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11 Reasons to Attend the 2020 Washington Auto Show

The annual car showcase will rock downtown Washington, DC for 10 days this winter.

Cars are cool. America has been fascinated with these vehicles since the days of the Model T, and boy, how far we’ve come since then. This statement’s accuracy will be evident when you visit the 2020 Washington Auto Show, held Jan. 24 - Feb. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Even if you’re not a car aficionado, there are still plenty of reasons to purchase tickets to this extravaganza, which is the city's largest annual indoor event. But first thing’s first:


There will be more than 600 new cars from 35 manufacturers on display.

Nearly three-dozen manufacturers will be displaying over 600 new vehicles, including cars and trucks to fit every consumer need and preference. You can also check out many of the latest concept cars that you won’t find at a dealership just yet, including cutting-edge personal mobility vehicles and fuel-cell powered rides. The Washington Auto Show is one of a select few 2020 auto shows that will feature full displays from both Cadillac and Maserati.


There are interactive experiences everywhere you look.

The 2020 Washington Auto Show floor will be filled with exciting interactive games and experiences, namely Camp Jeep, an off-road course located inside the convention center. Manufacturers will be offering additional exciting programming each day, including driving simulators and virtual-reality experiences.


Local celebrities and famous stars will be in attendance.

Every weeknight of the show, a different local star athlete will be signing autographs for show attendees from 6:30-8:30 p.m., including Juan Soto of the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals, Derrius Guice of the Washington Redskins Nick Jensen of the Washington Capitals and Isaiah Thomas of the Washington Wizards. In addition, mascots and cheer-team members from several teams will be present on their designated team days.


You can take advantage of on-street test drives.

Multiple manufacturers will be offering on-street test drives of their latest car models, allowing attendees to experience how the cars handle the streets of the District. This year, attendees will be able to take all-electric vehicles out on the road for a test drive as well.


There's a family fun zone!

The WHUT/PBS Family Fun Zone will feature appearances by some of the network’s most popular cartoon and action characters. The younger attendees can enjoy PBS programming and live dance parties, while there’s expansive space for parents to relax and rest.


A Hyundai is waiting to be won…

The fan favorite Hands-On Contest will return this year in support of two of the region’s most important pediatric care centers. Retitled “Hands On Hope,” the contest will once again feature six participants, all of whom are employees of either Georgetown Lombardi Hospital or Children’s National Health System. The winning contestant will be awarded a Hyundai Kona SEL for themselves and a $60,000 donation to their hospital system, courtesy of Washington Area Hyundai Dealers.


You can experience cutting-edge car art at the ART-of-Motion exhibition.

The ART-of-Motion exhibit, presented by Automotive Rhythms, will feature some of the region’s most accomplished street artists painting custom cars live on the Auto Show floor. The 8,000-square-foot display will feature uniquely-designed cars, custom motorcycles, urban fashion and dynamic murals.


The finest in luxury in exotic cars will be on display.

Aston-Martins, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and many other high-end luxury cars will be on display in the one-of-a-kind Exotic & Luxury Cars display on the upper floor of the Convention Center. Visitors will be dazzled by this exclusive look at the prettiest cars on the road.


Tribute will be paid to the U.S. military.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, active-duty and retired members of the armed forces will receive free admission to the show with proper identification as part of Military Day, presented by RAM. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, admission is just $5 for all credentialed local, state and federal government employees with proper identification, as part of Public Service Day, presented by U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union.


Students can enter at a discount for an entire day!

On Monday, Jan. 27, students enter for just $5 with a valid student ID. This essentially means students can enter at the same price as a child under the age of 12. With many area school districts closed that day, there's no better way to enjoy a day off than by checking out all the awesome cars available once that license to drive is acquired.


The show takes place in one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is conveniently located in the Shaw neighborhood, which features some of the city’s newest and most buzzed-about restaurants. Check what else you can see and do in the neighborhood

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