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Glendale Cruise Night 2019

July 27, 2019

steering wheel of a vintage car

Do you like classic cars and lively street festivals? Do you live in or around the Burbank apartments for rent? If you answered yes to both, then there's a good chance you'll be interested in checking out Glendale Cruise Night, one of the area's longest running and (by their own proclamation) coolest events. The main attraction, as you may have already guessed, will be the beautiful old cars:

"Nestled in the heart of Glendale, Brand Blvd. will be lined with approximately 300-400 pre-1985 classic cars and over 45,000 in attendance admiring them, listening to live music, watching the firework spectacular and enjoying the festivities."

And while the awesome automobiles are certainly the biggest draw, there's plenty more in the form of music, family fun, and mixing/mingling with other Southern California residents to enjoy as well. If it sounds like your kind of party, be sure to read on, as we reveal all the important details you'll need to know beforehand.

The 26th Annual Glendale Cruise Night

This year's installment will be the 26th for Glendale Cruise Night, which, believe it or not, got its start back in 1994 in tandem with the World Cup Soccer games that were being hosted at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that year. It turned out to be such a success that first year that the organizers decided to throw it again the next year, and the year after, until it became a yearly tradition. Now, more than a quarter-century on from that inaugural event, this is one of the largest gatherings of people in the Glendale area, and one that few will want to leave off the calendar.

This year's Cruise Night will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 5:30PM to 10:30PM, on Brand Boulevard in Downtown Glendale. This is one of the most joyous events the city hosts yearly, and as we mentioned, those classic cars are going to be the biggest part of the attraction. What, exactly, defines a classic? There are criteria that vary depending on who you ask, but by far the most significant factor is age. As The Balance points out, The Antique Automobile Club of America defines classics as any car that is older than 25 years of age. Once it hits 50 years old, a car is then considered an antique, and if you get a ride that's old enough, you've got a vintage model on your hands.

Cruise Night will have a bit of everything out there for you to gawk at, so, depending on your age, you can expect to see some automobiles that were popular when you were just a tot, some that you may have called your "first ride" in high school, and a few that ended production long before you were even born!

The Cruise Night organizers, for there part, have decided to prepare your appetite for these classic rides by showing off a few featured rides on their website, like this 1964 Lincoln Continental. This "epitome of a classic luxury car" was purchased from its original owners in 2014, then restored to pristine condition by Allen Khanyan and his father at their shop in Glendale, looking just as clean as the day it was made.

Also featured is this 1959 VW Beetle. Just about everyone knows how classy the modern "Bug" is, but this antique "Blue Beetle" takes cool to a whole different level. Even its nickname, "Blue Eyes," is something you can't help but fall in love with. Owner Esteban Villareal has done an outstanding job of keeping this one in great shape for showing off to classic car lovers.

Next up on the featured car list is this 1968 Chevy Camaro. Old-school cool doesn't get much more muscular than this, and this version, nicknamed "Camille," is every muscle-car fanatic's dream, as is this amazing 1971 Heavy Chevy Chevelle. That orange monster is packing a "572 cubic inch stroker motor, a turbo 400 transmission, 12 bolt posi-traction rear end, a March Performance pully system and Baer Brakes." If you love gorgeously-restored power classics, you owe it to yourself to head to Cruise Night and check this beauty out.

As we mentioned before, though, the fantastic rides won't be the only thing to come to Cruise Night to see. As the legendary Mr. Rock N' Roll, Brian Beirne himself, hosts the event, musical guests will be taking the stage and providing loads of live entertainment for you to enjoy. At present, the lineup includes three amazing tribute acts: Deperado (an Eagles Tribute Band), Mirage (a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band), and Heartbeat City (a Cars Tribute Band).

They'll be helping to provide the atmosphere for the evening, and it'll be easy for you to get lost in all the sights and sounds of Glendale Cruise Night. that's a good thing, mind you, because you'll definitely want to stick around to the end for this event. The show will also feature plenty of fun family activities that you and the young ones can participate, and the proverbial feather in the cap of this lovely evening will be a big, booming fireworks display. It'll be a night for you and the crew to remember fondly, so clear that calendar and make some plans for getting to Downtown Glendale on July 20th for a fabulous display of great cars, great music, and much more.

The Burbank Apartments for Rent That Put You Close

Getting to the heart of Downtown Glendale for events like Glendale Cruise Night is easy when you call fine communities like Altana home — because you're already there. This resort-like paradise within the city is just moments away from all the biggest attractions Glendale has to offer, and puts you in a great spot to explore the neighborhood and what lies beyond. If you're ready to experience what life is like when you're right in the mix, drop us a line, and learn more about how you can make one of the lovely residences at Altana your very own.