The Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region has its fair share of car shows, car clubs, and swap meets to satisfy car and motorcycle enthusiasts living or visiting the region. We’ve listed the key (get it?) events and organizations throughout the state. Find a calendar of upcoming car shows and related events below.
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Auto clubs and car museums in Washington State
AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 Seattle businessmen with the mission of making automobile travel safe, comfortable and affordable. In the early years, AAA helped create legislation and enact laws, erect directional signs, develop traffic codes and licensing, and conventions such as headlamps driving in darkness, a muffler, brakes, car horns, and speed limits. A century later the fruits of their labor are still visible throughout our state. Today, AAA offers travel, insurance, financial and automotive services, and is active in highway and transportation safety programs. Membership begins at $58/year and includes towing, lockout, flat tire change, fuel delivery, discounts, and other benefits. (Many insurance plans include similar service as a benefit, so check with your broker or insurance company before you enroll.)
Classic Car Community is a national website devoted to classic and historical vehicles. It is free to join the online community and access their collection of online resources, including classified ads, events, and other information relevant to the classic car enthusiast. They maintain a list of auto clubs around the country, including a long list of auto clubs in Washington State.
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is the world’s largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Goodguys events feature thousands of hot rods, customs, tricked out trucks, muscle cars, and classics at events across the country, including Washington State car shows. Membership begins at $25 and includes discounts, magazine/newsletter, and other benefits.
Griot’s Garage & Retail Store in Tacoma is a family-owned retail store that develops and manufactures leading-edge car care products and accessories. Their Art Deco inspired headquarters features a rotating display of vintage autos. You’ll likely see something new every time you visit. Learn detailing secrets in their free Car Care School.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma includes 300 domestic and foreign cars in rotating exhibits and open storage galleries for vehicles not on active display, giving visitors the opportunity to see the majority of the collection on any visit. Explore the collections via hands-on activities, visit the gift shop, slot car track and racing simulators, and attend special automotive events throughout the year. Rated as one of the best automotive museums worldwide. Admission: $18/adult; dome activities additional charge. Individual membership: $50/year includes unlimited admission plus other benefits.
- Halloween fun at LeMay Car Museum. Join in some Halloween fun at LeMay Car Museum! Visit in costume for $2 off admission (Regular ticket prices: Adults $18, YA (13-18) $14, Youth (6-12): $10, Child (5 and under) Free. Participate in The Great ACM Rally, a fun-for-kids-of-all-ages scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Best of all, there’s a sweet treat waiting at the finish line. No registration is required, this event is free with admission–just stop by the Museum any time between 11 am and 2 pm on October 31st to participate!
Auto shows and car swap meets in the Puget Sound region
Listed below are briefs descriptions of the major auto shows in the Puget Sound region. For more details, click on the link for each event. Also scroll down to the calendar below for a list of all upcoming auto shows, car shows, and automobile swap meets.
(Listed alphabetically by city.)
Monroe Auto Swap Meet (previously known as the Seattle Auto Swap Meet) is the Pacific Northwest’s Oldest Automotive Swap Meet at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. When: spring.
Good Guy Pacific Northwest Nationals Auto Show in Puyallup on the Washington State Fair Grounds features hundreds of Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks. Plus a Saturday cruise, exhibits, swap meet, Kids Zone, live entertainment, and more. Tickets: $25. Discounts: advance purchase $20. GG Members receive a discount on tickets. When: summer.
Good Guys Great Northwest Auto Show in Spokane on the County Fair Grounds features hundreds of Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks. Plus performances & competitions, swap meet, Kids Zone, live entertainment, and more. Tickets: $22. Kids 6 and under free. Discounts: advance purchase $17. Sunday tickets are discounted. GG Members receive a discount on all tickets. When: summer.
Seattle International Auto Show is the city’s annual showcase of all that’s new in cars, trucks, crossovers, vans, hybrids, SUV, electrics, alternative fuel vehicles, exotics, supercars, and all the latest models from the world’s automobile makers. Get behind the wheels of many different brands. Driving simulator. Kids’ activities. Hours: Thursday 12-9pm, Friday 9am-9 pm, Saturday/Sunday: 9am-6pm. Tickets: $16 (ages 13+). Kids 12 and under are FREE. Discount: advanced online purchase discount on admission tickets and reserved parking. When: fall.
