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Kool April Nites 2016

2,000 Vintage Cars Will Take Over Redding, CA During the 27th Annual Kool April Nites, April 16 - 24, 2016
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 – December 17, 2015 – Redding, CA takes classic and vintage cars very seriously, especially when it comes to the 27th Annual Kool April Nights, April 16 – 24, 2016, offering 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. 

Online registration is now open for those who want to show off their classic car during Kool April Nites. The $50.00 fee includes entry into the Friday Nite Cruise, a parking pass and admittance into the big Saturday Car Show, as well as two all-access wristbands for the live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night. 

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! 


About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page, or find us on Twitter 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page or find us on Twitter at 

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