Miramar Air Show



miramar air show
The Miramar Air Show is typically on the first week of October.


Every year, San Diegans know that autumn has arrived not by the changing colors of the leaves - rather they know because of the thundering airplanes flying overhead. It's the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show!

Free to the general public, the air show has 100+ military and civilian airplanes for you to discover. You can walk into a cargo plane or climb into the cock pit of a warbird. There's lots to see and explore including static displays, Air Show Expo exhibits, and vendors selling souvenirs and memorabilia.

miramar air show
miramar air show





miramar air show
miramar air show
Up high, in the skies above, trained pilots show off their expertise by doing daredevil aerial acrobatics. There will be a number of military and civilian airplanes; however, the showiest of them all would be the US Navy Blue Angels. The Blue Angels are a Demonstration Squadron - and boy do they demonstrate!

Equally impressive are the Thunderbirds. But don't forget the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the the Golden Knights parachute Team.

Getting a little overwhelmed by the military power? Ask one of the uniformed military personnel for information. These men and women risk their lives to keep us safe, so give them the respect they rightfully deserve. Representatives from the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen will be there to answer questions and help.





Organizers expect this event to attract 700,000 spectators over the 3 day period. And why not? The Miramar Air Show wins the title of "Best Air Show" for three times! San Diegans will tell you that it is the biggest & best military air show in the nation.

Most of the Air Show will be outdoors so take precautions: wear a hat, sunblock, and remember to drink plenty of water. The daytime temperature in San Diego in early October is often still quite warm so be aware of that. Walking around the Miramar grounds, entering & exiting the aircrafts, and dealing with the crowds may take more energy than you expect. Pace yourself and enjoy the show safely.

Location, Parking, Price

Miramar Air show is typically on the first weekend of October. Gates open 8 am and show performances start at about 9 am and are ongoing through out the day until about 4:30.

The Twilight Air Show is from 5:30 to 9 pm on Saturday only. Due to last minute changes schedules may not be on time; however, see estimated show times here.

miramar air show
miramar air show


miramar air show

miramar air show

miramar air show

Miramar Air Show
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in SD
Enter from Miramar Rd off I-805 or
enter from Miramar Way off I-15
see map

Parking and admission is free.

But, if you wish, you can pay to have preferred seating. these packages may include food, shaded seating areas, prefered parking, souvenirs, or other perks not available to the general public. There are 6 options:
    - Flying Aces Club (approx $200)
    - Semper Fi Chalet ($100 - $150),
    - Flight Deck Chalet ($50 - $100),
    - Observation Deck Chalet ($40 - $60),
    - Box Seats ($20 - $40), and
    - Grandstands ($10 - $20).

Prices range from $10 (twilight show) to $200 (includes, preferred parking, shaded seating, a souvenir program, and food [continental breakfast, buffet lunch, snacks, beer, wine, soda, and water] or dinner).

Prices are cheaper if you order early and online. See here for price list.

Parking: there is plenty of free parking at the Miramar base. If you have bought tickets, you may have preferred parking. See here for preferred paid parking lots.

miramar air show

Photos are courtesy of US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, MCCS, Alan Warner, and SeanStell.