Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to attend the Milwaukee Air & Water Show?
The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is a free event for the general public to attend. There are many areas along the Milwaukee lakefront, North to South, to view the Air & Water Show, including Bradford & McKinley Beaches. The Air & Water Show Reserved Seating areas are located at CenterPoint, and are the best areas to view the spectacular Air & Water Show, and are available for purchase online, and all weekend of the event. Tickets are on sale now.
Where are the reserved seating areas located?
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 are available for purchase. Please visit the tickets page of our website 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. Small packs for baby milk or water is OK. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE SUPPORT THE AIR AND WATER SHOW BY PURCHASING YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE FROM THE AIR SHOW CONCESSION AREAS! Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle or at home to expedite your entry into the Reserved Seating areas.
What is the reserved seating re-entry policy?
Wristbands to leave and re-enter the reserved seating areas are available at all gate areas. Re-entry wristbands will be valid for a single, same day re-entry until 4:00 pm. No re-entry wristbands will be issued after 4:00 pm.
Where can I buy reserved seating tickets?
All ticket packages are available via internet, U.S. mail, email, or phone Tickets may be purchased online at mkeairwatershow.com. All CenterPoint, Flight-Line Club, and Sky Chalet reserved tickets will be available during the weekend of the Air & Water Show, at the Air Show Box Office. The Air Show Box Office is located along the east side of Lincoln Memorial Drive, across from Villa Terrace, approx., 200 yards south of the Northpoint Custard Stand. Free, convenient 10-minute curbside parking is available in front of the box office.
What are the hours for the Air Show Box Office?
2019 Box office hours are: Friday July 26th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday/Sunday July 27-28, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
What happens if it rains, or cloudy, overcast, foggy, or stormy weather?
The Milwaukee Air & Water Show will go on 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, including water / wave conditions on Lake Michigan. All aircraft appearing and scheduled performance times are subject to change due to various reasons beyond our control, including weather, below-minimum visibility, and mechanical difficulties. The safety of the Air & Water Show’s performers is of the utmost importance, and compromised visibility due to weather would compromise operational conditions. We appreciate your understanding.
Will there be food and beverages available at the Air & Water Show?
Yes. Along Lincoln Memorial Drive, at the show site. There will be many quality food and beverage vendors with a wide array of options at the event. In order to help support the Air & Water Show, the event organizers request that you leave all coolers, grills, food packages & backpacks at home, & purchase your food and beverages at the event.
Will there be Air Show merchandise available to purchase at the event?
Yes. Official Milwaukee Air & Water Show merchandise and all other items will be available on the event grounds at several locations along Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Where can I park?
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: O’Donnell Park, the west side of Lincoln Memorial Drive, in areas north 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. Milwaukee County Parks lots open at 7:30am each day of the Air & Water Show. The Air & Water Show is not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle including articles left within at parking lots.
Is the Milwaukee Air & Water Show seating and parking handicap accessible?
Yes. Handicapped seating access will be available in the reserved seating areas, along Lincoln Memorial Drive and at Veteran’s Park. Handicapped parking is available along Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Where is the best place to watch the Air Show?
The event grounds are located along Lincoln Memorial Drive, at McKinley Park, between Bradford and McKinley Beaches. 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.
What should I bring to the event?
Suggested items include sunscreen protection, hats, cameras, small collapsible chairs or beach towels. All items and persons are subject to search.
The following items are ALLOWED at the Air & Water Show – IN THE FREE SEATING AREAS:
• Umbrellas / large hats
• Lawn chairs & blankets
• Baby strollers
• Small coolers
• Cameras & small video recorders (No professional grade cameras and video equipment)
• Drawstring backpacks
The following items are NOT ALLOWED at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show – IN THE FREE SEATING AREAS:
• Large Backpacks
• Grills, tents, and large containers
• Outside food and beverages
• Cans or glass bottles
• Aerosol cans
• Illegal drugs or substances
• Weapons or objects that could be used as weapons
• Professional grade cameras or video equipment
• Banners or flags on poles
• Laser pointers
• Wagons (except small baby wagons)
• Kites or drones
• Other carry-ins as determined by management
Can I bring my pet?
Yes. All pets must be kept on a leash, and are limited to the sidewalk areas along Lincoln Memorial Drive. Pets are NOT allowed in any of the Reserved Seating areas or the beach areas.
