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SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo

By: Christopher Follenus

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is BACK in 2022 and we are excited about this highly anticipated spring event, April 5-10. Below you’ll find event information, links to area hotels, ticket info, our video about spending a weekend (or WEEK) in Lakeland.

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is an Annual Event

From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a fly-in for sport aviation enthusiasts, the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo has grown into one of the largest and most successful aviation events in the world. This event is Florida’s largest annual convention of any kind, and each year over 200,000 visitors flock to Lakeland for what has become known as Aviation’s Season Opener or Spring Break for Pilots.

Each spring, pilots flying into the convention enjoy a showcase of hundreds of aircraft on display from of all shapes and sizes. Aircraft areas include Vintage, Homebuilt, Aerobatic, Warbird, Jet, and Light Sport. In addition to aircraft on display, SUN ‘n FUN also features the following:

  • Over 500 exhibitors include an incredible lineup of products and services.
  • Hands-on workshops teach hundreds of building and maintenance skills.
  • Dozens of forums educate pilots and maintainers about safety, new products, and an infinite number of other timely topics.

Not just for pilots, SUN ‘n FUN has STEM and Career Fair activities, plus a Family Fun Zone. The event’s world-famous daily and night airshows feature breathtaking displays from dozens of military and civilian performers.

  • U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds Demo Team puts on a F-16 show on Thursday-Sunday
  • F-18 Super Hornet show on Friday – Sunday

Check out the full Airshow schedule here.


Area Hotels

During your accommodations search, check out Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow and Lake Wales. The latter 3 cities have small municipal airports for visitors wishing to fly-in for the event.  Have an RV? Camp Margaritaville RV Resort & Cabana Cabins is in Auburndale, which is just off of the Polk Parkway, is only 20 minutes away. Camp Margaritaville has rental cabana cabins that sleep up to 6 as well. Looking at Airbnbs? Search for homes in the aforementioned cities, as well as Haines City and Davenport. These two cities have more than 7,000 vacation rental homes.

If you need assistance on where to stay please open our text chat on this page and the staff at the Visit Central Florida Welcome Center will be only too happy to assist.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Lakeland


Things To Do During SUN ‘n FUN

Watch our 5 Things You MUST Do at SUN ‘N FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida video below.

2022 Ticket Information

If you purchased a ticket for a scheduled event/ particular day, (i.e. 9/27 Club or Preferred Airshow Seating) and need to make a change to the day you plan to attend, please email It is not necessary to contact SUN ‘n FUN if you plan to come on the same day of the week this year.

Aviation Association’s Member Ticket Discount Codes are updated for 2022. Please check with your association or club for the “New” discount code before you make this year’s ticket purchase.

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