Frequently Asked Questions
PLANNING TO ATTEND THE AIR SHOW
Gates open at 12pm and close at 5pm
Show starts APPROXIMATELY at 1pm.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Gates open at 9am and close at 4:30pm
Show starts APPROXIMATELY at 12pm.
Delays are likely on Air Show days. It is recommended that you plan extra time accordingly for traffic, detours, road closures, and lines to park, check-in, and/or buy tickets.
This year, Friday is a DAY show. Friday will NOT feature fireworks.
Each of the shows are similar. Most of the performers will be performing all three days. To see who is performing each day, please visit the Schedule page.
*Please note that the schedules are subject to change without notice. Check the website for the most recent, up-to-date information.
The USAF Thunderbirds return to headline the 2022 Air Show in McMinnville, along with the USAF F-35A Demonstration Team. To see the full list of performers, please visit the Performers page.
Yes, the B-17 “Ye Olde Pub” and PBY-5A Catalina “Princess of the Stars” will be on static display. Unfortunately, due to limited space on the field at the McMinnville Airport, static displays will be limited. To see the full list of static displays, please visit the Static Displays page.
Yes! Two aircraft will be offering rides at the Air Show - the B-17 “Ye Olde Pub” and the PBY-5A Catalina “Princess of the Stars.”
Erickson Aircraft Collection will be offering rides in the B-17 “Ye Olde Pub.” To purchase B-17 rides, please visit Erickson Aircraft Collection’s website for more information.
Soaring by the Sea Foundation will also be offering rides in the PBY-5A Catalina “Princess of the Stars.” To purchase PBY-5A rides, please visit Soaring by the Sea Foundation’s website for more information.
Yes, tickets can be purchased at the gates. If paying with a credit card, only Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the gates.
Please keep in mind that ticket pricing will be higher on the day of the show, so buy early to take advantage of the best prices and to avoid lines at the gates.
Yes, Military General Admission tickets are discounted Adult General Admission tickets for active military personnel and veterans only. Military General Admission tickets are not for dependents of an active military personnel and/or veteran. Dependents are to purchase Adult General Admission or Child General Admission tickets instead. Proof of military ID is required for each Military General Admission ticket purchased. Acceptable proof of military ID are as follows: DD Form 2, DD Form 214, VA Card, VIC, or state ID with Veteran status indicated.
No. The Oregon Air Show is not affiliated with any third party “watch parties" (including Evergreen Museum and Alumbra Cellars). Third party “watch party” tickets do not allow admissions into the Air Show gates or into the Air Show parking lots. Air Show tickets and parking passes are only sold through our ticketing vendor, Eventsprout. If you have a ticket to a “watch party,” please refer to the third-party site in which you purchased the ticket from for information.
The Air Show will continue - rain or shine - as long as the weather does not interfere with the safety precautions of our performers. If the weather causes safety concerns for performers as indicated by our safety teams, performances may be paused until conditions improve and is deemed safe to resume the show. By purchasing a ticket, guests understand that the safety of our performers and guests is the Air Show’s number one priority and that the Air Show reserves the right to postpone, delay, or cancel the event for safety reasons.
By purchasing a ticket to the Air Show, guests understand that there are no refunds or exchanges, including but not limited to the case of inclement weather.
Tickets to the 2022 McMinnville show are located on our website’s Tickets page. We have a selection of seating options available to fit your Air Show needs.
Tickets are available for purchase online and at the gates on the show weekend. Please keep in mind that ticket pricing will be higher on the day of the show, so buy early to take advantage of the best prices and to avoid lines at the gates.
The difference between First Class and regular seating options is location. First Class seating is comprised of the first row in each seating area. Each seating area has one row of First Class seating, except for Reserved Seating which has two rows of First Class seating.
When purchasing a Premium Seating option (Reserved, Family Garden, Beer Garden, and President’s Club), guests will see a layout map of the seating area with the words “Crowd Line” on the map. The “Crowd Line” refers to the boundary between where the crowd ends and the Air Show restricted area(s) begin. The Crowd Line is also the front of each seating area.
Yes. Please refer to the seating area layout map below.
*Subject to change without notice
In 2022, the McMinnville show will return to its traditional air show format where guests can roam throughout the general admission areas on show grounds. For guests who want to experience the air show from the comfort of their own vehicles, the Oregon Air Show is offering limited spots to a designated Drive-In section on-field. Please refer to our website’s Tickets page for more information about the designated Drive-In area and to purchase tickets.
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Tickets to the 2023 Hillsboro and McMinnville shows are not yet available. Announcements will be made on our website and social media platforms when tickets become available for 2023. Air Show Wingmen - guests who have purchased tickets to the 2022 Hillsboro and/or McMinnville shows - will be the first notified when tickets go on sale and will be granted exclusive access to the 2023 tickets first.
