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Classic Car Show

The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show is one of the best car shows
in the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring over 400 classic vehicles on
display in Alameda’s historic downtown district.

Classic Car Owners: Mark your calendar! Our 27th Annual Classic Car Show takes place Saturday, October 10, 2020. Registration for displaying a car at the show opens in June.

The 27th Annual Classic Car Show Revs Up Park Street

The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020. More than 400 classic vehicles will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district. The free event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is fun for the whole family.

It's bigger than ever! Classic cars of every description will line up along Park Street between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. We've expanded the show to include classic vehicles on Alameda Ave, too.

See antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the '50s and the '60s, but there will also be plenty of muscle cars from the '70s and '80s along with classic beauties from the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Bring your camera and don't be afraid to talk to the owners -- they love to talk about their cars.

Want to hear the engines roar? Come early to watch the parade of cars arrive between 7:30am and 9:30am.

The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show will be packed with free family-friendly activities. While strolling through Alameda’s historic downtown district, enjoy a blast from the past as Local DJ’s Peter Fletcher and R. Duffy Collin spin some of the best rock n’ roll classics from two locations and stop at Alameda Bicycle for Island Schwinn’s 10th Annual Classic Bike Show.

Alameda Municipal Power and the Downtown Alameda Business Association are again partnering to dedicate a section of the island’s annual car show to the benefits of owning an electric vehicle (EV). The section of EVs, known as “Electric Alley,” will line part of Central Avenue at Park Street:

  • View dozens of EVs on the market today.
  • Meet with owners of EVs in Alameda to get the details on driving electric and learn how EV chargers work.
  • Get the latest information on financial incentives from AMP other agencies to help lower the cost of owning an EV.

In addition to the cars and entertainment, many of the businesses in Downtown Alameda will be open. Spectators are encouraged to shop and explore the unique collections of our stores, have fun at the family entertainment centers, and enjoy the tasty fare of our fabulous restaurants.

The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show is hosted by the Crankers Car Club. We certainly thank them for their incredible dedication to the show. Without their help, this annual event would never get off the ground. As a reflection of their organizing skills, a national representative of the Mustang Club of America declared Downtown Alameda's Classic Car Show to be “the best that he has ever seen.”

Our Classic Car Show has a lot to offer! Follow the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show on Facebook!


2020 Car Show Committee:

Ben Ratto
Tim Mahony
Ted Mentch
Rebecca Irwin
Alameda Crankers Car Club
Downtown Association Staff

Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show 2019
2019 Event Poster
Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show on Park Steet
Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show on Park Street

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show! Photos are posted on our FB page.

Public Notice: Alameda is a smoke-free city. Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces within the commercial district.

 Thank You 2019 Sponsors and Partners!

Interested in being a sponsor? There are several opportunities including Booth Space, Check-In Sponsor, Bike Valet Sponsor, and supporting our new Electric Vehicle section. For more information, call 510.523.1392 or email

Thanks, Duane!

A special thank you to Duane Watson, former owner of The World Famous Lee Auto Supply, for presiding over the Classic Car Show committee for 24 super-charged years and establishing this wonderful tradition on Park Street.

Downtown Happenings and Special Offers

Enjoy these family entertainment centers while visiting Downtown Alameda:

Many of our local shops and restaurants will be offering special sales and happenings for car enthusiasts on the day of the show. The following is a sample list from previous years:

  • Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) View vintage wheels at Island Schwinn’s 9th Annual Classic Bike Show.
  • Lost City Antiques (1519 Park Street) Receive 10-50% off selected items. 
  • Johnathan's Sandwich House (2316 Santa Clara Ave) Purchase a 1-meat sandwich, chips, and drink for only $5.99. Offer available 3:30-6:30pm.
  • Ozone (1431 Park Street) All clothing "Buy one, Get one 1/2 off, equal or lesser value."
  • PEDAL Cycling Alameda (1525 Park Street) New Riders get first class FOR FREE. Use promo code PEDAL1FREE. Come PEDAL with us!
  • The Hobnob (1313 Park Street) All you can drink mimosas for $14 with purchase of entree.
  • Vietnam House (1527 Park Street) Free valet bike parking available in the parking lot.

Check back to see offers and happenings for 2020!

Register for the Show

Please Note: Registration for the 2020 Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show will open in June.

Interested in participating for the first time? Get on our email list to be notified when registration opens for the next event. (Past participants automatically receive notification.) Classic Car Show Mailing List

Downtown Alameda's Classic Car Show is open to 1987 and older cars, trucks, and other classic vehicles.

Entry fee is $35. Participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, dash plaque, and goodie bag.

Deadline for registration is September 10. Registering early is strongly advised as space is limited and usually fills up before the posted deadline.

Arrival times and parking spaces are assigned. If you would like to park together with club members or friends, be sure to include the same Group Name on each vehicle registration.

