Event List

VWCA Calendar of Events

Start DateEnd DateEventContactPlaceInformation
06/01/202406/01/2024Beginning of Summer VW Nightwww.niva_club.orgCulver's Restaurant, 645 N. Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL

Beginning of Summer VW-Night at the Culver's Restaurant, 645 N. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL., Saturday, 4:00 pm 'til 9:00. All VW's are welcome!! An official event of the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Assn. (NIVA).

06/01/202406/01/2024Annual VWCA Membership Meeting Shell Tomlin, vwclub@aol.comBatavia, IL

The 2023 VWCA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 12:00 noon at the WindMill Grille & Pizzeria, 90 North Island Ave., Batavia, IL. This is the opportunity for all VWCA members to present areas of concern to the National Officers. We'll have some pizza and a possible visit to a nearby museum. For more information, e-mail vwclub@aol.com.

06/02/202406/02/20242024 BIG ROCK CLASSIC CAR, TRUCK, TRACTOR, AND MOTORCYCLE SHOWJohn Rogerson, 630-330-0081 or www.bigrockcarshow.orgPlowman's Park, 48W508 Hinkley Road (off US Rt. 30), Big Rock, IL

The best car show in Big Rock! In 2023, we had 372 registered vehicles. This year's theme will be orphan cars; those no longer in production. All vehicles must be 25 years or older. Registration 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free Registration, Free admission, FREE parking. Trophies awarded at 3:30 pm. 5-B's pork chop & chicken lunch served from 11:30 to 1:30. Concession stand, 50/50 Raffles, 3D Sound DJ, trivia. Prairie State Railroad Club will be providing train rides on their small-gauge railroad from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Free face painting from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Custom graphic T-Shirts available. All proceeds and donations benefit Big Rock Historical Society. Come out and enjoy the day with us. Rain or shine, we'll have a grand time.

06/07/202406/09/20245th Annual VW CampoutKirk at bugstuff98@aol.comLowden State Park, 1411 N. River Rd. Just North of Oregon, IL

Calling All Campers!!! Join us for our 5th Annual VW Campout at Lowden State Park in Oregon, IL. All the RV sites have electric and there are 8 tent sites as well. This has been a popular event in the past so we recommend reserving your site as soon as possible. ALL VW's are welcome! If you don't want to camp, just come out on Saturday afternoon and hang out. This is a rain-or-shine event!

SHADY REST campsites 8-54 are electric with a gravel pad and fire ring. Sites B-31 to B-38 are grass with no electric. Click here for CAMPGROUND MAP and RESERVATION INFO. Check in time is 3pm Friday, check out time is 3pm Monday.

Hope to see you there!!

06/07/202406/09/2024Michigan Vintage Festival Weekend Dan: [dan.pierce@mail.com] or Wayne: [wburling@gmail.com]Frankenmuth, MI

2024 Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival - Three days of events. The festivities will start Friday the 7th of June at 5pm on Main Street in front of Zehnder's Restaurant. We will have a car show right on Main Street for our VW's and Main Street will be shut down to all other traffic. It is a block party and we are at the center of it. Saturday 6/8 we will have our actual show at the River Place right off of Main Street. Details TBA, see Festival page. Sunday 6/9 there is a very large and long parade through town. VWOA will have 3 cars in the show and MVVC will have one.

06/15/202406/15/2024Funfest For Air-Cooled VolkswagensMidAmerica Motorworks, 2800 North 3rd Street, Effingham, ILMark your calendars for June 15th where we invite you to immerse yourself in the Volkswagen lifestyle at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2024!

This year's show is a one-day event, ensuring it remains manageable for our current staffing level and minimal volunteer help that is available.

The event this year will also be completely free for entry! There's no need for registration or any admission fee - simply show up and enjoy the festivities! Plus, don't miss out on the chance to grab one of our exclusive event T-shirts to commemorate the occasion that will be available on-site. While lapel pins won't be available this year, we've got you covered with plenty of other mementos to take home. For Volkswagen aficionados, we're thrilled to announce a dedicated swap area where you can find treasures for your collection. And for families, there will be a kids' area with exciting activities to keep the little ones entertained throughout the day. Dr. Darby Milnor of Midwest Autosavers INC. will always be making an appearance at this year's Funfest! More information will be announced soon. On-site camping will be available as always!

We are still planning and finalizing other aspects and events for this year's show. More announcements will be coming.

06/15/202406/15/2024Ignite the Courage, Bartlett Car Show ~ EVENT POSTPONED ~ WATCH FOR NEW DATE 102 N. Eastern Ave., Bartlett, IL. On North Ave. adjacent to Bartlett Park

This event is postponed due to road construction in the show area. It is expected to be re-scheduled in September. Watch here for latest information.

07/06/202407/06/2024Annual Independence Day ParadeKirk Schulz at (630) 837-7887Bartlett, IL

VW Club participation makes this annual event a real blast! NOTE THAT THE PARADE IS ON SATURDAY THIS YEAR! We'll gather the 'Wagens at Dunkin Donuts, 225 E Lake St. in Bartlett at 11:00 am for a quick snack, then depart at 11:30 to caravan to the parade staging area as a group. Bring your own patriotic decorations. Contact Pam or Kirk Schulz at (630) 837-7887 for exact times, details and to let them know you're coming.

08/25/202408/25/2024Mooseheart Car Show224-587-6803Rte. 31 & Mooseheart Road, Batavia/North Aurora, IL

3rd Annual Mooseheart Car Show, Sunday, August 25, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Car entry fee $20.00; spectators donate what you can. Top 40 awards plus Best Student Favorite. Plenty of parking available, food cooked on the grill, beer tent, 50/50 raffle and entertainment by Cruisin Music Radio. Enter the main gate on Rte. 31 where volunteers will guide you to the show grounds. Presented by Moose Lodge #2655 to benefit the Vocational Automotive Shop. Mooseheart is a home & school for children and teens in need.

08/30/202409/02/2024Buses Nowhere Near the Arch #38 Annual CampoutBill Bowman: bill@bnnta.comHannibal, MO

(Labor Day Weekend): Buses Nowhere Near the Arch #38 Annual Campout near Hannibal, MO ??? Located in the Group Campground at Indian Creek Recreational Area on the North coastline of Mark Twain Lake, about 30 miles west of Hannibal, Missouri. A family-oriented camping event on an 18,000-acre 22 mile long lake featuring an informal VW Bus show with awards on Saturday, informal parts swap meet, ???site-to-site" socializing, "Bus-banter," a Saturday morning scenic Bus caravan through Mark Twain country, awards and door prizes on Saturday evening, a fun evening "lantern walk," campfire activities and more. The total event and camping fee for the full four-day weekend is still only $35! No advance registration is needed or available, so just register your VW upon arrival. Note: only VWs of any model or era are allowed inside the campground for the long weekend! For more event details, visit the web site or e-mail Bill Bowman at bill@bnnta.com.

For information in the Greater Chicago area, contact Gary Hanson vwgary@att.net or (630) 325-4671. If you own and drive Bus (or any Volkswagen product at all) and enjoy camping, this is where you must be every long Labor Day weekend!