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Cars are a part of the culture in southern California. After all, everyone needs a car to drive around this fair area. Plus, when you listen to southern California bands like The Beach Boys, you’ll hear plenty of songs about cars. Whether you’re interested in just looking at unique rides or actually purchasing a car from somewhere other than a giant lot, try these places for a great car show.
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Inland Valley Street Rods Rally & Cruise
303 E. B St.
Ontario, CA 91764
(951) 206-5731
eventbrite.com/tickets
Date: June 6, 2015

In addition to the street rods that cruise the streets of Ontario, the 21st annual Inland Valley Rally and Cruise will feature live music, a raffle, and vendors. Cars cruise all day from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m, and proceeds from this event go to the Ontario Rotary Foundation. This is a family-friendly event, but it’s likely to be very warm, so make sure you go prepared with everything you and especially the kids will need.

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3rd Annual Charity Car & Bike Show
101 S. California Ave.
Beaumont, CA 92223
(951) 769-9665
top-lineindustrial.com/news
Date: July 18, 2015

On July 18, you’ll find a great car show that is part of the open house at Top Line Industrial Supply. You can expect to find 100 cars at this show as well as a number of bikes. Sales will be going on throughout the store if there’s something you need after checking out the cars. This event features music, vendors, and raffles. Proceeds from this event go to Carol’s Kitchen – a charity that helps feed the hungry. This is a free and family-friendly event where all cars are welcome. Alcohol will not be allowed. 

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Rotolo Chevrolet Cruise Night
16666 S. Highland Ave.
Fontana, CA 92336
(909) 822-1111
rotolochevy.com/Cruise-Night
Date: June 13, 2015; July 11, 2015; August 8, 2015

Rotolo may sell Chevys, but the cruise nights are not limited to Chevys. On the lot here you’ll find hot rods of all makes in a setting where it’s easy to walk around and check out all the cars on display. The Rotolo Chevy Cruise night is the second Saturday of every month from April to October. Dates for the summer shows are June 13, July 11, and August 8. These cruise nights are from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., so you can go check out some really cool cars, and then head out for the night.

Related: Best summer car shows in Los Angeles.

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Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show
Fairplex Drive & McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
(714) 538-7091
pomonaswapmeet.com
Date: June 7 & August 9, 2015

The Pomona Swap Meet is a regular event that also includes a classic car show. The big difference between this and other car shows is that the cars here are for sale, not just for display. Specifically, you’ll see a lot of Corvettes, trucks, antique cars, and street rods. If you’re not looking to buy a car, this is still a good place to walk around and see all the cars. If you are looking to buy a classic car, this is definitely the place to visit. Summer swap meets are June 7 and August 9.

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Cruise for Kids
11499 Foothill Blvd.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
(909) 987 6100
rckiwanis.weebly.com/fundraising.html
Date: June 7, 2015

This marks the fifth year that the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Cucamonga has held the Cruise for Kids. The main attraction here is Wild Thang – a dragster that is powered by alcohol and shoots flames. The event, which takes place on June 7th will also feature a variety of vendors and prizes for kids. Held at the Farmer Boys Restaurant on Foothill Boulevard, it will be a terrific event to take the family to.

Related: Best summer car shows in Orange County

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.