“What’s your fascination with old cars?”

That’s the question I get when I try to explain to people who DON’T live in Beaver County what the hype is all about.

No, it’s not just a “guy thing.” It’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Here we not only love our history, but we also love our classic cars. So much so, that there are car cruises almost every single weekend while it’s actually warm enough to drive those bad boys! So it’s not just me… we live in a place where these kinds of events are common place.

Native Beaver Countians are known for three things:

  1. Our athletes.
  2. Our food.
  3. Our love of classic cars.


Classic Car Families

I was fortunate enough to marry into a family where buying, working on, and restoring classic cars has become somewhat of a rite of passage that is passed down from generation to generation.

My father-in-law started the trend, passed it on to my husband, and now our son is already fascinated by cars. The look, the sound, the smell… it’s such a unique family tradition for us.

We’re those people who drive down to reserve parking spots the night before, have at least 5 cars between our family members for every cruise, and literally camp out all day enjoying each other’s company and watching the cars go by.

But don’t worry, you don’t need your own car to enjoy the many cruises that our area has to offer. Thousands of people flock to these events just to experience the nostalgia of a simpler time.

Walking the lines of classic cars, grabbing lunch from one of the street vendors, dessert from the ice cream man, and whistling along to the tunes from the 50’s and 60’s. You don’t see people on their cell phones (unless it’s taking a picture of a sweet car), kids aren’t playing video games… everyone is outside enjoying the sunshine and history.

If you’re looking for a way to get your kids off of the computer and into the sunshine, this is a great opportunity to have fun with the entire family checking out classic cars in Beaver County.


Beaver County Classic Car Cruises

If these cruises are already something that you enjoy, then here is a comprehensive listing to make sure that you don’t miss any! And if you’re new to the concept, please do yourself a favor and check one out.

If it’s your first time, I’d absolutely recommend you starting with the biggest… the Happy Days Car Cruise in Beaver Falls.

Happy Days Car Cruise

  • Saturday, June 13th – 1 pm – 9 pm
  • Seventh Avenue, Beaver Falls

Highlights: Beaver County’s largest car cruise, with over two miles of antique and classic cars. They close down the entire main drag of 7th Avenue to accommodate all the participants. This cruise draws in people and machines from all over the country.

Be sure to start your morning off with a donut from Oram’s, and absolutely don’t leave without an Athens gyro in your hand… or better yet, chow down on one while you check out the cars!

Hot Summer Nights Car Cruise

  • Saturday, August 1st
  • Third Street, Beaver

Highlights: Over 2,000 machines lining both sides of the street in downtown Beaver. There are so many that they even have to fill up the parks! Voted #1 in 2010 by Cruisin Magazine, this is an absolute must for the late-summer cruise lovers.

My favorite perk of any event in Beaver is obviously the ice cream! Witch Flavor and Sincerely Yogurt are both right smack dab in the middle of the cruise lanes… just saying.

New Brighton Car Cruise

  • Saturday, September 12th – 1 pm – 8 pm
  • Third Avenue, New Brighton

Highlights: Over 3,000 spectators every year, with over 1,500 cars. Listen to your favorite oldies and grab a Philly Cheesesteak while you peruse the machines. Or just stop in the Hot Dog Shoppe if you want to chow down on Beaver County’s finest!


Other Classic Car Cruises in Beaver County

Not that these are any less important, but If I wrote a quick synopsis on each one, you would never be finished reading this!

Cruising in Hopewell – Hopewell Twp. – Saturday, May 23rd – 12 pm – 5 pm

Park Inn By Radisson (Monthly) – Sunday, May 17th – Sunday, June 21st – Sunday, July 19th – Sunday, August 16th – Sunday, September 20th

Monaca Turners (Monthly) – Sunday, May 31st – Sunday, June 14th – Sunday, July 26th – Sunday, August 30th – Sunday, September 27th

New Castle’s Back to the 50’s – Friday-Sunday, June 26th – 28th

Monaca PA’s 175th Anniversary Car Cruise – Saturday, June 27th at 1 pm

Wampum PA Car Cruise – Friday, July 31st at 4 pm

New Galilee Fire Department Car Cruise & Corn Roast – Friday, August 21st

Memories Classic & Antique Car Cruise – New Castle – Saturday, August 30th

Labor Day Car Cruise – Hopewell Twp – Monday, September 7th – 12 pm – 4 pm



Allie is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. She is a 2006 graduate of Blackhawk High School, and still resides in Patterson Heights with her husband Andy and their 3-year old son, Luke. She is a Regional Manager at PLS Logistics and a sports fanatic. You can find her on Facebook as Allie Dixon.