Car shows are the perfect opportunity to jump into autumn - cool nights outside, meeting like-minded car enthusiasts, and taking rides across Long Island to enjoy the foliage and take part in car show competitions. This September, many car shows and cruise nights are free for spectators, and some are even free to join and show your ride, but be sure that your ride fits in the parameters of the event, especially if only certain years or styles are allowed to compete or be shown. Be sure to bring the camera and stop by these great events!
Oyster Bay Tuesday Cruise Nights (Free)
South Street & Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Tuesday, September 2nd, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Audrey Avenue will be closed off to host a variety of classic cars and motorcycles, so be sure to come early to find parking nearby, and to enjoy delicious food at the nearby restaurants that will be open. This show is free for spectators, and only costs $5 per person to enter your ride in the show.
Wednesday Night Cruise In Garden City Park (Free)
2341 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY 11040
Every Wednesday in September, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Every Wednesday night, head down to the King Kullen shopping center near Citibank to check out some sweet new and restored vehicles and meet with other car enthusiasts.
Wednesday Night Car Cruise in Ronkonkoma (Free)
299 Hawkins Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11799
Every Wednesday in September
Take a ride just one mile north of the LIE from exit 60 to Hawkins Avenue, where you can spot antique and classic cars. It is free to show your own car, so feel free to jump in on the fun. There will also be many activities for the entire family, so bring the kids!
New York AutoFest Midsummer Nights Dream Cruise (Free)
Ransom Beach, 12 Bayville Ave, Bayville, NY 11709
Every Friday in September, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Each Friday night, head to the beach to check out cool cars for free, or show your own vehicle for $5 with the chance to win the weekly award for Best in Cruise vehicle.
Car Show and Swap Meet
Long Island MacArthur Airport, 100 Arrivals Ave, Parking Field 10, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, September 7th, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$8 per person & children under 12 are free
Take a look at cars through the decades with these rides from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including muscle cars, hot rods, exotic cars, antique cars, and imports. There will be something for everyone, and there will also be food, refreshments, and entertainment.
Classic Car Show (Free)
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 20 Sagamore Hill Rd, Cove Neck, NY 11771
September 7th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This car show, which is run by the Long Island Sound Classic Car Club takes classic seriously – the only cars or trucks you will see will be from before 1949. The show will be free for spectators, and in the event of rain, it will be held on September 14th.
Long Island Cruzin’ For A Cure
Sears Auto Center, 195 North Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Sunday, September 14th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$5, kids under 12 are free
Cruzin’ For A Cure is a massive car show that promotes prostate cancer awareness, and includes family-friendly activities, games, and vendors. Over 600 cars and trucks will be shown, and more than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, so be sure to come early!
Fire Department Car Show
North Babylon Fire Department, 200 Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Saturday, September 20th, 8 a.m.
$5 spectators, $15 car entry fee, $20 car entry fee on day of
If you are the competitive kind, join in on this car show, which will feature 13 different classes. Judges will distribute 64 trophies for all different categories of vehicles, so head down and see who will win!
Big Rig Truck Show and Fall Festival
100 Arrivals, (Use Federal Trade Zone Entrance) Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, September 28th, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
$10, children under 12 are free
Big rig fans rejoice – the largest big rig truck show will hit Long Island at the end of the month, and will feature over 200 heavy duty trucks, pickups, haulers, custom-made trucks, cars, and bikes. There will also be fun for the whole family in the form of monster truck rides, face painting, bounce houses, magic shows, and lots and lots of food.
Vanderbilt Concours Car Show
Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721
Sunday, September 28th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$7 adults, $3 children
The Jaguar Drivers Club of Long Island and the MG Car Club-Long Island Centre will be hosting a classy classic car show on the great lawn at the Vanderbilt Museum featuring over 100 elegant vehicles. Long Island Cares will have a booth at the event and will welcome donations of food items.