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Woodward Dream Cruise Parking: The official Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise route is a 16-mile radius, running through nine participating municipalities (Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac) in the County of Oakland, located in southeast Michigan (metropolitan Detroit area).

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The following information is provided to better assist you with finding parking accommodations.

Municipal Parking Locations

City of Birmingham: All activities are within walking distance of the city’s downtown parking decks.

City of Ferndale: The municipal parking lots are surrounding downtown Ferndale, near Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd.

City of Pontiac: Municipal parking lots and parking structures are located in surrounding downtown Pontiac.

City of Royal Oak: Guest parking is available at municipal parking lots and walking distance from Woodward.

  •      Royal Oak Golf Center: Corner of Coolidge and West 13 Mile Rd.
  •      Gunn Dyer Park: South of Normandy between Coolidge and Woodward.
  •      Upton Park: South of West 14 mile Rd and Coolidge.

Woodward Dream Cruise Parking Information: A helpful source for parking locations during the Woodward Dream Cruise, and including other events, links, and more.

Here's your guide to the 2023 Woodward Dream Cruise

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Detroit — Auto enthusiasts from around the globe will rev up their engines and descend on Metro Detroit this weekend for the highly-anticipated Woodward Dream Cruise.

Ushering in more than 1 million people and roughly 40,000 classic street machines to the region, spectators will line up along Woodward Avenue for a stretch spanning nine Oakland County communities this weekend.

Here's everything you need to know.

More : Car lovers to unite at Woodward Dream Cruise

How far will the car parade stretch? 📍

The cruise runs along a 16-mile route through Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge and Pontiac in Oakland County.

Here's a map of the route.

Dream Cruise events Friday and Saturday

There are all sorts of events throughout the weekend, starting Friday.

Pontiac Classic Car Show, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in Pontiac

Cruise in Shoes 5k Run, 8-9:30 a.m., Royal Oak

Performance Classic Car Show, noon-7 p.m., Royal Oak

Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show, 1-7 p.m.

Official Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 5 p.m., Ferndale

CruiseFest Classic Car Parade, 6:30 p.m. in Berkley

Birmingham Cruise, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Performance Classic Car Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Royal Oak

Woodward Dream Parade, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Pontiac

Pontiac Classic Car Show, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Ford Bronco Show, 10-a.m.-6 p.m., Pleasant Ridge, at Woodward Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard.

But the cost — how much are we talking? 💵

Whether a driver or spectator, participation is free.

So, where should I park? 🚗

City of Birmingham:  All activities are within walking distance of the city’s downtown parking decks.

City of Ferndale:  The municipal parking lots are surrounding downtown Ferndale, near Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road

City of Pontiac:  Municipal parking lots and parking structures are located in surrounding downtown Pontiac.

City of Royal Oak:  Guest parking is available at municipal parking lots and walking distance from Woodward Avenue.

  •      Royal Oak Golf Center:  Corner of Coolidge Highway and West 13 Mile Road.
  •      Gunn Dyer Park:  South of Normandy Road between Coolidge Highway and Woodward Avenue.
  •      Upton Park:  South of West 14 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway.

For more event information, visit: www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

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Woodward Dream Cruise 2023 Dream Cruise guide for parking, timing, and events

FERNDALE, Mich. (FOX 2) - Rev up your engines and get ready for the ride of your life. If you're planning on attending the Woodward Dream Cruise, buckle up and read on to discover everything you need to know before attending.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is one of the largest car events in the world, featuring classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods from all over the United States. 

The event takes place on Woodward Avenue, which spans nine cities and is revered as the "Main Street of America" for car enthusiasts.

READ NEXT: Woodward Dream Cruise will take place without construction barrels present

Rest assured, traffic won't be an issue on Woodward during the Dream Cruise. Despite road construction in the area during the summer, the event will not be affected.

When and where

The Woodward Dream Cruise takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drivers will start cruising in Ferndale and make their way over to Pontiac.

