The Ford Lauderdale Air Show soars into town, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, bringing the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, C-17 GlobeMaster III Demo, U.S. Coast Guard SAR Demos F-4 U Corsair Demo, UF-4U Corsair Demo and others to the sky and sand.

Although the high flying spectacle in the sky event brings 8 hours and 2 days of excitement to Fort Lauderdale Beach, dozens of parties and opportunities to mix and mingle with the stars of the show, over the weekend. Add to that Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, and we are in for one heck of a party.

Official Air Show Parties

Friday, May 4

Before the USAF Thunderbirds take to the skies, Turnstiles - The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of Billy Joel - the Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute take to the sand, for the official kick off concert to open up the 2018 FORD Lauderdale Air Show weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Presented by the BID, Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Community. Learn more about The Turnstiles by visiting: 6-9pm. FREE
Friday Night Sound Waves
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A
300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard


Viewing Parties

Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6

Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Atlantic Hotel Watch Party

Experience the Ford Lauderdale Air Show like never before at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, an AAA Four Diamond- rated property on Fort Lauderdale beach. On May 5 & 6, The Atlantic Hotel & Spa will be hosting watch parties on its 5th floor viewing deck, which includes a buffet-style lunch, drinks, live music and meet and greet with the Skytyper pilots for $99 per day. VIP Lounge add-ons are also available. See website for tickets, menu and further details.

Balqony air show watch party

BalQony, the outdoor 4th floor terrace deck at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort offers  uninterrupted views of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they soar high overhead. Ticket is for general admission only, and includes valet, DJ and spot on viewing stage. Beer buckets and light bite specials available for order. VIP upgrades available to lounge with bottle service. View website for details and to purchase tickets

conrad fort lauderdale beach air show view party

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
On May 5 and 6, millions will gather on Fort Lauderdale Beach to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform in the Ford Lauderdale Air Show. For those looking to escape the crowds and still have the best view of the show, newly opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will be hosting their first annual VIP viewing party.

Taking place on May 5th from 10:30-4:00 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale’s only elevated 20,000-sq. ft. Sky Deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the viewing party will include valet parking, a DJ, reserved seating and unlimited Cinco de Mayo tacos and beer. The resort will also be serving their signature Cinco de Mayo cocktail, Rosé Margarita for guests to sip on as they watch the show. Tickets are $179 and can be purchased online.

McSorley's Beach Pub
McSorley's Beach Pub will once again host their Rooftop Watch Party for a lucky limited number of guests May 5 & 6. Enjoy the Fort Lauderdale Air Show and have the best seats in town right on our oceanfront rooftop! The 2018 Ford Lauderdale Air Show will feature a C-17 GlobeMaster III Demo, the US Air Force Thunderbirds and so much more! Seats are going fast, so don’t wait! For details email, GM John Farino at
837 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, FL 33304
(954) 565-4446