Soledad Hot Summer Days Downtown Car Show and Street Festival on July 8, 2023. (Ivan Garcia)

SOLEDAD — City of Soledad has announced the third annual Soledad Hot Summer Days Car Show and Fundraiser, which has become a yearly staple in the city, attracting hundreds of car lovers across Monterey County.

This year’s event is set for Saturday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Front Street. Along with the City, the Car Show and Fundraiser is hosted by the Crusaders Car Club, Soledad Police Department, Soledad Recreation Department and F&M Auto Repair.

“The Hot Summers Days Car Show is more than just a gathering of automotive enthusiasts,” said Economic Development Program Coordinator Tencia Vargas, “it’s a powerful opportunity for our community to come together and support the next generation. Therefore, our mission is clear: to empower and uplift our youth in Soledad.”

Conceived in 2022 through a collaboration between Soledad Police and the Crusaders Car Club, Soledad Hot Summer Days was envisioned as a catalyst for community engagement and a vital fundraiser for local programs, such as the Soledad Explorers Program.

This year, funds will go toward the campaign to benefit youth programs at the Soledad Community Center.

The event has continued to grow since 2022, and there is anticipated to be more than 300 cars this year. Aside from the hundreds of cars on display, attendees can expect a dynamic lineup of entertainment, including music, engaging activities for youth and captivating performances from Ballet Folklorico and Kids Hip Hop Dancing. 

“Another key component of the event is the diversity of food trucks that come from across the region,” according to the City in a news release. “The City extends a warm invitation to food and retail vendors interested in participating in this event.”

The registration deadline for vendors is 5 p.m. on June 14. Any enthusiast eager to showcase their prized possessions must register by June 15. All registration links and additional information can be found at

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