Monday, May 14th, 2018
Car Shows in Whatcom County, Washington
Annette Bagley

Artistic curves, kaleidoscopic colors, and the shine – oh the shine. This is the view of a car show on a beautiful, cloudless summer day in Whatcom County.

It’s the history that draws me in. I imagine a local family out for a slow Sunday drive as I admire a 1911 Model T. Or I see my parents as teenagers at a drive-in – Mom looking so cute in her poodle skirt and Dad in his cuffed jeans – standing next to a 1957 Chevy. How about those fins? My husband and daughter love the sleek lines of the 1950s and 60s Corvettes. It’s easy to have an emotional connection to these vintage vehicles. They are the industrial artwork of our collective Americana. Each shares a little piece of twentieth-century history and pop culture through the evolution of its design. And each represents the hundreds of hours of meticulous care put into restoring and preserving them.

Luckily, car clubs are prolific in Whatcom County. A car show takes place nearly every summer weekend. One just needs to know which day to look in which direction to find them.  The following schedule will help you map a route to cruise back in time.

Upcoming Car Shows in Whatcom County

May 20, 2018 – Ridin’ Low in the 360 Lowrider Show, Red Square, Western Washington University campus, Bellingham, 11 am to 5 pm

June 3, 2018 – Ferndale Haggen Show and Shine, 9 am to 2 pm

June 17, 2018 – Father’s Day Car Show, Bellewood Acres, Lynden, 9 am to 3 pm

June 30, 2018 – Sumas Community Days, Sumas at the Sumas Border crossing on Cherry Street, 10 am to 2 pm

July 4, 2018 – Old Fashioned Show & Shine, Martin and 4th Street Blaine, 8 am to 3 pm

July 7, 2018 – WCCA Firecracker Rod Run, Pioneer Park, Ferndale

July 21, 2018 – 11 Annual Razz & Shine Cruise In, Downtown Lynden, 10 am to 3 pm

July 22, 2018 – Vietnam Veterans 8th Annual Car Show, 2211 Rimland Dr, Barkley Village, Bellingham, 10 am to 2 pm

July 28, 2018 – Old Settlers Car Show, Ferndale, 9 am to 3 pm

Aug. 19, 2018 – Corvettes Unlimited Open Class Car Show at BelleWood Acres, Lynden from 10 am – 2 pm

Aug. 11 – 12, 2018– Birch Bay Roll Back Weekend, Beach Park, 10 am to 5 pm

Aug. 18, 2018 – Classic Truck Show, Birch Bay, 9 am to 3 pm

Aug 24-26, 2018 – 38th Annual Summer Fun Rod Run, Deming Log Show Grounds

Aug. 25, 2018 – Festival of Fenders, Ferndale, 10 am to 4 pm

Sept. 1, 2018 – Mt. Baker Car Show, Maple Falls, 10 am to 4 pm

Sept. 2, 2018 – Antique Classic Car Show, Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, Ferndale, 10 am to 4 pm

Sept. 3, 2018 – WCCA Fall Rod Run, Cedars RV Resort, Ferndale, 9 am to 3 pm

Sept. 8, 2018 – Classic Car Show, Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Road, Bellingham, 10 am to 2 pm. 50’s & 60’s Music!  Bare Bones BBQ Truck.

Oct. 28, 2018 – Punkin Run, Bellingham, 10 am to 3 pm

Nov. 11, 2018 – Project Santa Run, Bellingham, 10 am to 1 pm


Enjoy the ride!

For more fun ideas see recent posts by Annette or our Things to Do Page

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About the Author:

Annette Bagley is the Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. As a writer and media relations consultant, her work has appeared in local and national media. She has been enjoying life in the Bellingham and Whatcom County region for more than a decade. Her ideal escapes include water, mountains, a farm visit, or a history lesson, accompanied by good food and a glass of wine.


  1. Sept.5 Mt Baker Lion’s club Car Show in Maple Falls, Wa. Location Mt. Baker Lodging and Mountain Man Espresso 7463 Mt Baker Hwy starting at 10 am.

    Comment by Virginia — June 8, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

  2. Hillcrest Chapel is having a Speed and Chrome Show and block party on Sunday, September 13. The car show will be 8:30-2pm and the block party will be 10am-2pm. There is a $10 entry fee for the car show. All are welcome!
    There will be food trucks, live music and games for kids!

    Comment by beverly drost — July 14, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

  3. Hello Annette, The Vietnam Vets car show is on 06/24/2016 not the 17th as listed


    Comment by DUANE HOLLIDAY — June 30, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

  4. Thanks for the update Duane!

    Comment by Annette — June 30, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

  5. Hi Annette,

    Thank you for including our show. The date this year is September 10 (not the 17th as listed). Registration is open now at It’s free to enter and attend. Thanks!

    Comment by Michele Habig — July 14, 2016 @ 10:29 am

  6. Thanks for the update! We have made the change.

    Comment by admin — July 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am

  7. Hi Annette,
    How should I register for this event: July 30, 2016 – Old Settler’s Car Show, Ferndale, 9 am to 3 pm

    the website is a bit disjointed so not sure what I should do, help is very appreciated!!

    Comment by Walt Souza — July 25, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

  8. Here is a link to Whatcom Old Settlers Car show registration:

    Comment by admin — July 26, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

  9. Studebaker Car Show
    In conjunction with Vintage Trailer Show
    Sponsored by the Studebaker Drivers Club

    Studebakers of all makes and models welcome….
    Hosted by; The Whatcom County The Studebaker Drivers Club.

    The Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center
    1775 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264

    Saturday – September 10th, 2016
    (10 am – 4 pm)

    Free admission for public!

    Great Trophies, Great Fun!

    $10.00 Entry Fee per car

    Studebaker Vendors welcome.

    Contact: Tamra Robins – 360-733-7748 or Stephanie Bell 360-738-0103 for details.

    Comment by Stephanie Bell — August 4, 2016 @ 9:02 am

  10. I am hosting a benefit car show in Lynden (1986 Main St.), on Saturday, August 5th. This show will benefit Skookum Kids (100% of the proceeds!). For more information, check out

    Comment by Chad Williams — June 9, 2017 @ 4:45 pm

  11. Thanks so much for the information. I have enjoyed the car culture here and have a hot rod of my own now to present at local car shows. I’ll be at the low rider show at WWU this Sunday. Hope to inspire young fans to keep our passion alive. Leo Schumaker

    Comment by Leo Schumaker — May 19, 2018 @ 9:51 am

  12. August 19, 2018 is Hogs and Horses, a motorcycle and car show, at the Britton Loop fire station in Bellingham, WA. It’s a fundraiser for the Support Officers of Whatcom County. Contact or for more information.

    Comment by Jerilyn Klix — June 22, 2018 @ 9:49 am

  13. I have a 1970 1/2 ford Falcon Torin barn find that I would like to enter into local car shows, but do not know how to go about it. Any help would be appreciated

    Comment by James Cook — July 26, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

  14. Classic Car Show—Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:00-2:00— Free to the public! At Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Road, Bellingham. 50’s & 60’s Music! Bare Bones BBQ Truck. $10.00 entrance fee. Free coffee/donuts for driver. Trophies to be awarded!

    Church phone: 360-733-2270

    Comment by David M. Scheer — August 25, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

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