VWCA Calendar of Events

Start DateEnd DateEventContactPlaceInformation
04/22/201704/22/2017NIVA's 11th Annual VW Parts & Accessories Swap MeetWheaton, Illinois

Hosted by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association (NIVA). Location is the DuPage County Fairgrounds, Building #4 (indoors!), 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton, Illinois. Swap time is 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with set-up beginning at 7:30 am. Swap spaces are $30 (space + I swapper). Spaces are approx. 10’ x 12’ and we ask that you bring your own tables and chairs. Spectator admission is $5.00. This will include 1 50/50 Raffle Ticket and there is plenty of free parking. Swap Space reservations must be received by April 19th. Download this form to register or visit the “Coming Events” page at www.nivaclub.org for more details.

Clean out your garages, basements or sheds and find buyers for the VW parts & stuff that you've accumulated over the years. Looking to get an early start on your Spring project? Find the parts you need. Have some cool toys and/or memorabilia that you'd like to sell? This is the place to do it. Are you looking to expand your toy and memorabilia collection? There will be sale items for you as well. 

Members of the area VW clubs are invited, as well as local VW parts vendors. You do not need to be a NIVA member to swap, shop or sell. ALL VW enthusiasts are welcome. There is plenty of room for participants and there are a few fast-food restaurants nearby. This is our 11th year at the fairgrounds and we are looking forward to another excellent turnout.

05/20/201705/21/201730th Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival UPDATE: 3-17-2017Ypsilanti, Michigan

The 30th Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival Weekend, at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. Now a 2-day event! On Saturday, May 20 we’ll meet at Ypsilanti High School, corner of Packard & N. Hewitt Road (NEW LOCATION) A slow speed slalom course will be set up to test your driving skills, then a cruise back to the Host Hotel for a pizza party and a movie.

Sunday, May 21 is the traditional VW car show in Riverside Park. Spectators, $5 at the gate; Car Show Registration, $15 at the gate. Swap spaces are $15 pre-registration (by May 1, 2017) or $20 at the gate. Show Car gates open at (9:00 am; Swap set-up at 7:00 am. As usual, the Show & Swap Meet will feature with food, music, an auction, raffles and door prizes in Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Visit www.mvvc.net for more information, prices, registration and accommodations, or download the flier.

06/02/201706/04/2017Mid-America FunfestEffingham, Illinois

June 2 - 4, 2017 (Friday-Sunday): The 19th Annual Funfest For Air-Cooled VWs at Mid America Motorworks, 17082 N. US Highway 45, Effingham, Illinois.  This huge 3-day event features a 1,000-car Air-Cooled VW car show, Friday Night Fun Run with some 300 VWs cruising through the scenic countryside, ending with a Downtown Party in Effingham, expert seminars, museum display, Swapfest, product demonstrations and Saturday evening concert where VW lovers are treated to headlining entertainment, rain or shine. The MY Garage Museum and Retail Store will be open. Camping on the grounds is free to registered Funfest attendees from Thursday through Saturday nights. Register in advance by calling 1-866-350-4539 or just click here. The Website is located here: http://www.funfestacvw.com/

Watch for information on possible caravans to FunFest 2017 from the western Chicago suburban area as the event approaches.

06/23/201706/25/201762nd Annual VWCA Convention UPDATE 2-27-2017St. Charles, Illinois

We'll start off with a pre-Convention cruise-in and casual welcoming dinner at Augustino’s 1950s-style diner on Friday, June 23. It's a frequent cruise venue, so we might even have a mini car show there! Later, we’ll cruise down the road a bit to the Cascade Theater, one of the last  drive-in movie venues still operating.  Rumor has it there will be a very interesting film shown there!

Our Headquarters Hotel, is the Hampton Inn & Suites, just a short distance away, where the usual Saturday meetings and award banquet will take place in a generously-sized meeting room which will also serve as our Hospitality Suite. Here we will hold our usual Saturday morning Membership Meetings and, after lunch, embark on our scenic photo rallye. This will challenge your powers of observation while you locate the strange objects pictured on your Route Instructions. This has become a favorite Convention feature for many.

Do you have an interesting collection of VW toys and memorabilia? Enter it in our Mini Toy Display. Available space is just 2 x 2 feet per entry, so bring only your most fascinating item(s). And if you have an unusual or Unique VW-Related Item, bring that along, too. We'll select the best one by ballot at the Banquet. Note this on the Registration Form so we'll have a display space set aside for you.

Our Saturday evening buffet banquet will include a Chicken Vesuvio entree, with salad, sides and a special dessert.  You can now Register immediately on-line through our Club Store!

The Banquet is where we announce the winners of the Eberle Best Local Newsletter Award, the Woodbury Dunn Safety Award and the Wolfsburg Trophy for the most active local chapter. But we'll also recognize the member who has attended the most Conventions, the Longest Distance Traveled to the Convention in a VW, and the Oldest Volkswagen at this year's event.

On Sunday, cruise on down the road again to NIVA’s BugFest, one of two huge VW shows and Swap Meets presented by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Assn. each year. There'll be lots of VWs to look at, food, music, games, trophies and a drawing or two. Your Convention Registration includes the entry of your VW in the show, and spectators are always free.

Use this Registration Form, add your check or money order payable to "Volkswagen Club of America," and mail to 62nd VWCA Convention, 1554 Roanoak Ave., Aurora  IL  60506-1928. Registration Fee is just $50 for adults and $15 for children age 15 and under.

Convention Deadline is June 15, but the hotel can only hold our block of rooms until June 2. Make reservations for lodging at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2875 Foxfield Road, St. Charles, IL using this special link to go to our exclusive web site and our reduced rate of $129 for two queen beds or one king.

Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly at (630) 584-0222 and referring to our group code CHXVWS and dates.