Parking for registered vehicles begins at 7:15am. Entrant must check-in by 9:15am. The show ends at 4:00pm. Please plan to stay for the duration of the event.

This event is held rain or shine. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Waitlist: If space is available, stand-by registration will be taken starting at 7:00am on day-of-show (first come, first served). Registrations accepted after the deadline will be at a higher fee.

For questions, email or call 510.523.1392. (Paper registration forms are available upon request.)

Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show on Park Street
Next Show: October 10, 2020

Electric Vehicle Owners: Alameda residents are invited to display their electric vehicle in the new "Electric Alley." To register an electric car, please contact Rebecca Irwin at 510.814.6419 or

Classic Car Show FAQs

Where does the event take place?
Classic Cars will be on display on Park Street, between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. Additionally, there is an expanded area on Alameda Ave. New this year, Central Ave will feature a display of electric vehicles.

What are the hours of the event?
The event takes place 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, October 10. Cars begin arriving at 7:30am.

How many cars are at this event?
Over 400 vehicles from pre-1987 will be on display. The show also features up to 30 electric vehicles lined up on Central Ave.

How do I register my car for the show?
Registration for the 2020 show opens in June. To get on our mailing list for next year, Click Here.

How do I volunteer for this event?
Volunteers help make the event happen! Volunteers are needed in all areas of operations including registration check-in, t-shirt sales, street clean-up, sponsor hospitality, and flyer distribution. Call our office at 510.523.1392 to find out more.

I'm volunteering at the event, where do I check in?
Depends on where you are helping. Call our office at 510.523.1392 to find out more.

How do I apply to become a food vendor or performer?
We don’t have space for food vendors or stages on the street.

How do I apply to become a sponsor of this event?
Just give us a call. We’d love to talk to you about ways to promote your commercial business to the tens of thousands of people who attend each year. Call 510.523.1392 or email

Can I buy a t-shirt and how much are they?
Yes, commemorative t-shirts are $20. Purchase them at the information/check-in booth located near Park Street and Webb Ave.

Do you accept credit cards?
We now accept credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay for day-of show registration (if spaces are available) and t-shirt purchases.

Where are the ATM's located?
ATM's are located at banks and shops throughout the downtown area.

Where are the porta-potties located?
> Alameda Ave & Park Street (one regular and one ADA Accessible)
> Municipal Parking Lot A behind Lauren’s Closet (one regular and one ADA Accessible)
> Webb Ave near Habanas Cuban Cuisine (one regular and one ADA Accessible)
> Marketplace parking lot (one regular and one ADA Accessible)

I have a bike, where can I park it?
Free, secure parking is available in a central location.

How do I get there? 
Directions to Alameda are on our website:

What are recommended public transportation options?
Downtown Alameda is accessible via AC Transit with frequent connections to Fruitvale BART (online trip planner). Ride-share options like taxis, Uber, and Lyft are also terrific resources.

If getting a ride, where should I be dropped off?
Ride-share options like taxis, Uber, and Lyft, or friends are terrific ways to get to the event. Eligible riders can call Paratransit. A few ideas for drop off or pick up locations are:
> Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central) has a convenient pull-off area in front. This spot is near the center of the show and "EV Alley."
> Union 76 (1541 Park Street) has an area your driver can pull right into.
> Arco (1260 Park Street) also has space where your driver can pull right into.

Where can I find parking?
The Civic Center Parking Structure is located at 1416 Oak Street, within easy walking distance of our check-in location. You can also find parking on nearby streets.

Where can I find Accessible Parking?
The Civic Center Parking Structure is equipped with an elevator and accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities. The City operates two surface parking lot in the Downtown District area with several handicapped spaces: Lot A is accessed from Park Ave between Central Ave and Santa Clara Ave; Lot C is accessed from Central Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street. Additionally, there are a few handicap street parking spots on Lincoln Ave next to the Alameda Free Library.

Are dogs allowed?
The car show can get crowded. If you must bring your dog, please keep your furry friend on a short leash or plan to carry him/her. You will find water for your pet at some of the businesses in our downtown district.

I don't like crowds, so when is a good time to visit?
Saturday morning before Noon provides an excellent opportunity to stroll the event before the really big crowds arrive. Consider arriving at 7:30am to hear the engines roar as cars parade to their parking spaces.

I lost my phone/wallet/purse/jacket/other. Do you have a Lost & Found?
Found items will be taken to the information/check-in booth located near Park Street and Webb Ave.

I lost my kid. Where do I go to get help?
If you do not see any uniformed Alameda Police officers, call 911 or go to the information/check-in booth located near Park Street and Webb Ave. To help locate your child quickly, give the name of your child and describe what he/she is wearing.

Is this event a fundraiser?
Yes! Proceeds help the Downtown Association accomplish its goals and objectives of keeping the district economically sustainable and thriving for businesses, the community, and visitors. A portion of the car registration fees are placed in a special fund for projects that help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe for all to enjoy.

Event happens rain or shine!

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