Our Mission

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is Wisconsin’s premier free, family event of the summer and one of the top air shows in the United States. We invigorate the local economy, support our Veterans and Armed Services communities, and deliver significant economic impact each year exceeding $3 million.

Our Vision

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show will bring to Milwaukee and the surrounding areas the thrill of aerial and water-based acrobatics in a wholesome, family-friendly environment. We will instill fascination and love in our audience for the armed forces, aviation, and maritime fun while stimulating the local economy and highlighting the natural beauty of our scenic lakefront.

Our Leadership

Amy Russo – Flight-Line Club Manager

Andy Sikorski – Event Advisor

Brian Allendorfer – Senior Advisor & Military Projects Officer

Candee Arndt – Milwaukee-Area Independent Event Services Professional

Carol Gerard – Event Advisor

Collen Hansen – Community Projects for Seniors

First Station Media Team – Social Media & Web Design First Station Media

Herb Hunter – Official Air Show Announcer

Jeff Hansen – Community Projects for Seniors

Jerry Wyatt – Safety Officer & FAA Advisor

Jim Novak – Traffic & Parking Manager

Judy Richardson – Assis Flight-Line Club Manager

Lena Levy – Marketing & Creative Director First Station Media

Lynn Wrench – Sales, Marketing, & Production

Mark Lovejoy – Vendor, Exhibitor Support Manager

Mike Borchardt – Assis Traffic & Parking Manager

Mike Van Dini – Air Show Operations Director

Mo Moorman – Senior Event Advisor

Paul Rogers – Founder & President MKE Air & Water Show, Inc.

Philip K. Vollrath – Senior Event Advisor MKE Air & Water Show, Inc.

Ralph Garrity – Festival Productions

Rich Berndt – Air Show Coordinator

Rob Wahl – Ticketing & Box Office Manager

Ruth Unger – Flight-Line Club Manager

Purchase Tickets


The Milwaukee Air & Water Show offers a number of reserved seating and parking options. Learn more at our Reserved Seating page and click below to purchase your tickets today.

Getting Here

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is located on the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront, between Bradford and McKinley Beach. Having trouble finding us? Take a look at the map below!

Bradford Beach Spectator Area


There is no admission to view the Air & Water Show from Bradford Beach. We will be asking for donations from event attendees at Bradford Beach to support the event.

Reserved Seating Locations


The Air & Water Show offers exceptional reserved seating areas to view the spectacular air show
performers at the lakefront from PRIVATE areas – the VIP Sky Chalet, the Flight-Line Club, and Reserved CenterPoint
Seating. Hurry! Tickets are going fast! NEW for 2022! McKinley Beach Reserved Seating. (Details upcoming.)

Milwaukee County Parks

Since 2004, Milwaukee County Parks remains a major beneficiary of the annual Air & Water Show event, in the form of concession receipts at Bradford Beach, event parking receipts, tourism value, and branding. The primary Milwaukee County Parks locations that the Air & Water Show promotes are Bradford Beach, McKinley Beach, Northpoint, and Veteran’s Park.

Benefits to Milwaukee County Parks

  • It is estimated that every year approx. 2,000 – 3,000 cars park at lakefront for the Air & Water Show. Milwaukee County Parks charges $25 per parking ticket each year.
  • Sales revenues form event sales at the Bradford Beach & Northpoint concessions, and other concessions located at the show site.
  • Advertising, branding, and destination tourism.

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Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show partners with Make-A-Wish Wisconsin each year, in two key areas.

The first area is with the actual Make-A-Wish visits with the Navy Blue Angels, and the Air Force Thunderbirds. After Each annual air show practice, at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, the very first priority of the pilots is to visit with the Make-A-Wish kids in the hangar, for a visit and photo session. It has been a priceless relationship, and is well received each year.

The second area that the Milwaukee Air & Water Show partners with Make-A-Wish Wisconsin each year, is in the donation of vip tickets, which are auctioned during Make-A-Wish events. This area has grown each year, and results in a substantial monetary donation to Make-A-Wish.

The WaterStone Bank Military Valor Program is exclusively for Active Duty Service Members, Military Veterans and Reserve and National Guard Service Members who have or open a new WaterStone Bank Checking account. The Military Valor Program offers many great benefits and saving features to recognize and thank you for your service to our country – because you deserve it.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Receive $100 credit with direct deposit of military payroll, government benefit or employer payroll
  • Free patriotic checks
  • No fee money orders, foreign current orders, and official checks
  • No fee overdraft protection transfers
  • No fee wire transfers
  • No fee ATM transactions
  • Refund of your Option Flex Line of Credit annual fee
  • Receive $500 when you obtain a 1st mortgage loan on your home from WaterStone Bank and set up autopay
  • Annual voucher for a free standard size (3×5) US Flag

Visit the WaterStone Bank website for more information and requirements today.