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***We apologize, we have filled the registration for the Wharf Invasion Car Show. As much as we would love for everyone to have their Volkswagens on display, we were only provided a specific location on the Wharf to hold the event. We have 200 Volkswagens registered for the show. This is the maximum amount of vehicles the city has allowed us to display. We are opening up a waiting list and if space becomes available, we will reach out to you as you move up the list.

Click the link above to add your name to the waiting list.***

• If you have registered and something has come up and you can no longer make the show. Let’s us know, and we can refund your $35 registration. Thank you! •

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If you have registered for the event, and it turns out you can’t make it out on October 7th. Please contact us and let us - and we will try to accommodate, knowOr you can give your registration to a friend, just let us know who is coming in your place.

This is a vintage Volkswagen car show that will take place on the

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Santa Cruz, Ca


215 spaces will be available and pre-registration will be opening

April 1st, at 9am

Open to all air-cooled Volkswagens

Please plan to arrive between 8am-9:30am on Saturday morning to get your VW parked. We would like to have all vehicles parked before the event start time of 10am.

If you want to park with your friends or your car club, please plan to meet up together before arriving at the wharf.

There is plenty of local restaurants for nearby dining, walking distance to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the historical West Cliff Dr., and Downtown Santa Cruz.

We will have trophies for different car classes, more info to come!

Registration is $35

for your Volkswagen and everyone in it.

If you plan to stay in the Santa Cruz Boardwalk/Wharf area after the show ends at 3pm. You don’t have to move your vehicle. The $35 will cover your “day use” parked on the wharf until the wharf closes. Be sure to grab your car before the wharf closes. Check with the wharf operator to determine what time the wharf will be closing.

The boardwalk will be open on October 7th

If you would like to donate to the event, we are 100% non-profit and recognized by the IRS of exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the code. Your donation will receive all the documentation for your taxes for filing your year end taxes. You can use the link below to

donate, or email us at the link about for more information.

We are a Northern California non-profit and we are Volkswagen car enthausiasts. We are planning a car show event with vintage air cooled Volkswagens parked on the Santa Cruz Wharf for the community to come and enjoy. This event will help raise money and food for local charities within the Santa Cruz county area.

Nothing goes better with “Santa Cruz” than some vintage Volkswagens.

We are working with the city of Santa Cruz to allow us to host this air-cooled Volkswagen car show event on the Santa Cruz wharf. This would be a one day event on a Saturday in October. This is our first year trying to create an event like this, and our goal is to turn it into an annual event held in the summer months of June or July. This year we will hold the event in October to allow us time for planning and also to help raising funding.

We are still working out all the details of the event with the city. We need to raise $6000 to host the event for the day at the wharf. We will be charging the car owner participants an entrance fee, which will raise money and we will be able to give back to local charities. Participants will also be able to bring in canned food for a discount on the entrance fee, which will go to the “Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County”

We would like to have the event open to the public for everyone to come spend the day in the Santa Cruz area and check out some beautiful vintage Volkswagen cars.

Air cooled Volkswagens have a personality and a style all their own. Each one is unique and different and they always put a smile on everyone’s faces around them and bring up some amazing memories for many individuals.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by this page and show interest in our event. We appreciate anything you can give or help with.

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