Here Are 5 of the Best Classic Car Shows in NJ

New Jersey is a hot spot for hot rods in the summertime. You’ll find car shows all over the Jersey Shore offering live music, roaring engines, and barbecues! In addition to being loads of fun, these events are all about community. The proceeds often benefit local non-profit organizations as well as more widely recognized foundations. There’s nothing better than knowing the money you spend will benefit a good cause! Whether you’re looking to show off your most prized possession or just want to check out the nice rides, be sure to cruise through one of the best classic car shows in NJ.

Of course, these classic car shows in NJ are just the tip of the iceberg. For thoughtful suggestions regarding what to do and what to see during your vacation, check out our Travel Guide! You’ll find dining options, must-see attractions, shopping suggestions, and more. Our collection of insightful vacation ideas will put you on the path to a memorable trip without all the stress of planning.

5 Classic Car Shows in NJ You Need to Attend

1. Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show

Each year, the Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show combines classic cars with classic rock music from local cover bands! Centrally located on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, you’ll find lots of delicious food within the vicinity. Bring a canned good or $5 for a donation that benefits low-income children in the area.

Distance from Ocean Grove: Walking distance
Address: Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ

2. Classic Car Show and Oldies Day

The Classic Car Show and Oldies Day is a family-friendly event that’s held at Monmouth Park during the summer. There are over 150 antique vehicles to admire! Enjoy a performance by a local oldies group and keep the kids entertained with pony rides, face painting, and bounce houses. General admission is $5.

Distance from Ocean Grove: 25 minutes
Address: 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ

3. New Jersey Concours d’Elegance

If you’d like something with a classier feel, you might want to attend this car show in September. Sleek old cars will be on display and admission is just $10. All proceeds go to a local community farm with programs ranging from equine therapy to vocational agricultural training.

Distance from Ocean Grove: 25 minutes
Address: 125 Bucks Mill Road, Colts Neck, NJ

4. Family Fun Day & Car Show

Another family-friendly option is the Family Fun Day & Car Show in Freehold. It’s held each May and is one of the few shows that does not require advanced registration. In addition to the antique cars on display and fun activities for kids, there are craft vendors on location. Admission is free and refreshment proceeds support Stomp the Monster, an organization that provides financial grants to cancer patients.

Distance from Ocean Grove: 25 minutes
Address: 636 Adelphia Rd, Freehold, NJ

5. Frank V. Panzone Memorial Cruisin’ for a Cure

The Annual Frank V. Panzone Jr. Memorial Cruisin’ for a Cure has been a must-attend event for over five years. Admission is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples. During this event, groups drive their classic cars and motorcycles in honor of those battling cancer. Admission fees are donated to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

Distance from Ocean Grove: 45 minutes
Address: 120 NJ-72 West, Manahawkin, NJ

Many classic car shows in NJ require early registration and have rain dates. Be sure to check the weather before making any plans!

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All of the classic car shows on our list are within driving distance of our gorgeous Jersey Shore hotels! Both the Ocean View Inn and the Ocean Plaza Hotel offer luxurious amenities and striking ocean views. You won’t find a better place to stay during your New Jersey vacation!

If you’re traveling as a family or with a group of friends, consider our two-level Bradley Suite with its spacious living room and full-sized kitchen. You can indulge in a delicious continental breakfast on the Ocean Plaza Hotel’s wrap-around porch. Begin each day with a glass of orange juice while you take in panoramic views of the ocean. You won’t regret booking your stay with us!