Summer has nearly arrived! Speaking of: What’s a better way for a Michigander to spend a few days of their summer than visiting local car shows? Get ready to leap into a world of family-friendly automobile events while Cruising Southeastern Michigan. Summer is the perfect time for exciting experiences!
As the birthplace of the automobile industry, Michigan’s car scene is always busy. However, during the summertime, Oakland County becomes the crown jewel of hot rod and historic car events. From the weekly Holly Car Show, to the exciting and annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the county is rumbling with the sound of cars all summer long. Visit shows to learn about iconic cars, or go to cruises to watch the automobiles in action.
Start your engines! The Woodward Dream Cruise, Southeast Michigan’s premier classic car celebration, is back for its 22nd year. Automobiles of all ages and types will hit the road on Saturday, August 19 for the annual cruise, stretching from Ferndale to Pontiac. Although the festivities run from Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20, classic cars can be seen around Metro Detroit all week when the weather is nice.
Whether you own a souped-up hotrod or simply admire the classics, there’s a place for you at the Dream Cruise. Spectators can stake out spots along the cruising route to set up chairs and tents.* Younger cruise-goers will love special pop-up events, like the Kids’ Inflatable Zone, which will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. on cruise day. Other special attractions, like the Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage in Ferndale and the Tri-Community Coalition Street Dance in Berkley make Friday’s Dream Cruise a can’t miss Oakland County event.
*If you would like to set up a tent, be sure to check local ordinances, as a temporary permit may be required.
An event-goer admires a red Chevrolet Bel Air at the weekly Culvers Car Meets
If it’s spring in Oakland County, it’s cruisin’ time.
When it comes to auto shows and festivals, few places compare to Southeast Michigan, whose central role in the rise of the four-wheeled wonder changed the world. Here, aficionados from across the county motor to local events in their vintage automobiles, travelling along stretches of road that are sacred to the classic car community.
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.
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.
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.