The Rochester Airshow is back!

Featuring the world famous USAF Thunderbirds and several of the world's top aerobatic performers! Come experience the excitement and the exhilaration this August 16th & 17th! at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

What are the hours of the airshow?

Gates will open at 9:00am to the general public and will close at 6:00pm. The show is held from approximately 10:00am to 4:30pm.

When are the Thunderbirds performing?

While the schedule is not yet finalized, the Thunderbirds will be flying at aproximately 2:45pm

 Where Should I Park?

Parking is available at Rochester Tech Park. See the Location/Parking page for more details. Don't park at the airport terminal. There is no access from the North side of the airport to the South side where the airshow is being held.

Airshow Road Closures
The following are temporary road closures in effect near the Greater Rochester International Airport (GRIA) during the 2014 Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow.

The following roads will be closed on:
Friday, August 15th from 1:45PM until 6:00PM
Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th from 8:30AM until 5:00PM

  • Old Beahan Road at Scottsville Road
  • Milstead Way at Paul Road
  • Wiedner Road at Old Beahan Road
  • Avion Drive at Paul Road
  • Paul Road from Scottsville Road to Beahan Road
  • Patriot Way from Scottsville Road to Old Beahan Road


To promote safety and security, please adhere to the following entry restrictions:

  • No coolers
  • No portable awnings/tents/ladders
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No pets
  • No bicycles
  • No firearms and weapons of any kind
  • No skate boards or in-line skates
  • No cooking equipment
  • No scooters (except for physically challenged persons)
  • No food, drinks or coolers of any kind except for one sealed bottle of water per person - MILITARY WATER TANKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR REFILLS
  • Bags are subject to search at the entry gate
  • Absolutely no smoking on the airshow grounds
  • No loose ice
  • No cans or glass

The following items are allowed:

  • Umbrella’s
  • Bags – subject to search
  • Portable chairs/lawn chairs
  • Cameras, video cameras
  • Baby strollers
  • Non-motorized wagons
  • Wheelchairs

Are there restrooms?

Portable restroom units are available  throughout the airshow.

When do the shuttle buses run?

The shuttle busses will begin running from each parking area at 8:30 a.m. and will run continuously until the closure of the parking lots at 6:30 p.m.

Is there an ATM on premises?

ATM machines will be available on-site.

Are coolers allowed?

Coolers are not allowed on airshow grounds for security reasons. You cannot bring food, alcohol, or other beverages to the airshow, except for one sealed bottle of water per person.

Large Backpacks and Bags are NOT permitted

Because of security concerns oversized backpacks and large bags are not permitted. All bags and carry in items are subject to search prior to entry. Medical packs are the only exception.

Can I bring a lawn chair or blanket?

Seating is not included with the purchase of a general admission ticket. You are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. There are a limited number of preferred seats available for an additional cost.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are NOT allowed on airshow grounds, unless they are a certified service animal for the disabled.

Is there shade?

The airshow is held under an open sky. We encourage everyone to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats. There is very little shaded area.

What if it rains?

The airshow will not be canceled because of rain. Performers usually have various routines for different types of weather. Aircraft displays and vendor booths are available if it is raining. Umbrellas are welcome.

Do I Need Ear Protection?

Airshows can be very loud and exciting, so we encourage you to protect your hearing. Hearing protection is especially important for young children.

Can I re-enter the airshow?

You cannot leave and re-enter the show freely. Some exceptions are made for extraordinary circumstances. But there are no guarantees. Please plan accordingly.

When should I arrive to the show?

We recommend arriving early, before 10AM, before flying starts.

Can I smoke at the airshow?

No. Every aircraft is full of fuel, therefore no smoking is permitted.

Handicapped Parking

Yes, the airshow is handicapped accessible. The Rochester Tech Park parking lots offer handicapped parking and shuttle bus service for those with disabilities. Depending on the weather conditions, the grass areas can be traversed by wheel chairs and scooters.

Can I get an airplane ride?

Currently there are no rides available with performers.

Tips For A Great Day!

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared to walk - the runway is lengthy.
  • Bring hearing protection, especially for the kids.
  • Feel free to bring portable chairs and umbrellas.
  • You may bring 1 (one) sealed water bottle per person into the airshow. MILITARY WATER TANKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR REFILLS
  • Don't litter! Litter can be easily ingested up into jet engines. Please throw all litter into a garbage receptacle.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and inline skates are not permitted on airshow grounds.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. There is little shade available.
  • There will be a number of novelty booths, plus a number of food and beverage locations. Other displays will include military recruiting booths and the kiddy commando course.
  • Cameras and Camcorders are welcome. Please remember, your camera bags are subject to search.


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