The Pacific Airshow is back for 2023 in Huntington Beach! From September 29 – October 1, 2023 you can head to the beach and watch this spectacular and loved airshow. Over three days, the 2023 Pacific Airshow will celebrate the love, patriotism and awe-inspiring feats of aviation along with the thrill of sports, entertainment, art and technology.
Along with an action-packed lineup of events, from over-the-water aerobatic demonstrations from the world’s best display teams to live music on the beach and VIP offerings – you enjoy Southern California’s most iconic beachfront destination... Huntington Beach, California.
Where is the Best Place to Watch the Pacific Airshow?
There really are no bad areas to watch the Pacific Airshow if you are sitting on the sand of Huntington Beach. With the planes flying high across Huntington Beach, you can sit a few blocks south or north of "Show Center" and still see everything. Show Center is located on the beach across from The Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton on Pacific Coast Highway.
Show Center will also feature upgraded seating, access to the live announcer feed, and Airshow food and beverage vendors and souvenir shops. Or you can even get preferred seating on the Huntington Pier. Click here for preferred ticket seating.
How much does the Pacific Airshow Cost?
Pacific Airshow is FREE to the public! But there are upgraded seating options available for purchase if you would like reserved seating at Show Center or on the Huntington Beach Pier. You can buy 2023 Pacific Airshow tickets through the website or mobile app.
The Pacific Airshow Official Schedule
The 2023 Pacific Airshow lineup is one of the best ones yet with military participation from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Marine Corps, and Canadian Air Force, along with some of the best civilian jet teams on the planet. You can enjoy watching the planes each day from the Huntington Beach sand from 10:30am to 5:00pm.
Friday, September 29, 2023 is a “Rehearsal Day." This day is more casual as the jet teams get a feel for the airspace. You will still be watching a spectacular show. Parking will be easier on Friday, and the crowds will be smaller than Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, September 30, 2023, the airshow starts bright and early at 10:30am. Here is the Pacific Airshow Schedule for Saturday:
10:15am - O.C. Fire Authority Water Drop
10:21am - U.S. Navy Leap Frogs - Flag Jump
10:30am - Greg Colyer / Ace Maker Airshows
10:43am - Michael Wiskus / Lucas Oil Airshows
10:56am - Lyon Air Museum / Guardian of Freedom
11:02am - Edwards B-52 Bomber Flypass
11:10am - U.S. Navy F-35C Demo Team
11:26am - U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Demo Team
11:34am - FedEx 767 Flypass
11:41am - U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
12:27pm - Michael Goulian Aerosports
12:43pm - U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Legacy Flight Demo Team
12:59pm - Rob Holland / Ultimate Airshows
1:12pm - Canadian Forces Snowbirds
1:53pm - U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II Demo Team
2:11pm - U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
2:26pm - Red Bull Air Force
2:47pm - Orbis Flying Eye Hospital
2:58pm - U.S. Army Golden Knights
3:14pm - Jeff Boerboon / Yak 110
3:25pm - U.S. Navy Blue Angels
On Sunday, October 1, 2023, the airshow starts bright and early at 10:30am. Here is the Pacific Airshow Schedule for Saturday:
10:15am - O.C. Fire Authority Water Drop
10:21am - U.S. Army Golden Knights - Flag Jump
10:37am - Greg Colyer / Ace Maker Airshows
10:50am - Michael Wiskus / Lucas Oil Airshows
11:03am - Lyon Air Museum / Guardian of Freedom
11:09am - U.S. Navy F-35C Demo Team
11:25am - U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Demo Team
11:33am - FedEx 767 Flypass
11:42am - U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
12:28am - Michael Goulian Aerosports
12:44pm - U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler Legacy Flight Demo Team
1:00pm - Rob Holland / Ultimate Airshows
1:13pm - Canadian Forces Snowbirds
1:54pm - U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II Demo Team
2:12pm - U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
2:27pm - Red Bull Air Force
2:48pm - Orbis Flying Eye Hospital
2:57pm - U.S. Navy Leap Frogs
3:08pm - Jeff Boerboon / Yak 110
3:19pm - U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Pacific Airshow Parking
Parking is limited and will be crowded. I recommend Uber or Lyft. You can also park a mile or two inland and ride your bike down to the beach. If you are lucky enough to get parking, you will either find is in the State Parks Beach parking, or in a premium paid lot nearby.
Are All Three Days of the Airshow the Same?
YES! All three days of the Pacific Airshow have the full lineup of performers.
Is the Pacific Airshow worth it?
Yes! The short answer is yes. The Pacific Air Show is amazing. The stunts these planes can do and the beautiful contrails the jets make are spectacular. Why cooler than I was expecting when I first went to the show. And it's the beach! Such a great place to relax and breath in the calming salt air.
Finally, if you can get to the 2023 Pacific Airshow during air show weekend, do it! Bring a picnic, grab a blanket, chairs and a swim suit and enjoy a day in the sun watching these amazingly talented pilots. It one of the best Orange County Airshows you will ever see...you won't regret it.
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