Old Car Festival

Feel the passion behind America’s longest-running antique car show.

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • September 7-8, 2024
  • Time: Open Saturday until 9 p.m. Regular hours Sunday.

Free for members or with village admission.

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Video contains event information from 2019 and may not be applicable for 2023 season.

Hundreds of vehicles from the 1890s through 1932 arrive from across the country to be perfectly set in the place where American history comes alive. Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village is a raucous ride, epitomizing the earnest optimism of the American Dream from the turn of the century to the Great Depression.

Wander through the village to meet the owners who’ve passionately preserved these treasured machines. Watch drivers engage in games of skill, listen to the distinctive sounds of century-old vehicles or sit back and enjoy expert insights while drivers motor through the Pass-in-Review parade. This weekend is your chance to become immersed in the moving stories of the early automotive era, a true automobile lover’s dream, as electric-, steam- and gas-powered engines are constantly in motion around you.

America’s longest-running antique car show brings ragtime America and the Jazz Age to life with two days of historically inspired street food, music, dancing and activities. Stay late Saturday evening for the Gaslight Parade of Cars, dancing with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue and a Dixieland-style parade.

NEW in 2023: Indiana Autos

Indiana was second only to Michigan in the size and strength of its automotive industry. Haynes-Apperson, formed in 1898, was one of the country’s earliest car companies. Makers Duesenberg and Marmon excelled in luxury and engineering. McFarlan produced some of the era’s most expensive autos. Stutz gave us America’s original sports car. Studebaker built cars in Detroit before shifting production home to South Bend in the 1920s. And Indiana-born Carl Fisher launched the Indianapolis 500 — still the greatest spectacle in racing. We celebrate the nameplates of the Hoosier State with a focus on Indiana autos.

Your Experience Includes

  • Immersive historic vignettes
  • Hundreds of historic autos, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles
  • Historically inspired street food
  • Live music and dancing with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue
  • Car talks with passionate owners, automotive historians and experts
  • Pass-in-Review parade
  • Special demonstrations
  • Awards showcasing the best restored and unrestored cars
  • Model T assembly team
  • Saturday evening Gaslight Parade of Cars with kerosene and early electric lamps, capped with a Dixieland-style parade

Old Car Festival Buffet Dinner at The Lodge at Christie & Main

In 2023, we are offering a new buffet dining option featuring favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued chicken breast and more.

Due to limited capacity and high demand, we recommend booking your dining package online in advance. Four seatings will be available on Saturday, September 9, and three seatings will be available on Sunday, September 10.

Tickets to the Old Car Festival Dinner will be available to purchase online beginning August 9. Highchair requests can be made online during the ticket purchase process.

Members, please login to your account to purchase your buffet dinner tickets.

2023 Old Car Festival Buffet Dinner Meal Pricing

Adult (12+) $35.00
Youth (5-11) $35.00
Child (4 & Under) $5.00

Please note: To accommodate all guests, access to The Lodge at Christie & Main is only for the duration of your purchased dining experience.

Free Admission for Members

Become a member for free admission to Old Car Festival and discounts on shopping and dining. Use your membership for benefits like free parking and free admission to the museum and village, valid 12 months starting the day you join.

Ticket Prices

  Member Nonmember
General Admission (12-61) Free $33.00
Senior (62+) Free $29.75
Youth (5-11) Free $24.75
Child (4 & Under) Free Free
Parking is $9 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members