California Capital Airshow | MATHER AIRPORT, SACRAMENTO

SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2021

Featuring the USAF Thunderbirds & the Canadian Snowbirds!

FRIDAY AFTERBURNIN’ DRIVE-IN AIRSHOW

This year’s 2021 Airshow will feature an Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow on Friday, September 24th. This first-ever Drive-In Airshow will take place in what usually is our largest parking lot located on the west cargo ramp at Mather Airport. Picture a tailgate party, but with jets! Gates will open at 2 PM, and opening ceremonies will begin at 3:30 PM with jets in the air until about 7 PM. Both military jet teams and the F-35 will be flying for you, plus a few more Friday-ONLY surprises! THAT’S MORE THAN 25 MILITARY JETS IN 3 HOURS OF FLYING WITH LOTS OF AFTERBURNER!

This is a fun and relaxed way to kick-off Airshow weekend. Come out and enjoy an intimate, up-close show with all the best the US and Canadian military have to offer. Based on limitations, only 2,000 tickets are available (up to 6 people per car/ticket).

This unique event is completely different than the Saturday and Sunday show and is for airshow fans looking for something wild and loud! Tickets for Friday’s Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow will include a parking spot and an area directly next to your vehicle to “tailgate”. Here are a few rules of engagement:

  • No grills or glass are allowed, but you are welcome to bring food and drinks, coolers, chairs and standard umbrellas (no beach umbrellas, canopies or pop-up tents, please)
  • There will NOT be access to the ground display aircraft ramp on Friday, but you will have an excellent seat for a GREAT show.
  • Drive-in tickets will be sold per car and include up to 6 people per vehicle.
  • There will be NO food and drinks available for purchase onsite – plan to bring your own food and drink
  • All CDC, State and Local Public Health guidelines in September will be followed – at this time masks are NOT required at the Airshow. Keep up to date with State guidelines for mega events here.

Here’s what a 2021 CCA Friday-ONLY Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow Ticket gets you (think old school “Drive-In” movie theater, with a lot more personal space):

YOU GET ONE PARKING AREA MEASURING APPROX. 15-FEET DEEP X 20-FEET WIDE (300 SQ. FT.)

Gates open at 2:00 PM Friday, September 24th.  Each “Drive-In” ticket holder will be allotted at 15-foot-deep by 20-feet-wide (that’s 300 square feet of fun!), air show viewing area on the paved ramp at Mather Airport, commonly the parking lot on the west side of the airport. Because of how our performers fly their demonstration profiles, every parking area will have an excellent view of the sky.

AIR SHOW ARRIVAL

You will receive specific driving instructions (via email before the event) to enter the limited entrance gates for the Friday event, please make sure you follow them. Upon entry, your ticket will be scanned, and our volunteers and staff will direct you to your parking space. Parking spaces are first come, first served in each ticket area. If you would like to be near friends/family plan to meet up off site and caravan in.

VEHICLE ENTRY LIMITATIONS

Based on your personal 15ft x 20ft viewing area, only standard sedans, SUVs & trucks are permitted. Additionally, we cannot accommodate vehicles taller than 8 feet. The 8-foot height limitation also ensures that everyone has a great view of the action. Bicycles, motorcycles, RVs, trailers, and campers are NOT permitted.

WHEN IN YOUR PARKING AREA

Plan to bring chairs to watch the action outside of your vehicle. You may also want to bring a hat or personal umbrella to protect yourself from the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Pop-up tents and large beach umbrellas are NOT permitted due to the danger of them taking flight, and they obstruct the view of fellow air show attendees.

Your marked parking area has a maximum capacity of 6 individuals (children are included in this count). Combining multiple groups in one parking area is prohibited.

WHAT ABOUT FOOD AND DRINKS?

We’re encouraging people to bring their own food and drinks, since there will be no on-site food vendors.

  • Grills and BBQ’s, regardless of size are NOT permitted – jet fuel vapor and open flames don’t mix well.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Beverages in cans and plastic are permitted. Glass of any kind is not permitted, due to a safety concern.

Check out our RESTAURANT PARTNERS – Order your meal online and pick it up on the way to the Airshow!

