Chilliwack Flight Fest is an airshow featuring planes, music and stunt flying at the Chilliwack Airport which is less than 2 hours from downtown Vancouver.
In 2022 Chilliwack Flight Fest runs on August 20th and 21st. The event includes a Hangar Dance on the Saturday and a full airshow on the Sunday.
Other events taking place on the same weekend elsewhere in the Lower Mainland in 2022 include Monstercat Compound (which is a free block party and music festival in Vancouver). Fort Langley National Historic Site also hosts Hidden Histories Tours on August 20th and the PNE Fair runs all weekend (and features Nightly Concerts with The B-52s on the Saturday and Blue Rodeo on the Sunday).
To learn more about what’s happening elsewhere in the Vancouver region, check out our August Calendar. To learn more about the airshow in Chilliwack, keep reading below.
Chilliwack Hangar Dance and Airshow
Chilliwack Flight Fest is an annual affair that has been running for over a quarter of a century. The event usually features live music, aircraft on static display and stunt planes in the air.
The Hangar Dance on the Saturday evening costs around $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is no cost for admission to the airshow on the Sunday.
Where and When
In 2019, Chilliwack Flight Fest took place on the weekend of August 24th and 25th at the Chilliwack Airport which is located at 46244 Airport Road in Chilliwack. The 2022 dates are August 20th and 21st.
On the Saturday, the Hangar Dance and Evening Show happens at 46206 Airport Road. Gates open at 6:00 pm, bar service starts at 7:00 and the flying show starts at 7:30. The main airshow on the Sunday runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
What to Expect
At the Hangar Dance and Evening Show on the Saturday evening there is usually a band, dancing, planes to admire and flying to see. The live music in 2022 is The Vacationers. At 7:30 pm there is a short performance in the air to give attendees a preview of what’s to come on the following day. After that there is normally lots of merriment and dancing.
On the Sunday the airshow runs from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. In past years a small number of aircraft are generally on display with maybe half a dozen or fewer pilot. It’s not the biggest airshow, but impressive given the fact that admission is free.
Past Airshow Performers
Performers at the 2019 event included Bud and Ross Granley, John Mrazek and Geoff Latter, all with their respective stunt-flying planes. Also at the event were displays by the Canadian Museum of Flight. 2022 details are still to be confirmed as of early August. Below are details on the 2019 pilots.
Bud & Ross Granley
This renowned father-son duo of former Canadian Air Force pilots are some of the best in the industry at acrobatics and aerial tricks.
Now based in Washington State, Ross performs in a Yakovlev Yak 18T and Bud flies a Yak 55. Both are Russian planes. The first is an aircraft from the 1960’s Soviet Union. The second is a type of plane first built in the 1980s.
Click Granley Airshows for more information.
This airshow performer, evaluator and instructor is an experienced flyer with many tricks up his sleeve.
Based in Delta, John Mrazek flies “Pussycat II” which is a Harvard Mark IV. This type of plane was built between 1938 and 1954 and used for training by American, British and Canadian Air Forces.
Click John Mrazek to learn more.
Born in Ontario and now based in the Fraser Valley, Geoff Latter got his start in the industry at just the age of 12. He has been flying ever since both as a commercial pilot and stunt performer.
His plane, “Nancy”, is a 1958 Nanchang CJ-6A which is a Chinese training aircraft. A couple of years ago Peter Roundhill from Vancouver’s Best Places got to go for a ride in “Nancy”. For a look at what stunts look like from inside the plane click Video with Geoff Latter Airshows. It was a pretty incredible ride!
The Canadian Museum of Flight
The Canadian Museum of Flight isn’t a performer at the airshow, but it was a participant with displays at the event. Based out of Langley, BC, it’s a volunteer-run facility dedicated to preserving aircraft and showcasing Canada’s aviation history.
Click Canadian Museum of Flight for more details.
For more information see the Chilliwack Flight Fest website.
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- Abbotsford Airshow
- Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
- Canadian Museum of Flight
- Vancouver Festivals & Events