Event List

VWCA Calendar of Events

Start DateEnd DateEventContactPlaceInformation
04/30/202304/30/2023NIVA Indoor Swap MeetKirk, info@nivaclub.orgDuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 W. Manchester Rd. Wheaton, Illinois Buildings 2 & 3

16th Annual VW Parts & Accessories Swap Meet - Hosted by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association (NIVA). Location is the DuPage County Fairgrounds, Buildings #2 & 3 (indoors!), 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton, Illinois. Swap time is 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with set-up beginning at 7:30 am. Swap spaces are $35 (space + I swapper). Spaces are approx. 10' x 12' and we ask that you bring your own tables and chairs. Spectator admission is $5.00. There is plenty of free parking. Swap Space reservations must be received by April 26th. Use this form to register or visit the "Coming Events" page at www.nivaclub.org for more details.

05/06/202305/07/2023Circle Yer Wagens(865) 654-8009 or www.circleyerwagens.comSevier County Fairgrounds, Sevierville, TN

Celebrating 28 Years, 56 Shows. Stereo contests, VW engine sound-off contests, Miss Circle Yer Wagens contest and other surprise VW action contests.

Two day all VW show with huge swapmeet & riverbank camping in the show area. Top 75+ show, dash plaques to the first 150 entrants, cash for Best of Show. Early setup & registration available Friday starting at noon before the show. 24-hour security. Event held rain or shine. Free car wash area with supplies. Free secure truck & trailer parking inside show area. Camping is primitive (no hookups) with showers & clean restrooms available. Breakfast by Boy Scouts of America available at concessions area Sat. & Sun. More info: call (865) 654-8009 8-5 M-F EST, or visit www.circleyerwagens.com.

06/03/202306/23/2023Dog-N-Suds Cruise Nightwww.niva_club.orgDog-N-Suds Drive-In, 454 Center St., Grayslake, IL

VW-Night at the Grayslake Dog n Suds, Saturday, 4:30 pm 'til 9:00. We packed the place last year and enjoyed some tasty Coney Dogs and Texas Burgers while checking out some cool rides. Don't forget their famous Root Beer!! All VW's are welcome!! An official event of the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Assn. (NIVA).

06/03/202306/03/2023Annual VWCA Membership Meeting Shell Tomlin, vwclub@aol.comBatavia, IL

The 2023 VWCA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 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.

06/09/202306/12/20234th 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 4th 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!!

06/09/202306/11/2023Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival WeekendDan Pierce, www.mvvc.netFrankenmuth, MI

As part of the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival will be held at Riverplace, 925 South Main St., Frankenmuth, MI from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or . . . ?

Street parking available on Main Street in front of Zehenders Restaurant for the first 30 cars (before 2:00 pm!). A parade with 100 floats (and VWs) will begin on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Download this printable flyer for full details.

06/16/202306/17/2023VW Funfest For Air-Cooled VolkswagensMidAmerica Motorworks - Effingham, IL

Mark your calendars! Spring will be here before we know it and that means Funfest for Air-Cooled VW isn't far behind! This year's show is planned for June 16-17, 2023 on our corporate campus in Effingham, IL.

More information will be available soon, but here are a few things you can count on! A wealth of family and kid-friendly activities to keep you and your family entertained, the swap area will return bigger and better this year, wonderful food and refreshment vendors, Celebrity Choice Awards, and the Fun Run Road Tour.

Check back here to stay up to date on the latest Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2023 news and updates as more details are announced. We'll see you June 16-17th! For latest details, check out www.funfestacvw.com

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07/02/202307/02/2023Annual Independence Day ParadeKirk Schulz at (630) 837-7887Bartlett, IL

VW Club participation makes this annual event a real blast! 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.

