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Capital Airshow Takes to the Skies This Weekend

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Sacramento County will present the 15th annual California Capital Airshow Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 24-26 at Mather Airport. This year’s event features the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, and F-35 Lightning jet demonstration teams. 

F-35 Lightning II

The mighty military jets are ready and raring to rock the skies over Sacramento and offer more than four hours of thrilling flying performances on Saturday and Sunday. The performances, narration, and music will be different for Saturday and Sunday’s events, and more than 25 military jets will soar above in just three hours.   

Additionally, massive military aircraft will be on display as well as interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences for kids and families to enjoy from 9 a.m.‐ 5 p.m. each day. But that’s not all: Buckle up for the addition of an all‐new third day of Airshow excitement on Friday!  ​

With limited capacity for this year and pent‐up public demand, the CCA team developed an alternative to the more traditional event, a drive‐in Airshow for Friday ONLY that will take place from 3:30 ‐ 7 p.m. This unique event is likely the first and last of its kind.  

“We know how much the community loves the airshow, and wow, what a show we have planned this year – we can’t wait ‘til gates open! The flying performances, mighty jets, music and narration will be epic – you won’t want to miss out on the high‐flying fun!  So get ready for an action‐packed, one‐of‐a‐kind event that will have fans on the edge of their seats!” 

Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow

Ticket quantities have been significantly reduced this year to provide ample space for all our attendees. With limited capacities for 2021, the Airshow expects an early sell‐out, and no tickets will be available onsite Airshow weekend.   ​

The following sponsors and community partners have generously contributed to getting this year’s Airshow off the ground: Sacramento County, City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento Jet Center, Lasher Dodge, Keurig Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Markstein Beverage, Atlas Disposal, Fox 40, and iHeart Media. 
For more information about the Airshow, performers, and discount tickets, please visit

John Todd
Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.