2018 Guide to Car Shows in the Washington D.C. Area
It’s the best time of the year again: Car show season! Last year, our car guide was such a hit that we decided to bring it back with the shows we’re excited to attend. Every show on our list is within two hours of Washington, D.C. so you can go for a day or make it a weekend. Without further ado, here is our 2018 Car Show Guide for the Washington, D.C. area!
Historic Downtown Fredericksburg Car Show
Date: June 2 (Rain or Shine)
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Downtown Fredericksburg, VA
Admission: $25 for car registration, free for spectators
If antiques, American history, and classic cars are all part of your dream weekend, then you cannot miss the Fredericksburg Car Show. The show is exclusive to models 25 years or older and no modifications are allowed. Thus, if hot rods rev your engine, then this may not be the show for you.
If you arrive on Saturday, be sure to dress to match the era of your car as they are hosting a fashion contest with prizes! We are personally hoping to see plenty of poodle skirts, rad 80s gear, and maybe some gentlemanly tweed caps. After all the car show fun, you can swing into one of the many downtown restaurants and art galleries to make this event a perfect weekend getaway.
Prince William Cruisers’ Car Shows
Date: June 24 (Rain Date: July 8) and September 9 (Rain Date: September 23)
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 9751 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA
Admission: $20 for car registration, $3 for spectators
Prince William Cruisers’ started in the 1990s as a way for enthusiasts in the area to raise money for charity. Since that time, it has grown exponentially and now resides at the Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA. They host two car shows a year, each benefitting various charities throughout the region.
All vehicles are welcome to register, including trucks and motorcycles. Spectators can bet on seeing everything from classic muscle to hot rods and everything in between. “We have one of the biggest shows in the area, so we have a good reputation for having some of the most unique cars in the area show up,” says Steve Shifflett, one of the show organizers. Add in the fact that all the money raised goes to local charities, and this becomes one of the best shows in the area.
National Collector Car Appreciation Day Car Show
Date: July 14 (Rain or Shine)
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: 175 Jennifer Rd., Annapolis, MD
Did you know that Congress has set aside a day every year to celebrate collector cars and their owners? We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the automotive hobby than attending one of the region’s top shows in Annapolis! Annapolis Car Enthusiasts (ACE) puts on the annual car show every year to celebrate the holiday and raise awareness of the collector car hobby.
The event is free and open to all cars, with awards being given to the top five cars. Don’t forget to make a day of it and spend time exploring historic Annapolis. There are plenty of gems tucked away in the Main Street and Arts districts, which can only be improved by the addition of a classic car out front.
Unlocking Autism Annual Car Show
Date: September 22 (Rain or Shine)
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 4907 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA
Admission: $20 for car registration, free for spectators
In September, you can make your way to Fredericksburg again as the Unlocking Autism Car, Truck, and Bike Show returns for its second year. This event is open to all makes and models, with all proceeds donated to various Autism research organizations.
As the event is family friendly, you can be sure to bring the kids along too. There will be a live DJ, food trucks, and plenty of vendors to ensure you have a truckload of fun. RSVP on the Facebook event, so you can keep tabs on the vendors and cars you can expect to see.
Ridgley Car and Motorcycle Show
Date: October 14 (Rain or Shine)
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 7 West Belle St., Ridgely, MD
The Ridley Car and Motorcycle Show is one of the most notable events of the region. “The King” Richard Petty, Linda Vaughn, Roy Hill, and other racing celebrities are all expected to be in attendance. With over 800 cars every year, the town of Ridgley has no shortage of classic and unique vehicles you might not see anywhere else. The show has seen NASCAR race cars, Model As, and Lamborghinis. No matter what you prefer, you will see something sure to excite.
As a family-friendly event, they also have an abundance of activities for the kids! Arts and crafts stations, a train display, live bands, and a simulator race car are just a few of the activities expected at the show this year.
Tour the Shore is also a great road trip event the day before the show. It’s a delightful way to explore the sites with fellow hobbyists and create some memories with family and friends.
“We have over 15,000 people visit every year as a way to give back to the community,” says organizer Brenda Walls. “What makes this show special is that there is so much to do for everyone. It’s not just for the car enthusiast; it’s for the whole family. Additionally, 100 percent of our profits go back to charity.”
Are you revved up and eager to attend these shows? Contact Hendrick Honda when you are ready to gas up and hit the road, and we will make sure your car is show primed.