Around the Valley, maybe in part because of the amazing weather and clear nights, classic car cruising is surprisingly popular. Particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, if you know where to look, you can see some beautifully restored and maintained classics.
Not all events are “cruises”. For example, at the weekly car show at Scottsdale Pavilions, cars are parked and can be viewed close-up. Others are mobile, though there’s often a chance for a closer look and many of the classic car owners love to talk about their ride.
Phoenix is a great place for older cars. The dry climate helps preservation and the myriad of elements that enthusiasts have to fight elsewhere, from raid to salt on the roads in snow, make the Valley a year-round classic car paradise.
Many cruises and gatherings can be spontaneous, which means they don’t always happen as expected. With that in mind, check the event website beforehand, or give the organizer a call (if there’s a number). Events such as the Big Ed’s and Pavilions are reasonably well established, so they should be good to go.
Anyway, take a camera, water. sunscreen, have fun, look both ways before crossing and don’t drink and drive!
We’ve provided links to related sites here because times and locations tend to change at the last minute.
Dates & Times
Friday / Saturday Nights
Usually 5pm to 9pm
Links (up-to-date information)
- Cruisin’ Arizona Cruise-In’s web page
- Desert Cruisers Arizona Calendar web page
- Arizona Auto Scene Cruise Night web page
- Scottsdale Pavilions Classic Car Show web page
- Big Earl’s Greasy Eats (Cave Creek) Car Show web page
- Cactus Cruisers Shows & Events web page
- Arizona Car Shows Events Calendar web page