2024 SkyFest Guest Tips

For Green & Blue Parking areas

Thank you for purchasing a ticket for the upcoming Arlington SkyFest on Saturday August 17. We hope these tips will ensure a trouble-free visit to the event. 

When to come? Our event has entertainment all afternoon and evening. Gates open at 1pm, and the car show and food areas will be open. Other activities open in the afternoon, no later than 3PM. Those activities will operate until our evening airshow begins after 6 PM. The drone show is expected to end around 10PM. Gates will be closed to incoming traffic around 8-9PM before the drone show starts. 

Grills and open flames?  If there is a burn ban in effect we cannot have open flames on the dry grass airport field. Otherwise your small manufactured propane grill is welcome in your space. As long as it has metal legs, is 2-ft off the ground and you have a fire extinguisher at the ready. If there is a burn ban in effect, we will send an email message to let you know. 

Bring your walking shoes. Our event is on a very large airport field. To visit all of the features around you will require much walking. Or you can certainly choose to use our shuttle service line, routed around the perimeter. This shuttle can get very crowded and at capacity quickly. We ask that able-bodied individuals allow less-abled folks priority on the shuttle. You can also certainly create your own tailgate HQ and stay and enjoy your parking space exclusively.

 Don’t forget sunscreen and hats (and a jacket!).  There is no shade in the parking areas or common areas. Please remember to bring water to stay hydrated. Also, the temperature may drop as our evening entertainment begins.

One ATM.  One ATM is scheduled to be setup by the Red Barn Beer Garden if you prefer cash. Also, the card you use in an ATM is good for payment at all SkyFest locations (beer garden, merchandise sales) and the vast majority of food vendors.

What about canopies?  You may bring a canopy for shade in your space. Please take your canopy down during showtime if it blocks the view of other guests.

Picnics are encouraged, as is visiting our food areas.  Expect some meal time lines though, so everyone should probably bring some snacks even if you want to splurge on our amazing collection of food trucks. 

Tune-in to the performance. In addition to our speaker system, you can also tune a radio to 89.1 FM and hear the same broadcast.

Pets? You may bring your pet as long as long as it is restricted to your space. Service animals exempted. 

Please pack-out your trash. We greatly appreciate your help keeping things green. 

May I come and go? For green, blue and red parking area tickets once you are parked you can only exit once with no re-entry. Please plan your arrival time to accommodate your desired length of stay as there is no re-entry. 

Need to leave early?  Please be sure to call the guest services hotline at 360-502-8062. Please do not exit without an escort or instructions. When the drone show begins (the last performance of our schedule), early exiting will end.

What about Sunday?  All Sunday activities, and parking, are on the EAST side of the airport by the Airport Office. If you are interested in Young Eagles rides, please register ahead of time. 

Need more details during your visit? We have a mobile-friendly mini website you can use while you are onsite at our event. It includes a link to schedules, the map, food truck menus and other information. Save as a favorite in your phone!

Can’t find your ticket? Look in your spam folder for an email from “Arlington SkyFest” with the subject of “Your Arlington Fly-In Tickets order is now complete”. Your PayPal receipt is not usable as a ticket. If you still cannot locate your ticket, use the lost ticket tool.

Still need more info? Please visit www.arlingtonskyfest.com

Thanks again for being our guests. Your attendance helps us support community organizations including youth education/STEM opportunities.