Special Events

Experience Fort Worth and grow your personal network at one of our many evening social events. Each night AOPA offers an activity that allows the fun to continue long after the exhibit hall closes. Whether you're looking to hit a rodeo, dance among vintage aircraft or just hang out with your fellow aviators, these custom events for Summit attendees will be sure to leave a lasting impression.

Commemorative Air Force Red, White and Loud Tour starring Aaron Tippin (Sold out)

Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Event! Limited Tickets Available
The Flying Saucer, Downtown Fort Worth

Kick off the first night of Summit with AOPA, the Commemorative Air Force and Country Music Star, Aaron Tippin! AOPA will be taking over the patio of the famous Flying Saucer in downtown Fort Worth to bring AOPA Summit attendees a FREE concert. This event is a rare opportunity to see recording artist Aaron Tippin perform LIVE in front of a limited audience. The event is open to all AOPA Summit Attendees, but be sure to register early, only the first 425 registered attendees will get to be a part of this exclusive event. Get ready to get loud with AOPA as we celebrate aviation, country music, and Fort Worth!

Chow Down in Cowtown (Sold Out)

Friday, October 11, 2013 (2 part event)
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Stockyard Station

For the drovers herding longhorn cattle up the Chisholm Trail to the railheads, Fort Worth was the last major stop for rest and supplies. Between 1866 and 1890 more than four million head of cattle were trailed through Fort Worth, formerly known as "Cowtown" and is better known today as Fort Worth's historic Stockyards.

5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

AOPA invites you to join them in the Stockyards for a Friday evening event full of good food, great entertainment and fun atmosphere. Chow down on some famous Riscky's BBQ (a local favorite since 1927), grab a drink, enjoy a comedy gun fight, and relax to the sounds of Live Country music. Don't forget your camera! You'll want to capture a photo of yourself and a few pilot friends in front of an authentic Texas Longhorn who will be on display just for our attendees.

8 p.m. - Conclusion of the Rodeo

After you've eaten and drank till the cows came home (or the longhorn goes to sleep), mosey over to Cowtown Coliseum, the Stockyards' Championship Rodeo. Here you will view the best in Rodeo and Western action in a reserved seating area just for Summit attendees. Be sure to check out the pictorial timeline on the entry wall and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame that occupies the corridors with its entire memorabilia for a brief glimpse into rodeo life. The Rodeo and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame is included in the purchase of the event ticket.

Pilots, Planes and Pancakes (Sold out)

Saturday, October 12, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join AOPA for a Pancake breakfast and Pilot Town Hall at Airportfest at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. Hear updates on the latest in general aviation news, mingle with your fellow pilots and enjoy the ambiance of dozens of aircraft on display. To attend the Pilot Town Hall without a breakfast ticket, standing room will be available.

Hangar Dance at The Vintage Flying Museum

Saturday, October 12, 2013
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Vintage Flying Museum

Step back in time and live it up at Fort Worth’s Vintage Flying Museum. Take the opportunity to dress in your vintage military or 40’s style apparel, and hear the sounds of Glenn Miller, Harry James and other greats from back in the day. When you’re not enjoying dinner, dancing or the live swing dance performances, take some time to check out over 20 aircraft on display. Unique exhibits include an A-26, B-26 and the T-33 just to name a few. Be ready to enjoy a wonderful, relaxed, and fun evening, listening to the best big band around, in the atmosphere of the WWII era.

Whiskey and Rye “Lift” Lounge

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday October 9-11, 2013
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Cash bar; drink specials
Omni Hotel

Looking for more Summit fun after hours? Join attendees at Whiskey & Rye located in the Omni hotel for some late-night excitement. This great neighborhood bar features regional draft beers from Rahr & Sons Brewery, HD TVs, and live entertainment that will keep the fun going long after the exhibit hall closes. The oversized leather chairs and complimentary pool tables will have you mingling and networking all night long. Join us for reserved seating and drink specials offered just to our attendees. The Whiskey & Rye “Lift” Lounge is a great place for meeting old friends or making new ones.

American Bonanza Society Special Events Package


Includes: Beechcraft Welcome Reception Wednesday, Falcon Day Breakers! Breakfast Thursday and Friday, Beech Tracks seminars (including ABS/BPPP Live Ground School), and a Hospitality Reception Thursday afternoon.

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