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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle
A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle

Kool April Nites

2,000 Vintage Cars Take Over Redding, CA During Kool April Nites
Featuring Nine Full Days of Classic Car Fun, Rock and Roll Concerts in the Mega Tent, Miles of Classic Cars, Show and Shines, Trophies, Food, Music, Dances

Redding, CA takes classic and vintage cars very seriously, especially when it comes to Kool April Nights, which offers miles of vintage cars and more events throughout the city. Held at the Redding Civic Auditorium, this annual event is one of the largest classic car festivals in California, drawing thousands of cars from around the United States and Canada. Just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco, Redding is the hub city of Shasta Cascade and is ground zero for this spectacular 9-day event, with concerts, food, dances, and an exciting citywide Friday Nite Cruise that launches the festivities. This big event offers so many “show and shines” that every parking lot in town is loaded with vintage beauties – from 1979 and older – for the public to  admire and envy.

“Kool April Nights is a huge celebration that offers something for every member of the family, especially those who are interested in vintage and classic cars,” says Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator for the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Every year, this 5,000+ person party launches Redding into spring with a huge bang.”

The Friday Nite Cruise, like many of the events, is free to all spectators. The sidewalks start filling early in the day, as thousands bring their lawn chairs and cameras out to stake a good vantage point before the cruise begins. When it does, custom hot rods and restored classics take over, circling central Redding and showing off their brilliant paint jobs, vintage good looks, and creative restorations. Bring the whole family: grandma and grandpa will get nostalgic, gearheads will be inspired, and kids love the pageantry of it all! 

Throughout the week, the “Mega Tent” outside the Redding Civic Auditorium will host special concerts featuring top-quality entertainment and plenty of classic Rock 'n' Roll, so people can dance the night away for $10 per person, per concert. 

Kool April Nites’ other main event is the car show at Redding Civic Auditorium, where the expansive lawn is packed with rows of cars, inviting gawkers to get up close and personal with the objects of their adoration. Meanwhile, the specialty car show, "Dreamworks," takes place inside the auditorium. This is the only place you can walk around and see all 1,800 cars, from pinstriped cruisers to Model T’s and everything in between. 

Redding is the place for exciting adventure all year long for trail seekers, paddling enthusiasts, art lovers, and fans of everything outdoors, but in April, it’s all about classic and vintage cars! 

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