The California Automobile Museum’s annual car cruise event, which has drawn estimated crowds of 10,000 to Fulton Avenue in recent years, has been tweaked for 2016.
What began in 2009 as the CAM Car Cruise is now the CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue, and the cruising format has undergone some changes. Also, the event has been moved from early August to early September.
Still, museum officials say the cars will remain the stars of the eighth annual gathering from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday along Fulton Avenue.
More than 500 cars of all stripes are expected to take part in the extended circle cruise on Fulton, stretching north to Marconi Avenue and south to Cottage Way.
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In past years, the cruise started in midtown Sacramento or at the J Street entrance to California State University, Sacramento. This year, registration and check-in will be held at the Fulton cruise site. Those who have not preregistered can park in the Tognottis parking lot at El Camino and Fulton avenues to register. Tognotti’s will be CAM “headquarters” for the event.
Registration and cruising on the Fulton Avenue loop will occur from 4 to 6 p.m., when Fulton will be open to pedestrians and cruise attendees. There is no admission charge for spectators.
Organizers stressed that there will be no early check-in for cruisers. Likewise, pre-4 p.m. lining up or parking in Tognotti’s or other lots along Fulton is prohibited.
Food trucks, brewery booths and live music will be on-site. Various vendors and special displays also will be set up along Fulton. A performance by the Sacramento Kings Dancers is scheduled for 7 p.m. Numerous cruise awards will be handed out prior to 8 p.m., and Fulton is scheduled to reopen to regular traffic by 9 p.m.
The cruise is the nonprofit museum’s largest annual fundraising event.