The 43rd Annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is back to make Lakeland Linder Regional Airport the “busiest in the world” for a week! Professionals will make their annual trek to Lakeland to connect with the international aviation community here in our city. Over 500 exhibitors will be here from all over the world and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
Let me answer a few questions I’m sure you have. Just to cover the easy stuff:
When is it? April 4th – 9th
Where is it? Sun ‘n Fun Expo Campus, 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, Florida
How much is it? Daily admission for adults is $37, but an all-week pass can be purchased for $150. Youth, ages 11-17, can get in for $15 a day or $60 for the week, and age 10 and under is free! You’ll also want to have some cash for parking, but that’s only $10.
Who will be there? Hundreds of exhibitors will be in Lakeland for Sun ‘n Fun, but there will be extra special guests headlining the week-long event. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:
- SOCOM Para-Commandos
- Patrouille de France
- GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team
- Red Bull Air Race Competitor Mike Goulian
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels
- Brand new Honda Jet
- Tecnam Sierra Mk.II
- A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) and F-16 Fighting Falcon (Viper)
No matter who you are, Sun n’ Fun has plenty prepared for everyone. For the aviation aficionados, it’s like Disney World. Air shows, workshops, exhibits and parts exchanges will be available, and plenty of things to fill up the in between. Food vendors from all over will occupy available space so no one goes hungry. For the kiddos, there is a dedicated Kid Zone with aviation themed inflatables and other activities. Women of the aviation community, when you’re all aircraft-ed out, there is a Ladies Pavilion with plenty of other activities to keep yourselves entertained. On April 8th and 9th, there will also be a car show for vintage vehicles to go on display. You won’t see any cars newer than a 1984 model, and the Batmobile will even be there with the Batcopter! If you find yourself on the grounds Saturday, make sure to stick around for the fireworks during the night show. You can check out the full list of events and activities here.
Sun ‘n Fun is as deeply engrained in the history of Lakeland as oranges and Publix, so it’s an absolute must-visit. With so many available dates and an incredible lineup of activities, there’s just no excuse! Sun ‘n Fun 2017 is waiting for you, Lakelanders, grab your tickets now!