Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show is scheduled for Jan. 19-21 at Century II in downtown Wichita. Now in its 61st year, this show is one of the longest running indoor car shows in the country. It started in 1957 under the direction of car builder Darryl Starbird and in 2011 the show was purchased by Cars for Charities Co. a 501(c)(3) organization run by 12 local car guys who share a passion for local charities and a love for cars.

Here’s everything you need to know about attending this year’s premier car show in Wichita:

When:
Friday, Jan. 19: noon-9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where:
Century II Convention and Exhibition halls

What:
Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show features 300 top show cars from around the country, vendor exhibits and live entertainment organized by hundreds of volunteers. The premier event within the annual Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show is the Magnificent 7 Show Competition. The goal of the Magnificent 7 competition is to showcase the best and most outstanding vehicles shown for the first time in Wichita. Organizers award $17,000 in cash and trophies to the winning vehicles in this competition.

Schedule of Events
Friday, Jan. 19:

  • Show open noon-9 p.m.
  • Free kids zone open 5-8 p.m. with coloring station, face painting, model car make & take, and more!

Saturday, Jan. 20:

  • Show open 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Free kids zone open noon-8 p.m. with coloring station, face painting, model car make & take and more!

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • Show open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Free kids zone open noon-8 p.m. with coloring station, face painting, model car make & take and more!
  • Awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

How much:

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 12–17 and free for children 11 and younger. You can buy tickets at the door or online; save $1 per person when you purchase in advance at local Quik Trip locations.

All proceeds from the car show go to two local charities: The Arc of Sedgwick County,  a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, and Starkey, a nonprofit that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2017, the event raised a total of $100,000 for the charities.

Learn more about the Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show on our Annual Events page.