Participation in the event as a driver or spectator is free of charge. However, non-classic car drivers are requested to avoid the two right lanes closest to the curb.

More: Chrome and muscle: Unofficial start to Dream Cruise kicks off on Woodward

Birmingham: All activities are within walking distance of the city’s downtown parking decks.

Ferndale: The municipal parking lots are surrounding downtown Ferndale, near Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd.

Pontiac : Municipal parking lots and parking structures are located in surrounding downtown Pontiac.

Royal Oak : Guest parking is available at municipal parking lots and walking distance from Woodward.

  •   Royal Oak Golf Center: Corner of Coolidge and West 13 Mile Rd.
  • Gunn Dyer Park: South of Normandy between Coolidge and Woodward.
  • Upton Park: South of West 14 mile Rd and Coolidge.

Local events

Many of the communities along the route will also have their own city-specific events for residents to attend. Many take place on Friday when the dream cruise officially kicks off.

  • Berkley: CruiseFest Classic Car Parade on Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30
  • Ferndale: Emergency Vehicle Show on Friday, 1 p.m. to 7, Ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Lights & Sirens Cruise at 5:30 p.m., MMRA's Quarter Midget Racing Cars from 12 p.m. to 8, Rock'n Live Entertainment Stage from 1 p.m. to 9:30, Mustang Alley on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
  • Royal Oak: Performance Park Classic Car Show on Friday from 12 p.m. to 7, Cruise in Shoes 5K from 8 a.m. to 9: 30
  • Pleasant Ridge: Ford Bronco Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pontiac: Pontiac Classic Car Show on Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., DJ Aaron at Hidden River from 12: 30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Woodward Dream Parade on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30
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  • Detroit Metro Airport: 30
  • Downtown Detroit: 15

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Woodward Dream Cruise 2023 in Detroit | Dates, Schedule of Events, Where to Park, Map, M1 Concourse | Where to Eat | Check Out the World's Biggest Cruise!

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Classic red car, modified red car, vendors selling hats at the Woodward Dream Cruise

Last updated: August 17, 2023 | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

The Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise is the mothership of all car events. It's a celebration of Woodward Ave and car enthusiasm in the heart of the Motor City. I mean seriously, this incredible car cruise draws thousands of classic cars, muscle cars, trucks (and lots of crazy stuff ) to thunder down Woodward Avenue between Pontiac and Ferndale. 

Chris and I can't wait to go this August !

AND...more than 1.5 million car enthusiasts from all over the world are revved up to see some spectacular (and crazy) vehicles!

See the World's Biggest Cruise!

When is the 2023 Woodward Dream Cruise?

August 19, 2023!

BUT ... several communities have fun events and classic car shows on August 18, 2023. See the event schedule below!

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The Woodward Dream Cruise is the World's Biggest Cruise?

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Woodward Dream Cruise Frequently Asked Questions 

What day is the Woodward Dream Cruise 2023? August 19, 2023

Is the Woodward Dream Cruise free? Yes, the Dream Cruise is free to attend! 

How long does the Woodward Dream Cruise last? The cruise is just one day!

  • Anyone not driving a classic/muscle car are asked to stay out of the two right lanes nearest to the curb.

What time is the Woodward Dream Cruise?  9 am to 9 pm.  BUT many people with show cars in the static car shows begin to leave parked shows (as they want to cruise) around 3:30 pm so I recommend hitting up the shows in the morning.

Are Their Bathrooms?   In the more populated areas, especially in Royal Oak, there are porta johns along Woodward Avenue. 

Is it Safe To Attend?   As with any large city, don't leave your items unattended. Make sure your bags/purses are zipped and closed. There is a very large police presence at the show and we felt comfortable.  We recommend going as it is a great family event!

Sherry taking a photo of an old car on Woodward Avenue

Is This Your First Time at the Woodward Dream Cruise?

If it’s your first time to the show , we recommend finding a spot somewhere between Royal Oak and Birmingham as this stretch gets the most traffic and excitement. 