08/10/202308/13/202366th Annual Sycamore Steam Show Taylor Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Rd., Sycamore, IL

This curious and unique Sycamore Steam Show has become a favorite late-summer gathering spot for all VW enthusiasts. Show is open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, with steam-based displays and vendors, the Noon Whistle (find out why!) and steam tractor parade at 1:30 pm daily. Spend the day ??? bring a lunch or select from several food vendors on site. Admission is $7.00 per person at the gate; children under 12 are free (Seniors admitted on Thursday for $5.00). Be aware that most vendors can only accept cash. For more details, visit sycamoresteamshow.com.

08/12/202308/12/2023Kooler By The LakeJason 'Miles' Axlerod: info@koolerbythelake.org or 847-886-2738Kennedy Park, Kenosha, WI

Kooler By The Lake is a Midwest Air-Cooled and Water-Cooled Volkswagen / Audi Enthusiast Event held on the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The event features a car show, vendors, live entertainment, food, a beer garden, and donates to a charitable organization each year. This year's charity is the Safe Harbor Humane Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Kenosha which cares for almost 3000 cats, dogs, and other small domestic animals which are homeless, abused, or abandoned. Kooler By The Lake will be donating a portion of registration fees and beer garden sales to the Safe Harbor Humane Society.

08/19/202308/19/202322nd Annual Car Show & Swap MeetKyle Shepherd ~ (260) 417-1812 or ksmac1@gmail.comFort Wayne, IN

The 22nd Annual Car Show & Swap Meet presented by the Old Fort VW Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The event is held in Shoaff Park, 6401 Saint Joe Road, Fort Wayne Registration from 9:00 am to Noon. Awards at 3:00 pm. Spectator admission is free; $10 per show car (show 2 cars for $15!); $15 per swap space. Souvenir T-Shirts available. Visit www.oldfortvwclub.com for full details. Open to all VW, Audi and Porsche models, and this year International Scouts! Unique trophies for the top 25 cars, dash plaques, door prizes, goodie bags, games for kids, music and food vendors. Registration closes at noon. See you there!

08/20/202308/20/2023Bi-State VW Club's 28th Annual Show & Shine PicnicNick Nelson: 563-357-2834 or Phil Vernon: 563-386-8205Hampton, Illinois

Bi-State VW Club's 27th Annual Show & Shine Picnic, Empire Park, Great River Trail (on the Mississippi), Hampton (Quad Cities area) Illinois. Registration from 8:00 am to noon. Entry fee is $15.00 with proceeds going to charity. Dash plaques, swap meet and awards for Best of Bunch presented at 3:00 pm. Camping available at nearby Iliniwek Park. For further information, contact Nick Nelson (563-357-2834) or Phil Vernon (563-386-8205). Visit Bi-State's web site for more details.

CAMPERS: Some show attendees will also enjoy a weekend of camping (Saturday-Monday, August 19-21) at Fisherman's Corner campground, just a mile or so down the road from the show. If you are going to camp with us, make your campsite reservation right away. Hurry, the sites fill up fast.

09/01/202309/04/2023Buses Nowhere Near the Arch #37 Annual CampoutBill Bowman: bill@bnnta.comHannibal, MO

Located in the "Group Campground" located in the Indian Creek Recreational Area on Mark Twain Lake, about 30 miles west of Hannibal, Missouri. A family-oriented camping event held on an 18,000-acre lake featuring an informal VW Bus show with awards, informal parts swapping, "site-to-site" socializing, a Saturday morning scenic Bus caravan through Mark Twain country, awards and door prizes on Saturday evening, campfire activities and for the first time at BNNTA we will have a "lantern walk" through the event, so bring your vintage or modern lanterns! The total event and camping fee for the full four-day weekend is still only $30! For more event details, visit the web site or e-mail Bill Bowman at bill@bnnta.com.

For information about this VW campout from someone who attends from the Greater Chicago area, contact Gary Hanson vwgary@att.net or (630) 325-4671. If you own a Bus (or any model or year of Volkswagen), this is where you must go every Labor Day!