Old Car Festival

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

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • September 11-12, 2021
  • Time: Open Saturday until 9 p.m. Regular hours Sunday.

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Video contains event information from 2019 and may not be applicable for 2021 season.

Each year, hundreds of vehicles from the 1890s through 1932 arrive from across the country to be perfectly set in the place where American history is brought to life. Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village is a raucous ride that epitomizes 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. It’s an automobile lover’s dream, as electric-, steam- and gas-powered engines are constantly in motion around you.

Old Car Festival brings ragtime America and the Jazz Age to life with two days of historically inspired street food, music, dancing and activities in the center of Greenfield Village. Stay late Saturday evening for the Gaslight Parade of Cars, dancing with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue, a Dixieland-style parade and our fireworks finale.

Don’t miss your chance to spend this special weekend immersed in the moving stories of the early automotive era at America’s longest-running antique car show.

Please Note:
The Henry Ford continues to build back from the pandemic and grow its workforce. Due to limited staffing and increased attendance during special event weekends, member reservations will be required at Old Car Festival. If maximum capacity is reached inside the venue, members without reservations and guests without pre-purchased tickets may not be permitted to enter. We apologize for these inconveniences and we thank you for your patience, flexibility and support at this time.


NEW in 2021: Women at the Wheel

Join us this year at Old Car Festival to honor the 101st anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, a hard-won victory securing the right to vote for American women. Many women have owned and driven cars from the earliest days of the automotive era. Explore their stories to find out how cars, with their freedom of mobility, supported women in making inroads in the workplace, in civic engagement and in American life.

Ticket Prices

  Member Non-member
General Admission (12-61) Free $28.00
Senior (62+) Free $25.25
Youth (5-11) Free $21.00
Child (4 & Under) Free Free

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members, free for members.

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 car owners, automotive historians and experts
  • Pass-in-Review parades
  • 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 and fireworks

Become a Member and Save

Become a member for free admission to Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford and discounts on shopping and dining. Then use your membership for free admission to the museum and village all year. Not a member yet? Find more information here or join below.

Participation Information

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Old Car Festival 2021 Program
Old Car Festival Winners 2021