Rancho Cordova Chamber member
10750 Olson Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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6350 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819
Order HERE!

Rancho Cordova Chamber member
3101 Zinfandel Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Order HERE!

Rancho Cordova Chamber member
4040 Sunrise Blvd. Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
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2929 Mather Field Road Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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3101 Zinfandel Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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3332 Mather Field Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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3195 Zinfandel Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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All coolers, bags, cars and so forth are subject to search at any time. It can be upon arrival or any other time you’re on airport property. In all instances, security and law enforcement officers will be clearly identified.

AMPLE RESTROOMS AND HANDWASH STATIONS PROVIDED

Portable restrooms and handwash stations, including accommodations for those with disabilities, will be positioned throughout the event space. These restrooms will be cleaned continuously throughout the event.

WHEN DOES THE FLYING START AND END?

Opening ceremonies will begin at 3:30 PM, and all flying demonstrations will end before 7 PM. You’ll have approximately 3 hours of action-packed aviation excitement. Make sure you are parked by 3:30 PM, because the jet teams will kick-off the flying performances.

HOW MUCH ARE THE FRIDAY ONLY DRIVE-IN TICKETS?

There will be THREE ticket levels available – pricing will be based per carload and proximity to runway. All tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, no tickets will be available to purchase at the event.

WHAT ABOUT THE PERFORMER SCHEDULE?

The Friday-ONLY Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow has a unique military-only performer lineup (subject to change) that will be different from Saturday & Sunday’s performances. MORE THAN 25 MILITARY JETS IN 3 HOURS OF FLYING!

As an Insider, keep a lookout for more exciting performer announcements. As in previous years, you’ll receive the Insider ONLY schedule each Airshow morning. And yes, the airshow schedule is accessible from any mobile device.

ARE THERE DISPLAY AIRCRAFT THIS YEAR?

There will be no onsite display aircraft for the Friday-ONLY Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow. If you would like to see display aircraft, plan to come back on Saturday and/or Sunday.

MAXIMIZING YOUR AFTERBURNIN’ DRIVE-IN AIRSHOW TICKET VALUE

You’re going to get the best value for your dollar by bringing family and friends to the air show. Afterburnin’ Drive-In Airshow ticket holders can bring up to 6 people (this number includes children of all ages) in each vehicle. Please make sure you take advantage of that opportunity.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO SIT NEXT TO FAMILY/FRIENDS

If you want to sit near family or friends, please plan to arrive to the event at the exact same time. One way to do this, is to meet up off-site and caravan to the entrance gate. As a reminder, each parking area has a maximum capacity of 6 individuals, groups of more than 6 are not permitted in one parking area.

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that people have been asking:

CAN I BRING MY SERVICE ANIMAL TO THE “DRIVE-IN” AIRSHOW?

We love all pets, but only clearly identified service animals are allowed on airshow grounds.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE AIRSHOW IS CANCELED?

As in previous years, we’ll ensure that you get to see an airshow and you are happy with the experience!

CAN I EXIT AND RE-ENTER THE AIR SHOW?

You are welcome to leave the airshow at any time, including early. After most people arrive at the show, the entrance lanes are reversed to exit lanes. This is done to ensure that everyone gets home as quickly as possible. The only disadvantage is that RE-ENTRY IS NOT PERMITTED.

WILL I BE ABLE TO HEAR THE AIR SHOW FROM MY CAR?

Yes, by utilizing a pre-determined FM station you will be able to hear all the narration and music throughout the event. The FM station will be sent to ticket purchases prior to the event.

CAN I WATCH THE AIR SHOW FROM OUTSIDE MATHER AIRPORT?

Short answer, “yes, absolutely!” Please note, we’re NOT encouraging you to do so. Every performer flight profile is based on doing their most spectacular maneuvers at show center. And you won’t get a good view from outside the airshow grounds. At best, you’ll see a few aggressive repositioning turns from the outside, but nowhere as cool as being upfront to all the airshow action with lively music and entertaining narration.

Please note: Aircraft and performers are subject to change without notice, due to operational considerations. If anything changes, we will do our best to let you know. Thank you!