thunder on cocoa beach and space coast air show weekend

Space Coast Power Weekend of Sea, Sky and Space

Looking for an epic weekend? Head to the Space Coast May 19-22!

Soon Florida's Space Coast will host both Thunder on Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast Air Show in Titusville. While these two events are cause for a vacation on their own, there's also a launch attempt looming! This is a weekend of Space, Sea, and Sky that we can all get excited about. Read on to learn more about each event and plan out the perfect power weekend on the Space Coast.

May 19: Launch Attempt Alert 

At 6:54 pm a ULA Atlas V is scheduled to launch from the Space Coast. This launch is very special because atop this Atlas V is the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. This will be the 2nd orbital test flight of the crew-worthy capsule that will dock at the ISS. Keep up to date with this launch on

May 19 -22 Thunder on Cocoa Beach

There's nothing quite as exciting as experiencing Thunder on Cocoa Beach! This highly-anticipated boat race will bring more than 64 high-octane powerboats to the Space Coast this year. From Coconuts on the Beach to the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, you'll be able to see these boats reach speeds of 200 mph. Racing takes place Saturday and Sunday. But Cocoa Beach will be abuzz with action all weekend. Check out the kick-off party on Thursday, the Block Party on Friday, and the Generation Radio Concert at Lori Wilson Park on Saturday.  While you will be able to watch these races for free on the beach if you'd like a VIP experience you can purchase ticket packages on their website. A full schedule of events is available on their site as well! It's going to be a great weekend here on the Space Coast. 

Stay where the captians stay. Search availability at Thunder on Cocoa Beach host hotels. 

Thunder on Cocoa Beach

May 21-22 Space Coast Air Show

AirDot Show is capping off their time in Florida on the Space Coast! This year’s display will take place at the Space Coast Regional Airport located near the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, and is sure to be an incredible display of both air and space - past, present, and future! Premium viewing options with VIP amenities are available for purchase through the Space Coast Air Show website. 

Look up to see these amazing performers:


Proximity to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will give air show-goers a unique opportunity to witness the pinnacle of aviation and space exploration technology. Alongside the Raptor & E/A-18 demos, helicopter aerobatics and para-commando jumps, you'll see almost the entire Warbird collection of the Valiant Air Command Museum on display. It will be an incredible show of aerospace technology past, present and future. Get your tickets today! 

Stay where the pilots stay! Check availability at Space Coast Air Show Host Hotels 

f-18 Growler

Between Thunder on Cocoa Beach & the Space Coast Air Show, this weekend on the Space Coast is going to be amazing, but there's even more to experience after the planes have landed and the boats have all crossed the finish line. Here are some great ideas to round out your weekend. 

Stop by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

If you're checking out the Space Coast Air Show, a stop at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a must. The Space Coast Regional Airport is only a short drive from one of the most amazing attractions Florida has to offer. Walk through the Rocket Garden to see the first rockets launched from the United States, walk amongst the greats in Heros & Legends, get close to the Space Shuttle Atlantis and so much more! Whether you preview or follow up your air show experience with a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you'll experience the best of the Space Coast! 

Take Flight

Experience the Space Coast like Chuck Aaron (well almost) when you book a helicopter tour over Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! Beachside Helicopters and Florida Air Tours offer amazing aerial tours of  The Kennedy Space Center, and it’s a great way to enhance your Space Coast experience. 

Space Coast Wing Battle 

Add some spice to your Space, Sea & Sky weekend and head down to Melbourne Saturday evening to get your fill of wings and local craft brews! The Space Coast Wing Battle is an all-inclusive event where your ticket gets you unlimited wings and brews all night long. Tickets to this delicious event will sell out so snag yours soon. 

wing battle

Don’t Forget to Eat

Titusville Breakfast

Filling your belly before the show is of the utmost importance. If you’re staying in Titusville there are a few great spots that will impress your senses and set the pace for your day!

If you're staying in Cocoa Beach Here are some fun breakfast options the whole family will love!

Lunch and Dinner on the Space Coast 

Titusville is an up-and-coming foodie destination on the Space Coast, and there are some really amazing hidden gems around every corner. Check out this Titusville Dining blog to find the perfect restaurant to fit your post-air show mood!

If you're hanging out in Cocoa Beach this weekend for Thunder on the Beach, check out these amazing restaurants sure to impress everyone in your party! 

ruben at brix project

This epic, event-filled weekend on the Space Coast is going to be an amazing experience! Your fun doesn’t have to stop after the planes are tucked away in their hangars either or the boats have been pulled out of the water! If you need help creating the perfect itinerary, message us on Facebook! There’s too much fun to be had on the Space Coast to be wondering what to do next!


Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

Dive into the Space Coast Vacation Planner then launch into an unforgettable getaway.