Events Calendar

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2018 Calendar of Events




June 2
Legends By Lantern.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length. 

June 9
All Mopar Car Show. The Carolina Region Plymouth Car Club will display a grand collection of vehicles.  The show begins at 9 a.m. with awards at noon.  The show includes 1st and 2nd places in 11 different categories, Best of Show awards and much more.

June 12
Summer Train Ride Schedule Begins. Train rides are offered each day the museum is open, Tuesday through Sunday.

June 23
Fire Truck Festival.
 
The N.C. Transportation Museum is home to the largest annual gathering of fire trucks for display in the state of North Carolina. This event brings together antique and modern trucks from fire departments and fire truck collectors from across the southeast.  Enjoy a huge event that shows off fire fighting equipment, honors firefighters for their service, and more!  



June 30 - July 1

Salute the Troops: Military Through The Ages.  Join us as we bring together military equipment and living history reenactors from throughout US history, honoring the sacrifices of our soldiers, while highlighting the tools they used in battlefields across time.  

July 7
Legends By Lantern.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length. 

July 28
Celebrity Car Show. The museum's newest auto show offering will feature the stars that were cars in your favorite television shows and movies.  These replicas of the originals will bring back great memories and will offer great photo opportunities.


August 4
All Ford Show
. The museum hosts this car show for all Fords and orphan Ford vehicles.  The largest of the museum’s car shows, this event continues to grow.  To show your vehicle, call 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 4

Legends By Lantern.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length. 

August 11
All GM Show
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Following the Fords, GM vehicles get their turn during this show that features Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac cars - the best that Detroit had to offer.  To register your car, call 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 11
Brew and Choo Beer Festival
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The museum's first craft beer festival will feature breweries serving up their craft brews, with outdoor games, music, food trucks, and more.  Exclusively created new brews will be avialable only with a train ride ticket during this "after hours" event.  Train rides take place at 5, 6, 7, and 8pm. 


September 1
Legends By Lantern.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length. 

September 28-30

Day Out With Thomas™.  All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Spencer, NC Sept. 28-Sept. 30 and Oct. 5-7, 2018. Day Out with Thomas™ is presented by Mattel. 


October 5-7
Day Out With Thomas™.  All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Spencer, NC Sept. 28-Sept. 30 and Oct. 5-7, 2018. Day Out with Thomas™ is presented by Mattel. 

October 13
Legends By Lantern.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length. 

October 20
Legends By Lantern. 
Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length. 

October 20
Antique Auto Club of America Car Show.
Sponsored by the Furnitureland Chapter of the AACA, this "member’s only" show features antique cars of all makes and models.  Show starts at 9am with awards presented at 3pm.  For more information contact Jack Harris at 336 888-8211 or Email KJMHCPA@northstate.net.

October 27
Legends By Lantern.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring Spencer Shops' historic structures.  Legends by Lantern Tours feature tellings of the legends of the railroad and historic Spencer Shops. illustrated by our collection of vintage railroading equipment.  Tours begin at 7:30pm, and are 90 minutes in length.


November 16-18, 23-25, 30
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.
Capturing the magic of the Chris Van Allsburg book and runaway hit movie from Warner Bros., THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride features a train ride with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate, and a presentation of the first gift of Christmas—a silver bell for all those who truly have the spirit of the season.  The train ride and associated activities include popular characters from the holiday tale, the conductor, the hobo, the boy in the story, and of course, Santa Claus. The event takes place across the museum’s 60 acre site, with Reindeer Games and entertainment before the ride, s’mores, and our post-ride children’s play area, “Candy Cane Lane.”


December 1-2, 7-9, 13-22
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.
Capturing the magic of the Chris Van Allsburg book and runaway hit movie from Warner Bros., THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride features a train ride with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate, and a presentation of the first gift of Christmas—a silver bell for all those who truly have the spirit of the season.  The train ride and associated activities include popular characters from the holiday tale, the conductor, the hobo, the boy in the story, and of course, Santa Claus. The event takes place across the museum’s 60 acre site, with Reindeer Games and entertainment before the ride, s’mores, and our post-ride children’s play area, “Candy Cane Lane.”