VWCA Calendar of Events

Start DateEnd DateEventContactPlaceInformation
06/01/201906/01/2019NIVA Fix-It Day - Des Plaines, ILPete Himpelmann Phone: 847-803-8712 Or e-mail: p.himpelmann54@gmail.comDes Plaines, IL

Briing your VW out of winter storage and get it ready for the summer show & cruise season. Pete has planty of room and most tools you'll need for the job, but you must call or e-mail in advance to make sure. Even if you don't have a project, come on down to watch, help others or even learn a few things about your VW from other knowledgeable members. "Shop" opens at 9:00 am and with luck we'll have everyone up and back on the road by 3:00 pm. Be sure to let Pete know you're coming!

06/07/201906/09/201921st Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagens - Effingham, ILMid America Motorworks 17082 N. US 45 Effingham, Illinois

Come to the 21st annual Funfest For Air-Cooled VWs at Mid America Motorworks, 17082 N. US Highway 45, Effingham, Illinois. This huge 3-day event features a 1,000-car Air-Cooled VW car show, Friday Night Fun Run with some 300 VWs cruising through the scenic countryside, ending with a Downtown Party in Effingham. This year's event will commemorate Herbie's 50th birthday with the theme "Celebrating 50 Years of Herbie." Special guests include Bruce Meyers among others influential people in the VW community, expert seminars, museum display, custom-built engine giveaway from Darryl's Air-Cooled engines, Swapfest, product demonstrations and open mic performances on Saturday rain or shine. The MY Garage Museum and Retail Store will be open. Camping on the grounds is free to registered Funfest attendees from Thursday through Saturday nights.

Register in advance by calling 1-866-350-4539 or visit http://www.mamotorworks.com/VW/FunfestRegistration

If you would like to be included in special VIP parking with the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Assn., e-mail vwgary@att.net.

Watch for information on possible caravans to FunFest 2019 from the western Chicago suburbs as the event approaches.

06/23/201906/23/2019NIVA Bugfest 2019Pheasant Run Resort, Saint Charles, Illinois

Bugfest 2019, sponsored by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association (NIVA) at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL. Participant judging, trophies, dash plaques, food and music.  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.

07/07/201907/07/2019Bartlett Independence Day ParadeKirk Schulz 630-837-7887 Firebugman@aol.comBartlett, Illinois

Meet at Dunkin Donuts, 225 E. Lake St. (US Rte. 20), Bartlett, IL at 11:00 am, then caravan to the parade staging area to decorate your car. Be sure to bring your own patriotic decorations. After the parade, we’ll cruise to the Sonic Drive-in for an early lunch.

07/14/201907/14/201932nd 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.


08/04/201908/04/201929th Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza - Updated 4-22-2019Illinois 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 pre-registration form for reduced entry fee of $13.00 for show vehicle and up to three passengers to receive free train tickets (a $15.00 value each). Registration must be received by July 20, 2019 to get this reduced entry fee and insure your ability to park your VW with the rest of our group.

08/10/201908/10/2019Volksfest 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.