a no drone zone. In accordance with FAA issued Temporary Flight Restrictions, drone operations will be prohibited within 5 miles of Mather Airport Thursday September 29-Sunday October 1.

TICKETS AND ENTRY

DO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL HAVE TO PAY TO ATTEND THE AIRSHOW?

We support our troops both past and present! Retired and Active Duty Military can purchase tickets at the Beale and Travis ITT offices for a deep discount. Please contact each office for hours of operation and ticket pricing. Discounted military tickets will not be available at the Airshow gate, so plan ahead and purchase your discounted tickets in advance! All proceeds from military member ticket sales go directly to fund Airshow scholarships awarded annually to students pursuing college education in fields of science, technology, engineering mathematics, aviation or aeronautics.

IS PARKING FREE?

No, parking is not free. ONLY CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR PARKING or you may purchase parking vouchers online.The fee for each vehicle is $10 and does not include exit and re-entry.

DO I NEED TO BUY MY CHILDREN TICKETS?

Children 5 years old and under are free for General Admission tickets only. Children six years old and up must have a ticket to enter. For all other ticket options (Shaded Seating, Flight Line Club, Capital Club) a ticket is required for all ages. Please check our tickets page for additional information and current ticket prices.

DOES THE AIRSHOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS AT THE GATE?

The Airshow accepts cash and credit card for Airshow admission tickets. Only cash will be accepted for parking.

IS BLEACHER SEATING AVAILABLE?

No, we do not offer bleacher seating.  Please visit our ticket page for available seating and ticket options.

ARE VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE?

Yes, premium ticket options are available for purchase please see our ticket page for current pricing and availability.

MAY I BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET TO SIT ON?

Seating is not included with General Admission tickets so please feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

ARE COOLERS AND/OR BACKPACKS PERMITTED?

Due to security concerns, large coolers (exceeding 9 Quarts and/or 10 in. x 12in. x 11in.) and large bags are not permitted on the show site. Small coolers (smaller than 9 Quarts/10 in. x 12in. x 11in.) are permitted. All personal handbags, totes, diaper bags, etc. are subject to search at the entry gates.

CAN BRING FOOD IN?

Baby food, pre-packaged/sealed snack food and whole fruit are allowed into the Airshow. Homemade items, such as sandwiches, are not permitted.

ARE PETS ALLOWED?

For the safety of attendees and the animals, pets are not allowed on show grounds. Certified service animals are permitted, this does not include companion animals.

MAY I LEAVE AND RE-ENTER THE AIRSHOW DURING THE DAY?

Please retain your ticket stub and acquire a hand stamp before exiting show grounds to ensure your ability to return.

ARE SHADED AREAS AVAILABLE?

Shaded areas are available in Shaded Seating, the Flight Line Club and the Capital Club – specific tickets are required for these areas. For General Admission, limited shade may be found under the wings of static display aircraft but is limited. Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and portable, hand-held umbrellas for their comfort.

MAY I BRING A TENT, BEACH UMBRELLA OR AWNING?

Due to security and safety concerns, tents, beach umbrellas, awnings and the like are not permitted on show grounds. Personal, hand-held umbrellas, not to exceed 48 inches in diameter, are permitted.

MISCELLANEOUS

IS theRe bicycle parking?

Yes, FREE bicycle parking is available at the Airshow. Once you enter the parking lot, the attendants will direct you the designated bicycle parking area.

WHAT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR THE AIRSHOW?

There will no longer be additional bus or light rail services from Mather Mills Station to Mather Airport. For Regional Transit rates and bus and train schedules, please visit the Regional Transit web site. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The California Capital Airshow has plenty of parking available and is nationally recognized for its efforts and ongoing improvements to its Public Safety and Transportation options. California Capital Airshow tickets are not valid as a form of payment for Regional Transit.

CAN I USE MY CALIFORNIA CAPITAL AIRSHOW TICKET STUB AS PAYMENT FOR REGIONAL TRANSIT?

California Capital Airshow tickets are not valid as a form of payment for Regional Transit.

Are atms available?

Yes, multiple ATMs are available throughout the Airshow.

ARE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN FOODS AVAILABLE?

The master concessionaire makes every effort to ensure menu items are suitable for all guests.

WHAT FOOD IS COMMONLY FOUND AT AN AIRSHOW?

The Airshow will have a large variety of food available for purchase, including local barbecue, local cuisines, fried food specialties, dessert specialties, signature salads, boxed lunches, reception stations, and other concession services, all representative of the spirit and flavor of Sacramento.

ARE FIRST AID FACILITIES ON-SITE?

Yes, medical personnel will be on site and a first aid center will be open.

WHAT ARE RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING TO THE AIRSHOW?

Portable chairs, strollers, cameras, cash for concessions (ATMs are also available), sunscreen, ear plugs, blankets and handheld umbrellas (less than 48 inches in diameter) are items air show veterans tend to pack.

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED FROM BEING BROUGHT INTO THE AIRSHOW?

The following items are prohibited from the Airshow grounds: large coolers(exceeding 9 Quarts and/or 10 in. x 12in. x 11in.), loose ice, cans, glass, alcohol, pets, weapons of any kind, tents, awnings, cooking/barbecue equipment.  Please note cooking and barbequing equipment are not allowed in the parking lots (for example, you are not allowed to barbeque in the parking lot for lunch).

IS SMOKING ALLOWED?

No. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the ramp or in the grass parking areas.

PARKING?

There is ample parking and superb traffic management.

Please note, the following streets will be posted as No Parking or Stopping and cars will be towed:

  • Mather Blvd to Douglas
  • Zinfandel Dr from N. Mather Blvd to Douglas
  • Douglas Blvd from Sunrise to Mather Blvd
  • N. Mather Blvd to Zinfandel Dr
  • Bear Hollow at N. Mather Blvd

DIRECTIONS?

Mather Airport is located just 10 miles from downtown Sacramento and adjacent to Rancho Cordova. For accurate directions depending on your location please use Google Maps.  Driving directions can also be found here.