2016’s Top Car Events

Don't miss the year's best auto shows.

March 2016

Each year, auto manufacturers reveal the latest models, concept cars and technology at the Detroit Auto Show (also known as the North American International Auto Show) in January, and the Chicago Auto Show (the biggest and longest-running show in the country) in February. And while manufacturers have revealed their splashy news for the year, there are dozens more auto shows where you can see the latest production models or take in the rarest of collector automobiles in the world. Here are some of the country’s most popular shows.

Chicago Auto Show

Attendees of the Chicago Auto Show get to traverse more than one million square feet of McCormick Place, with exhibitions that include world and North American introductions, domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, sport utility vehicles and concept cars. In total, auto fans get to see nearly 1,000 different vehicles. Professional drivers showcase different cars on three indoor test tracks. February 13-21; chicagoautoshow.com

Concours d’Elegance of America

Formerly known as Meadow Brook, this Concours d’Elegance relocated several years ago to the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan, less than 15 miles from Detroit’s metro airport. The weekend includes a driving tour on Friday, an auctions sale, an automotive design seminar and a weekend gala on Saturday, all culminating with the Concours d’Elegance of America on Sunday. The show’s tradition is showing classic and rare automobiles, and this year’s collection will range from pre-war classics of the Jazz Age to racing cars like the GT40 1966. July 29-31; concoursusa.org

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is part of the annual Monterey Car Week, and some of the richest auto lovers in the world come to Carmel, California, to pay their respects to some of the most fabulous and rarest cars in the world. Though it started as a small social event with a road race, the Pebble Beach Concours is now the world’s top-ranking collector car competition. This year’s marques and special classes include the Delahaye, the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 Victory at Le Mans, the BMW Centennial and the Bizzarrini, among others. August 21; pebblebeachconcours.net

Woodward Dream Cruise

More than 40,000 muscle cars, hot rods, street rods and special-interest cars come to Detroit’s Woodward Avenue each year for the world’s largest one-day classic car event. The Cruise has its origins in the mid-19th century, when carriage drivers would race along the same city street where the event is now held. Many of the cars on display are pre-OPEC embargo American cars from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Look also for vehicles of all models whose owners have either scrupulously maintained them or customized them to create a unique vehicle. August 20; woodwarddreamcruise.com

New York International Auto Show

While Detroit’s auto show may reveal the newest bells and whistles of the auto industry, this Big Apple show boasts the highest attendance of any car show in the world. Perhaps to take advantage of that popularity, Cadillac moved its headquarters from Detroit to New York City last year, choosing the 2015 New York auto show for its Cadillac CT6 debut. Don’t miss the ride and drive area, where you can take new models for a spin. March 25-April 3; autoshowny.com

Los Angeles Auto Show

No show can compare to LA for its green cars. You can see concept cars, hybrids, alternative fuel vehicles and more. California is one of the few states that sells alternative-fuel vehicles like the hydrogen-powered Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and the Fiat 500e, and if there’s a green car coming to market, the 870,000-square-foot Los Angeles Convention Center is where you’ll see it. November 18-27; laautoshow.com