Are you a coffee drinker? Are you also an automotive nut? If so, Houston is typically the place to be with the great array of “Coffee and Cars” events going on throughout the year.
It should be noted that some events mentioned may have been or will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With many different cars on display at each event, from classic cars to modern supercars, there’s really something for everyone at a Houston coffee and cars day.
In today’s article, we’ll be sharing some examples of cars and coffee events going in Houston, what they’re about and how you can find out when they’re happening. They can be a great way to expand your car enthusiast friend circle, as well as experience amazing new cars that you might otherwise not get much of a chance to see.
It should be noted that some events mentioned may have been or will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For updated listings in your area, please see our car show listings page. You can explore events and post your own free!
What are Cars and Coffe Events?
In brief, while the events vary in their focus, the overall approach is roughly the same. Each event will take place in a prominent location in Houston --- the Memorial City Mall is a popular and convenient spot for some --- and often fall on the same weekend day of each month.
The events are billed as gatherings of hobby enthusiasts who meet to share their passion for all things automotive.
They are open events, free to attend and typically require no membership or other fee to take part. In addition, they frequently use at least a portion of the proceeds from each meeting to support local charities and other worthy causes.
Classic BMW at a local C&C event
Houston Cars and Coffee - Official:
Seemingly the most official and well-organized of the coffee and car groups in Houston. It seems, however, that at least for the moment their events have been interrupted by the pandemic, and possibly with problems from attendees performing burnouts.
There’s no word on any permanent cancellation of future events, so previous fans should expect that the events will start back up again once the situation improves. (see more below)
The group’s Facebook page shows events as recently as March, with picture highlights from the events being shown through June and July. On July 21, the team did announce that they “look forward to coming back soon and better than ever!” It would seem, therefore that there’s plenty to look forward to.
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Examples of their events include an annual toy drive, monthly car shows often centered around one them or make of car, like Ferrari Day, for example.
It seems that no matter what kind of car you are a fan of, they will have their day for showing --- exotic cars, classic cars, vintage cars, luxury cars, kit cars, muscle cars, super cars and more.
Keep your eyes open for future events. Events typically take place in the morning time, from around 8:00am to 11:00am, but may vary depending on the scope of the event or other restrictions in place.
The monthly event is well supported by other local car groups, such as Houston JeepPeople Meetup, and the Houston MG Car Club, so if you’re a fan of these particular brands, then Memorial City Mall is the place to be in the morning on the first Saturday of every month!
Problems at the Events – January 2020
Besides the impact of COVID-19 on monthly gatherings, unrelated happenings at the January meetup seem to have put a fly in the ointment for this organization. It seems that a GMC Sierra, Ford Mustang, and a white Hellcat were all involved in some unfortunate showboating that caught the attention of local police.
The first two cars first sent plumes of tire smoke into the air as they performed dangerous burnout maneuvers on a busy public road.
At the same time, the Hellcat suddenly attempted a drift across the same public road, almost colliding with a nearby Nissan. The watching crowd seemed to be quite enthusiastic at the time, cheering and whooping, but the event organizers, including parent group Scuderia, and local law enforcement were far less impressed.
The Cars and Coffee group organizers announced a two-month break in events while they investigated and took action against these actors, promising “drastic changes” to the events in future to make them safer and more enjoyable for all involved.
The no burnouts policy had already been spelled out quite clearly, and you can see it for yourself on their homepage. It’s perhaps the very first thing you’ll read on there.
It seems that they have had to perform significant damage control in order to maintain support from the community and Houston police for future events. In this case, however, it seems that C&C’s event was targeted by a large group of around 50 cars who had been doing similar disruptive activities at other car events around Houston.
Ferrari at a Houston Show
Caffeine and Chrome, Houston TX
On the last Saturday of every month, you can attend “Caffeine and Chrome,” a monthly gathering at Gateway Classic Cars on Cypress Station Drive, Houston. The event runs in the morning from 9:00am to 12 noon, and is billed as family friendly --- even the pets are welcome!
This event is open to the public and has no admission fee. If you are the owner of a classic or otherwise collectible car, then you are also welcome to bring it to the event to show off.
Don’t fill up on breakfast at home, either since this event has an ample supply of coffee and fresh donuts for all who stop by. Make the last Saturday one to appreciate automotive greatness from around the US and the wider world. It’s a great way to start the day!
Classic 911 in neon green
The Woodlands Car Club Cars & Coffee for a Cause
Located just a 30-minute drive north of Houston, the Woodlands provides a great setting for a coffee and cars event held on the first Sunday of each month from 7:00am to 11:00am.
You can find the event on Market Street, where the Woodlands Car Club aims to not only bring people together to share their love of classic and collectible cars, but also to support local businesses and charitable causes.
The event includes a showcase of the cars, a well as coin drives that benefit non-profit organizations in Montgomery County. Since 2008, the small but committed event has raised more than $10,000 for good causes. Check out their Facebook page for more information on past and upcoming events.
Liberty street rally event in 2020
Liberty Street Rally
This event isn't technically in Houston but it's still one I enjoy attending when I can. Just 40-45 minutes outside of the city, this is a monthly get together out in really quaint city center with an interesting assortment of classics, muscle cars, and unique custom builds. Check out the event listing page or the facebook to get the most up to date times.
They meet the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. It's sold as an informal gathering of car hobby enthusiasts who meet and organizes "Cars, Coffee and More" events. Free for everyone and all cars are wlecome, which makes it a fun hodge-podge.
Liberty Street Rally is an informal non-profit group. Everyone is invited with no memberships or dues required. Cars, Coffee and More monthly events are free to attend and open to any and all interesting cars: hot rods, classic, muscle, sports, exotics, trucks, motorcycles, and other unique vehicles.
Clear Lake Cars and Coffee
This is a relatively new organization and is just starting to wind up, but has already hosted a ton of great events. Their monthly event can be found on the Houston car shows listings page and occurs every 3rd Saturday of each month at Grace Church right off of I45.
It's and early event from 7am-10am but someone will typically sponsor the coffee and some donuts to get the engines running. All the people are really friendly and I've met more than a few just in my short time attending.
The have all types of cars from classics to ricers to scat pack and exotics. There are a few AMC collectors as well which is a cool and unique opportunity to see a now defunct brand!
BMW CCA C&C
This BMW CCA organized event is always fun for the import and German vehicle admirers. While on a major hiatus due to COVID, you should definitely keep an eye out for their events in the future!
Savage Morning Meets
A newer, less consistent group called savage also host some great early morning car events with some coffee and even mimosas! After attending one recently, I was really impressed by the number and quality of cars they got together.
Unfortunately someone in a scat pack charger had to ruin it by drifting into a wall, but that was not the tone of the meet. It was very well organized and nicely done, with some major local sponsors. Check out the videos below for a little taste of what they put together!
There was even a pagani there that I caught a quick video of. Check it out!
Keep Your Eyes on the Community Boards
Despite the negative attention certain events gained earlier in the year, it seems that the locals’ desire for the continuation of events has prevailed and new plans are being put in place. At the moment, it’s uncertain as to how much impact COVID-19 will have on remaining events in 2020, and possibly in 2021, but time will tell.
In the meantime, car fans in Houston had better keep their eyes on the message boards and Facebook pages to get news on upcoming events.
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