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Update09/25/2022NIVA's VW-Fest 2022www.nivaclub.orgVolkswagen of Crystal Lake 5213 W. Northwest Hwy. (Ill. Rte. 14) Crystal Lake, IL

Summer doesn't last forever. Have one last hurrah at the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association's "VW-FEST" hosted by Volkswagen of Crystal Lake! This is Northern Illinois' largest All-VW Car Show and Swap Meet and is open to any year or model VW. Gates open and show car registration 9:00 am until Noon; $15 per show car. Swap Meet setup begins at 7:15 am; spaces are $25 each. Dash Plaques - Trophies - Participant Voting; Spectator admission is FREE!!! Restored working Good Humor truck. 50/50 Raffle for Charity.
Hope To See You There!!!

Update09/11/202233rd Annual Vintage Picnic - Rockford, ILAlpine Park Rockford, Illinois

Stateline Vintage Volksfolks Vintage Picnic & Car Show if for all VWs, air- or water-cooled, rusted (sorry, I meant "patina") or restored. Event is held rain or shine - a large pavilion will protect you from rain or sun. Ten bucks enters your car in the show; registration at 9:00 am to noon. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch, blanket and lawn chairs if you like, or even an EZ-up. There's plenty of room in the park.

Update09/02/2022Buses Nowhere Near the Arch #36 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 http://www.bnnta.com 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!

Update08/27/2022NIVA SuperDawg Invasionwww.niva_club.orgSuperDawg Drive-In, 333 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, ILAll VWs are welcome. Just cruise in, grab some food and enjoy the mild and wild VWs. No entry fee. An official event of the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Assn. (NIVA).
Update08/21/2022Bi-State VW Club's 27th Annual Show & Shine PicnicHampton, 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.

Update08/16/2022Kooler 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.

Update08/07/202231st Annual Vintage Transport ExtravaganzaIllinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois

8 am to 5 pm at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois, 7 miles off I-90 via Route 20, Marengo Exit. The past comes alive through the display of antique autos, trucks, fire engines, tractors, motorcycles and buses-hundreds of vehicles assemble throughout the Museum campus. Ride the streetcars to the various display areas. Inter-urbans and diesel coach trains will be running on the mainline!

Download this handy pre-registration form for reduced entry fee of $15.00 for show vehicle and up to three passengers to receive free train tickets (a $15.00 value each). Registration must be received by July 30, 2021 to get this reduced entry fee and insure your ability to park your VW with the rest of our group.

Update07/03/2022Bartlett (IL) Independence Day ParadeKirk Schulz 630-837-7887 Firebugman@aol.comBartlett, Illinois

NIVA will again be participating in the Bartlett, IL Independence Day Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2021. Kick-off this year is 12:00 noon so we need to be in the staging area by 11:15 am. We'll gather at the Dunkin' Donuts, 225 E. Lake St. (Rt. 20) in Bartlett, IL between 10:00 and 11:00 am. At 11:00 am sharp we'll head as a group to the staging area. It would be good to have at least 3/4 tank of fuel. Contact Kirk at 630-837-7887 or firebugman@aol.com by Friday night so we know how many cars to look out for on Saturday morning. Preliminary plans include a cruise to a nearby Culvers Restaurant afterward.

Update06/26/2022NIVA Bugfest IS BACK!Fox Valley Volkswagen, 4050 E. Main Street Saint Charles, Illinois

BUGFEST 2022 sponsored by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association (NIVA) and hosted by Fox Valley Volkswagen, 4050 East Main Street (Rt. 64), St. Charles, IL, West Chicago, Illinois. Participant judging, trophies, dash plaques, food, music, restored Good Humor truck. Registration for show cars, 9:00 am-12 noon is $15; Swap spaces, $25 each with set-up starting at 7:00 am. Spectator admission is always free. This is one of NIVA's largest events. All models of Volkswagen are welcome to the Show-and-Swap Meet. Visit www.nivaclub.org for more information.

