For more than two decades, the Michigan International Auto Show has delighted automobile enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike, offering a chance to see the latest and greatest in trucks, SUVs, EVs, performance vehicles, and advances in vehicle technology.
The annual show returns for the 26th time to Grand Rapids, February 1-4, 2024 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. The show will run from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids aged 6-14. On Thursday, first responders and veterans receive free admission at will call with a valid ID or badge, or by attending in uniform. Also on Thursday, seniors (aged 65 and older) will receive half-off admission at will call with a valid ID.
A Charity Spectacular on January 31 serves as the kickoff for the event, giving attendees a chance to get a sneak peek at the vehicles and displays. Proceeds from the pay-to-attend event support the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
About the Michigan International Auto Show
Nearly three dozen global manufacturers will attend the annual vehicle showcase, offering the public a chance to see the latest advancements in current vehicle technology as well as emerging technologies that industry experts will showcase.
Parking for the auto show will be available beneath DeVos Place, across the street from the venue, and in other spots connected by the Skywalk.
In addition to the newest vehicles and technology advancements, attendees can enjoy some of the show’s featured attractions. This year’s features include:
- A PADNOS Car Enthusiast Challenge where attendees are invited to guess the model, make, and year of a vehicle compacted into a 4x4x4 foot cube. The attendee who guesses correctly will win $1,000.
- A PADNOS kids ride and drive event where youngsters can test drive a mini Jeep, mini Cooper, or Mustang around a test track.
- A chance to see a modified Chevy Silverado Trail Boss decked out with an accessorized overland camper and a drone for scouting terrain.
Visit More of Michigan’s Awesome Car Exhibits
The Michigan International Auto Show is one of the best places to see the latest in vehicles and tech, but Michigan is also home to many great museums, including several that have vintage cars on display.
The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing offers visitors a chance to learn about inventor Ransom Olds and his inventions, including the famous Oldsmobile. The museum’s car collection includes more than 80 vehicles on display that date back to 1886.
The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners tells the story of America through the evolution of automobiles, which includes a collection of more than 400 cars on display. With so much to see, it’s recommended that visitors spend at least an afternoon here to explore and appreciate all the museum’s displays.
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn is one of the most amazing museums in the state that no one knows about and offers visitors a chance to enjoy a living history lesson. The museum features several historic vehicles including the Rosa Parks bus, the JFK limo, the 1865 Roper (the oldest surviving American car), Henry Ford’s Model T, and more.
The North American International Detroit Auto Show each year is another way for car enthusiasts to scratch their itch. It’s one of the longest-running auto shows in North America and is one of the biggest events in the state, annually attended by more than half a million people.
Explore More of Grand Rapids During the Auto Show
The Michigan International Auto Show is a major event in Grand Rapids, but the city has much to offer any travelers who come to town. Grand Rapids offers something to see or do around just about any corner from top-flight museums, to a bustling downtown, and even quaint bed and breakfasts for enjoyable overnight stays.
Enjoy Fun Indoor Attractions in Grand Rapids
Wintertime can bring a chill to Grand Rapids, but it’s the perfect time to see many of the city’s best indoor attractions.
Van Andel Arena has been one of the premier entertainment venues in West Michigan and is home to the Grand Rapids Griffins AHL hockey team. It’s also home to dozens of concerts during the year and is located right in the heart of downtown.
There are lots of great museums in Grand Rapids, but the crown jewel just might be the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The museum is dedicated to the legacy of Gerald Ford, the only U.S. president from Michigan, and features a host of interesting exhibits that showcase the lives of Ford and his wife Betty.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is one of Michigan’s largest museums and has more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens on display. The museum is also home to a planetarium, which delights visitors of all ages.
Experience the Flavors of Grand Rapids Restaurants
One of the best ways to experience Grand Rapids is by exploring the city’s many restaurants. These eateries are bursting with flavor and offer an inviting atmosphere whether visitors are enjoying family-friendly restaurants, upscale dining, or even breweries.
Butcher’s Union on the city’s west side has a reputation for having the best cuts of meat in the town, but also crafts meals with whiskey in mind. There are more than 100 whiskey selections here and customers can enjoy a dram and an expertly made meal.
San Chez Bistro is a beloved dining spot that offers tasty, Spanish-inspired dishes like paella and tapas. The bistro is also very charitable, often partnering with non-profits to help out the community.
There are dozens of craft breweries in the place known as Beer City USA and Brewery Vivant is one of the best. Customers can enjoy flavorful Belgian and French-style ales, which pair perfectly with the brewery’s from-scratch food menu.
Find a Relaxing Lodging Option in Grand Rapids
Whether visitors are coming in for a one-day visit to the auto show or planning on staying a few days, Grand Rapids has plentiful lodging options ranging from quiet bed and breakfasts to towering hotels to camping spots and vacation rentals.
The Lafayette House in Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill District is one of the top B&Bs in the area. It offers comfortable amenities and is within walking distance of dining options, breweries, and other downtown hot spots.
Hotels like the Amway Grand Plaza offer a certain charm to visitors who stay there, not to mention convenience and a prime location in the heart of downtown.