Best Car Shows in SE QLD

February 9, 2019

Who is ready for car show season 2019? I love that during the months of April to September, we are literally spoiled for choice for weekend outings. With a car show event happening in South East Queensland at least a couple times a month, sometimes even multiple events on the same weekend! 

So to get your calendars organised and ready for car show season that will soon be upon us. I have complied a list of some of the best car shows in our corner of the state. 


Now, before we go any further, I must first identify what makes a good car show event to me. Personally, a good event is one that encompasses and includes all the amazing aspects of our wonderful community:


1. A good turn out of cars - hence the name, car show

2. Live music for people to dance - a designated dance floor is a bonus

3. Market stalls - local and/or vintage inspired

4. Food - because Dah!

5. Pinups - draws in people who are active within the pinup community and/or hosts a pinup pageant


The following list is purely in chronological order. Click the Titles to be linked directly to the Facebook events for more information.


Kulture Klash Festival 

23rd February 2019 - Kawana, Sunshine Coast


While this is a brand new event for the Sunshine Coast (it was postponed due to weather late last year), it is brought to us by the amazing team behind the popular Rods and Rockabilly events which had great success in Brisbane in the previous years. Hosted by the Kawana Waters Hotel, this event promises a unique feel being adjacent to the marina. It will feature cars, live music, dancing, a pinup pageant and market stalls. Additionally, 100% of the stall bookings and raffle proceeds will be going directly to the charity 'Beyond Blue'. 


Kenilworth Car Show

28th April 2019 - Kenilworth


In its 10th year of the Kenilworth Hotel's local car show, it welcomes people of the greater car community to enjoy a family day out. It will host it's second pinup pageant this year and the turn out of cars last year was amazing! Small town car shows always bring out the best selection of garaged treasures. 


Redlands Rockabilly Revival 

4th May 2019 - Cleveland, Brisbane 


Also known as 'Greazefest's baby sister'. This event is hosted at the Redland showgrounds and features everything amazing about our pinup community - ticking all of the boxes stated above. This event has been held in March in previous years, and made the move to May in order to chase finer car show weather. 


TimeWarp Festival 

5th May 2019 - Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast 


Hosted by the famous Ricks Garage, this festival puts Palmwoods on the map and shuts down the entire town for all things rockabilly. It has grown exponentially over the last five years and I can't wait to see how big it will be this year!


Palmwoods Car Festival

19th May 2019 - Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast 


This rather new car show is hosted by the Palmwoods State School as a fundraising event. It is a complete family friendly event, combining school fete activities with a popular car show. 


Cooly Rocks On Festival

5th - 9th June 2019 - Cooloongatta, Gold Coast


For those that don't mind travelling just south of the border, this event boasts to be the largest kustom kulture event in the southern hemisphere. Pulling in many big name acts, taking over the whole town and a great scene to check out the cars along the esplanade. 


Ryno Downunder Beachfest 

5th - 9th June 2019 - Caloundra, Sunshine Coast 


Shutting down the main street in Caloundra, hundreds of cars and thousands flock to this popular corner of the Sunshine Coast for a weekend of fun. Featuring many night activities such as outdoor movies and dances, in addition to the traditional car 'show and shine' days. This event brings people from far and wide and well worth checking out. 


Greazefest Kustom Kulture Festival

2nd - 4th August 2019 - Cleveland, Brisbane


Ok, I'm going to say it - this is the best car show event in Queensland. Going on it's 20th year, it's no wonder it has become an annual favourite for many in the community. A major social event, it features everything mentioned above and has even hosted large international personalities such as The Cherry Dollface. This is the show which I regularly tell people: "if you have to go to just one car show, make it this one"


Retro Rocks Nambour

early-mid August, 2019 - Nambour, Sunshine Coast 


A great community event which celebrates Nambour's heritage and vintage culture. Ticking all the boxes, often offering many events around the town over the weekend. There are no plans set in stone yet for this years festival, so keep an eye out on the Facebook Page as more information and date claimers are announced. 


Power on Petrie 

16th - 18th August 2019- Nambour, Sunshine Coast 


A brand new event for the Sunshine Coast, it is set to take over the Nambour Showgrounds to provide a complete rockabilly, kustom kulture and motor vehicle show. This event is one to keep your eye out for. 


So, who is ready for an amazing jam packed year of car show fun?! Do you know of an event in our area that we need to know about? Let us know below or through our Contact Page


Can't wait to see you all 'out in the wild'! 





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