Update06/18/2022Annual VWCA Membership Meeting - NEW LOCATIONE-mail: vwclub@aol.comNEW LOCATION: Mt. Prospect, IL

The 2022 Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Jameson???s Char House, 1702 W. Algonquin Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL This is just a short distance from our original location in Elk Grove Village. You can join us for lunch at 12:00 noon (on your own), then stay for the meeting, which will start around 1:00 pm. To view the moderately-priced menu, visit https://places.singleplatform.com/jamesons-charhouse/menu..

All members are invited to attend, voice their opinions on Club matters discussed and vote on decisions made by the membership.

There is no registration fee for this meeting and attendees are responsible for their own accommodations for lodging is necessary. If additional information is needed, write to VWCA, P. O. Box 154, North Aurora IL 60542, or e-mail vwclub@aol.com.

Be aware that current Pandemic mitigation protocols will be in place at the time of the meeting.

Update06/17/2022Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagens - 2022Mid America Motorworks 17082 N. US 45 Effingham, IllinoisJoin us for VW Funfest: Fully Loaded as we celebrate the Volkswagen hobby with two fun-filled days featuring expert seminars, special VW displays, awards, giveaways and more! This year is not to be missed as we celebrate Herbie's 53rd Birthday!! Don't miss out on an unforgettable weekend surrounded by Volkswagen enthusiasts from across the country and around the globe! What's Included: > Weekend Admission for 1 Volkswagen > Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Award Judging Saturday > 1 Goodie Bag with Commemorative Event Lapel Pin & Poster > Discounts on Purchases Made Throughout the Weekend (Some Exclusions May Apply) > Weekend Access to Funfest Seminars > Friday Night Road Tour > Exhaust Wars & Audio Sound Off > Weekend Entertainment > Beer Stein Hoist Competition > Food Court > Kid's Village Featuring Bounce Houses, Car Painting, Tie Dye Making, Hot Wheels Races and tons more!! Mark your calendar and watch here for Registration information.
Update06/11/2022NIVA Fix-It Day - Mundelein, ILChris, Karpenko7178@ProtonMail.comMundelein, IL

NIVA Fix-It Day is back! Chris K will be hosting and opening up his garage in Mundelein. There will be light wrenching only, no major engine overhauls please! Chris has a large assortment of tools, a floor jack, jack stands, etc. but unfortunately no lift. Please bring any specialty tools, parts and supplies that you might need for your project. Hot dogs, buns, condiments, bottled water and individual bags of chips will be provided. BYOB if you'd like something other than water and feel free to bring a dessert item. Please RSVP Chris at Karpenko7178@ProtonMail.com so that he'll have a rough count of who's coming and provide location details.

