Hangar 24 Craft Brewing and San Bernardino International Airport are combining their air shows into on event on May 30 and 31 at SBD. The Hangar 24 SBD AirFest will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team, and the skies above SBD will feature performances by several pilots and their aircraft. The event will also feature a car show, live music and a selection of local craft beer.
In 2020, Hangar 24 Craft Brewing celebrates the 12th anniversary of its founding and its eighth year of air show festivities. Ben Cook, founder and CEO of Hangar 24, said the decision to move the air show from Redlands, where the brewery was founded, was not easy. “We hold our city dearly and it was an extremely difficult decision to move the location of the AirFest, but we faced multiple significant challenges keeping the show at its former location in Redlands, including the loss of our main 40-acre parking lot,” he said. “We’re excited to partner with SBD Fest and the San Bernardino International Airport to present the amazing air show event our fans and sponsors have grown to love.” Going into its sixth year, SBD Fest, traditionally held in the fall, is now scheduled for the last weekend in May. Mike Burrows, executive director of SBD, is optimistic that the community will support the new event date. “SBD Fest is typically held in November, but with the increased growth in activity at SBD International Airport, especially in the fourth quarter, which is peak holiday delivery season,” Burrows said. “The airport simply cannot accommodate a two-day festival like it has in years past. We are excited for this opportunity to combine our efforts into a community festival like no other.” Event organizers plan to maintain the festival style of SBD Fest, with the traditional high energy of Hangar 24 AirFest. Existing and former event sponsors, vendors and partners for both events will be welcomed into the expanded event footprint, and event details will be shared via social media as new aerial acts and concert performances are confirmed.