Car enthusiasts in California likely have one of the world’s busiest auto show calendars around which to plan absolutely epic road trips—in fact, one California calendar lists over 70 auto shows in May 2015 alone! Just be sure you are up-to-date on your car maintenance before you hit the road. To help you weed through the hundreds of annual options, here are four recommendations that are among the best auto shows in southern California.
Los Angeles Auto Show
November 20-30, 2015, Los Angeles Convention Center
Billed as one of the world’s most influential auto shows, the LA Auto Show certainly garners global attention with media coverage from 58 countries. At over 870K sq. ft., it’s nearly 20 full acres of car heaven. Over 60 cars are expected to debut at this year’s expo. You’ll experience the absolute latest in auto evolution firsthand by the biggest names in autos and accessories. Tickets go on sale in the fall and run $12-15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for kids.
Orange County International Auto Show
October 15-18, 2015, Anaheim Convention Center
A more “Cali” kind of Oktoberfest, this gigantic auto show at the Anaheim Convention Center features over 100 hot rods as well as new and exotic vehicles, some of which you can actually test drive. Meet and learn from the best in the biz as you take in the motorized masterpieces the OC Auto Show attracts each year. Check Motor Trend Auto Show’s website for more info as it becomes available.
San Diego International Auto Show
January 1-3, 2016, San Diego Convention Center
San Diego is one of the nation’s most vibrant urban cities, and it’s no wonder that the city’s biggest car show is known for displaying a unique mix of exceptional vehicles. The show takes place in the area’s primary convention center in the first few days of January, and it features new vehicles from over 30 manufacturers. Car lovers will find everything from luxurious interiors to the latest advanced technology on display, including concept models!
This is a show the whole family can enjoy together, thanks to the convention’s plentiful interactive and educational activities. See the official website for details.
East Pasadena Classic Car Show
Every Saturday night, Corner Bakery Café, 3807 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena
Once known as the Fuddruckers Show, the EPCC convenes on historic Route 66 every Saturday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Corner Bakery Café. Amazingly low riders abound, as do painstakingly restored classics, muscle cars, and more. Just drive up 66 from San Diego any Saturday night to enjoy a laid-back, uniquely Californian auto show.
Whatever your interests, one or more of these sure bets will tickle your car fancy. All four are great excuses for road trips across the Golden State to see incredible vehicles and wondrous natural beauty all at the same time.