Are cameras and video recorders allowed?
Yes. Please be aware that all bags are subject to search.
When do boat restrictions start on the lake?
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.
Will I need money for anything else? Is there an ATM?
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 are provided onsite.
Is there a place for children to play?
Yes. There will be a special “Kidz Fun Zone” located along Lincoln Memorial Drive that will offer inflatable rides, bounce houses and other kids games.
What else is happening at the Air Show?
There is lots to do at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show! There will be many exhibits, sponsor displays, military recruiting areas and other special attractions at the show.
Can we watch the Milwaukee Air & Water Show from our boats?
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.
Where can I stay overnight during the air and water show weekend?
There are many hotels in the downtown Milwaukee area, and many offer great summer packages. For a list of hotels, please visit www.visitmilwaukee.com. Camping is not allowed on the air and water show grounds or surrounding areas. There is NO RV parking on the lakefront, EXCEPT in the Milwaukee County Parks designated RV lot adjacent to the McKinley Marina. Enter off Lagoon Drive and Lincoln Memorial Drive and watch for RV parking signs.
Where can I look for something lost during the event?
Lost and Found articles are turned into and can be claimed at the Lost and Found area located at the Milwaukee County Sheriff command post, located in the Northpoint Lot, just south of Bradford Beach.
Where is the First Aid area if I get injured?
First Aid service is provided by Milwaukee Fire Department mobile units, which are present on the air and water show grounds, at the lakefront.
Can I reserve an area for a private party for my company or organization?
The Milwaukee Air & Water Show features a number of private party areas available for you to host a corporate outing, reunion, party,or annual event. These Private Party Areas are available both days of the Air & Water Show. They include full party set-up, tent, tables/chairs, bar, access to restrooms, security, and a place to display your event sign or corporate banner. Admission tickets are also available at a discounted rate. Please visit our contact page to call us or email us a request.
Our Refund & Discount Policies
What is the Milwaukee Air & Water Show’s refund policy?
All Reserved admission tickets are non-refundable, similar to any ticket you might purchase for a baseball game, auto race, or concert. The Air & Water Show goes on rain or shine, there are no refunds, exchanges, chargebacks, or rain checks.
What if it rains, there is bad weather, and the daily air show is cancelled?
While the daily afternoon air show is a highlight of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, the event encompasses much more than the air show each afternoon. The event features a 90-minute Water Show, Exhibits, Displays, and ample Food and Beverage Vendors, placed along Lincoln Memorial Drive to see. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show continues rain or shine. In case of severe weather that forces evacuation of the grounds prior to the air show, the Milwaukee Air & Water Show refund policy will apply. All Air & Water Show acts are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Air And Water Show staff, and is subject to adverse weather, any meteorological conditions that prevent safe flight, or any other “weather-permitting / controlling factors affecting air and water show acts and / or performances. We appreciate your understanding.
I Forgot My Tickets?
Oh no! I’ve traveled all the way to Oshkosh and now I can’t find my tickets! What do I do? Remember these tickets should be treated and guarded just as you would treat a ticket to a pro sporting event or a concert – that is, very carefully. There is one option that can still save you, though, that was mentioned previously above: When you purchased tickets, you were assigned a transaction ID. You can always reprint your ticket PDF from your purchase confirmation email. If you have lost or did not recieve your ticket email, please contact us and provide the name and email address you purchased the ticket under. We will work with you to get your ticket re-sent. The new ticket will be available for printing as it was when you first purchased it. If you are unable to reprint your transaction prior to arrival, please provide your name, email address, and what type of ticket you purchased, our team may be able to locate your purchase manually. Tickets can be checked in from a smartphone or iPad. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show admissions volunteers can also assist with computer look-up on transactions.
Who is eligible for the Veteran / Active Military rates?
The Veteran and Active Duty Military rate is intended for individuals that are active duty, veterans, retirees or reservists of any branch of the U.S. military. We ask that those using this type of ticket be ready to present proof of military service at the gate when their ticket is exchanged for a wristband.
What constitutes “proof of military service”?
Sufficient proof of military service can be in the form any of the following: Certificate of Release or Discharge (DD Form 214 or its predecessors); Active Duty, Reserve, or Retired military ID (CAC, DD Form 2, DD Form 1173); valid membership card in any veteran’s association/group.