Thoughts of the Pacific Northwest conjure up beautiful images of our national forests and the sparkling Puget Sound. While greens and blues reign supreme in this slice of the South Puget Sound, during the summer months, our favorite color is chrome.

Whether you’re a gear-head or just up for a nostalgic road-trip, Tacoma and surrounding cities will welcome you with festivals, car shows, cruise-ins and more.

No one celebrates the love of vintage cars better than the folks who host  North America’s largest automotive collection, LeMay--America’s Car Museum. In June enjoy the Cruise-Ins with the Grit City Motorshow and other cruise-ins throughout the year. Or take a ride in one of the classic cars with the museum's monthly Take-A-Spin events. 

LeMay Family Collection at Marymount

Nearby, the collection continues at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount. This is a cozy look at an assembly of cars from pop-culture touch-points to the classics. The museum is open year-round, but the LeMay Car Show stands on its own. This event that started out as a simple lemonade party on the front porch of Harold and Nancy LeMay’s home, has grown into one of the most highly anticipated car shows of the year, with more than 1,000 vintage vehicles coming to the castle-like grounds of the LeMay family property.

This summer, at the Tacoma Dome, Studebaker Fans can check out the annual drivers club meet as it visits the Northwest.

Beyond Tacoma city proper, Gear heads will bask in the smell of gasoline and the soft rumble of engines at the annual Good Guys Car Show in Puyallup. The weekend of activities get off to a roaring start with a hot rod drag race, and the weekend fills out with live music, fair rides, classic and custom hot rods, and more than a few pompadours on display.

Sumner Classy Chassis Event

Sumner is not only the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World, it is also a fantastic place to drive and see classic cars. The curves of 1940s cars go great with a slice of pie and Americana, and you find that in spades in Sumner, host to the Classy Chassis Car Show. 

The Fife Family Car Show in Fife, is located near the grounds of the historic Dacca Barn and has a great neighborhood feel.

This only scratches the surface of what Pierce County has going on for car lovers. For more visit our Events page.