The FORD Lauderdale Air Show returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach, May 5 & 6th with a thrilling lineup featuring the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and other military and civilian performers, including the New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III Demo, U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo, Geico Skytypers and more.

If you're heading to Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend, whether from around the corner or globe, Air Show fever is taking over - in the air and on the ground.

Here’s our list of the best places to take it all in and be a part of the spectacular scene.


May 4

Friday Night Sound Waves
Before the performers 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. FREE. The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A/ 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. www.fridaynightsoundwaves.com


May 5 & 6

FORD Lauderdale Air Show Drop Zone
If you’re looking to be in the sand during the performance, buy your tickets directly from the Ford Lauderdale Air Show. It will be hosting a VIP beach viewing experience called The Flight Line Club, as well as offering a general admission area called the Drop Zone Beach. VIP tickets are $179 and allow you to sit on the aerial 50-yard line. General admission is $29.75 for adults and $14.75 for children. For tickets, visit: fortlauderdaleairshow.com



Atlantic Resort and SpaAtlantic Hotel & Spa
On May 5 and 6, The Atlantic Hotel & Spa will host watch parties on its fifth floor viewing deck. Tickets are $99 per day, and include a buffet-style lunch, three alcoholic drinks per person, live music and meet-and-greets with the Skytyper pilots. VIP Lounge add-ons are also available and include unlimited SKYY Vodka cocktails, a sushi and sashimi buffet and an air-conditioned lounge. 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020 View Details and Ticket information online



McSorleys Beach Pub
Limited seats are availbale for McSorleys annual Rooftop Viewing Party on May 5 & 6. Perch yourself high in the sky for the best seats in town right on their oceanfront rooftop! The 2018 Ford Lauderdale Air Show will feature a C-17 GlobeMaster III Demo, the US Nay F-18 and so much more! Email John at john@mcsorleysftl.com or call us at 954-565-4446 to make reservations. Seats are going fast, so don’t wait!


May 5

Conrad Fort Lauderdale
The recently opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will host its inaugural VIP viewing party on May 5 on its elevated 20,000-square-foot Skydeck. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the viewing party will include valet parking, a DJ, reserved seating and unlimited Cinco de Mayo tacos and beer. The signature Cinco de Mayo cocktail, the Rosé Margarita, will also be served for guests to sip on as they watch the show. Tickets are $179 per person. View details



El Vez
Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s highly anticipated El Vez is opening its doors for a fun and action-packed Cinco de Mayo fiesta. South Florida locals and guests are invited to be the first to preview the modern Mexican destination that’s launching soon at W Fort Lauderdale. Complimentary bites including grilled carnitas, El Vez signature guacamole, chips and salsa and grilled corn will be served. Margaritas -- frozen and on the rocks by the glass or pitcher -- along with Mexican and craft beers, and signature cocktails, will be available for purchase. View Details.


May 6

BalQony
BalQony, the outdoor 4th floor terrace at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, for the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Air Show. Enjoy the best 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 Details