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.
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.
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.
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.
2021 Summer Car Shows
CANCELLED 2021: The Annual Show ‘n Shine Auto Angels Car Show is free for spectators, making it great fun for the whole family. there will be many rare collector cars, trucks, and motorcycles, a BBQ, Raffle, car care seminars throughout the day, great Music, and model building and coloring books for the kids. This yearly fundraiser provides revenue needed to operate Auto Angels, an all volunteer ministry committed to meeting the transportation needs of those within the BelPres church community and affiliated non-profit organizations. More info: The Annual Show ‘n Shine Auto Angels Car Show
CANCELLED 2021: Arlington Show & Shine car show every June in Historical Downtown Arlington, WA is a Day of Fun For All. Relive the memories of yesterday viewing hundreds of classic, vintage, and modified vehicles. Free Live Entertainment. Vendors. More info: Arlington Show & Shine car show
CANCELLED 2021: Fenders on Front Street Car Show every Father’s Day in Issaquah includes live music, vendor booths, family activities, and award ceremony. Free event, plus food and merchandise for sale. More info: Fenders on Front Street Car Show
CANCELLED 2021: PNW WagonFest Station Wagon benefit car show in Snoqualmie. Do you love longroofs? The annual PNW WagonFest is the largest celebration of station wagons in the US, maybe even the universe. Bring your ride: Touring, Estate, Avant, Shaggin’ Wagon…old classic or new….European, Japanese, and American. Plus Food trucks, DJ, giveaways and more. If you don’t have a wagon, you are still welcome to join the fun. There will be a separate parking area for non-wagons. Admission $5 cash at the gate. Proceeds go to Seattle Humane Society. More info: PNW WagonFest
CANCELLED 2021. The Little Big Show in central Washington State in the town of Wilson Creek. The show features Cars, Bikes, and Trucks and welcomes anything with wheels. There are also vendors, raffles, food, good vibes, and plenty of fun. Wilson Creek is located in Grant County, about 40 miles northeast of Moses Lake. More info: The Little Big Show
CANCELLED 2021: Legends Car Club in North Bend. More info: North Bend Visitors Bureau, WA (discovernorthbend.com)
May-September (3rd Thursday), 2021. LeMay Collections at Marymount will be hosting a Farmer’s Market and Car Meet On the Third Thursdays from May-September between 3pm and 7pm. The event will feature local farm produce, crafts, and up to 150 cars organized by the Streetwise Events NW. There is no cost to attend the event, and participants can get a free self-guided museum tour of the LeMay Collection! This event is a family-friendly meet & mingle style event. More info: Market Meets @Seattle Cars & Coffee | Facebook
June 20, 2021. Annual Dream Builders Car Show at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County. OPEN TO ALL YEARS/MAKES/MODELS. More info: Dream Builders Car Show
June 26, 2021. Greenwood Car Show is an annual event on the 3rd Saturday in June. In 2021, join the neighborhood for “Cruising for a Cause” – a rolling car show, food drive, and fundraiser to help ensure the future of the Greenwood Car Show. With your help, next year they will celebrate the 30th Anniversary bigger and better than ever! In 2021, 12-2pm show and shine from at the old Sears on 155th and Aurora. At 2pm the cars will start heading down Greenwood Ave N to 65th where they will split off to hit multiple stops for a poker run. This route will Bering them back through Greenwood multiple times. The end time is 6pm. More info: GREENWOOD CAR SHOW
July 3-4, 2021. Kitsap Car Enthusiasts (KCE) are hosting an INDEPENDENCE SHOOT OUT! with racing and car shows. JULY 2-3. Friday gates open at 10AM, car show starts at 12Noon. Saturday gates open at 8AM, car show starts at 9AM. July 3. Saturday evening, 6:30PM-9PM. 2nd car show at That One Place Restaurant, 1397 Olney Ave SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366. More info: Kitsap Car Enthusiasts | Facebook
July 11, 2021. Return To Renton Car Show and Cruise-In is a benefit on the streets of downtown Renton to support local area school children. The show features 400-500 cars in all makes & models and can includes bicycle, motor bike, car, pickup, bus, or tractor. Plus restaurants and food trucks. Free to spectators. The 2021 event is scaled back. Please note that there will be some changes to normal operations. There will have a DJ, Raffle and Food Trucks; there are some children’s play areas on-site at the church. More info: Return to Renton Car Show | Facebook and Return to Renton Car Show – Posts | Facebook.
July 11, 2021. Car Show at the McCleary Bear Festival. Bear Stew is the big attraction at the 3-day McCleary Bear Festival. There is also a Kiddies Parade, Royal Court Ceremony, Bands, Dances, Softball Tournament, and many other events in all three days. There is a car show on Sunday from 10am-3pm. More info: http://mcclearybearfestival.org/.
