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Car Shows You’ll Want to Check Out this Summer!

Car shows are a great way to spend a spring or summer day by yourself or with the family. Whether you love the classics or are smitten with the latest models, you don’t want to miss these shows coming up in and around the Albany area.

Of course, car shows aren’t just about cars! You don’t have to worry that the kids will say they’re bored ten minutes in, since many shows also have activities, play areas and even racing. If you’re a hardcore car lover, you can enter your own vehicle in a show or contest to see how it measures up.

Don’t forget to bring a little extra money for shopping, too. You’ll find unique merchandise from vendors around the Capital District and beyond and might discover a few hidden treasures while you’re browsing.


2019 Spring Auto Show, May 18, 9:00am – 3:00pm

If “Cars of the Sixties” are your thing, you’ll want to be at the Saratoga Automobile Museum for this event. Pre-register your 1960s beauty for $10, and receive a complementary museum ticket to get a peek at the new Wheels of Change: Cars & Culture of the Sixties exhibit. (Registration is $20 the day of the show.)

Spectators of all ages can attend for free this year and enjoy family Model T rides, as well as unique interactive fun with groups like Mad Science and The Children’s Museum at Saratoga.


37th Annual Car, Truck, Street Rod and Motorcycle Show, June 30, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Hosted by the Capital District Chevrolet Club at Cook Park in Colonie, this car show accepts all makes, models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Have a snazzy street rod of your own? Register it for $15, and get in the running for one of the more than 40 trophies awarded at the show. Attendance as a spectator is only $3, and seniors and kids get in for free.

Be sure to take some time to enjoy the beautiful park while you’re there! Take a walk on the trails, hang out under the pavilion or let the kids romp around the playground to burn off some extra energy.


A note from Chris:

"Another one to look out for is Connor's Cruisers Auto Show in Galway which raises money for the Conor Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship. Conor’s Cruisers Auto Show is a show to honor the life of Conor Bradshaw, who passed away October 22nd, 2017. Conor was studying mechanical engineering at the University of New Haven with a dream to design his own car. His family, friends, school, and community got together last year for the 1st show which was a success. Our team was able to a part of this great event by offering car washes and raising $100 to contribute to the scholarship fund! You can take a look at some pictures from last year's show below. If you want to see more pictures you can go here: Connor's Cruiser's Auto Show"



Campground Car Show & Flea Market, July 13, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Do you love camping as much as you love cars? Then this is the show for you! With over 200 campsites, McConchie’s Campground in Galway is a prime location for a summer car show. Take the family there for the weekend, or make it your own personal getaway.

Start the day browsing unique goods at the flea market at 9:00, then head over to the car show at 11:00 to see over 100 vehicles of every year, make and model, including motorcycles and muscle cars! It costs $15 to register a vehicle and get in the running for one of the awards handed out when the show ends at 3:00.


13th Annual Clifton Park Elks Car, Truck and Bike Show, August 17, 9:00am-5:00pm

Head over to the Clifton Park Elks Lodge for a day of food, music, shopping and great vehicles. It’s free for anyone who wants to see a bunch of cars, trucks and motorcycles of every year, make and model. Enter the vehicle contest for just $10, or participate in one of the 50/50 raffles. All proceeds support the Elks Charities.

Pick one show to attend, or go to them all with your camera ready to snap a few selfies with the snazziest vehicles. Go back in time with the classics, see what’s new and learn more about all your favorite models while meeting a bunch of fellow car enthusiasts and making some great memories.

About the Author

Theresa “Sam” Houghton is a writer, speaker and health coach from Troy, NY. She’s a regular contributor to, and her work has appeared in the Honest Weight Food Co-Op Coop Scoop, Natural Awakenings Magazine and the 2017 Daily Dozen calendar. She has been a featured guest on Focus on Albany, WMAC’s Food Friday and the Just Ask David podcast. When she's not writing or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, cook tasty plant-based food and knit socks.You can find out more about Sam at

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