There's a FREE air show happening in the Lower Mainland this summer (PHOTOS)

Jul 20 2022, 5:38 pm

The Fraser Valley is a popular destination for visitors all year round, with fun activities and delicious restaurants to check out in the region. And now a long-running free air show is returning to the skies over Chilliwack next month, and it’ll definitely be worth the drive.

The 28th Chilliwack Flight Fest Airshow is happening on Sunday, August 21, at the Chilliwack Airport, and it will be filled with fun activities and events for the whole family.

Chilliwack Airshow - Flight Fest

Chilliwack Airshow – Flight Fest/Facebook

The volunteer-run event was first held in 1992 and quickly became a popular affair for the community to enjoy.

Visitors to Chilliwack Flight Fest Airshow can check out ground displays and community booths at the airport, learn about drone technology, and even try out a flight simulator. There will also be a kid’s zone for the budding pilots to explore.

The main event is, of course, the exciting air show, with a variety of planes taking to the sky. It will be the first time since 2019 that Chilliwack Flight Fest is happening.

Chilliwack Airshow - Flight Fest

Mike Tryggvason/Facebook

Featured performers include Mike Tryggvason, a Canadian competition aerobatic and air show pilot with more than 5,000 hours of total flight time.

Ross Granley, who received his wings in 1987, has flown with the Snowbird, and was selected as a team member for Canada’s participation in the William Tell air combat competition, will also be at Flight Fest.

Chilliwack Airshow - Flight Fest

Granley Airshows/Facebook

John & Richard Mrazek will also take to the Chilliwack skies in their respective Harvard Mark IV, Pussycat II, and Yakovlev 18T. The acclaimed father-son aerobatic air show duo also have unrestricted surface level waivers.

And it wouldn’t be a festival without a number of food trucks and vendors ready to serve you when hunger strikes.

Chilliwack Airshow - Flight Fest

John and Richard Mrazek (Chilliwack Airshow – Flight Fest/Facebook)

To help you get into the Flight Fest feeling, the annual Hangar Dance is taking place on Saturday, August 20. The 19+ fully-licensed event will include a live performance by The Vacationers, food and drinks, networking, and a “teaser air show.”

Hangar Dance pre-sale tickets go on sale on July 24 and will be available at Firkus Air on Airport Road or BUNY’S N’ BUGS Auto Repair on Yale Road West. Any tickets remaining will be sold at the door.

Chilliwack Airshow - Flight Fest

The Vacationers (Chilliwack Airshow – Flight Fest/Facebook)

Chilliwack Flight Fest is one of the only free air shows left in North America, and volunteers can still sign up to help out in the lead-up to the event and throughout the weekend.

Chilliwack Flight Fest Hangar Dance

When: August 20, 2022
Time: 6 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Chilliwack Airport – 46206 Airport Road, Chilliwack
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hangar Dance pre-sale tickets go on sale on July 24 and will be available at Firkus Air on Airport Road or BUNY’S N’ BUGS Auto Repair on Yale Road West.

Chilliwack Flight Fest Airshow

When: August 21, 2022
Time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Chilliwack Airport – 46206 Airport Road, Chilliwack
Admission: Free. Donations will be collected at the entrance gate to support the Chilliwack Flight Fest Society with costs for the production.

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