San Diego's car cruises and auto shows are the perfect way to spend a warm evening checking out everything from classics to the latest and greatest in the world of automobiles.
Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof. The vehicles showcase the newest levels of technology that enhance the driving experience, packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs. Both new car and truck models from over 30 manufacturers are featured, as well as the cars and trucks of tomorrow with concept vehicles from a number of manufacturers. When not captivated by the cars, show visitors can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities.
When: Late December or Early January
Where: San Diego Convention Center - 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
An extravagant display of horsepower and ingenuity will halt traffic in the Gaslamp Quarter. This timeless event is free and open to the public and will showcase high-performance automobiles and motorcycles ranging from the traditional classics to lavish luxury modern vehicles. This is a car show unlike any other; surrounded by the district's distinctive Victorian architecture, while featuring the most cutting-edge displays in the automotive industry.
Where: Fifth Avenue from E to K Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)
The Annual National City Automobile Heritage Days features a dazzling display of cars from very early models to the latest Super Cars now being produced. The days activities also include great food from some of National Cities popular eateries, a wide variety of live music performers and Specialty Business booths that add another element of entertaining for the attendees.
When: First Sunday in August
Where: Kimball Park - East 12th Street and D Avenue, National City 91950 (South Bay)
This classic auto show revs into gear from 5:00 to 9:00 PM every Thursday night during the summer along La Mesa Boulevard in the Village of La Mesa. Spectators can enjoy over 160 classic cars, shopping, dining and live music. Best part - cruising is encouraged!
When: June-August, Every Thursday
Where: La Mesa Boulevard between Acacia Avenue and Fourth Street, La Mesa, CA 91941 (East County)
Southern California's largest weekly classic car cruise and auto show features over 400 classic and specialty cars on display every Wednesday throughout the summer from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in downtown El Cajon. There is also plenty of live music, food and shopping.
When: April-September, Every Wednesday
Where: Main Street and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA 92020 (East County)
One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, Cruisin' Grand in Escondido is a free auto show where more than 5000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday Night come to check out the 500+ American-made Classics, Customs, Vintage, Muscle, and Hot Rods lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. Car cruise nights run April through September from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
When: April-September, Every Friday
Where: East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92027 (North County Inland)
The streets of Downtown Encinitas will be rockin' and rollin' when Encinitas Classic Car Nights comes to Downtown Encinitas May through September. The third Thursday of each summer month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars will line S. Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. These beauties will be parked in dedicated lots, along the Hwy 101 and on side streets.
When: May-September, Third Thursday
Where: South Coast Highway 101 from D to J Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 (North County Coastal)
It's a full weekend of roddin' at the beach in ol' Del Mar with more than 3,000 cars, indoor and outdoor car shows, plus vendor exhibits, swap meet and car corral, Goodguys AutoCross, nightly parties, special woody exhibit, live music, model car show, and much more!
For 20+ years, this popular classic auto show in Coronado features more than 350 pre-1973 hotrods, convertibles, roadsters, trucks and other custom rides on display at Isabella and Orange Avenues.
Where: Isabella and Orange Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118 (Coronado)
The Village Classic Car Show is a weekly series of organized displays of classic cars and motorcycles owned by members of area car/motorcycle clubs as well as individual car/motorcycle enthusiasts.
When: July-August, Tuesdays
Where: Third Avenue and Memorial Park, Chula Vista, CA 91911 (South Bay)