Carlisle Ford Nationals
July 31-August 2, 2020
NOTE: NOTE: Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety in mind of the Carlisle community, Carlisle Events has rescheduled Ford Nationals for July 31 to August 2, 2020. The Ford Parade & Downtown Street Party has been canceled for 2020.
Click here to see the measures instituted by Carlisle Events for the health and safety of guests, staff, and local residents.
- Vintage to Modern Ford vehicles and an opportunity to look at the future of Ford and their line-up of cars, trucks, and SUVs
- The Ford Parade heads to downtown Carlisle on Saturday with over 400 of the hottest Fords from around the world (canceled for 2020)
- World's largest All-Ford swap meet, car corral and the Manufacturers Midway for the best in parts buying
- Aside from great cars, there will also be tasty fair-style food, automotive competitions, guests, and more!
- Visit CarlisleTickets.com for your discounted admission tickets & event passes! Children 12 and under are free. For more information regarding, Carlisle Ford Nationals, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
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The celebration lasts all weekend around the Cumberland Valley.
First Friday - First Friday events take place in downtown Carlisle and Mechanicsburg.
Foundry Day - Foundry Day takes place on the first Saturday in June every year. The juried arts and craft festival is an event the entire family will enjoy.
Outdoors & History
When you're in town for the car show, take some time to reflect on the rich history and outdoor attractions of the Cumberland Valley. Step back in time and follow the traces of the Revolutionary and Civil War throughout the Cumberland Valley. Visit the statue of iconic Revolution War figure, Molly Pitcher in downtown Carlisle. Military history buffs will also enjoy the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center and the Carlisle Barracks, both just minutes away from the Carlisle Fairgrounds. The Cumberland County Historical Society in downtown Carlisle provides great history of the Cumberland Valley.
Whether you're on foot, bike, land, or water, the Cumberland Valley has something for all outdoor types. Hike on the famous Appalachian Trail, or at one of three state parks, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Colonel Denning, and Pine Grove Furnace. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail connects Newville and Shippensburg, and provides walking and biking opportunities in a scenic setting.