The Washington Auto Show is, aside from shows in Detroit and Los Angeles, probably the most important auto show in the entire country. Its public policy preview days make it a destination for government officials and industry lobbyists alike, and the hundreds of exhibits and showcases on site draw crowds in droves. This year’s event is scheduled for January 24 to February 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and features plenty of returning favorites (guided VIP tours with industry experts, hundreds of new car and truck models on display) as well as some new attractions (an off-road obstacle course sponsored by Jeep, an interactive display from Land Rover and Jaguar). Local celebrities and athletes will also be making appearances, including running back Derrius Guice.
Admission will cost you just $5 for kids under 13 and $12 for adults, with additional tours and VIP add-ons available. See the website for ticketing, schedules, maps, and more.