Show Info

Designated as one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington, D.C. Auto Show® is a world class event that continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars, and displays of historic vehicles.

As the “Public Policy Show” on the auto show circuit, the 10-day public show is preceded by a Public Policy Preview Day of special events and announcements for officials in government, industry, and the media.

The Washington, D.C. Auto Show is also the largest public show in the nation’s capital. Over the course of its many years this beloved and historic D.C. tradition has attracted Washingtonians of all stripes – and political affiliations. Visitors enjoy the annual trek to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the entertainment, as much as for the experience of viewing the hundreds of cars on exhibit. For details and show information, please see our digital version of the official 2022 show program. Printed programs will be available onsite. 

Along with the engineering prowess on display among the more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers, the show also features VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. 

Show Dates:

January 20 – 29, 2023
Show Hours TBD

Admission:

Adults Saturday & Sunday  –  $15
Adults weekdays  –  $12
Children 6 to 12  –  $6
Children under 6  –  Free
VIP Tour (includes show admission)  –  $45

Special Ticket Prices:
Student Day:  $7 off with Student ID
Military Tribute Day:  Free with proper Military ID

Throughout the Show (Box Office Only):
Active & Veteran Military: $4 off – Weekdays / $2 off – Weekends
Metro:  $2 off – Weekdays Only with SmarTrip Card
Seniors (65+):  $4 off – Weekdays / $2 off – Weekends
Students:  $4 off Weekdays Only

*Discounts are per qualified person and may not be combined with other discounts. All discounts are off adult ticket prices only. Box Office closes one hour prior to the show closing each day.

Location:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Notice: Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the Washington, D.C. Auto Show has instituted a standard security policy for all show days at the center. Patrons will be subject to search and possible hand held metal detectors. All bags, briefcases, book bags or items similar in nature will be searched as patrons enter the arena. The Washington, D.C. Auto Show consults with local law enforcement on a continual basis. Some of the security measures in place will be apparent to patrons and some will not.

Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star Facility

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a GBAC STAR™ accredited facility. GBAC STAR™ is an outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation. This performance-based program establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. This is the “gold standard” for sanitization. For more information on GBAC STAR™ accreditation, please visit https://gbac.issa.com/gbac-star-facility-accreditation/.

In addition to achieving GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Convention Center is currently utilizing the following additional, state-of-the-art sanitation protocols:

  • The building is the first convention center in the nation to use an HVAC solution called Synexis to purify the air inside the building by using dry hydrogen peroxide which is present throughout the entire building. For more info, please click here: www.synexis.com.
  • Additionally, the building recently activated a new robot that uses disinfecting ultraviolet lighting to cleanse up to 5,000 square feet at a time in less than 5 minutes. More info can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNjqwu12U1c

As of now, masks must be worn inside of the building at all times and all building employees (city and union workers) must be vaccinated as a condition of employment. The producers of The Washington, DC Auto Show will provide any operational or policy updates on this page and elsewhere on the site if any changes are to occur. For more information, please contact Joe Koch, Assistant Producer, at jk@wanada.org.

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