Cool Cars and Hot Summer Nights in Sacramento

photo 3  By Heather Crivellone

Cool cars, HOT summer nights and the sounds of Rock-n-Roll from the 50’s.  Sounds like an episode from “Happy Days”… or an excuse for some fun family time!

Throughout the Sacramento area, you can find different types of car shows that are going on this summer.  From classic cars to “muscle cars” and everything in between, if you have a car lover in your family, you can find an event to cruise at and enjoy the sights of these mechanical masterpieces.

Recently, I took my family to Roseville’s “Downtown Tuesday Nights” to admire some cool classics and enjoy some live music.  My husband is a proclaimed “car guy” and has been rebuilding his own hot rod for years… I knew he would enjoy the evening checking out the classics, while I enjoyed a night off from cooking and fed my family from the local food truck vendors.   This event is hosted every Tuesday night from 5-9pm, through July 28 on Vernon Street in Old Roseville. The streets are blocked off and lined with classic cars, trucks and even tractors!  Live entertainment and vendors keep the kids happy, and they even have live bands playing all night in the beer gardens.  This is definitely an event to experience with the family during these warm summer months.

Throughout the valley, you can also find different car shows to visit during the summer.  I have compiled a list of shows for reference, some do have an entrance fee while others are free. If you have really young children, I suggest a stroller and lots of snacks to keep their busy hands active.  The classics are great to see but they don’t want to be touched… and little hands always want to touch the bright cherry red doors and climb into the bucket seats (just make sure to keep kids at your sides at all times).

June 20- “Mustangs and Fords” at the Sacramento Marriott in Rancho Cordova from 9am-2pm

June 27 – Marysville Classic Car and Bike Show in Downtown Marysville on D street.

August 1- Sacramento’s 7th Annual CAM Car Show and Cruise from 4-9pm. Watch classic cars cruise the streets from Sacramento State to Fulton Avenue at what has been considered the BEST car show in Sacramento.  Cruise begins at 4pm and ends with the car show and music festival from 5-8pm on Fulton.

August 4-9 – Hot August Nights in Downtown Reno. A day trip into Reno for car lovers is a must when this annual show comes to town. Classics from around the world line the streets for this annual event and never seems to disappoint the fans.

September 3Hot Chili and Cool Cars in Rocklin.

Sacramento Vintage Fridays benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation will be held from 4-9pm on June 26, July 31, September 25 and October 23. This event includes entertainment, food and even a movie! Great fun for the entire family. Located at Sacramento Vintage Ford in Rancho Cordova.

Every Saturday through October, visit the All American Speedway at the Roseville Fairgrounds for some fast action car racing.

Second Friday of the month through September in Auburn on Lincoln way, enjoy the Auburn Cruise from 4-9pm, where you can watch the classics “cruise” the streets.

Every Friday night through October at the Gold Country fairgrounds in Auburn you can watch motorcycle races starting at 8pm.

So, if you have an auto lover in your household, I hope this list comes in handy.  Kids of all ages can enjoy the fast cars and warm nights at these events.  Whether it’s the races or just viewing the classics, there is something for every car lover in the Sacramento Valley.

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