10 Of The Greatest US Car Shows You Can Actually Attend

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The Concours is the main event in the auto week show in Pebble Beach, California. Concours, which is French for “a competition of elegance,“ is held on a Sunday in August, bringing over 200 collector vehicles to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, where the PGA Tour visits annually. This show, open to the public, is all about showcasing elegant vehicles and always has a surprise for those who auction for them. Plus, all proceeds go to various charities.

The Woodward Dream Cruise

Held in Detroit, nicknamed the Motor City, the Woodward Dream Cruise takes place on a Saturday in August. It features 40,000 classic cars that sit on Woodward Avenue and attracts more than 1 million people every year. Its history is attractive with Woodward Avenue being on the widest streets in the city that also hosted auto shops and drive-ins for younger people in the 50s and 60s with their muscle cars, bringing up the idea by Detroit’s mayor in 1995 to attract thousands of people to see these cars and single-handedly cashing in millions of dollars per year.

Charlotte Autofair

The Charlotte AutoFair is a four-day show in April and September, gaining a reputation for being well-organized, and very presentable for collector vehicles. Held at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Autofair includes auctions, car corral, and 10,000 merchant spaces for visitors to buy souvenirs or any parts for their collectable car. If you can’t come to its bi-annual NASCAR race, you can come to the Autofair set in the infield.

Amelia Concours d’Elegance

On Amelia Island, outside Jacksonville, Florida, they hold their own. Concours show, setting it in on a three-day weekend in March at the Ritz-Carlton. Once described by The New York Times as, “beauty pageant for rare and elegant cars,” the show judges various antique cars for its authenticity, its current function, history, style, and quality, awarding prizes to the best vehicles, an event since 1996.

The Elegance at Hershey

In the city of chocolate, it hosts a mid-June Concours event with some of the beautiful surviving vehicles from the past at The Hotel Hershey. Supported by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, the Elegance includes their vintage race (The Grand Ascent) and garden party (The Elegance), where it is a nice day at the park in vintager form surrounded by these incredible cars from before World War II.

Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus

At the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, his three-day street rod festival is held every April, one of ten events sponsored by the National Street Road Association (NSRA). More than 1,900 vintage cars are on display every year, all made before 1984, all coming from every corner in the United States plus Canada. 75 manufacturers of cap specialty gear are there for visitors to look through and where car owners meet with others to make trades.

Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance

Instead of just one weekend, this event is good for the simple fact it lasts 10 days. Set in October and November, this South Carolina-based show offers a sports cars, vintage cars, and even an air show with vintage airplanes that still function. The upcoming 2018 show will feature an exhibit of the Orient Express with the cars and sampling lifestyle of its passengers from Europe nearly 100 years ago.

North American International Auto Show

Since 1900, the January show takes place in Detroit at the Cobo Center, exhibiting all of the best vehicles in the world and, like the Woodward Dream Cruise, brings in millions and millions of dollars and attracting 800,000 people every year and growing, trying to catch up to Chicago (see below). The show did not become international until 1987, which elevated its status to world-famous level, making it among the 10 best car shows in the world to attend.

Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet

Held every July, the Iola, Wisconsin Car Show features 2,200 show cars and another 4,000 swap places for car owners to make a deal. With over 120,000 visitors coming annually since 1972 compared to the 1300 people who actually live in Iola, many camp out or drive out from an hour or so away to get to the car show. Plus, it raises over $2 million every year for charities.

Chicago Auto Show

To start, it is the largest auto show in North America, topping even any auto show in nearby car loving Detroit. Since 1901, the city has incorporated as many brands and they allow and there is plenty of room thanks to the McCormick Place and its 2,670,000 sq ft, the largest in North America. It takes place in February and attracts over 1 million people every year, one of the 10 largest and best car shows in the world.