With seating for 3,500 people (and can accommodate thousands more along the outskirts), Theater in the Woods is the largest public gathering structure on AirVenture convention grounds and its seats will once again be filled all week for outstanding entertainment and programming during the 60th anniversary gathering in Oshkosh.
From the annual Sunday preview program through Boogie Knights' performance on Saturday, July 28, Theater in the Woods nightly programs typically start between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Theater in the Woods programming is supported by M&Ms.
Sunday, July 22 - Annual "Kick-off Show"
6:55 p.m. - Master of Ceremonies: Tye Mortensen -
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Monday, July 23
With the Steve Miller Band concert being held on Phillips 66 Plaza, there is no programming scheduled for Monday evening.
Tuesday, July 24
7 p.m. - Friends and family of the late Bill Barber and World Airshow News will present the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship to Matt Younkin, a second-generation air show performer extraordinaire, spotlighting his performance and showmanship abilities.
7:30 p.m. - EAA President's Awards and the EAA Freedom of Flight Award: EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will recognize several outstanding EAA members for their dedication to EAA and GA. Rod will also present EAA's highest honor, the Freedom of Flight Award.
8 p.m. - Join Ron Alexander, founder of Alexander Aeroplane Company, as he hosts the Piper Cub program in celebration of the Piper Cub's 75th anniversary.
9 p.m. - Winnebagoland Barbershoppers: Hear the old-time, close harmonies and light-hearted wit at the Winnebagoland Barbershoppers' annual Oshkosh appearance.
Wednesday, July 25
7:30 p.m. - FAA Acting Administrator/GA Awards: FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta recognizes GA excellence with the presentation of the National General Aviation Awards: Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year, Avionics Technician of the Year, Certified Flight Instructor of the Year, and FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.
8 p.m. - The Greatest Generation in the Air program honors the Doolittle Raiders and Tuskegee Airmen.
9 p.m. - Little Texas in concert: This rockin' country band, with hits like "God Blessed Texas" and "What Might Have Been," features guitarist Dwayne O'Brien, EAA 627171/Warbirds 23385/IAC 28325.
Thursday, July 26
6:30 p.m. - Teen event: ComedySportz, hosted by Jeff Skiles
8:00 p.m. - Teen event: "Meet and Greet to the Beat," hosted by Jeff Skiles
Friday, July 27
6:45 p.m. - Raspet Award: Presentation of the 2012 August Raspet Award to an individual or small organization that has made outstanding contributions and innovations in the field of aviation.
7 p.m. - Rotorcraft Awards: Presentation of the 2012 EAA rotorcraft Lindys and other aircraft judging awards for rotorcraft.
7:10 p.m. - Movie: Mort Crim, a film about a man inspired by the movie The Bucket List to fly 7,400 miles on his 74th birthday.
8 p.m. - Phil Vassar in concert: The award-winning country music star and songwriter will cap off the day's "Salute to Veterans" festivities courtesy of Disabled American Veterans and EAA Warbirds of America. One of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars, Vassar's resume boasts numerous hits he has written for artists like Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and many more hits as an artist in his own right including his latest smash "Don't Miss Your Life."
Saturday, July 28
7 p.m. - Boogie Knights in concert: A lively party band specializing in soul, funk, disco, pop, dance, and jazz music. Bring your dancing shoes!