After a six-year absence, the Manitoba Airshow is returning to Southport.

The popular event, which features food vendors, a Pistons & Props car show, Young Aviators Educational Tent, beer gardens, static displays and, of course, aerial performers such as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Avro Lancaster, the CF-18 Demonstration Team and the Northern Stars Aeroteam, will be held the weekend of August 3-4, with early bird tickets on sale now.

“There are several ticketing options, but early bird pricing ends May 31,” says Deanna Talbot, Southport’s Director of Business Development. “We highly encourage attendees to purchase tickets prior to the event, as only a limited number will be sold at the gates.”

Deanna Talbot

Early bird tickets can be purchased online and range from two-day adult passes for $55 to single-day youth ($12) and adult ($32) passes. Seniors and current or retired members of the military with ID receive discounted rates, and children up to 6 years of age are free.

The 2024 Manitoba AirShow will be especially poignant as it will mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“There is a rich and important history of military flight training at Southport,” Talbot explains. “This year we’re fortunate to be able to celebrate the anniversary in accordance with the airshow.”

Of the aerial performers, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are always a popular draw, and both days of the event will also feature the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the Canadian Forces SkyHawks, Avro Lancaster as well as performances by SRC Airshows, Dan Reeves Airshows, the Northern Stars Aeroteam, Time Flies Airshows, Jim Hrymack Airshows and Luke Penner Aerobatics.

On the ground, visitors will be able to check out the Pistons and Props car show, the Young Aviators Educational Tent and several other displays. They can also sample the food trucks and relax in the beer garden.

Acknowledging that parking and traffic flow have been issues in the past, Talbot says this year’s organization will make for a more seamless air show experience.

“There will be three access points onto the site, which will assist with steady traffic flow and easy access to parking,” she says. “Just follow the signs on the highways and review our website before the event if you have special parking requirements, such as VIP or Accessibility passes.

This event is CASHLESS so please prepare accordingly. Guests are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs and prepare for the weather.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Manitoba AirShow once again,” Talbot says. “Bringing it back to Southport will highlight our amazing facilities and bring Manitoba together to celebrate aviation, the RCAF and the pride we have in our province.”