We recommend arriving early so you can find parking off Woodward Avenue before the side streets and lots are full.

We recommend bringing:

  • Ear plugs if you are noise sensitive (especially for young children)
  • Folding chairs with umbrellas 
  • Water/non-alcoholic drinks
  • TP (in case the porta johns are out)

The Dream Cruise Consists of 9 Communities within Oakland County, Michigan

  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Pleasant Ridge

Bloomfield Township

  • Huntington Woods

  

Chevrolet exhibit with a cool race car

History of the Woodward Dream Cruise

Woodward Dream Cruise was dreamed up as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan. Then, in August 1995, a group of people wished to relive the fun of the 50's and 60's, when music and Motor City steel roared down Woodward Avenue.  Blowing away expectations, the event drew 250,000 people!

​ Now, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the World’s Largest One-Day Automotive Event!

The Cruise brings about 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars to the area each summer.

People travel from all over the world to attend and be in the show.  It's an incredible experience!

Woodward Avenue lined with sports and muscle cars

Woodward Dream Cruise Map

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*** Remember to use the  Woodward Dream Cruise Map link   for LIVE connection  to Google Maps!!

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header.
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing.

Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise Schedule of Events (August 18-19, 2023) and Where to Park

The official parking App for Woodward Dream Cruise is ParkStash

M1 Concourse Events During the Woodward Dream Cruise

Friday, August 18, 2023: 

Hot rod, custom, cruiser, and muscle car show displayed around the M1 Circuit.  Featured classes include the 70th anniversary of Corvette, MOPAR, and Ramchargers 65th anniversary. Food trucks, refreshments, and live entertainment.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

The Woodward Dream Parade is an escorted parade of 200 invited cars that will be cruising on Woodward Avenue and in downtown Pontiac.

The M1 Cruise-In (Saturday August 19th) will be an oasis open to anyone looking to park on the M1 Concourse Circuit. We will be there!!

Experience Race Speed Track Experience (RSTEs) where you can can take a lap with a professional driver on the M1 Concourse Circuit. Food trucks, refreshments, and live entertainment.

Get your tickets for the MI Concourse events . 

City of Pontiac

Tents lining the street in Pontiac Michigan

It's definitely a burn out zone along Woodward Avenue in Pontiac!   

Friday, August 18, 2023:

  • 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM: Pontiac Classic Car Show
  • 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM: DJ Aaron @ Hidden River
  • 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM: Hidden River Entertainment Stage, Saginaw & Water St.
  • All Day: Food Trucks & Strolling Art Show

Saturday, August 19, 2023:

  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Woodward Dream Parade
  • 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM: Pontiac Classic Car Show
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM: Hidden River Entertainment Stage, Saginaw & Water St.

City of Pontiac Parking:  There are several parking lots and parking structures in downtown Pontiac.

No scheduled events

City of Birmingham

The Birmingham Cruise Event will feature classic cars of all makes and models, sponsor exhibits, food and more. The Birmingham Cruise Classic Car Show is within walking distance of Birmingham's five parking structures.  The first two hours are always free so stop by! 

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Birmingham Cruise Classic Car Show in Downtown Birmingham
  • Birmingham Cruise

Get your Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise all day.

City of Birmingham Parking:  All Dream Cruise activities are close  walking distance from Birmingham's downtown parking decks.

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City of Berkley

  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: CruiseFest Classic Car Parade, On West 12 Mile Rd., between Coolidge & Greenfield Rd.
  • 4:00 PM – 9:00PM: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, West 12 Mile at Woodward Avenue

Saturday, August 19, 2023 :

  • All Day: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, West 12 Mile Rd at Woodward Avenue

Red and blue classic cars in front of a vendor selling elephant ears and funnel cakes

City of Royal Oak

Friday, August 18, 2023 :

  • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Performance Park - Classic Car Show
  • ALL DAY: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, Vendors & Food Court
  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Cruise In Shoes 5k Run
  • 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM: Performance Park Classic Car Show
  • All Day: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, Vendors & Food Court

City of Pleasant Ridge

  • All Day: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, Woodward & Oakland Park Blvd.
  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Ford Bronco Show , Woodward & Oakland Park Blvd.

