Carlisle Ford Nationals

June 5-7, 2020

Parade of Ford Mustangs

Carlisle Ford Nationals is the largest all-Ford show in the world with over 3,000 vehicles spanning Ford’s production history.

Highlights include:

  • Vintage 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
  • Enormous automotive flea market, car corral and the Manufacturers Midway for the best in parts buying

Event details:

  • Admission: Friday & Saturday is $15 and only $7 on Sunday, with kids 12 & under free; a $30 event pass is also available
  • Aside from great cars, there will also be tasty fair-style food, automotive competitions, guests and more
Related Attractions

The Carlisle Fairgrounds isn't the only place where car lovers will want to visit while in-town for the car show.

Ford Parade - The Ford Parade and Downtown Street Party takes place in downtown Carlisle Saturday night. While downtown, enjoy one of the many places to eat.

Williams Grove Speedway - Williams Grove racing events take place each Friday and Saturday night in Mechanicsburg. Friday night features the 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints Challenge. Sportsman and 358 Late Models run the track on Saturday night.

Rolls Royce Museum - The Rolls Royce Museum in Mechanicsburg showcases historic Rolls Royce vehicles dating back to 1929. The Museum is open Monday-Friday. 

Antique Automobile of America Museum - Located in Hershey, these vintage vehicles have history dating back to the 1800s. Rare and one-of-a-kind automobiles are always on display. The museum is open 9am-5pm daily.

Weekend Events

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 CenterColonel Denning, and Pine Grove Furnace. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail connects Newville and Shippensburg, and provides walking and biking opportunities in a scenic setting.

Family Fun

Carlisle Sports Emporium - Get behind the wheel yourself and race at one or all three go kart courses. Competitors in the family will enjoy attractions like mini golf, rock climbing, arcade games, and laser tag.

Army Heritage Trail - Walk the outdoor museum and reflect on the storied past of the United States military. Located at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, this one-mile course showcases each era of the U.S. Army, with full-size exhibits and artifacts.

Hersheypark - Just 45 minutes away from the Carlisle Fairgrounds is the internationally known "Happiest Place on Earth." Stay another day and visit the Hershey Amusement Park, Chocolate World, and Zoo America. 

Looking for more? Check out the 50 Fun-Filled Trip Idea.

Overnight Accommodations

With all these great things to see and do at Ford Nationals and the surrounding Cumberland Valley, you'll want to stay the whole weekend. Compare rates, find car-friendly amenities and book online at the Official Lodging for Carlisle Events.

Carlisle Pennsylvania, and the surrounding Cumberland Valley, are easily accessible with connections via Interstate-81, I-76, I-83 and US 11/15. Our convenient location, just two hours west of Philadelphia and two hours north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., makes getting here a breeze. We are also surrounded by popular destinations like Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Gettysburg and 30 minutes from the Harrisburg International Airport and Amtrak Station.