The program will usually run for a week and is usually held in the third or fourth week of September. The location of the concept cars are held in Frankfurt Fairgrounds.
However, the exhibit locations of the commercial cars are alternate: every odd year the location of the car is Hanover and during even years, the commercial cars (and motorcycles) are back in Frankfurt Fairgrounds. This practice was first observed in 1992 with the commercial cars being exhibit in Hanover.
There are more than 700 exhibitors that congregate in one place when the exhibit is held in Frankfurt. Aside from automotive companies, there are also engine makers, tools for the cars and even financial companies closely tied up with automotive companies.
The Auto Show is divided into three events. The first day of the auto show is always dedicated to the press, called the Press Day.
On this day, only the press can access the trade halls and there they talk to the CEO and leader of the company. It's also a day where they conduct press conference to answer some questions from the media from around the world.
The next day is Trade Day. It's still closed to the public as this day is dedicated to the leaders of the industry. Stakeholders and upper management appear to take a look at the cars and other things that will be exhibited the next day.
Then comes the most anticipated day for all car enthusiasts: Public Day. That's where the Frankfurt Auto Show is officially opened.
People are coming in from all parts of the globe to take a look at the commercial cars and the new concept cars that could be rolling in the market in the near future. The public day usually runs for a week.
If you're a serious car enthusiast, better save up and reserve your calendar every September so that you won't miss this once a year event.