Rod Run to the End of the World Long Beach WA

Plan your Rod Run 2023 Weekend Today

Rod Run to the end of the World, sponsored by Beach Barons Car Club, is one of the largest vintage car shows in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring over 1,000 classic cars and hot rods, participants gather from around Washington state to partake in the fun. Rod Run is the premier September event on the peninsula and features raffles, awards for the best cars, as well as parades through downtown Long Beach and Ilwaco Washington. 

1962 VW Bus in front of World's Longest Beach sign

When is Rod Run 2023?

The 39th Annual Rod Run to the End of the World takes place the weekend after Labor Day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,  September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2023.  The fun starts Friday before dusk with a downtown Long Beach parade where families and general spectators line the streets to enjoy the chromed-out coupes, roadsters, and convertibles. 

Beach Baron Car Show arial photo of thousands of classic automobiles

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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