Celebrate A Bygone Era With The Annual Back to the 50's Event Held In Grants Pass, Oregon. Car Shows, Sock Hop, Live Music, Food And More.
All the fun times and happy sentiments from that memorable era are rekindled in and around downtown Grants Pass, beginning with a 50’s themed free concert in the park on Tuesday, usually lasting from around 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Families and friends get together to feel the vibe while lawn dancing, picnicking, listening to great music on the banks of the Rogue River, and taking in the beauty of original, modified and restored classic cars parked on the lawns of the Riverside Park.
Get out your poodle skirts, leather jackets and cuffed jeans for Wednesday as you dance the night away, enjoy a fantastic barbecue and get a chance to see some awesome cars from America’s early hot rod days at the Back to the Fifties Sock Hop, beginning at 6:00 pm.
Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is the Poker Run and Dinner Night, cruising through some of Grants Pass’ most passionate hot rod and classic car lover’s venues, such as Ric’s Corvette Bar & Grill, Jimmy’s Classic Drive-In, Climate City Brewery, Dairy Queen and Sonic. You can start at any location, have a bite to eat and hopefully put together some great hands of poker.
For those who haven’t satisfied their classic car craving, things are about to get serious on Friday and Saturday. Hosted by the Rogue Valley Classic Chevy Club is the Classic Car Pre-Show in downtown Grants Pass from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, with music, street dancing, prizes and food vendors. Then at about 5:30 p.m. is the Ice Cream Social followed by the Classic Car Lineup from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., featuring a 50’s Style Best Dressed competition, Hula Hoop competitions and a sock hop dance and a free movie night from 7:00 pm. To 11:00 p.m. right in the middle of Old Town Grants Pass that is sure to feature drive-in favorites from the 1950’s.
Saturday brings out by far the largest number of classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles , starting with the Classic Car Show-n-Shine at Riverside Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by the Classic Car Cruise, Oregon’s biggest car cruise and reminiscent of one of our favorite cruising movies: American Graffiti, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hundreds of beautiful cars and bikes take over 6th & 7th Streets while thousands of people line the curbs and sidewalks to view the never-ending parade of American muscle and iron cruising the two main streets of downtown.
Capping the incredible week of activities is the Grand Finale 50’s Concert & Street Dance in the Downtown Center at the corner of 6th and G Streets, beginning at 9:15 p.m.
To add to the fun, all day Friday and Saturday downtown Grants Pass is transformed into sidewalk sales, art displays, kids games and more as many stores and restaurants extend their normal operating hours, set up outdoor exhibits and offer discounts to Back to the Fifties participants.
Back to the Fifties
Downtown Grants Pass