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What you need to know about the Miramar Air Show

Are you headed to the Miramar Air Show? Here's what to bring and what to keep at home.

SAN DIEGO — This year's Miramar Air Show is a tribute to first responders and kicks off Friday wrapping up Sunday. There are some requirements that are a need to know for those attending, including how you can carry your personal items into the show. You'll need to use a clear bag, such as a Ziploc style bag.

After you're inside, don't miss one of the main attractions at the air show - the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. They take to the skies Friday at 3:15 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3:20 p.m. 

Credit: KFMB
Credit: KFMB

Items allowed inside:

  • Keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards
  • Folding/beach chairs (note: large seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers are not permitted; clear seat cushions and seat pads without pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers are permitted.)
  • Snacks and water bottles
  • Wagons and strollers
  • FRS/GMRS radios, VHF band and other scanners. (Note: transmitters/transceivers are NOT allowed inside)
  • Laptops/iPads if they're inside your clear bag
  • Binoculars/cameras

Leave your ice chests and pets at home. There are exceptions for ice chests containing "medically necessary" items and documented service animals.

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Items not allowed inside:

  • Bags, purses, totes, backpacks, and other types of baggage other than bags conforming to the "Clear Bag Policy"
  • Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit). These include firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray, mace, stun guns, and martial arts weapons. This no-weapons policy also applies to law enforcement
  • Outside alcoholic beverages
  • Glass containers
  •  Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, scooters, skateboards, or hoverboards.
  •  Tents, pop-ups, or canopies. (Hand umbrellas are allowed, but are now allowed in the Grandstands or Box Seating at any time)
  • Illegal drugs, lasers or laser-pointers

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Getting to the Miramar Air Show

When you arrive, enter the main east gate from the MCAS Miramar (Miramar Way). Exit on I-15. Enter the north or west gates from the Miramar Rd. Exit on I-15 or I-805. Free General Admission may use the North, East/Main or West Gates. Grandstands & Box Seat ticket-holders may use the North, East/Main or West Gates.


You must have a valid drivers license, current registration and proof of insurance to bring your car onto base. If you're driving a rental car, a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and car rental agreement will be required. Security personnel will direct you from the gate to your parking area.

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Preferred parking requires special passes. Preferred parking is accessible from Harris Plant Road off of Kearny Villa Road. Pass holders will be directed to the gate. Chalet ticket holders cannot access the preferred parking areas from the North, East/Main or West Gate, so theymust enter through the South Gate. The preferred parking will be accessible through the South Gate off the Harris Plant Road exit of Kearny Villa Road.

For handicapped parking, use the West Gate or North Gate. For bus parking, use the West Gate.

Credit: Miramar


The Bicycle Pavilion (BPP) is located near flight line Air Show Entry Gate #2. Bicyclists may enter any of the three base gates and follow bicycle traffic directional signs to the BPP.


Using a rideshare app? There's a designated rideshare and taxi pickup/ drop-off station located by the McDonald's at the southeast corner of Elrod Avenue and Mitscher Way.

The air show runs from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Gates open each day at 8 a.m.

For more information, click here. 

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