No matter the time of year, car enthusiasts and gearheads can find a car show or swap meet in Wichita, Kansas. Known as the Car City, Wichita hosts a multitude of events, some running longer than 40 years.
Many event organizers love the active car clubs in the area and appreciate the leadership that has hosted many successful car events throughout the city.
Whether you are looking for the latest in hot rods or street rod vehicles, or prefer the classics, old cars, vintage or retro-style vehicles, Wichita is the right place to connect you with those who share your passion for metal.
Starbird-Devlin Rod & Customs Charities Car Show
An annual tradition in Wichita, this show represents a locally-supported event for car lovers of all ages, and is one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the country.
The Magnificent 7 Show Competition is the big pull for this car show, showcasing the most extraordinary vehicles shown for the first time in the Car City. Cash prizes and trophies totaling $17,000 are awarded to the winners each year. Come see some of the most unique cars on display and enjoy a collection of cars you won’t see anywhere else. Plus, all proceeds go to benefit local charities.
To learn more about the Starbird-Devlin Rod & Customs Charities Car Show, click here.
Automobilia Moonlight Car Show & Street Party
Automobilia is a store in downtown Wichita that keeps a part of history alive by selling vintage vehicle collectibles and memorabilia. Owners Gary and Lorita Carpenter opened the shop in 1981. In 1995, they held a customer appreciation car show in front of the store that drew 150 cars and 250 people. Since then, it has become an annual event, attracting 1,000 cars and more than 100,000 visitors.
During the show, 2 miles of downtown Wichita close for what is now the biggest car show in Wichita every summer. In addition to hundreds of classic cars, mods, motorcycles and other vehicles, attendees can enjoy a swap-meet, multiple food courts and several bands playing at the same time.
Click here for details about 2017 Automobilia Moonlight Car Show & Street Party.
BlackTop Nationals at Riverfest
What began as a simple discussion to pass the time on a roadtrip back from Denver, CO, turned into an annual event drawing thousands of people to the streets of downtown Wichita.
In 2010, Rick Nuckrolls and his friend made their idea a reality, treating their hometown of Wichita to a national car and motorcycle event. With family-friendly entertainment, an assortment of food and drink and all kinds of vehicles, there was something for everyone at the inaugural BlackTop Nationals.
Five years later, Nuckrolls was called out of Wichita, but wanted the event to remain intact. Today, thanks to presenting sponsor Midwest Ford Dealers and the folks at Wichita Festivals, Inc., the passion for classic cars lives on every summer as part of the Riverfest celebration. The two events share resources to enhance both experiences for all who attend.
For more information on the BlackTop Nationals and other events at the Wichita Riverfest, click here.
Father’s Day Car Show
Celebrate dad each Father’s Day with an annual event bringing thousands out to the Sedgwick County Zoo. With more than 100 vehicles and a free admission with a paying child for dad, the Father’s Day Car Show brings a creative mix of the best classic and contemporary vehicles and Animal Kingdom favorites.
At the Father’s Day Car Show, dads and kids can walk around admiring a variety of class cars, vintage hot rods and look to see which ones are voted to be the best-in-class. The animals get involved with the awards, too.
Check back soon for information on the 2018 Annual Father’s Day Car Show.
Stearman Fly-In & Car Show
If you’re looking for even more fun and an experience second-to-none, head just outside Wichita for an exciting event with planes and cars for the annual Stearman Field Bar & Grill Fly-In and Car Show. More than 100 custom cars, lots of aircraft, live entertainment, food, fun and family await you as hundreds gather to enjoy a night getting up-close-and-personal with the airplanes.
Check back soon for information on the 2018 Annual Stearman Bar & Grill Fly-In & Car Show.
Other events in and around Wichita include:
Annual Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show
Annual Mulvane Old Settler’s Rod Run
Greater Andover Days Car Show
Annual Newton Downtown Car Show
Augusta’s Brickstreet Nationals