Carlisle´s Winter AutoFest Cancelled, Though Auction Still Set To Take Place

Citing “ongoing COVID related concerns,” Carlisle Events has announced its decision to cancel Winter AutoFest 2021. However, the organization points out that the event will make a full return in 2022: February 25-27.

Akthough AutoFest has been canceled, the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction will still take place as originally planned for February 19-20, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

More details about the auction will be announced in the coming days, though the event will take place within “a trio of spacious hangers,” and participants will be able to bid in person, online or over the phone.

For more information about Winter AutoFest 2021 and the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction, read the full press release below:

LAKELAND, FL - Central Florida is home to many great entertainment options.  This includes family fun hot spots such as Lego Land, Sea World and Magic Kingdom just to name a few.  There’s also a bevy of non-theme park related fun such as boating, fishing, nightlife and plenty of car/automotive themed activities.  One such car event, Winter AutoFest, is held annually at the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland each February. 

The event, powered by Pennsylvania based automotive promoter Carlisle Events, has taken place in Lakeland since 2013 and has grown exponentially since its inception.  The three-day offering includes a quintet of car show options, an automotive flea market and two-day classic and collector car auction.   Following a best-ever 2020 offering the Carlisle Events team was eager to return to Lakeland, February 19-21, 2021 for Winter AutoFest, however; the Coronavirus had other plans.

As with many aspects of the past 8+ months, Carlisle Events and Winter AutoFest 2021 have fallen victim to Coronavirus. Because of ongoing COVID related concerns, the planned 2021 event has been canceled for 2021 ONLY!  The event as it’s been known and recognized for the past few years WILL RETURN IN FULL in 2022, running February 25-27. 

While Winter AutoFest has been put in the garage for an extended period of time, there are two aspects of the weekend that will continue.  First and foremost, the auction element of the event will be happening at the facility during its originally planned dates.  Carlisle Auctions, the sister company of Carlisle Events, will move forward with its two-day classic and collector car auction, Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction.  This socially distant event takes place on the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus grounds, within a trio of spacious hangers February 19-20.  Start time is 10:30 a.m. daily and interested parties can bid and buy THREE great ways, in person, online and on the phone. More details on this event will be shared in the coming days via a separate news release.

Feature two is the annual Air & Coach Concours.  This gathering of luxury motorcoaches has become a popular destination for those who enjoy the motorcoach lifestyle.  The $299 participation cost includes three overnights at the spacious SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, TWO bidder’s passes for the auction, plus four coupons, power hook ups and more. 

For complete details on the 2021 Carlisle Events, visit or call 717-243-7855.  Enthusiasts interested in auction specific information should visit or call 717-960-6400. 

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