Car enthusiasts pay homage to Detroit’s “Motor City” roots with this year’s 22nd annual Woodward Dream Cruise, inspiring a day full of car culture and nostalgia, served up at festivals and booths that pop up along Woodward Avenue, happening Aug. 20, 2016.
The official Woodward Dream Cruise runs 9 a.m.-9 p.m. when over 1 million vehicle aficionados congregate for “the world’s largest one-day” classic-car extravaganza, according to organizers.
Peruse and admire more than 40,000 rods, custom, collector and muscle automobiles drift down a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue, with the procession beginning in Ferndale and making its way to Pontiac and back.
Make a pit stop in any one of the “nine host communities – including Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak,” Woodward Dream Cruise’s official site lists, to amp up the family fun. Even before the actual event, you’ll find tons of family fun.
Youngsters can hit the Kid’s Inflatable Zone in Berkley 6-9 p.m. Friday night or play games at the DTE Energy Booth featuring winnable prizes while parents watch the city’s own classic car parade and bask in street dancing and live entertainment.
Birmingham provides live entertainment for those strolling downtown, appreciating the Chevrolet display and live radio broadcasts Saturday.
Ferndale’s Kid’s Play Zone and Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage kick off Thursday afternoon and continue through Saturday. Whet your appetite for powerful engines and sleek auto bodies on Friday when the 16th Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show and Lights and Sirens Cruise light up Woodward Avenue.
Pontiac’s Classic Car Show runs Friday-Saturday, featuring live entertainment, vendors and more.
Royal Oak’s own Performance Park Classic Car Show gets fancy in Memorial Park from noon-7 p.m. Friday, and the Northwood Shopping Center showcases classic cars from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Team up with your most loyal sneakers Saturday morning for the “Cruise In Shoes” 5K at Shrine High School Athletic Field and treat the little ones to the Kroger’s Kids Zone in Pioneer Park.
Hop in the car and see what all the hubbub’s about! The event is free to cruise or watch the event, but pocket cash for parking, merchandise, food vendors and games.
Looking to learn more about the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise? Head over to the Metro Parent calendar to learn about this and more metro Detroit events.
This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016 by Jessica Schrader.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Williams