Kenosha Classic Cruise-In

Auto manufacturing – whether automobile or engine assembly – took place in Kenosha for more than 100 years. To this day, classic car owners enjoy gathering together, showing off their cars, and telling stories of the good old days. Cruise-in nights and car shows are abundant in the summer months here. 

One of the biggest annual ones is the Kenosha Classic Cruise-In, which started in 2004. It happens the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in Downtown Kenosha. Typically, 1,500 to 1,800 cars are on display. Car enthusiasts from as many as five states – and even Canada – gather for this event, which is open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles. It’s free to display your car and free for spectators.

Bring the whole family! Music and food vendors are part of the event, with cars lining the streets. As you stroll along, there are many local restaurants and shops to stop in. Not to mention museums, art galleries, historic districts, a sculpture walk, farmers markets, and an Electric Streetcar system to ride! Oh, and Lake Michigan is right here too!

The event is presented by a team of volunteers from a local car club: Kenosha Classic Street Machines. The car club generously donates to local organizations after the event each year.


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