Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!
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Cruise in to Fall
By: Maria King
Date: September 18, 2011
This weekend officially welcomes the season of Autumn. I love this time of year. It brings back fond memories of jumping in piles of leaves, cooler temperatures, shorter days and the knowledge that my favorite holidays are just around the corner. It also seems to be a popular time of year for “cruise ins” and car shows. A “cruise in” basically is a car show, only the cars cruise into it. These shows traditionally take place outside and feature classic, antique or suped up cars and “rods”. I do not have any facts to back me up on why there are so many fall car shows, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. Lucky you! I am thinking that the angle of the sun and the reflection of the leaves, is the best possible light to be showcasing these gorgeous cars. Or maybe it’s just that the car owners like the fall season as much as I do. Could go either way.
I have featured a few this week that are not only terrific car shows, they have a few unique elements to them. I am very impressed with the show in Costa Mesa because it really is a life saver. Playing on their attendee demographic, the show offers a prostate cancer screening test booth. To date it has saved hundreds of lives because the results have compelled people with no symptoms to seek additional evaluation. In addition this week there is also a car parade to celebrate Fleet Week in San Diego, a car show on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ and one of the nicest settings for a downtown car show in Grand Junction, CO . In the next two weeks, there will be two huge car shows taking place in Pennsylvania; Hershey and Carlise. I walked both of these shows many times and I have to tell you, they are a workout.
Car shows are great fun for the whole family and I encourage you to drop in on one in your area this weekend. To check what’s going on in your backyard, use the search box above. And most of all, get out and have some fun!
Please note: I added the shows of Carlise and Hershey to this list, even though they take place in the next few weeks, not this weekend.
Sep 20, 2012 - Sep 22, 2012
Since 1994. Classic Car Street Festival held on Sweet Briar, Wisteria and Columbine Roads in Wildwood Crest. Drive-in type movie begins at dusk. Cars will be displayed on the Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. for the "Best Of" in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center
Sep 23, 2012
Since 1967. Classics from years gone by and collectors with parts and equipment for sale and swap. Free admission to buyers, arts and crafts, antique items, car corral, free pedal car drawing. Buy-Sell-Trade.
Sep 22, 2012 - Sep 23, 2012
Since 1978. One of the largest Cruise events in Illinois. Come to the cruise on Saturday night and stay for the show on Sunday. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a weekend of fun for the whole family.
Oct 02, 2013 - Oct 06, 2013
Since 1973. The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral marks the end of the swap meet season each year and is an absolute must-attend event for thousands of enthusiasts who travel to Carlisle from all points of the globe to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. This is a fun-filled weekend the entire family will enjoy. While exploring the 150 acres and 8,100 vending spaces, you will marvel at one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world. Carlisle is the place to purchase any of the 2,000 vehicles at the car corral where you can slip behind the wheel and get a feel for the vehicle. Even better, you can deal directly with the car owner to work out the best price. This is where you can buy, sell and trade with total confidence.
Oct 09, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013
Since 1957, this is one of the largest antique car shows and flea markets in the world, with 10,400 spaces. If you walked the entire show, it would be 29.5 miles to cover. There are cars and vendors from over 23 countries. It consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Each year the show attracts visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world. Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey. If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be.
Sep 22, 2012
Since 2000, Cruisin’ For A Cure is the world's largest one day charity custom/classic auto show with over 3400 vehicles on display, over 200 vendors and exhibitors, and a mile and 1/2 cruise route. Cruisin' For A Cure is a registered non-profit California organization. All of the individuals that organize the show, handle show day logistics, and generally help make this event a success, are doing this voluntarily in addition to their “day jobs”. Unlike many other automotive fundraising events, none of the money goes to a car club, promoter, or ”administrative overhead”…. There are none! Thus, you can be assured that your donation goes directly to prostate cancer research. That is why we have all participants make their entry check out to the CITY OF HOPE. We simply log in the vehicle information for the show and forward the check to the City of Hope
Sep 28, 2012
License to Cruise, a classic and collectors' car show is part of the Appleton Octoberfest. Features 400 classic cars, live music, strolling entertainers and food booths.
Sep 28, 2013
Since 2002. On the last Saturday of September, Main Street rumbles with the sound of hundreds of motors as participants pour into Downtown Grand Junction for the annual Fuoco Motor Company Downtown Car Show. Vehicle owners bring antique cars, muscle cars, classic cars and even motorcycles to display. Car owners and spectators from all over the Western United States visit with each other, talk cars, and participate in a friendly competition for great prizes.
Sep 21, 2012 - Sep 22, 2012
Since 1974, Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Meet. There will be show shirts available, SS Tee, LS Tee and Sweatshirts. We have numerous door prizes available and the awards this year will be clocks instead of placques. The Mustangs Unlimited girls will be there handling the 50/50. For any questions, please contact David Osborn 770-356-9431 or David Johnson 678-357- 8615 or any of the links on the contact page. The show will run from 8:00 to 4:00 and will be a popular vote format with awards presentation at 4:30. We have have several vendors registered and committed to attend. Once again we have arranged for food and drink to be available at the site.
Sep 20, 2012 - Sep 23, 2012
Southern Nevada’s largest car show with 1,000 classic vehicles and live music.
Sep 15, 2012 - Sep 16, 2012
This event is free to the public. The community is invited to climb aboard US Navy ships and explore other military static displays and chat with Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Interesting and informative exhibits will be on display.
Sep 22, 2012
Antique cars will be tooling around the grounds of Montgomery Place at this ticketed special event that will delight automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Great food and a 17-piece brass band round out the day. Owners of cars from 1985 and older are invited to participate. The mansion will be open for tours. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.