2021 Seattle International Auto Show
Seattle’s annual showcase of new wheels: cars, trucks, crossovers, vans, hybrids, SUV, electrics, alternative fuel vehicles, exotics, and supercars, PLUS all the latest models from the world’s automobile makers. Get behind the wheels of many different brands. Driving simulator. Kids’ activities.
- When: NOVEMBER 11 – 14, 2021. Thursday: 12-9 pm | Friday: 10am-9pm | Saturday: 10am-9pm | Sunday: 10am-6pm
- Where: Lumen Field Event Cnter
- Admission: $18. Discount for Military, Seniors. Kids 12 and under FREE with paid adult.
- More info: https://www.seattleautoshow.com/
Find many more car shows at community festivals and other events throughout the year in the calendar list below.
Ongoing car shows
You can visit the link or scroll down to our calendar of car shows.
Free monthly cruise-in car show at Griot’s in Tacoma
Griot’s Garage in Tacoma hosts monthly ‘Caffeine & Gasoline’ cruise-in car shows. You might see exotic supercars, street rods, tuner cars, race machines, and more on the first Saturday of every month. Each month has a different theme, but all kinds of cars are welcome. Cruise in to their Tacoma Flagship Retail Store in your favorite ride and hang out over coffee and donuts. It doesn’t get much better than this. It’s a great chance to talk cars with fellow enthusiasts, get inspiration for your own projects, and tune in to the local car scene.
Binford Field of Dreams Car Shows in Kent
Binford Auto Wrecking in Kent regularly hosts car shows in their eleven-acre berry patch, affectionately referred to as Dave’s “Field of Dreams”. For information about upcoming events, visit the Binford Field of Dreams Facebook page.
- Rocktober Trunk or Treat Cruise-in in Kent. Saturday, October 16, 2021. Rain or Shine bring out the kiddos for some cool fall fun at Binford Fields of Dreams from 4-10PM. More info: Rocktober Trunk or Treat Cruise in | Facebook
Summer weekly Exotics@RTC free car enthusiast gathering in Redmond
Exotics@RTC free car enthusiast gathering in Redmond Town Center parking lot. Weather permitting, the show is held on Saturdays, April to October, from 9:00 until 11:00 AM. It’s the largest weekly car gathering across the United States. Best of all, it’s free, family-friendly, and outdoors. Rain usually cancels the event. Throughout each season, there are special events including unique themes, pre-production and prototype cars, new model unveilings, and occasional sessions with automotive company management. Find Exotics on the south side of Redmond Town Center next to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse (formerly Desert Fire). For special events, cars will be located in the center mall as well as the south lots. When the weather looks iffy, or if you want to know about any special events that may be happening, be sure to check the Exotics@RTC Facebook page before you head over there.
Annual Cruzin’ to Colby car show in Everett
Cruzin’ to Colby was created by a passionate group of people in 1999. The car show has been one of the largest events in downtown Everett for many years, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants over the years. The dedicated sponsors and vendors have made it possible to contribute over $250,000 dollars to local charities. This event is hosted by a committee of volunteers who are committed to the continuation of this cherished community tradition. The weekend event includes several events including parties and a dance. Here’s the schedule for 2021:
- Friday, September 3, 2021, Movie Night For Pre-Registered Cars. Gates Open At 4:00pm movie at dusk. Address: 1201 24th St Everett 98201 (enter off of 25th)
- Saturday September 4, 2021. 8:00pm – Kick Off Party with live music. Tony V’s Garage, 1712 Hewitt.
- Sunday September 5, 2021. 6:00pm-10:00pm – Controlled Cruise. Downtown Everett with Beer Garden located at Hewitt & Colby. Followed by a Rock-N-Roll Dance 8:00pm-2:00am. Tony V’s Garage, 1712 Hewitt.
- Monday September 6, 2021. 9:00am-4:00pm – Show and Shine in Downtown Everett. Live Entertainment Stage. 70+ Vendors
- More info: HOME | Cruizin’ 2 Colby (cruzin2colby.com)
Calendar of car shows and auto swap meets
(If nothing is listed below, there are no upcoming car shows in our calendar. Theoretically, this shouldn’t happen. We update these events on a rolling basis throughout the year.)
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