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Best Car Show (2021)

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Some auto shows look to the past in celebration of classic cars, while others set their sights on the future with cutting-edge technology and the latest reveals. Hundreds of these events take place across the nation each year, and we asked you to help us find the best. 

  • Cruisin' The Coast

    Cruisin' The Coast
    Mississippi Gulf Coast

    Cruisin' The Coast is considered “America’s largest block party.” Imagine more than 7,000 vehicles – hot rods, classics, antique vehicles – in a massive car show along the beachside highway on the Mississippi Coast. Car lovers love this annual event, which has taken over the Mississippi Gulf Coast every year since its inception in 1996. Cruise between the different venues, each a festival in and of itself, and catch live music, food, merchandise, a car auction, swap meet, parade and plenty of car talk.
    Photo courtesy of Cruisin' The Coast

  • MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend

    MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend
    St. Paul

    The Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul hosts Back To The 50's each summer – a celebration of hot rods, customs and classics with nearly 12,000 registered vehicles. The event also includes live 50's music, a flyover and a gigantic swap meet, as well as activities and games for kids and 'tweens. 
    Photo courtesy of John Markovich / MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend

  • Iola Old Car Show

    Iola Old Car Show
    Iola, Wis.

    Car enthusiasts attending the annual Iola Car Show in Wisconsin are treated to 300 acres of showcase space filled with more than 2,200 show cars and one of the region's biggest swap meets. The Car Corral features an additional 1,000 cars for sale – everything from show cars to fixer-uppers. 
    Photo courtesy of Iola Old Car Show

  • AACA Hershey Fall Meet

    AACA Hershey Fall Meet
    Hershey, Penn.

    Each October, old car enthusiasts gather in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the world’s largest old-car flea market, a four-day event hosted by the Antique Automobile Club of America. Highlights include more than 9,000 vendors, an RM Sotheby’s auction and a 1,200-car judged show.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Evelyn Fogleman

  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

    The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
    Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif.

    Set on a golf course beneath the Santa Lucia Mountains on the Monterey Peninsula, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering brings together vintage sporting automobiles and motorcycles in a garden party setting. Classes include Post-War Sports, Post-War Racing, Supercars, Custom Coachwork, Sports and Racing Motorcycles and the Great Ferraris.
    Photo courtesy of Adam Swords

  • The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

    The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
    Fernandina Beach, Fla.

    Since 1996, Fernandina Beach has hosted the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – a beauty pageant for rare and vintage cars featuring more than 300 vehicles from collections around the world. Proceeds from the charitable event go toward charities on Florida’s First Coast.
    Photo courtesy of The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

  • RADwood

    RADwood
    Multiple Locations

    Radwood showcases cars from the 80s and 90s with visitors donning their best period dress. This fun and colorful event doesn't take itself too seriously and offers an excellent opportunity to see nostalgic vehicles like the Lamborghini Jalpa or Delorean.
    Photo courtesy of Lane Skelton / RADwood

  • Woodward Dream Cruise

    Woodward Dream Cruise
    Detroit

    In 1995, the first Woodward Dream Cruise took place as a small fundraiser to support a local soccer field. Today it's the world's largest one-day automotive event, with some 40,000 classic cars and 1.5 million people in attendance. 
    Photo courtesy of Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP

  • Cars & Coffee

    Cars & Coffee
    Multiple Locations

    This event brings together likeminded car geeks for a morning of cars, coffee, camaraderie and…donuts! This popular monthly event features a different manufacturer each time, so there’s always something new to see.
    Photo courtesy of M1 Concourse

  • Los Angeles Auto Show

    Los Angeles Auto Show
    Los Angeles, CA

    The Los Angeles Convention Center hosts this event in California, "one of the world's largest auto shows." Guests can shop for new vehicles with free test drives, or experience a showcase of exotic and motorsport vehicles at "The Garage." They can also meet celebrities from a variety of entertainment worlds for selfies and autograph sessions.
    Photo courtesy of David McNew/Getty Images

The ten best car shows are as follows:

  1. Cruisin' The Coast - Mississippi Gulf Coast
  2. MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend - St. Paul
  3. Iola Old Car Show - Iola, Wis.
  4. AACA Hershey Fall Meet - Hershey, Penn.
  5. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering - Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif.
  6. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance - Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  7. RADwood - Multiple Locations
  8. Woodward Dream Cruise - Detroit
  9. Cars & Coffee - Multiple Locations
  10. Los Angeles Auto Show - Los Angeles, CA

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning car shows!

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