Cruising with the Classics

For a classic car enthusiast, it’s what dreams are made of. A collection of Motor City’s best, glistening in all their glory.

Every year, one hot August day, history is re-made when classic cars, muscle cars and hot rods line 16 miles of Woodward Avenue. More than 40,000 cars, varying in year, make and model, roll in one-by-one to cruise the congested multi-lane highway.

The Woodward Dream Cruise, considered the world’s largest one-day automotive event, starts in Pontiac and ends in Ferndale.

With more than 1.5 million people in attendance, the suburban streets of Metro Detroit are transformed into a historic throwback to when Motor City ruled the highway and Motown ruled the radio.

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The Rust Belt Market – Shop Local, Unique Finds

It’s vast, open and Michigan-made; truly a one-stop-shop where you can purchase almost anything.

With handcrafted clothing, jewelry, art and housewares, The Rust Belt Market is a unique and one-of-a-kind weekend marketplace. It is here where more than 50 local, independent vendors and artists display and sell their work to other proud Michiganders.

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This grand shopping experience can be found in the heart of downtown Ferndale at 9-Mile and Woodward. Unlike any other shopping mall in the state, the Rust Belt Market has been awarded a number of “Best of…” awards from Hour Detroit and the Detroit MetroTimes, including 2016 Hour Detroit’s “Best Place to Buy Local Craft”, and the 2016 MetroTimes “Best Local Shopping Experience”.

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Explore Your Creative Side

During the spring, summer and fall months, local communities come to life at Oakland County Art Fairs, complete with colors, textures and styles unique to those who call Oakland County home.

Lined with white tents, one end to the other, local parks and downtown districts invite artists to showcase their work. Art fairs and craft shows provide a true creative experience from handcrafted goods, intricate jewelry, unique designs and talented musicians.

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In the truest definition of community, artists, local businesses and sponsors set up shop. Whether it’s abstract art, blown glass, or a handmade dish, there is passion and creativity behind every creation.

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Oakland County Cruises in Classics

Engines rev and mufflers roar. The summer sun reflects off of freshly waxed paint and chrome.

Each classic car, representing it’s own era, pulls into a designated spot – parked ever so delicately next to each other. Proud owners, with a wiping rag in hand, stand proud next to their vehicle.

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Hundreds, often thousands, of visitors stroll past each vehicle with a unique curiosity that so many car enthusiasts share.

Time machines in the form of 1930’s Chrysler models and 1960’s Corvette models are displayed at classic car shows and cruises all over the county from June to September, transforming any location into an instant historical museum.

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