Grand Prix Festival

In October 1948, our village streets played host to the first post-World War II road race in the United States and the rest, as they say, is history! In the ensuing decades, racing moved from the village streets to the famed course at Watkins Glen International (also known as WGI or "The Glen"). Today, WGI hosts NASCAR, IndySeries, IMSA, and many more.

Indeed, Watkins Glen, New York has a long and storied history in auto racing. Each year, this rich history is celebrated with the Grand Prix Festival in September. Join us on September 10, 2021 and experience the sheen, roar, and sleek lines of hundreds of sports and classic cars!

There’s something for everyone at the Grand Prix Festival! Parked along the main streets of the village you will find over 600 classic sports cars of all ages and marques for your enjoyment. In addition to live music, wine tasting, food courts, and assorted other family activities, a variety of vendors of racing items and related merchandise are provided for your entertainment and pleasure.



Adrenaline fans... start your engines! The streets of Watkins Glen and Schuyler County are home to the birthplace of American road racing. Having played host to international automobile racing since 1948, the tradition continues annually with the Vintage Grand Prix Festival, when classic racecars (and vintage cars of all kinds) take to the streets...

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