Published on April 7, 2015 by Lola Augustine Brown

Love everything to do with aviation? Then the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, FL, is an annual event you’ll want to add to your travel bucket-list. Every day of the event, which this year runs from April 21st through 26th, there’s a thrilling airshow put on by either the Breitling Jet Team from Europe or The Thunderbirds, the US Airforce Air Demonstration Squadron, plus lots of other demos by individual and team acrobatic flyers. This, however, is just one aspect of this thrilling event – there’s plenty more to experience too.


On Saturday April 25th and Sunday 26th, there’s a vintage car show where you can drool over all the beautiful restored vintage automobiles on display (from 1974 or earlier), there’s a hot-air balloon launch planned for 6.30am on the 25th too. On the Saturday night airshow, you’ll get to see a dazzling fireworks display beneath the aerial demonstrations (not to be missed!), and every evening that the festival is running there are programmed events such as live music, movie showings, and presentations from inspiring people (such as armless pilot Jessica Cox, who uses her feet to fly and is the world’s first licensed armless pilot).


Besides a jam-packed program of entertainment, there’s always lots of other fun stuff going on at the event, such as the Ladies Pavilion, where you’ll find a massage therapist, nail technician and hair stylist on-site, and a variety of female centered workshops that allow ladies to take a break from all those cars and planes if they need one. There are plenty of aircraft on display, and exhibits from aviation museums too. You’ll find more than 500 exhibitions showcasing everything from aviation technology to cool stuff to buy for your home, to adorn yourself with, and travel accessories.


You won’t go hungry at this event; there are concessions offering everything from Greek food, Amish baked treats, southern food, and much, much more. And if you’re planning to go with kids then they’ll love the Aviation Themed Kid Zone complete with huge inflatables for them to clamber over, zip-lines, and lots of fun games and activities.


The Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo isn’t just targeted at those who enjoy aviation, but also at professional aviators. Here you’ll find opportunities to renew certification in aviation careers, and attend workshops and specialized learning experiences.


This event is spread over 2200 acres, so if you have any mobility issues you’ll be glad to know that Scootaround Mobility Solutions has various solutions to help you get the most out of your visit to the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. With that much to explore, you’ll want to be able to access it all as easily as possible, and we can definitely help you with that.