For car enthusiasts and collectors, nothing gets adrenaline pumping quite like walking through an auto show: The smell of fresh leather; the shine of polished classics; the energy of being surrounded by others who share your passion.
Whether you’re into American classics or European concept cars, there’s a show that has what you seek and more. Here is a list of the biggest and best car shows in 2023 worth checking out.
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) | January 5-8, 2023
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the most influential technology event in the world and will be held again this year in Las Vegas, as well as virtually. While it’s known as a space for many technology companies to introduce their latest and greatest prototypes and products, automakers also use it as an opportunity to unveil new concept cars—everything from electric to autonomous vehicles.
Salon Retromobile Paris | February 1-5, 2023
Paris Expo Porte De Versailles, Paris, France
Want to head to the city of love and see if you meet your automotive soulmate? Retromobile is a premier event for people interested in classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. Among the 600+ exhibitors are carmakers, clubs and federations, part vendors, auction houses, restorers and even artists showcasing and selling car art.
Chicago Auto Show | February 11-20, 2023
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Chicago is home to one of the largest auto shows in North America. Held every year at McCormick Place, the Chicago Auto Show features vehicles from more than 20 global manufacturers. While the show offers the opportunity for consumers in the market for a new car, truck or SUV, it also includes an impressive display of experimental, concept, collector and antique vehicles.
The Amelia | March 2-5, 2023
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL
The Amelia Island Concours has fun for the whole family. Get a close look at—and behind the wheel of—some of the world’s most impressive vehicles. In addition to the significant vehicles on display, the event offers more than two dozen classes for those who want to brush up on their automotive knowledge, activities designed just for kids, and the Concours d’Lemons, a unique celebration of over 50 bizarre vehicles.
Automotoretro Turin | March 3-5, 2023
Lingotto Fiere Exhibition Center, Turin, Italy
Continue your European getaway at Automotoretro Turin, established in 1983 by members of the Scuderia Rododendri racing team. Hosting over 1,200 exhibitors, the intent of this show is for organizers, vendors and visitors to share their passion for automotive history and culture. Admire some of the original models from carmakers like Fit, Lancia, Audi, Jaguar, Peugeot, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and more.
Atlanta International Auto Show | March 23-26, 2023
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
The nearly 500,000-square-foot display floor in Atlanta houses 400 vehicles from dozens of manufacturers, showing off what they have in store for the year ahead. Visitors can also explore high-performance, vintage and exotic cars. The Atlanta International Auto Show has an especially organized test driving program—if you plan to attend, you can see the list of makes and models available to try out online.
New York Auto Show | April 7-16, 2023
Javits Center, New York, NY
Now in its 123rd year, the first New York Auto Show was hosted in 1900 at the original Madison Square Garden. Not only can attendees walk through three levels of exhibits, but they can test drive electric vehicles, bikes and scooters on indoor tracks. The event also offers opportunities for young enthusiasts. Children of all ages can attend with their schools to learn about the engineering, technology and innovation that goes into car manufacturing.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb | June 23, 2023
Colorado Springs, CO
First organized in 1916, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest motorsport event in the country, after the Indianapolis 500. Also known as the Race to the Clouds, the event sees cars, motorcycles and other vehicles racing up a 12-mile course to the summit of Pikes Peak, reaching an altitude of 14,115 feet.
The course includes 156 turns and has been called “America’s Mountain” due to its scenic beauty. Visitors can look forward to watching the world’s top racers competing against each other on this challenging course, as well as a variety of other activities and events throughout the weekend.
Goodwood Festival of Speed | July 13-16, 2023
Goodwood Estate, West Sussex, England
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the UK’s most prominent automotive events, featuring classic cars, modern supercars and EVs. Perhaps the most anticipated part of the festival is the timed hill climb that caps off the weekend, where cars are tasked with the historic hill climb: a challenging 1.16 miles up a stretch of road. In 2022, the McMurtry Spéirling hypercar broke the all-time record at 39.08 seconds.
North American International Auto Show | September 16-24, 2023
Huntington Place and Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI
It’s no surprise that the “Motor City” is home to a fun and unique car show. Like the others, this event has typical vehicle exhibits and opportunities to drive or ride along in certain display cars. However, it also features indoor and outdoor attractions, including off-road vehicle encounters, where attendees can participate in a Jurassic walkthrough experience with life-like and life-size dinosaurs, as well as the Air Mobility Experience, “the show above the show” with scheduled flight demonstrations.
SEMA Show | October 31-November 3, 2023
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas NV
The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is an annual trade show and exhibition for the automotive aftermarket industry. Established in 1963, it has grown to become one of the largest and most influential events in the automotive world. With over 70,000 domestic and international buyers and exhibitors, the event features thousands of the latest and most innovative automotive products and accessories. Attendees come to SEMA to explore the latest automotive products and technologies, attend educational seminars and workshops and see customized vehicles and exhibits from industry-leading brands and designers.
Los Angeles Auto Show | November 17-26, 2023
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show has the perfect blend of the old and the new, exhibiting automobiles from historic brands like Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Porsche, plus up-and-comers like Charge Cars, Hyperion and Polestar. Outdoor test drives are included free with a ticket. Stop by The Garage to discover customized rides, collectibles and other aftermarket goods and services.
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