The Oregon Air Show is not affiliated with any third party “watch parties" (including Evergreen Museum and Alumbra Cellars). Third party “watch party” tickets do not allow admissions into the Air Show gates or into the Air Show parking lots. Air Show tickets and parking passes are only sold through our ticketing vendor, Eventsprout. If you have a ticket to a “watch party,” please refer to the third-party site in which you purchased the ticket from for information.
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
There are two parking lots - On-Field Lot & Chemeketa College Lot.
The On-Field Lot are all-grass lots located on the McMinnville Airport grounds. Advanced purchase pricing is $30 for Friday & Sunday and $35 for Saturday. Show Day pricing will increase to $40 on Friday & Sunday and $50 for Saturday.
CHEMEKETA COLLEGE LOT:
The Chemeketa College Lot is a pavement lot that is located at Chemeketa College (288 NE Norton Ln, McMinnville, OR 97128), northwest of the McMinnville Airport. Chemeketa College Parking Passes are free to Air Show ticketholders with obtainment of a Chemeketa Lot Parking Pass via Eventsprout. Please note that Chemeketa College Lot spaces are LIMITED IN AVAILABILITY and Chemeketa Lot Parking Passes are required to be obtained to enter the Chemeketa College Lot.
Due to safety reasons, walking is strictly prohibited to the Air Show from the Chemeketa College Parking Lot. Buses will be provided as the sole mode of transportation to and from the Air Show from the Chemeketa College Parking Lot. A designated drop off and pick up point is provided. Please reference our parking lot map.
Buses will begin shuttling guests approximately 30 minutes before show gates open each day. Buses will commence shuttling guests at approximately 6pm. Please plan accordingly. If you are planning on parking at the Chemeketa College Lot and have tickets to a B-17 or PBY ride, please reference our Rides page for important parking information.
To purchase or obtain your parking passes, please visit our Tickets page. Please keep in mind that parking lots are for parking only; no soliciting is allowed. Pets are not allowed; do not keep your pets in your vehicles.
Unfortunately, Trimet and MAX do not operate in McMinnville. Uber and Lyft are alternatives guests may use.
The pick up and drop off point for Uber and Lyft guests will be located at 4000 SE Cirrus Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128. Uber and Lyft lights MUST be on to pick up and drop off guests in this area.
Please keep in mind that this location will also be used for the Chemeketa College Lot pick up and drop off point; buses have the right-of-way and must be yielded to at all times.
Current Road Closure information can be found here. Delays are likely on Air Show days. It is recommended that you plan extra time accordingly for traffic, detours, road closures, and lines to park, check-in, and/or buy tickets.
INSIDE THE GATES
The current layout map can be found here. Please keep in mind that the layout is subject to change for last minute additions.
Due to safety reasons, food and drink is NOT allowed inside the gates with exception of a medical reason. If there’s a medical reason, food and drink will be allowed, but is restricted to be kept at the gates. Food vendors are available on field to purchase food and drink from.
EMPTY water bottles are allowed in and can fill them inside the Air Show gates at the many water taps on field.
Should temperatures rise above 85 degrees on the weekend, we will allow an UNOPENED, see-through water bottle through the gates.
Drive In guests are allowed to bring their own food and drink into the Drive-In area. No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the Drive-In area.
Small backpack or bag for: Medications, baby supplies, light clothing, sunscreen.
Folding chairs & blankets for the General Admission areas as no seats are provided for General Admission areas.
Strollers are welcome in the General Admission area. Strollers are allowed to be “parked” in the back of the Reserved Seating area. Strollers are also allowed in Family Garden & President’s Club areas with the purchase of an additional seat.
EMPTY water bottles : In agreement with TSA rules, you are allowed to bring EMPTY water bottles into the Air Show with you and fill them from water taps. Water is also for sale at concession booths. If you arrive with a filled water/beverage bottle, you will need to empty it before enter the show.
NOTE: All bags & carry-in items will be checked at the gates by security for safety reasons.
The Air Show is held on airport property and has strict safety procedures. To ensure everyone’s safety, please remember the following items are NOT allowed through Air Show gates:
• ALL types of knives
• Leatherman-type multi-tools
• Guns or weapons of any kind
• Tents/Pop-up canopies (except for Drive In guests - canopies MUST be secured)
• Large Umbrellas
• Coolers (except for Drive In guests)
• Large backpacks
• Food and/or beverages unless medically necessary (baby formula/food is allowed)
• Glass containers of any kind
• Pets of any kind; only service animals are allowed through the gate
Yes, but for safety reasons, smoking is allowed only in the clearly identified, designated “Smoking Areas.”
All seating areas will be under open sky. Patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen.
Family Garden, Beer Garden, President’s Club, and Corporate Chalet ticket holders will have a partially covered area at the entrance of the their seating area.