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Oregon Airshow of the Cascades 2024

Two days of aircraft displays, aerobatics, a car show, and live entertainment!

Dates: August 22–24, 2024

Oregon Airshow of the Cascades
Oregon Airshow of the Cascades
Oregon Airshow of the Cascades

The annual Oregon Airshow of the Cascades offers a delightful experience for the entire family. Held at the Madras Municipal Airport in Jefferson County, this two-day festival in late August boasts a diverse array of events and activities. From captivating airplane displays showcasing vintage aircraft and breathtaking Warbirds soaring through the sky to thrilling Aircraft Fly-in Shows and mesmerizing aerobatic performances, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Performers and Attractions

At the Oregon Airshow of the Cascades, guests can soar to new heights with aerobatic rides offered by Specialized Aero Works, providing an exhilarating experience of aerial maneuvers at a safe altitude. The Air Race Sport Class promises thrills reminiscent of NASCAR in the sky, as jet planes compete around a course overhead. Food and beverage vendors provide a variety of options to satisfy every palate.

Aviation enthusiasts can explore the Blackhawk Static Display, featuring an H-60 Black Hawk Helicopter, and marvel at the iconic Erickson Aircraft Warbird Planes. For those seeking a more serene adventure, glider rides offered by the High Desert Soaring Club provide an opportunity to glide gracefully across the Central Oregon skies.

Schedule of Events

The festival kicks off on Thursday evening with a lively party, setting the tone for a spectacular weekend ahead. Starting at 5:30 pm, attendees can immerse themselves in the excitement with live music, delectable snacks and refreshing beverages, all while exploring the exhibits of the Erickson Aircraft Collection. Tickets for the party are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and under, available exclusively online. From Friday onwards, gates open to the public at 1 pm, offering ample time to explore static displays of vintage aircraft and the Les Schwab Car Show.

The air races take place at 3:30 pm on Friday and noon on Saturday. The festivities continue with a delectable Fish & Chips Dinner at 5:30 pm, available to the first 1,000 attendees. Shortly after, aerobatic performances, including those by the US Army Golden Knights, add to the excitement, captivating audiences with daring maneuvers and precision.

Music and Firework Show

Live music permeates the atmosphere throughout the event, with performances scheduled at various times and locations. The renowned band Hit Machine takes the stage on Friday night, entertaining the crowd with a dynamic repertoire spanning across genres and eras.

As evening descends, the Firework Show illuminates the sky with a dazzling display choreographed to music against the stunning backdrop of the Cascade Mountain Range.

VIP and Camping Options

For those looking to elevate their experience, VIP and chalet options offer exclusive views of the action along with complimentary amenities.

Additionally, camping facilities are available for visitors who wish to immerse themselves fully in the festival atmosphere, with options for RVs, trailers, and tents.

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Last updated: by Olha Savych