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By Jay Valento
This weekend is the Huntington Beach Air Show 2023. From Friday, September 29th, 2023 to October 1st, 2023 is the Great Pacific Air Show in Huntington Beach will be flying air force planes over the ocean around the Huntington Beach pier area.
It is free to attend. Located at Pacific Coast Highway and the famous Huntington Beach pier you can watch the air show for free.
The Great Pacific Airshow allows visitors to experience the best air show the United States has to offer.
Come out to the event and celebrate your patriotism and watch skilled airborne performers do incredible acrobatic feats in the California sky.
The Huntington Beach air show is free but they do offer sitting on the pier and in the Flight Line Club area on the beach for a fee: tickets.
Stadium Seating for Huntington Beach Air Show 2023 Tickets
If you want to sit in the stand, then there is a fee for that. You can find out more information on the Pacific Air Show website (tickets). I like the free idea better.
Flight Line Club for the Huntington Beach Air Show
Since this event is really out over the ocean at the beach, the organizers create a couple of venues that you can take advantage of with some perks for visitors with tickets.
The first is the Flight Line Club. This is a catered lunch area with beverages like beer for those over 21…and, of course, a great view of the air show acrobatics.
Watch the Show for “Free” that Works for Me
Free works for me. Just head to the sand and watch the show…put on your flip-flops, and sandals, grab a towel or a couple of beach chairs on the way to the sand.
Who will Be the Featured Event: Performing at the Huntington Beach Air Show 2023?
- US Air Force Thunderbirds
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
US Air Force F-35 Lightning 2 Demo
US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt 2 Demo Team
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team called The Red Arrows from the United Kingdom
Red Bull Air Force
USN F-18 Demo from the US Navy
JetPack Men (men can fly?)
SOCOM Para Commandos will be parachuting down from the sky
YAK 110 – jet-propelled biplane
T-33 Ace Maker (video)
Lucas Oil’s Mike Wiskus is an experienced professional flying a stunt plane
Lyon Air Museum’s C-47 Dakota
US Air Force C-17 Globemaster 3 and KC 135 Straotanker; two large military transport aircraft
FedEx 757 (I guess there will be some packages delivered – just kidding) Video
P-51 Mustang “Wee Willy 2” – this is a USAF Heritage Flight Warbird
F-8F Bearcat – a Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight
Where Would be the Best Place to Sit and Watch?
Near the Waterfront Hilton at Huntington Beach Street and Pacific Coast Highway is center stage. The aerial show is 1 mile long so anywhere near the Huntington Beach Pier for about a mile or so.
Map of the Waterfront Hilton
South of the Huntington Beach pier, I would say about 1/2 mile is The Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton. According to the organizers of the event, it is the center stage of the air show. You can find it on the map below.
The purple area on the pier is the pier sitting which I think is $30 and limited.
I’d park in the downtown Huntington Beach area and walk to the sand or take a taxi, Uber or Lyft to somewhere closer to the action.
Huntington Beach Web Cam
Check out the action before going to the beach. This is a great way to check out the action before going to the beach. This camera is at the shops about midway down the pier
The City of Huntington Beach has a LIVE webcam on the pier near Duke’s restaurant.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
See this location on their main event website: https://pacificairshow.com/FAQ
- Will you be attending this weekend?
Just in Case You Have Friends Who Live on Pacific Coast Highway
Just in case you have any friends or family living on Pacific Coast Highway, this weekend may be the best time to visit them for this event. For example, if you have friends in the 200 Pacific Coast Highway building, which is known as Pier Colony, I would think a party in this building facing the ocean would be awesome.
Bring pizza and refreshments.
Or maybe, friends at 711 Pacific Coast Highway at the Huntington Pacific community of condos located on the sand would be a great viewing location.
Alright, now that you know who’s taking to the skies, you’re probably wondering where to catch all this action. Fear not, we’ve got you covered.
The Heart of the Action: Huntington Beach Pier
If you want to be right where the action is, head to the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. This is the show’s center stage. General admission is free, but if you want to upgrade your experience, consider getting a pier seating ticket. It’s a small price to pay for a front-row view of the aerial extravaganza.
Luxurious Views by the Waterfront
For those looking to add a touch of luxury to their airshow experience, the Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton, about half a mile south of the Huntington Beach Pier, is the place to be. It offers a prime location to enjoy the show without missing a beat.
Parking Made Easy
Parking can be a bit of a challenge, so here’s a tip: consider parking in downtown Huntington Beach and walking to the sand. If that’s not your thing, you can always opt for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to get you closer to the action. Remember, the early bird gets the parking spot!
Sneak a Peek with Huntington Beach Webcams
Can’t wait to witness the spectacle? No worries, you can get a sneak peek using the Huntington Beach webcams. It’s like having a front-row seat before you even get there.
- The Huntington Beach Pier Cam gives you a live view from midway down the pier.
- The City of Huntington Beach Webcam near Duke’s restaurant provides a closer look at the pier and its surroundings.
All Your Questions Answered
Got more questions about the event? Check out the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on the official event website.
Make a Weekend of It
If you’re visiting from out of town or just want to make the most of your weekend, Huntington Beach has plenty to offer.
Explore the city’s rich history, shop at local stores, savor delicious meals at fantastic restaurants and soak up the sun at one of Southern California’s most iconic beachfront destinations.
Elevate Your Experience with VIP Offerings
If you’re looking to take your airshow experience up a notch, consider the VIP offerings. You can enjoy premiere club seating, luxurious cabanas, and private areas for the best seat in the house. It’s the perfect way to enjoy this spectacle-scale event in style.
Groove to Live Music
In addition to the breathtaking aerial displays, the Huntington Beach Air Show often features live music festivals. So after a day of heart-pounding aerobatics, you can kick back and relax to the tunes of talented musicians.
More Than Just Planes
This three-day event is not just about planes in the sky. There’s a full lineup of events to keep you entertained throughout the weekend. Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or a family looking for a fun outing, there’s something for everyone.
A Word from Huntington Beach Leaders
The Huntington Beach Air Show is a beloved event that brings people together to celebrate the amazing world of aviation. Local officials, council members, and others are committed to making this event one of the most attended airshows in the country.
Do You Plan to Attend the AirShow?
The Huntington Beach Air Show 2023 promises an unforgettable weekend filled with heart-pounding thrills, awe-inspiring performances, and moments of pure wonder. Whether you’re watching from the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, the Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton, or anywhere along the coastline, get ready for a breathtaking experience.
For the latest updates on performance times, ticket options, and more, don’t forget to visit the official website.
Get set for a weekend of jet engine roars, spectacular stunts, and unforgettable memories. See you at the Huntington Beach Air Show 2023!