The Show

20 years and still going strong!

Once again the skies over Culpeper County will roar with the thunder of historic and high-performance aircraft this October 12th that promises fun for the whole family. Free again to the public this year, the show with heart-stopping stunts and precision flying performed by historically significant aircraft and some of the nation’s best pilots. With a week of spectacular aviation events planned, we are sure that you too will be bitten by the “aviation bug”.

Last year’s Air Fest marked the our second year of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, which was held Wednesday and Thursday prior to the Air Fest and we’re happy to announce that it was an even bigger success in year 2! Over 600 5th grade students were exposed to aviation related technology exhibits, and this year we’re expanding the program even further!

The Culpeper Air Fest is the largest annual event in Culpeper, and we’re proud to announce an exciting lineup for 2019. This show is not only a fun day for the whole family, it’s a significant educational experience for future aviators as well.

Steve Nixon

Culpeper Air Fest Chairman

On Saturday the 12th, our week long aviation journey will culminate starting at 9 a.m. when gates open with the buddy boxing event hosted by the Culpeper Barnstormers and their fabulous model aircraft. 

We will again be implementing a rain date for the Culpeper Air Fest. If weather becomes an issue this year, the rain date will be Sunday, October 13th. In the case of inclement weather, stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for updates.

Pepper’s Grill is the official caterer of the Culpeper Air Fest. If you are looking for hotels, our preferred partner is the Best Western, Culpeper Inn.


This was the best organized event we have ever been to. Beautiful planes and awesome talents were shown by the pilots. We will be back!!!
Jean Gardner

Beautiful day for an air show thanks to all the sponsors, it was FREE! School bus shuttle from local high school. FREE!
Great day!
Don Kirsch

What a great day! Evening riding the school bus was fun. Great air show!!!
Audra Mercer Willett

Girls in Aviation Day

The Culpeper Air Fest is proud to celebrate Girls in Aviation Day during our Saturday program.

Join us for Girls in Aviation Day on Saturday, October 12, 2019 for a special STEM event.

✈ Connect with other girls and women who are excited about aviation!

✈ Explore the opportunities for work and play in aviation and aerospace!

✈ Experience the high-flying fun aviation offers!

Stay tuned for more information on this event. If you are interested in being a sponsor for Girls in Aviation Day at the Culpeper Air Fest please click here!

Cruisin For Heroes

Cruisin For Heroes will again be presenting a “By Invitation Only” Classic Vehicle Display to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

Cruisin For Heroes is a group that provides vehicles displays to raise awareness and funding for charities that support our Military and First Responders.

Fisher House provides a “Home Away From Home” for military families to be close to loved ones during hospitalization.

Cruisin For Heroes has been providing their nostalgic family friendly display of a wide variety of classic and specialty vehicles at the entrance to the air show for the past 10 years. Rolling Thunder will also be part of the display and clowns, provided by “Luv-N-Laffs Clown Alley”, will be entertaining children of all ages.

In addition to the fantastic assortment of vintage and classic aircraft that will be in the show, Cruisin For Heroes affords everyone attending an opportunity to stroll among many vintage, classic and specialty vehicles whose owners are always eager to answer questions about their special ride and share their hobby with the public.

This year’s display is being sponsored locally by Pixley Classics & Restoration.

Access to the display is free and any support you may wish to contribute to the Fisher House Foundation for our Military Heroes is appreciated.


Culpeper Airport Community Educational Opportunities Continue to Expand

While attending this year’s Culpeper Air Fest be sure to ask about the ever expanding CJR Tenant based volunteer programs that have been providing Aircraft Maintenance Training for over 12 years. Powered by the non-profit Altron Foundation Inc. and fueled by the CJR community, local businesses and individual aviation enthusiasts, we continue to provide career aircraft maintenance training through hands-on experience using local aircraft and under construction plans from Bearhawk Patrol.

We invite those students in the Culpeper area that are interested, to contact us to see for themselves if this opportunity is right for them. You may email the programs leader directly, Tom Hazel at or contact the Culpeper Airport Office at 540-825-8280.

R/C Model Aviation

The morning Radio Control (R/C) model aviation portion of the 2019 Culpeper Airfest will again address all aspects of the hobby.

The members of several northern Virginia model aircraft clubs will participate in an all day show-and-tell static display of various flyable scale, historic, classic, WWI, WWII, present day, and jet model aircraft.

The flying day will start out when the gates open with experienced model aircraft pilots providing hands-on “buddy box” experience of flying fixed wing model aircraft for any of the Air Fest guests interested in giving it a try.