Update06/10/2022Michigan Vintage Festival Weekend Dan: [dan.pierce@mail.com] or Wayne: [wburling@gmail.com]Frankenmuth, MIFestivities start Friday, June 10th at 5:00 pm (til ~ 10:00 pm?) with a pre-show in front of Zehnder's Restaurant at 730 S. Main St. in Frankenmuth. Main Street will be shut down to all other traffic. It is a block party and we are at the center of it. VWoA will display all their new cars and handing out swag. All show cars will receive a coupon for 1 free chicken dinner at Zehnder's Restaurant. Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm we will have our "official" Car Show and Swap Meet at the River Place off of Main Street. VWoA will have a display set up at the stage area in the middle of River Place. Sunday, June 11 there is a very large and long parade through town. VWoA will have 3 cars in the show along with some members' cars. Lodging available in town at the Frankenmuth Motel, 1218 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (989) 652-61721 for $121.00 per night. It is suggested that reservations be made as early as possible in order to secure a room.
Update06/03/20223rd Annual VW CampoutKirk at bugstuff98@aol.comLowden State Park, 1411 N. River Rd. Just North of Oregon, ILCalling All Campers!!! Join us for our 3rd 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. CAMPGROUND MAP and RESERVATION INFO can be found here: https://camp.exploremoreil.com/location/246. Check in time is 3pm Friday, check out time is 3pm Sunday. Hope to see you there!!
Update04/30/2022Annual VW Parts & Accessories Swap Meet ~ UPDATE: 3-13-2022DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 W. Manchester Rd. Wheaton, Illinois Buildings 2 & 3Hosted by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association (NIVA). Swap time is 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with set-up beginning at 7:30 am. Swap spaces are $30 (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. This will include one 50/50 Raffle Ticket and there is plenty of free parking. Swap Space reservations must be received by April 27th. Now is the time to start cleaning out your garage, shed and basement. Watch this listing or visit the "Coming Events" page at www.nivaclub.org for more details.
Update03/26/2022Bring Your VW To LunchRussel's BBQ 1621 N. Thatcher Ave. Elmwood Park, IL"Vintage BBQ with your Vintage VW (or whatever you want to bring)" starting at 1:00 pm. Just lunch - and VW chat.
Update08/21/202120th Anniversary Volkswagen Car Show & Swap MeetKyle Shepherd - (260) 417-1812 or ksmac1@gmail.comShoaff Park 6401 Saint Joe Rd. Ft. Wayne, IN

Presented by the Old Fort Volkswagen Club, a rain-or-shine event. Registration 9:00 am - Noon. $10 Show Car Registration (2 cars - same owner, $15). Swap space $15. Spectator admission FREE. Open to all VWs - Porsches and Audis also welcomed. Dash plaques & goodie bags to first 100 entries. Door Prizes, raffle items, food vendors & T-shirts available. Visit our web site: www.oldfortvwclub.com.

Update06/12/2021The 2021 Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival Weekendwww.mvvc.net/festivalNEW LOCATION: Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor, MI

On Saturday, June 12 at the Staybridge Suites, we'll test your driving skills with a slow speed slalom course followed by a pizza party and VW-themed movie at the Host Hotel. Sunday, June 13 is the traditional VW car show at a Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI. Spectators, $5 at the gate; Show Car Registration, $15 at the gate, which will include one year's membership, either renewal or new member. Swap spaces, 17 ft. x 20 ft., are $20 at the gate. Show Car gates open at 9:00 am; Swap set-up at 7:00 am. Visit www.mvvc.net/festival for more information, registration and accommodations, or to download the flier. Host Hotel Information: Staybridge Suites, 3850 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, (734) 213-1400 for reservations.

Update05/22/2021Dog-N-Suds Cruise Nightwww.niva_club.orgDog-N-Suds Drive-In, 454 Center St., Grayslake, ILVW-Night at the Grayslake Dog n Suds. We packed the place last year and enjoyed some tasty Coney Dogs and Texas Burgers. Don't forget their famous Root Beer!! All VW's are welcome!! An official event of the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Assn. (NIVA).
Update08/22/2020Superdawg InvasionSuperdawg Wheeling 333 S. Milwaukee Ave. Wheeling, Illinois5pm VW-Night at Superdawg Wheeling, 333 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, Illinois starts at 5:00 pm. The dining room is closed for eating, but we all eat by our cars anyways. This is a rain-or-shine event. All VW???s are welcome!!
Update07/11/2020Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival EVENT CANCELLED!Arbor Motion, 669 State Circle, Ann Arbor Michigan

The 33nd Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival Weekend, at Arbor Motion, 669 State Circle, Ann Arbor. Sadly, it has been announced that, even with the change of date and venue, the Michigan Vintage VW Festival Weekend must be cancelled.

Update09/20/201915th Annual Oktoberfest Cruise-InGarry McNew 765-860-7139 garsan78@gmail.comKokomo, Indiana

The City of Firsts VW Club and the Kokomo Summer Concert Series presents the 15th Annual Oktoberfest. Event kick-off is Friday, September 20 with a free concert at the Historic Railroad Depot. Saturday morning there is a cruise planned, starting from Foster Park in downtown Kokomo. Saturday afternoon & evening is the FREE car show and FREE swap meet at Foster Park in downtown Kokomo, ending with a FREE concert in the park by ???Hard Days Night??? the premier Beatles tribute band. A private farewell breakfast is on tap for Sunday morning.

