Car enthusiasts pay homage to Detroit’s “Motor City” roots with this year’s 21st 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. 15, 2015.
The official Woodward Dream Cruise runs 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 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. You can find a list of individual community events happening on the event website. Even before the actual event, you’ll find tons of family fun.
Youngsters can hit and run 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, Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage and The Munster’s Kids and Kars Tour come alive 3-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Whet your appetite for powerful engines and sleek auto bodies on Friday when the 15th Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show and Lights and Sirens Cruise light up Woodward Avenue. Cruise to the tunes of local bands such as The WhatAbouts, Magic Bus, American Band, Rock Bottom, Lookin’ Back and more.
Pontiac’s Thunder in Pontiac Dream Cruise Festival runs Friday-Saturday, featuring a classic car show, zip line experience and live entertainment. Get down with Dream Cruise DJ Beth – and Kid’s Play Zone 3-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, get spooky with the Woodward Scream Cruise 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and see hearses, rat rods, lead sleds, the Low Rider Car Show and the Neighborhood Car Show. More a fan of the two-wheelers? Don’t miss the Thunder in Pontiac Motorcycle and the Terror on Two Wheels shows.
Royal Oak’s own Performance Park Classic Car Show gets fancy in Memorial Park Friday-Saturday, and the Northwood Shopping Center showcases classic cars, too. Team up with your most loyal sneakers Saturday morning for the “Cruise In Shoes” 5K 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.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Williams