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Florida Air Shows and Balloon Festivals

Florida Air Shows

Navy Blue Angels

Florida is a state that offers many attractions for visitors and residents alike, but one of the most spectacular and thrilling events are the air shows and balloon festivals that take place throughout the year. These events showcase the skills and talents of pilots, performers, and enthusiasts who fly various types of aircraft, from vintage planes to modern jets, from hot air balloons to helicopters. The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds appear at many Florida air shows.

Sun n' Fun Aerospace Expo, Lakeland, FL

Whether you are a fan of aviation, history, or just looking for some fun and excitement, you will find something to enjoy at these events. One of the most popular and well-known air shows in Florida is the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, which is held every spring. This event is one of the largest aviation events in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and featuring thousands of aircraft on display and in flight. You can see aerobatic demonstrations, military flyovers, warbird formations, parachute jumps, and more. You can also explore the exhibits, workshops, seminars, and educational activities that celebrate the history and future of aviation.

NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular

Another famous air show in Florida is the NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular, which is held every April at the Naval Air Station Key West. This event showcases the skills and precision of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the elite flight demonstration team that performs breathtaking maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornet jets. You can also see other military and civilian aircraft perform aerial stunts, as well as enjoy live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities. The NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular is a great way to experience the naval aviation heritage and culture of Key West1.

Air Shows on the Beach in Florida

If you prefer to watch air shows on the beach, you can check out the Fort Lauderdale Air Show or the Pensacola Beach Air Show, which are both held in April and July respectively. These events feature stunning performances over the ocean by various aircraft, including the Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and more. You can also see helicopters, bombers, fighters, and civilian planes fly by as you relax on the sand or swim in the water. These air shows are perfect for enjoying the sun and sea while witnessing some amazing aerial feats.

Hot Air Balloons

hot air balloonsIf you are interested in hot air balloons, you can attend one of the balloon festivals that take place in Florida throughout the year. These festivals offer a chance to see colorful and whimsical balloons fill the sky with their shapes and patterns. You can also take a ride in a balloon basket and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the scenery below.

Some of the most popular balloon festivals in Florida are the Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival, and the Tampa International Balloon Festival. These festivals also have live entertainment, food trucks, carnival rides, and more.

Enjoyable and Exciting Events

Florida air shows and balloon festivals are some of the most exciting and enjoyable events that you can attend in the state. They offer a unique opportunity to see different types of aircraft perform amazing feats in the air, as well as to learn more about aviation history and technology. They also provide fun and entertainment for people of all ages and interests. If you are looking for a memorable experience that will make you feel like you are flying high, you should definitely visit one of these events when you are in Florida.


Florida Air Shows 2024


February 18, 2024Daytona 500 Flyover (USAF Thunderbirds) Daytona International Speedway
March 23-24, 2024 Space Coast Warbird Airshow (cancelled) Titusville
April 5-7, 2024 New Smyrna Beach Balloon Skyfest New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport
April 9-14, 202450th Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
April 20-21, 2024 Cocoa Beach Air Show (cancelled) Cocoa Beach
May 4-5, 2024 Vero Beach Air Show 2024 Vero Beach Regional Airport
May 4-5, 2024 Tyndall AFB Gulf Coast Salute Air Show 2024 Tyndall AFB, Panama City
May 11-12, 2024Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2024
Fort Lauderdale Beach
May 2024 Tampa International Balloon Festival 2024 Zoo Tampa
May 25-26, 2024Hyundai Air & Sea Show 2024 South Beach, Miami Beach
June 14, 2024 Tallahassee Balloon Festival 2024 North Florida Fair, Tallahassee
July 13, 2024Pensacola Beach Air Show 2024 Pensacola Beach
October 19-20, 2024NAS Jax Air Show 2024 NAS Jacksonville
October 26-27, 2024Orlando Air and Space Show Orlando Sanford International Airport
November 2-3, 2024NAS Pensacola Open House, Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola
November 2-3, 2024
Florida International Air Show Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda
November tba, 2024 DeLand Aero Showcase DeLand Municipal Airport
November tba, 2024Stuart Air Show 2024 Witham Field, Stuart
April 1-6, 202551st Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
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