WELCOME TO THE 42nd ANNUAL SUNNYLAND ANTIQUE BOAT FESTIVAL

March 24th, 25th and 26th, 2023

The Annual Sunnyland Boat Festival on Lake Dora is the largest Antique and Classic boating event on the East Coast. People from more than 26 States will be in attendance this year. The event is located at Wooten Waterfront Park in downtown Tavares, Florida – and directly on Lake Dora, the 3 day show offers fun for all folks interested in antique and classic boating.  Below is some key information to make your visit more enjoyable when you visit our show.

 General Show Information

  • We have all new docks and a larger show footprint
  • The show begins Friday at 9:00AM and ends on Sunday, at Noon – weather permitting. Ticket prices are $10.00 for the weekend. Sea Tow Members show your card and buy one get one free
  • The show site address is123 South Joanna Ave, Tavares Florida 32778.  GPS coordinates are 28.48.043N—–81.43.655W
  • Parking is available at the City of Tavares Parking Garage, located 2 blocks from the show site
  • The City of Tavares welcomes leashed pets to events
  • In addition to the Boat Festival, there are Seaplane rides available –   See the City of Tavares web site for more information at www.tavares.org or www.tavareschamber.com
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase at the show
  • Restaurants and shopping are within walking distance of the show

Schedule Of Events

General Admission

  • $10.00 for all three days
  • Free Parking at the City Garage

Friday March 24—9am to 5pm

  • All exhibits open
  • Picnic for boaters 10:30am – Registered participants only. – Ticket Required
  • Food Court and Beer Garden
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique Boats for Sale)
  • Sunnyland Ship’s Store—clothing, boat show items for sale
  • Live Bluegrass Band
  • Sea Plane Rides available. Tickets required
  • Captains Party – Registered participants only – 6pm – 8pm – Ticket Required – Not Open To The Public

Saturday March 25—8:30am to 5pm

  • 9;30am Opening Ceremony
  • All Exhibits open
  • Festival Of Speed – over 60 antique and classic cars to complement our beautiful boats on display
  • Ladies Style Show and Lunch – The show starts at 12pm. Tickets required
  • Food Court and Beer Garden
  • Beer Garden
  • Woody Cars
  • Amphicars on display
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique boats for sale)
  • Sea Plane Rides. Tickets required
  • Youth Activity Events at the SCAMPY tent
  • Dinner Banquet – Registered participants – Ticket Required – Not Open To The Public

Sunday March 26—8:30am to 12pm 

  • Free Parking in City Garage
  • Awards Ceremony 10AM
  • Church Services at 11AM
  • Free admission after 1pm
  • Shows starts to wind down at 1pm
  • All exhibits open
  • Food Court and Beer Garden
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique Boats for sale)

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival is in its 42nd year and is the largest classic wood boat show in the U.S. Our footprint is over a third of a mile long and we usually have 250 to 300 boats on display. Our gate attracts 8 to 10 thousand people and there is literally something for everyone at our event. Our nautical flea market has more than 80 vendors with many hard to find marine parts for sale. We will have several stunning outboard motors on display as well as numerous race boats. Our annual event is in conjunction with spring break as is the kick-off show for the boating season. People from all over the U.S. attend our show and we have representation from over 26 different states. We have several corporate sponsors that make our show a success and they offer many marine products to include new and restored vintage boats.

The Sunnyland Chapter is the largest chapter in the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and represents the entire state of Florida. Our show is run with all volunteer help. This is our 42nd anniversary show and each year our show gets bigger and better.  The show started in Sanford, moved to Mount Dora and for the past 14 years the show has been in Tavares.  This is a historical event for the Sunnyland Chapter, please plan to join us for fun in the sun.