Woodward Dream Cruise

Metro Detroiters rev up their classic cars for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 19, 2017.


Car enthusiasts pay homage to Detroit’s “Motor City” roots with this year’s 23rd 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. 19, 2017.

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.

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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 at 12 Mile and Tyler in Berkley from 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 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) and bask in street dancing and live entertainment until 11 p.m.

Birmingham provides live entertainment for those strolling downtown, appreciating the city’s classic car show and live radio broadcasts Saturday.

Ferndale’s 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 17th Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show and Lights and Sirens Cruise light up east of 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 continues concurrently with the Northwood Shopping Center’s classic car show 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 Ford Family 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 2017 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 is updated regularly. 

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Williams