Carlisle Events

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1000 Bryn Mawr Rd,
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 243-7855

It all started in September 1974 when two men, Bill Miller, Jr. and Chip Miller (no relation), took an idea and made it a reality. That idea…automotive events for “people like us who like the kind of cars we do.”  With that epiphany, Post War ’74 commenced and for the past 50 years, history has been made at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds as well as multiple venues across the country by the company known today as Carlisle Events. What began at Fall Carlisle 2023 will continue through the conclusion of 2024; a 50-year celebration of Carlisle Events and you’re invited!

These family-friendly events continue to grow and evolve. They include special vehicle displays and demos, parts shopping, special activities, car parades, delicious food, the Women's Oasis, activities for the kids and even two collector car auctions, one at Spring Carlisle and the other at Fall Carlisle. Don't forget to check event schedules for downtown Carlisle events including street parties, parades and extended shopping hours.

Guests planning to attend a Carlisle car show event in 2024 can expect some 50th anniversary-themed fun, as well as special themed displays per event. Some celebrations may be 50-year specific with callbacks to 1974, while others will simply honor significant elements of an event’s history, regardless of when it first took place. For the full Carlisle-based 50th anniversary schedule, planned displays per event, video loops and photos, themed merchandise, event-specific apparel, and links to participate as either a spectator, vendor, or Showfield participant, visit

Annual Shows, Auctions & Parades:

Spring Carlisle Collector Car Flea Market, Corral & Auction

This annual kick-off event features 8,100 vending spaces, a car corral with thousands of cars for sale by owner, and a two-day collector auction at the Carlisle Expo Center powered by Carlisle Auctions.

Import & Performance Nationals

This event is an international vehicle wonderland with 1,700+ unique and stunning imported vehicles from around the world as well as domestics, kit cars, motorcycles, trucks and high end performance vehicles.

Ford Nationals & Ford Parade

Over 3,200 Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles will be on display during this family-friendly event. Experience special displays, a rolling burnout and donut contest, kid's activities, industry guests, autocross, club gatherings, automotive flea market, and a great vendor selection. Plan to attend the Ford Parade in downtown Carlisle Saturday night, where you will discover over 400 Fords, Mercurys and Lincolns, a street party and extended shop and restaurant hours.

GM Nationals

The Carlisle GM Nationals reflects the ever-growing number of enthusiasts who buy and enjoy Chevrolet products and also includes any and all makes and models produced by General Motors.

Chrysler Nationals

Mopar-lovers will experience nearly 3,000 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand, special displays, an open autocross, kids' activities, industry guests and celebrity appearances, and more at this unique event.

Truck Nationals

Buckle in to one of the largest and most action-packed truck events in the world! For over 20 years this show has showcased over 2,200 lowered mini trucks, chromed out big rigs, custom vans and lifted 4x4s. Family-fun attractions include monster truck shows, monster truck rides, Kids at Carlisle Activity Center, and more.

Corvettes at Carlisle & Corvette Parade

Get revved-up for the largest Corvette event in the world, showcasing more than 5,000 of these American icons. Bring your Vette for autocross, dyno testing, and a parade through Historic Downtown Carlisle.

Fall Carlisle Collector Car Flea Market, Corral & Auction

This annual wrap-up event features 8,100 vending spaces, a car corral with thousands of cars for sale by owner, and a two-day collector car auction in the Carlisle Expo Center powered by Carlisle Auctions.


There are multiple ways to an enjoy an automotive event at Carlisle.  This includes showing a car or truck as a participant, selling parts or cars as a vendor within the automotive flea market and car corral, or attending as a spectator. The Carlisle Events website has details on each event, links to register to show or to purchase discounted spectator admission tickets. Interested vendors should call 717-243-7855 to learn more. Kids 12 and under are ALWAYS FREE for all events.

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Groups: Enjoy a day or weekend of cars, parts, memorabilia, celebrity highlights and specialty events. Advance ticket purchase. Motorcoach parking.

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