??MANY??more details at www.cityoffirstsvw.com including the pre-registration form.

Update08/10/2019Volksfest 27 Car Show & Swap MeetPataskala, Ohio

Volksfest 29 Car Show & Swap Meet is presented by the Central Ohio Vintage Volkswagen Club.?? Billed as the largest single day vintage VW event in Ohio, this show routinely attracts 700 or more Volkswagens and features door prizes, food & fun, raffle, music and kids??? activities.?? Location is Watkins Memorial High School, 8868 Watkins Road S.W., Pataskala, Ohio, east of Columbus. Show time is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; show car and swap set-up at 8:00 am, rain or shine.

Check back for more details and (discounted) pre-registration information.

Update05/18/2019Michigan Vintage Festival Weekend - Ypsilanti, MIYpsilanti. Michigan

The 32nd??Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival Weekend, at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. Now a 2-day event! On Saturday, May 16 we???ll meet??(at a location to be determined) for the slow speed slalom course to test your driving skills.?? A??food vendor will be there to provide a source for lunch.?? Then??a party, car show and VW-themed movie night.

Sunday, May 19??is the traditional VW car show in Riverside Park. Spectators, $5 (active MVVC members admitted free at the gate).?? Car Show Registration is??$15??at the gate, which iincludes 1-year membership or renewal in MVVC.?? Swap spaces (17 x 20 feet) are $15 pre-registration (by May 1, 2019) or $20 at the gate. Show Car gates open at 9:00 am; Swap entrance only will open at 7:00 am. As usual, the Show & Swap Meet will feature with food, music, an auction, raffles and door prizes in Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. E-mail festival@mvvc.net??for more information, prices, registration and accommodations, or download the flier.

Host Hotel this year: Staybridge Suites Ann Arbor, 3850 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Rates are $92 plus tax If you call (734) 213-1400 and identify that you are with the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival.

Update08/31/2018Labor Day CampoutLyle: (414) 640-5899 Laura: (414) 640-3679 2kuks@earthlink.netLazy Days Campground 1475 Lakeview Road West Bent, Wisconsin

It's a Mexican Fiesta theme at the annual Labor Day Cmpout at Lazy Days Campground, 1475 Lakeview Road, West Bend, WI. Come for the camping or just for the picnic on Saturday or Sunday - or both. .A Mexican Fiesta follows the 4:00 pm  business meeting on Sunday, September 2. Contact Laura at (414) 640-3679 or 2kuks@earthlink.net to see what you can contribute.

Update06/01/2018Midwest VW JamboreeDennis Smoke (517) 448-7336Hudson, Michigan

All VWs Welcome at the annual Campout, Car Show and Swap meet, based in Thompson Memorial Park, South Church Street in Hudson, Michigan. Campout begins in the Park at 3:30 pm on Friday, June 1. On Sunday, June 2 the campout continues with a cruise and potluck. The Car Show and Swap Meet are scheduled for Sunday, June 3. A non-perishable food drive is featured. For more info call Dennis Smoke, (517) 448-7336 or www.facebook.com/midwestvwjamboreehudson.

Update04/28/2018Stateline Volksfolks Fix-it DayMatt Malmberg speedracer1970@comcast.netRockford, Illinois

Starts at 9:00 am, hosted by Matt Malmberg in Rockford, Illinois. ALL VW enthusiasts are welcome. This is the time to get your VW’s nagging repairs and projects completed for the summer show and cruising season. Plans include coffee and donuts in the morning and a break for lunch. Be sure to e-mail Matt at Speedracer1970@comcast.net in advance for directions and to be sure the materials, space and manpower are available beforehand.