July 18, 2021. Free Show & Shine Car Show in Snohomish on 1st Street – free to spectators. Part of the 3-day summer Kla Ha Ya Days festival. More info: Show & Shine Car Show | Facebook and Kla Ha Ya Days Festival | Facebook
July 24, 2021: KITSAPPLE FEST and car show in Poulsbo4, 2021. First Annual KITSAPPLE FEST hosted by Bushel and Barrel Ciderhouse, featuring delicious food and ciders, but a Classic Cars and Hot Rods show, and car cruise into downtown Poulsbo. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/991565018049281/
July 31, 2021: Mopar Nation Multi-Club, all makes/models meet & greet in Spanaway. Clubs include (WWMM) Western Washington Modern Mopars, (SSM) South Sound Mopars, (MMOSC) Modern Mopars Of Snohomish County, Washington Mopar Tigers, USO Rollers, Kulture Club, Tacoma Street Kingz, (PNWR) Pacific North West Rams. All clubs are welcome to recruit members to join their clubs, sell their decals and swagg, and have contests and games. Sponcers Prostreet Exhaust And Customs and ShowShine Garage. Pierce County Sheriffs Department will also be present. Raffles with prizes. Volunteers needed: DJ, parking, and security. Host facility Glacier West will have food trucks and the all-important restrooms. More info: Mopar Nation Presents Multi Club Meet And Greet @ Glacier West | Facebook
August 7, 2021. Free annual waterfront car show in Kirkland features hundreds of beautiful cars both new and old on display. Live Music, food and fun for the whole family. The annual event draws tens of thousands of visitors. More info: Kirkland Classic Car Show | Facebook and Kirkland Waterfront Car Show
August 15, 2021. All Ford Show & Mustang Roundup in Kent at ShoWare Center. FREE to spectators. For over 30 years, Pacific Cascade Mustang Club has brought together some of the best Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles to the Pacific Northwest region! there will be raffle prizes, music, vendors, awards, and more. Registration is open to ALL Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury-powered vehicles—save $5 on registration before July 15, 2021. The show benefits Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent, helping give drug-exposed babies a safe, healthy start in life. If you don’t have a car, you’re still welcome to come check out the show — it’s FREE to spectators! More info: Annual Car Show – Pacific Cascade Mustang Club
August 22, 2021. The Greaseball annual car show in south Seattle is a free all-ages community event to showcase home built, old school hot rods, custom chops, rat rods, bobbers, vintage motorcycles, and more. On 1st Ave South for 3 blocks, this unique car show is a showcase for vehicles and vendors who are hand selected to make for a one of kind experience. Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Team will present an unforgettable performance. Slim’s Flatbed stage will have music MC’d by Seattle’s own DJ HUBBA HUBBA. More info: http://slimslastchance.com/greaseball.html.
August 28, 2021. Wheels on the Waterfront car show at the Port of Everett Marina is the place to enjoy amazing cars while supporting an amazing cause. The Wheels on the Waterfront Classic Charity Car Show is an annual charity car show held each summer. Free to spectators. Parking is $5 More info: Everett Wheels on the Waterfront
September 4-6, 2021. Everett Cruzin’ to Colby annual Labor Day Weekend car show, cruise, and dance created by a passionate group of local business people and The Seattle Rod-Tiques Car Club back in 1999. Today the show continues to be one of the largest events in downtown Everett. More info: Everett Cruzin’ to Colby
September 12, 2021. Annual Classic Car show in Edmonds features over 250+ classic cars and motorcycles filling the streets. This event is for the whole family, from hardcore gearhead to the smallest child, everyone will have a great time. More info: https://edmondschamber.com/community_events/main_events/edmonds_classic_car_show/.
September 25, 2021. Car Show at Skagit County Garage Sale & Antique Show. Over 140 vendors, food, live music, and much more. FREE car show Registration Saturday 8:15-8:45am. All classes of vehicles welcome! Pre-Registration is recommended, deadline is September 17th. Day of Registrations will be accepted! First 75 registered cars will receive a commemorative dash plaque. Garage sale admission $3/per Person, Parking $3/Car. More info: http://www.skagitcounty.net/garagesale and Skagit County Fairgrounds (skagitcounty.net)
September 26, 2021. Free annual Hot Rod & Classic Car show in Snohomish. A favorite car show in the Pacific Northwest featuring tremendous variety and friendly car owners in downtown Snohomish. More info: http://snohomishcoc.com/classiccardisplay/.
2022 Summer Car Shows
June 25, 2022. Twin City Idlers Classic Car Show in Stanwood is an annual event on the last Sunday in June. Thousands of people come to this show. This popular car show features classic cars, hot rods, and custom vehicles. You won’t see any nicer cars anywhere in the country than you’ll see in Stanwood. Food and crafts also are available for sale down the main drag. Free to spectators. More info: Twin City Idlers
July 1, 2022. Cruise Into The Skagit Car Show is a great show that is fun for the entire family. Music by KISM. Raffle & Prize Drawings. Free Admission. More info: Cruise Into The Skagit Car Show
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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Tacoma, WA 98409
Everett, WA 98201
Downtown Edmonds, WA
ShoWare Center, 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032
Redmond Town Center, 164th Avenue NE & NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Slim’s Last Chance, 5606 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
North Bend, WA
Downtown Snohomish, WA
LeMay Collections at Marymount, 325 152nd St E, Tacoma, WA 98445
Skagit County Fairgrounds, 501 Taylor Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Bushel & Barrel Ciderhouse, 201 Northwest Beaver Ridge, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Glacier West, 21607 Mountain Hwy E, Spanaway, WA 98387