EAA AirVenture 2018 | Oshkosh, WI

EAA AirVenture 2018 is the world’s largest fly-in gathering and one of the world’s largest aviation events! Each year, you can enjoy daily air shows, nearly 1,000 forums and workshops and 800 exhibitors. It will take place July 23rd – July 29th in Oshkosh, WI (less than 2 hours north of Madison)!

EAA Aviation Center
3000 Poberezny Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902

Time(s): 7am-Midnight
Phone: 920-426-4800

Family Friendly

What I didn’t realize (until now) is that AirVenture truly has something for everyone of all ages and specifically, families can find 7 days packed with fun family-friendly activities. I will be taking my family early in the week (including my 4 year old twins and 5 year old), and we are really excited!

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Daily Airshows

There are daily airshows – including a Twilight Flight Fest (see the video directly below), featuring aircraft ranging from homebuilt kits to military fighter jets! You will be able to see some of the world’s best aerobatic pilots!

Air Show Hours:

July 23-29, 2018: 2:30-6 p.m.  
Sunday, July 29, 2018: 1-4:30 p.m.  
+ Night Air Shows – Wednesday, July 25 and Saturday, July 28: 8-10 p.m.

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KidVenture encourages children and teens to explore several areas of aviation, including flying and building aircraft, through hands on activities, speakers, and simulators. Highlights include eight booths where kids learn basic building skills as well as Condor flight simulators and Kiddie Hawk flight trainers.

KidVenture is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Flight Experiences

Don’t miss out on seeing The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration from above in a Bell 47 Helicopter or Ford Tri-Motor. There are plenty of opportunities to take flights at EAA AirVenture and gain a unique perspective of the grounds.

One Week Wonder

The One Week Wonder project, where a COMPLETE airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018!

The below video is amazing – where you can actually witness the aircraft being built!

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Evening Programming

And after a fun-filled day in the sun, what better way to unwind than by taking in a show or a movie on the AirVenture grounds?! All evening events are included with your admission and there are a wide variety of evening programs, from featured concerts to movies to educational programming! There is also an amphitheater-style movie showing each evening at Fly-In Theater (bring your blanket or lawn chairs). 

Country music star Dustin Lynch and Maddie & Tae will kick off the post-air show concert on Monday evening, July 23. For a complete list of all movies throughout the Airventure grounds, visit the schedule of events and select the category ‘Movies’. And for the first time in North America, a drone light show will be part of an air show when AirVenture 2018 presents up to 100 lighted drones in flight during night air shows on July 25 and 28!


You may purchase a daily ticket for any of the seven days, or a weekly pass, which includes all seven days. Children 5 & under are FREE. Get your tickets HERE

AirVenture App

Now that you’ve reserved your tickets, the official 2018 EAA AirVenture app is a must-have for attendees. With a new, user-friendly interface, guests will be able to access interactive maps, schedules, tram routes, services and more. It is now available as a free download on iTunes  and Google Play.

Features of the app include:

  • Plan Your Visit: Plan out your days at AirVenture by browsing the schedule of events. Create your own personal schedule by “favoriting” any and all schedule items. Browse the list of 800+ exhibitors or visit the services menu and “favorite” those you want to visit or remember. Visit the “My EAA” section of the app to view all of your favorited schedule items, exhibits and services.
  • Smart Search: View, filter and search EAA AirVenture events, attractions, visitor services, destinations, speakers and exhibitors. The map and search sections make it easy for you to find exactly what you are looking for.
  • Interactive Map: The interactive map will give you a better look at the EAA grounds the week of AirVenture. “Favorite” any location on the map to make it easy to get exactly where you’re going. As icons appear on the map, click on them for more details and directions.
  • Pin Your Parking: Use the map page to place a pin where you parked and let the app remember so you can enjoy the show.
  • Tram Routes: Use the map to view the free tram routes and pick-up locations available to help you get around the AirVenture grounds.
  • Interests: Visit the Interests section on the app to access opportunities that fit your interests, such as kids, family, vintage, warbirds and more!
  • Alerts: Receive notification alerts regarding activities, weather, and important schedule changes. The app has the most up-to-date news and information available.

More questions or details? Head to EAA AirVenture’s website. It’s so wonderful to live in a state so rich with unique experiences for our families! 

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