Washington, D.C. Auto Show Will Not Be Held in 2021

WANADA, which produces the annual Washington, D.C. Auto Show, announced this morning that the show will not be held as planned in 2021. In a press release issued earlier this morning, Auto Show President and CEO John O’Donnell said that, in spite of tremendous efforts on the part of show producers and the District government, too much uncertainty remains about when it will be safe to host large indoor events in the city again.

“We truly wish that cancellation wasn’t necessary,” O’Donnell said in the press release, “but we know that this decision is in the best interests of all those who make The Washington, D.C. Auto Show the great event that it is.”

Show organizers made this decision in the best interests of the region’s health and safety, and also to best preserve their ability to host the next show during the usual wintertime window. The 2022 show will be open to the public for 10 consecutive days, from January 21-30, 2022. Current plans call for the show to include the usual slate of pre-show events, including the MobilityTalks International public policy conference, Industry Media Day, the GSA FedFleet expo, and the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Washington conference.

Auto show organizers are also working with a local broadcast partner on an auto show television special, which will air in May 2021. WANADA will publish additional details on that program in the Bulletin once details have been finalized in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we at WANADA hope that everyone stays safe during this difficult time, and that, through the widespread administration of vaccines, we can collectively return to normalcy in the coming months.

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