Father's Day Gift Idea: Take Him To A Car Show

June 12, 2011

Father's Day is a less than a week away.  What better way to show your Dad that you care than to bond with him for a few hours over some seriously beautiful examples of automotive art?  Best of all, some of them are free or charge a small fee that goes to charity. 

Here are a random 10 spanning coast to coast; all except one are on Sunday the 19th:

Massachusetts: Hyannis Village Green on the Massachusetts Cape will have 300 vintage and rare cars lining the streets for their 18th annual car show.  The popular event has been attended by an estimated 50,000 people over the past years.  There is also a craft show, food and family activities and no charge for entry to the festivities which open at 9 a.m.

New York: The Hampstead Plains branch of the Antique Automobile Association is hosting their Father's Day Car Show starting at 10 a.m. on the Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside on New York's Long Island, just outside New York City.  In addition to the cars there will be entertainment, raffles and live music.  Admission is free.

Virginia: Warrenton, Virginia's Main Street will be lined with classic cars, motorcycles and hot rods that Sunday.  Their show will also feature family games,  art exhibits and a craft fair, food vendors, a historic walking tour and a chance to visit the Old Jail Museum.  This is the 15th year for this car show, which will be open from 10 a.m. and is free to attend.

Michigan: Michigan is home to the car industry and is well represented my car shows for Fathers Day.  The Michigan Hot Rod Club hosts one in Hastings' Historic Charlton Park will be featuring over 1000 cars and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids from five to eleven and free for kids four and under.

Mississippi: Jackson, Mississippi will be having their show at the Jackson Zoo, starting at 10 a.m.  There will be live music and prizes awarded for the most unique vehicles.  Best of all, Dad gets in free with a paid child's admission.  $9 Adults, $8.20 for Seniors, $6 for kids.  Zoo members and babies are admitted free.

Illinois: If your dad is a Corvette enthusiast and you live in the Chicago area, you'll want to head over to Libertyville and check out their Father's Day Charity Car Show.  Featuring Corvettes, vintage Chevy cars and street rods, there will be raffles, food vendors and door prizes.  Admission is $5 per carload or $3 for the individual.

Colorado: Denver-area dads will want you to take them to the 7th Annual Car Show at Apex Park in Arvada.  Admission is free to see classic cars, street rods and customs.  Fifties music, vendor booths and kids activities are offered.  If you're feeling athletic there is a concurrent 5K Fun Run starting at 8 a.m..

Oregon: The Oregon Coast Exotic Car Show will be having events all that weekend at the Salishan Spa and Gold resort in Lincoln City near Portland, with an exotic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18th.  It will feature rare and exotic cars including a 1947 Ferrari Type 166 Spyder Corsa listed as "The world's oldest complete Ferrari." Adults are $5 and the event starts at 10 a.m.

California: Beverly Hills, California, will be closing Rodeo Drive for their annual Rodeo Drive Concourse d'Elegance celebrating "The Art of Italian Motoring," with 125 Italian cars and motorcycles lining the famous shopping street between Wilshire and "Little" Santa Monica Boulevards. Fiat will also be there, showing and offering ride-and-drives in the new 500.  The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have special Dad's day events you would like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments.

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