We’re a car lover's destination, playing host to several car shows and events year round. Whether you’re bringing your beauty to show or just browsing, plan your trip around one of our car shows like AACA Fall Meet, Mecum Auctions, and Carlisle Events. Rev up your visit with a stop at one of our car attractions featuring vintage vehicles and pristine collector cars!
Car Shows in the Hershey Harrisburg Region
This Hershey car show is one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the nation and has rolled into Hershey each fall since 1955. There’s a lot to see including 1,000 car corral spaces, 1,500 show cars, and more than 9,000 flea market vendors. Events include a high wheeler contest, ladies’ luncheon, race car condition run, judging school, AACA juniors, talent shot, and old time movie night. While this event is car-centric, some of the cool finds including vintage gas pumps, metal signs, car parts, antiques, and more. It’s impossible to imagine the scope of this event until you’ve experienced it for yourself!
Pro Tip: To get the most out of the show, arrive early in the week! As the show comes to a close, some vendors pack up early.
Mecum Auctions rolls into Harrisburg, drawing thousands of car lovers and dreamers, and pulling in $31 million in sales (in 2019). The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center transforms into a high octane, high stakes auction block with nationally televised coverage of all the action featuring 1,300 cars including rare and desirable collector cars, motorcycles, and tractors. In addition to the vehicles, car lovers can round out their collections with exceptional Road Art décor including vintage gas pumps, neon signs, dealership signs, jukeboxes, soda machines, and more throwback treasures!
Pro Tip: Set your DVRs to record the televised action. You might see yourself on TV!
This car destination needs no introduction! Just a short drive outside Harrisburg, CARlisle Events hosts dozens of collector car shows annually including specialty shows by make and model, flea markets, car auctions, and more!
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Car Attractions in the Hershey Harrisburg Region
The AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Museum, Inc. is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum filled with breathtaking collection of vintage cars, buses, and motorcycles available year-round for your viewing pleasure! Shift into reverse as you explore the bygone eras of automobiles. Their oldest cars date back to the turn of the 20th century through to the mid-century classics that traveled Route 66. AACA Museum has the world’s largest collection of Tucker Automobiles and artifacts. If you recall your automotive history, just 51 Tuckers were built by hand in Chicago in the 1940s. Their collection also includes a number of rotating “celebrity vehicles” including Whitney Houston's 1986 Rolls Royce limousine, the shiny red Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and cars used in the filming of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum stories one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement organizations through photographs, videos, uniforms, and evidence from the state’s most notorious criminal cases. Among their collection is a 1962 Harley Davidson Duo-Glide and a 1924 Model T which were used as part of the State Police Rodeo (Yes, you read that right!). Outside the museum you can peek inside three patrol cars including a 1973 Plymouth Fury II with a blue/yellow paint job that proved to be too flashy and was only used one year. You’ll also find a 1991 Ford Crown Victoria and a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, which has a roof-mounted V-shaped emergency light system which was a departure from the “bubble” light that was used since 1960.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania features a variety of vintage vehicles including a 1916 Ford Model T in their lobby, a 1905 AutoCar Roadster in their Made in PA section, and even a 1910 General Vehicle Co. Ice Truck in their Age of Innovation gallery. If you traveled the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit us, you’ll enjoy learning about the history of this superhighway that revolutionized travel within Pennsylvania and helped link the nation through transportation. In addition to their tribute to transportation, the State Museum has three floors of exhibits on history, science, archaeology, ecology, geology, and more!