Massachusetts car shows worth checking out this summer

Classics, muscle cars, and more.

Cars on display at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction.
Cars on display at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction. –Getty Images

There’s really no better time than summer to hit the road for a car show. 

Among the dozens of car shows happening across Massachusetts are a few unique events at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, including weekly lawn events and monthly “cars and coffee” meet-ups.

“It’s a really fun, informal event that brings a broad mix of cars [and people] together,” said Jennifer Corriveau, of the museum’s marketing team. “People come for the cars, but also the beautiful park with a great view of Boston at the top of the hill.”

Excellent attendance is expected at many upcoming car-related events. Mark down one (or more!) dates based on this list of car shows around the state this season.

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Vintage cars. —The Boston Globe

July

Tri-State Mopar Club Annual All Makes and Models Show

All makes and models of cars and trucks are welcome at this show. Winners take home a trophy, and door prizes, dash plaques, refreshments, and music round out the event.

July 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bogies Restaurant, Route 7, Great Barrington

Microcar Classic

For the 19th year, the Microcar Classic will feature Fiats, Messerschmitts, Crosleys, and more. With permission, kids can go for rides, too. For information on how to register a car, visit bubbledrome.com.   

July 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

46th Annual Bay State Antique Auto Club Car Show

Always the second Sunday in July, this show includes a car corral, flea market, food, drinks, and ice cream. First, second, and third place awards will be given to vehicles from 29 different classes. There will be a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment from Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer.

July 9, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 656 East St., Dedham

South Deerfield Antique & Classic Auto Show

The Connecticut Valley Region of AACA, and Yankee Candle Village bring together antiques, classics, customs, and street rods for this summer show. Vehicles 1992 and older are welcome. Past years shows have brought hundreds of cars ranging from the Brass Era, to the 1930s and 1940s, to muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Space is limited to 225 cars, so pre-registration is recommended.

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July 15, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 25 Greenfield Road, Rt 5, South Deerfield

Miata Day

Bring your two-seat toy for a day of fun. Sponsored by the Mass Miata Club, Larz Anderson Auto Museum calls it “the most colorful show of the lawn event season.” Lunch will be available, too.

July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

33rd Annual MCCNE, All Wheels, Summer Round-Up

The Mustang Car Club of New England presents its 33rd annual show welcome to all makes and models, foreign or domestic. Fire extinguishers are required in all show cars.  

July 16, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Solomon Pond Mall, 601 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough

Cars & Coffee

Grab a coffee and a snack and stop by the Larz Anderson Auto Museum to talk cars with fellow enthusiasts. Some of Boston’s best cars come out once per month for this event.

July 22, 8 to 11 a.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

American Car & Truck Day

This show is dedicated to the American automobile. The show is free to past and present military members, and spectators are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.

July 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline 

10th Annual Jaime S. Rivera Benefit Car Show

All makes, models, and years are welcome at this annual benefit show. Trophies will be awarded to the top 10 cars plus the best of show, top motorcycles, people’s choice, kid’s choice, and staff’s choice. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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July 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 64 Powder Mill Road, Southwick

Volks-Fair 18

Hosted by The Bug Clubthis show features only air-cooled VW’s. Come for food, music, and 14 classes of beautiful cars on a grass field. Cash prizes are awarded to the best of show, worst of show, best engine, best interior, and best paint. Participating cars must be registered and drivable.

July 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 574 Hartford Turnpike Rt. 20, Shrewsbury 

Day of Triumph

July’s final show on the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum will be dedicated to Triumph, the British manufacturer. The show is sponsored by the New England Triumphs. If you’re trailering a vehicle to the show, read this.   

July 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

SLS Mercedes-Benz. —Ben Chen

August

Tutto Italiano  

This show is dedicated to the art, design, passion, and performance behind Italian-made cars and motorcycles. The show will also include food, music, and multiple vendors. Gates open at 9 a.m.  

August 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

Falmouth Classic Car Club’s Cruise-in at the Park

Join the Falmouth Classic Car Club for a cruise-in show at the Falmouth Marine Park. No pre-registration is required, and 50 to 70 cars are expected this year. The event will feature raffles, prizes, music, and more.  

August 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 180 Scranton Ave., Falmouth

BMW CCA Day

The lawn at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum will be occupied by dozens of BMWs, from classics to modern stunners. All BMWs are welcome at this show, which is sponsored by Turner Motorsport.

August 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

MG Rover Day

Celebrate all things MG and Rover at this show on the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Popularity of the modern sports car can be traced back to classics from Morris Garage, many of which will be on display.  

August 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline 

10th Annual New Marlborough Classic Car Show

This show features classic cars, hot rods, trucks, and for the very first time, antique tractors. There will be barbeque, crafts, and a flea market adjacent to the show. Bonus for the dog days of summer: The parking is shaded.

August 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 134 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough

4th Annual Cars in the Park

This show displays cars, trucks, and motorcycles in Whitin Park, and includes food trucks, raffles, door prizes, activities for the kids, and music. Trophies and dash plaques will be awarded to registered vehicles. Proceeds benefit the Whitin Community Center.

August 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., WCC’s Whitin Park, 60 Main St., Whitinsville

East Coast Camaro Club’s 36th Annual All-Vehicle Show

Vehicles across 28 different classes will be on display, and prizes and dash plaques will be awarded to participating vehicles. The paved lot at Greater Lawrence Technical School will serve as the new location for this year’s show. 

August 19, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 57 River Road, Andover

Ford Lincoln Mercury Day

Ford’s influence in the automotive industry is historic. Join fellow car-lovers to celebrate the legendary automaker on the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Model T’s, Mustangs, Cougars and Continentals will all be on display.

August 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

Cars & Coffee

Grab a coffee and a snack and stop by the Larz Anderson Auto Museum to talk cars with fellow enthusiasts. Some of Boston’s best cars come out once per month for this event.

August 26, 8 to 11 a.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline

North Adams Motorama 2017

This celebration of all things motorized occupies Main Street with cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles, and more. There will be food, music, raffles, door prizes, and a live auction.  

August 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street, North Adams 

Swedish Car Day

This event is devoted to admiring the rugged, dependable autos from Saab and Volvo. Dozens of cars will be on display for this show, which is sponsored by Volvo Village of Danvers and takes place at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.

August 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline