Rod Run to the End of the World Long Beach WA

JOIN US for the 40th Annual Rod Run to the End of the world! September 2024

Looking for the ultimate September getaway on the Long Beach Peninsula? Brought to you by our good friends at the Beach Barons Car Club, you won't want to miss the Rod Run to the End of the World, an unparalleled gathering of over 1,000 classic cars and hot rods. This cherished event, which draws enthusiasts from all corners of Washington and beyond, is much more than a car show—it's a celebration complete with raffles, prestigious awards, and vibrant parades through the charming streets of Long Beach and Ilwaco. While you're here, why not make it an unforgettable stay by booking one of our cozy, well-appointed vacation rentals?

Perfect for car lovers and beachcombers alike, our properties offer something for everyone.

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When is Rod Run 2024?

Mark your calendars for a special milestone—the 40th Annual Rod Run to the End of the World kicks off the weekend following Labor Day, spanning from Friday to Sunday on September 6th, 7th and 8th, 2024. The excitement begins Friday evening with a must-see parade through downtown Long Beach. Picture it: families and spectators of all ages lining the streets, eyes wide in awe of gleaming roadsters, coupes, and convertibles as they cruise by. Want to immerse yourself in the festivities fully? Consider extending your experience by reserving one of our inviting vacation rentals, where comfort meets convenience for a truly memorable stay.

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Rod Run Activities

On Saturday morning, Members of Beach Barons Car Club, meet at a 27-acre field at 25515 Sandridge Road in Ocean Park, WA on the northern part of the Long Beach Peninsula. Here thousands of people gather to show off their vintage automobiles.

There is an opening ceremony at noon on Saturday. The admission price allows participants access to see all the cars and a swap meet that runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

On Saturday afternoon and evening there is a downtown Long Beach parade where spectators watch as cars roll through the main drag. The slow drag races in Ilwaco, WA also provide spectacle, as classic cars compete in street safe races.  See our calendar of events for more September activities on the peninsula.

Classic cars of the Rod Run

What kind of cars will be there?

From classic Cadillac’s to iconic 80’s muscle cars, Rod Run to the End of the World only allows cars 30 years or older. Many participants dedicate years to the restoration and maintenance of their automobiles. Cars dating back to the early 1920s can be seen driving through downtown in near perfect original condition. From classic Model T trucks to iconic 1950s Corvettes, there is something from every era for the vintage car enthusiast. 

Children enjoying the car show

Is Rod Run fun for the family?

Rod Run to the End of the World is a perfect event for families, ranking at one of the best family activities in Long Beach. Drawing people of all ages from not only the Washington Coast but from around Oregon, Idaho, and California, this event provides the perfect venue for a fun weekend with kids. Rod Run is also listed in our Top Free Things to Do and Overall Top Fun things to do on the Peninsula

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Will there be food and music?


Many locally famous restaurants provide food for the over 10,000 attendees of Rod Run. Spectators can grab lunch or dinner while watching the procession of classical vehicles coast down the main street. Be sure to grab a bite from one of the many Cheap and Delicious places to eat and enjoy the show.

Police on bicycles during Rod Run Long Beach WA

Is Rod Run to the End of the World safe?


Although this event always maintains a family-friendly atmosphere, law enforcement is present during Rod Run ensuring the safety of everyone present. 

Classic car at Rod Run

What is the history of the rod run?


Rod Run to the End of the World debuted in 1983 in Ocean Park. As the event grew in popularity, Beach Barons decided to move to its current location, the old Klipsan airstrip. Visitors and participants alike have attended this automotive show for decades, solidifying it as a classic tradition for the Long Beach Peninsula.To learn more about local history see our Heritage sites and Top Museums.

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