FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When is the 2018 Milwaukee Air & Water Show?
A: The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is July 21-22, 2018. Gates open at 9am. The Water Show begins at 10am, and the air show begins at approx Noon, and runs till 4pm. The USAF Thunderbirds normally fly on SAT and SUN, at 3pm. Please note that due to weather conditions, all times are not exact.
Q: What items are prohibited on the Milwaukee Air & Water Show grounds? What should I bring? A: NO carry-in of alcoholic beverages. NO tents (including ANY size EZ-Up’s), grills, gas grills, grilling, fire pits, or bonfires on the beaches or grass areas of McKinley Park, and / or McKinley Beach (these are the same rules as set forth for Bradford Beach). No large coolers, backpacks or carry-ins, alcoholic beverages/open containers, fireworks or explosives. Suggested items to bring include sunscreen protection, hats, cameras, small collapsible chairs or beach towels. All items and persons are subject to search.
Q: Where are the reserved seating areas located?
A: Reserved seating areas are located primarily between the Northpoint Lot and McKinley Beach, at Center-Point. Reserved CenterPoint, Flight Line Club, and Sky Chalet VIP Seating is available for purchase. Please visit the Tickets page for more details. No coolers, large backpacks or carry-ins, alcoholic beverages/open containers, grills or open flames, fireworks or explosives are allowed in the seating areas. SERVICE DOGS ARE ALLOWED. Small packs for baby milk or water is OK. PLEASE SUPPORT THE AIR AND WATER SHOW BY PURCHASING YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE FROM THE AIR SHOW CONCESSION AREAS WITH FAMOUS DAVE’S BBQ!
Q: What happens if it rains? Or if it’s cloudy, overcast, foggy, rainy, or stormy?
A: The Milwaukee Air & Water Show happens rain or shine. Gates will open regardless of the weather. However, some acts may not perform if weather conditions do not meet the minimum safety standards or visibility requirements. All aircraft appearing and scheduled performance times are subject to change due to various reasons beyond our control, including weather and below-minimum visibility. The safety of the air show’s performers is of the utmost importance, and compromised visibility due to weather would compromise operational conditions. We appreciate your understanding.
Q: Will there by food and beverages available at the Air Show?
A: YES. OUR NEW PUBLIC FOOD AND BEVERAGE PROVIDER IS FAMOUS DAVE’S BBQ. They are a high quality food provider. They will have numerous food and beverage tents, situated along Lincoln Memorial Dr., for your convenience. In order to help support the Air & Water Show, the event organizers request that you leave all coolers, grills, food packages and backpacks at home, and purchase your food and beverages at the event.
Q: Will there be Air Show merchandise available to purchase at the event?
A: Yes. Official Milwaukee Air & Water Show merchandise and other air show related items will be available on the event grounds at several locations along Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Q: Where can I park?
A: The best reserved parking locations are in the Milwaukee County Parks grass lots, which are located between McKinley Marina from the North, south to Veteran’s Park at the Milwaukee lakefront. Enter off Lagoon Road from Lincoln Memorial Drive, or drive north towards McKinley Marina to the County Parks grass lots. Additional parking locations include ParkMilwaukee and other parking lots between Downtown Milwaukee, north to Lake Park. Additional areas include between O’Donnell Park, the west side of Lincoln Memorial Drive, in areas north side of Bradford Beach at the Athletic Field near the Linwood Pumping Station, on Lincoln Memorial Drive, and along various streets on the east side of Milwaukee.
Q: Is the Milwaukee Air & Water Show seating and parking handicap accessible?
A: Yes. handicap-accessible seating access will be available in the reserved seating areas, along Lincoln Memorial Drive and at Veteran’s Park.
Q: Will I need money for anything else? Are there ATM’s?
A: You’ll want to bring some money for food, beverages and event souvenirs. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show has an array of fantastic food vendors with an excellent view of the show. ATMs will be provided onsite.
Q: Is there a place for children to play?
A: Yes. There will be a special “Kids Fun Zone” located along Lincoln Memorial Drive that will offer inflatable rides, bounce houses and other kids games. We will also have the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy located at the show site.
Q: Where is the best place to watch the Air Show?
A: The event grounds are located along Lincoln Memorial Drive, at McKinley Park and between Bradford and McKinley Beach. The “show center point,” which is the best viewing of the Air & Water Show, is located directly across from Villa Terrace, at McKinley Park, in the reserved seating sections.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Yes. All pets must be kept on a leash. SERVICE DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE SEATING AREAS.
Q: Are cameras and video recorders allowed?
A: Yes. Please be aware that all bags are subject to search.
Q: When do boat restrictions start on the lake?
A: 8 a.m. Follow the lead of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Police Marine Units with regard to the Air & Water Show safety zones, headings and directions.
Q: What else is happening at the Air Show?
A: There are many things to do at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show! There will be exhibits, sponsor displays, military recruiting areas and other special attractions at the show.
Q: Can we watch the Milwaukee Air & Water Show from our boats?
A: Since the show’s performers are flown over Lake Michigan, this is a great spot to watch from a boat. However, the event organizers would prefer that you purchase a reserved seat and watch from the center point seating areas. Please keep your boat behind the safety area marked by the U.S. Coast Guard to safely enjoy the show.