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March 14, 2019

Fun for the Whole Family: The Atlanta International Auto Show 2019

The Atlanta International Auto Show 2019


It's that time of the year again!  The Atlanta International Auto Show!  The show is now going on its 37th year where people of all walks of life can check out the latest vehicles up close in roughly 500,000 square feet of exhibit space at the World Congress Center.


Over two-dozen manufacturers will exhibit over 500 new cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs at the show.


This massive family-friendly event prides itself to providing something for attendees of all ages.


When people attend the Atlanta International Auto Show, they don’t just get to look…they get to drive. Several manufacturers host Ride & Drive events at the show, which helps attendees along the path towards the selection of vehicles that best meet their needs.


I love attending this show since I'm a huge fan of cars!  People may not notice, but cars play a huge part in our every day lives.  We spend the majority of our lives in cars creating different memories in them.  Cars even show what type of personalities we have.


Last year, I attended Atlanta International Auto Show Media event before the show was opened to the public being up to mingle with the top dawgs of several different car manufacturers and learn more about what's new to come with their vehicles, and why their vehicles are best for everyday consumers.  Make sure to check that post out and video clips.


I'm bummed I won't make it to this year's media event since I'll be just coming back to town from a media trip (follow me on Instagram to see where I'm going) but will try to make it to the show when it's open to the public.




Here are more details about the Atlanta International Auto Show:


Auto Show Roots Date Back to 1909


The automobile has played a pivotal role in our development as a nation, and auto shows have brought consumers a peek at what's new and exciting since the early 20th Century. Atlanta's first auto show was held in 1909, and it had the distinction of being the first of its kind for the entire Southeast.


Asa G. Candler spearheaded the Atlanta Auto Show Committee. If you know anything about Atlanta's history, you know that Mr. Candler was central to its business community. Does the brand name Coca Cola ring any bells? Mr. Candler was the founder of the Coca-Cola Company. Additionally, he served as Atlanta's mayor from 1916 to 1919. Most importantly for us, he also founded the Atlanta Automobile Association and appointed his son, Asa G. Candler, Jr. as its first president.


For the first Atlanta Auto Show, 67 automakers applied for a spot on the 64,000 square foot display floor -a far cry from the nearly 500,000 square feet the Atlanta International Auto Show encompasses today.


Two more shows were hosted during the early 1900s: one in 1912 and the other in 1917. Following the latter, it would be 65 years before the glory of an auto show returned to Georgia's capital.


Hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center, the Atlanta International Auto Show is the largest consumer event held at the venue. It has also earned the reputation of being one of the nations vital automotive exhibitions.




The following 2019-2020 pre-production & special feature vehicles are scheduled to be on display:


CHEVROLET BLAZER
CHEVROLET SILVERADO HD
DODGE CHALLENGER HELLCAT REDEYE
FORD EXPLORER
FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500
GMC SIERRA HD 2500 DENALI DIESEL
HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT N-LINE
HYUNDAI KONA
HYUNDAI PALISADE
HYUNDAI VELOSTER N-LINE
HYUNDAI SEMA VELOSTER R-SPEC
JEEP GLADIATOR
KIA TELLURIDE
LINCOLN AVIATOR
MAZDA 3
RAM HD 2500
SUBARU FORESTER SPORT
TOYOTA SUPRA




ATTRACTIONS & APPEARANCES



  • High Roller BMX: These high-flying tricksters will be performing BMX stunts Friday, March 22nd thru Sunday, March 24th.


  • MARVEL’s Black Panther: Very popular with attendees at AIAS ’18, Black Panther returns for this year's show. Appearances are scheduled Friday, March 22nd thru Sunday, March 24th.



  • Scooby-Doo & SpongeBob SquarePants: The Atlanta International Auto Show is fun for the whole family, and this year we’ll have these two popular cartoon characters on-hand Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th. SpongeBob appears courtesy of Comcast Spotlight.




Official Show Opening: Wed, March 20th at Noon



  • Ticket Prices: Adults: $12, Kids 6-12: $6, Under 5: FREE



  • Heroes & Seniors Days: We’ve set aside two days for Veterans, Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, & Seniors to receive 50% off the adult admission price: Wed. 3/20 & Thurs. 3/21. Seniors must be 55 and older. Additionally, Heroes and Seniors can receive 50% off parking in the GWCC Yellow Lot on those days. Valid ID must be presented at the show box office for ticket discounts and to parking attendants for parking discounts. Discounts cannot be combined with any other offer.




PUBLIC SHOW SCHEDULE


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: Noon – 9pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 21: Noon – 9pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 22: Noon – 10pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 23: 10am – 10pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 24: 10am – 8pm





The auto show can't be missed!  Make sure to visit!  And, I can't wait to share about all the 2019 vehicles I'll be test driving this year!  Stay tuned!



2 comments

  1. Philly and Delaware also have big Auto Shows, however, I have never attended. I used to think about it when the boys were young, but never did.

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    1. Sis, now is the time to start attending them. You can grow your contact list of auto brands you would like to work with.

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