Car Shows Guide for McHenry County

Calling all hot rods! Looking for car shows or cruise nights? Whether it’s muscle cars, supercars, imports, or domestics, if your idea of a good time is checking out a bunch of sweet rides, then this is the guide for you. Car shows offer up cheap, often free entertainment for the whole family. The best part is, you can find a car show or cruise night in McHenry County, nearly every day of the week throughout the summer and even into the fall.

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Our guide features car shows and cruise nights held across McHenry County and we have them broken out below by city or village. Some of these shows are standalone events while others are part of larger events or festivals. Likewise, some of these shows are held on a single date, while others are recurring, so be sure to note the dates and times. Also, note that not all recurring shows happen weekly, so be sure to check the specific show details.

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Algonquin Founders Day Cruise Night

Date & Time: Friday, 7/21/23, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Held at the Algonquin Public Library, Main Branch parking lot.

Address: 2600 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102


Information: Details


Cary Cruise Nights

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 6/7 – 8/30/2023, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Due to downtown construction this year, the event will be held in the Sts. Peter & Paul parking lot and is brought to you by the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Address: 410 N First St, Cary, IL 60013

Phone: 847-639-2800

Information: Details; Article

Cary United Methodist Church Car Show

Date & Time: Saturday, 7/29/2023, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Family-friendly car show held at the Cary United Methodist Church.

Address: 500 North 1st St, Cary, IL 60013

Phone: 847-525-5348

Information: Details

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake Cars & Caffeine

Date & Time: Saturdays, Spring – Fall 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Held in the parking lot near Starbucks.

Address: 5850 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Information: Article

Crystal Lake Police Department & the Crystal Lake Cars & Caffeine Car Show

Date & Time: Sunday, 10/1/2023, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Special charity car show held at The Dole during the Open Air Farmers Market.

Address: 401 County Club Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Information: Details

Struttin’ Ur Stuff Car Show

Date & Time: Sunday, 9/17/2023, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Brought to you by the Sunburst Corvette Club.

Address: 5220 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Information: Details

Fox Lake

Celebrate Fox Lake Car Show

Date & Time: Saturday, 7/1/2023, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Classic car show as part of the annual Celebrate Fox Lake event.

Address: 23 Rollins Rd, Fox Lake, IL 60020

Phone: 224-225-1404

Information: Details

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Island Lake

Cars, Bikes, Trucks & Coffee

Date & Time: Sunday, 5/7 – 9/24/2023, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Car show held at Sideouts Sports Tavern.

Address: 4018 Roberts Rd, Island Lake, IL 60042

Phone: 847-526-7174

Information: Details

Lake in the Hills

Summer Sunset Festival Car Show

Date & Time: Friday, 9/1/2023, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Classic and custom car show as part of the annual Summer Sunset Festival.

Address: 5200 Miller Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Phone: 847-960-7400

Information: Details


Day in the Park – Car Show

Date & Time: Saturday, 7/8/2023, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Held at Indian Oaks Park as part of the Day in the Park event.

Address: 825 Indian Oaks Trail, Marengo, IL 60152

Phone: 815-568-5126

Information: Details

Glory Bound Annual Car Show

Date & Time: Sunday, 7/23/2023, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Hosted at Niko’s Grill & Pub.

Address: 7509 S Grant Hwy, Marengo, IL 60152

Phone: 815-388-2594

Information: Details


Green Street Cruise Night

Date & Time: Monday, 6/5 – 10/9/2023 (ex 7/3, 9/4), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Located just off of Green Street in McHenry.

Address: 1209 N Green St, McHenry, IL 60050


Information: Details

McHenry Fiesta Days Car Show

Date & Time: Sunday, 7/16/2023, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Held at Petersen Park as part of McHenry Fiesta Days.

Address: 4300 Petersen Park Rd, McHenry, IL 60050


Information: Details

Port Barrington

Car + Bike Show Tuesday Nights

Date & Time: Tuesday (season final on Saturday), 5/23 – 9/30/2023, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brought to you by and held at the Broken Oar.

Address: 614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Port Barrington, IL

Phone: 847-639-9468

Information: Details


Car Show & Coffee

Date & Time: Saturday, 6/3/2023, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brought to you by the Village of Richmond Illinois.

Address: 5621-5601 Broadway Rd, Richmond, IL 60071


Information: Details


Heritage Fair & Car Show

Date & Time: Sunday, 7/9/2023, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Held as part of the McHenry County Historical Society’s annual Heritage Fair.

Address: 5422 Main St, Union, IL 60180

Phone: 815-923-2267

Information: Details

Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza

Date & Time: Sunday, 8/6/2023, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join the Illinois Railway Museum for a day of vintage transport, from trains to cars, trucks, buses, and more.

Address: 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180

Phone: 815-923-4391

Information: Details

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Woodstock On The Square Benefit Car Show

Date & Time: Saturday, 8/19/2023, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual benefit car show.

Address: 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098


Information: Details

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