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.
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.
Upcoming 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.)