City of Ferndale

Friday, August 18, 2023 – Nine Mile Rd & Woodward

  • 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show
  • 5:00 PM: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • 5:30 PM: Lights & Sirens Cruise (begins at the corner of E. Nine Mile Rd & Woodward Ave. north to 11 Mile Rd and back).
  • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Kids Car Club Zone
  • 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM: MMRA'S Quarter Midget Racing Cars
  • 1:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage
  • All Day: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, food and merchant vendors

Saturday, August 19, 2023 - Nine Mile Rd & Woodward

  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Mustang Alley
  • 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Kids Car Club Zone
  • 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM: Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage

City of Ferndale Parking : Parking lots surround downtown Ferndale, near Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd.

Things to do Nearby the Woodward Dream Cruise

Cranbrook Art Museum , 39221 Woodward Avenue. Cranbrook has a marvelous music or science center. Their gardens are also excellent and you can tour:

  • The Saarinen House
  • Behind the scenes collections wing tour
  • Frank Lloyd Wright home
  • Self-guided outdoors sculpture tours
  • Cranbrook Observatory

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical - Listed as one of the World Almanac’s 100 Most Unusual Museums, this is a place you need to see to believe. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum,  31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills

My friend Marcy highly recommends eating at Sylvan Table which we will try this year. It is a farm-to-table restaurant. The restaurant is in a few hundred year old barn they moved from the east coast and built a farm around it. Cool, huh!

  • Other restaurant ideas that come highly recommended from locals include the Latin restaurant Freya and The Apparatus Room.

Are There Bathrooms at the Woodward Dream Cruise?

There are lots of porta johns along Woodward Ave in the more populated areas. Memorial Park in Royal Oak has a large bank of porta johns for the classic car show. 

People sitting in chairs, on the ground and under tents along Woodward Avenue

Are There Food Trucks or Places to Eat at Woodward Dream Cruise?

Motown Bistro and food trucks lining Woodward Ave in Detroit

Absolutely! There are food trucks and vendors lining Woodward avenue in the more populated areas, especially Royal Oak and Ferndale. There are also lots of great restaurants along Woodward Avenue.

We enjoy eating at Brown Iron Brewhouse in Royal Oak .

  • Chris was eyeing the Brown Iron Burger with Wagyu Beef, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and a yummy caramelized onion spread but got the Slow Smoke BBQ Pork sandwich with yummy pickles!
  • I got the Cali salmon BLT with avocado crema...be sure to order extra crema, it's yummy!

Brown Iron Brewhouse interior packed with people enjoying a meal

Um, can you say BACON CANDY?  Drool. 

Brown Iron Brewhouse sandwich with fries

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Over a million spectators are expected along woodward avenue this year. here’s what you need to know before you go..

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DETROIT – On Saturday, get ready for a Michigan end-of-summer tradition. Tens of thousands of cars will ride down M-1 in a celebration of classic and muscle car culture. Over 1.5 million vintage enthusiasts from around the world attend the annual procession as cars honk and drive down Woodward Ave.

When is the Woodward Dream Cruise?

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The Cruise is on the third Saturday of every August. This year it falls on August 20th and will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where is the parade route?

The parade runs northbound along the entire course of Woodward Ave. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Those not participating in the parade are asked to avoid the right two lanes near the curbs. You can find the official map here .

How can I watch and how much does it cost?

The Dream Cruise is free for both participants and fans. Spectators can watch anywhere along the parade route but be aware of businesses and private homes.

What should I bring?

While the entire parade runs for 12 hours, guests can come and go on their own time. We recommend bringing law chairs, sunblock, water and snacks. Classic cars can get very loud, so anyone sensitive to extreme noises should also pack ear plugs.

How do I get there?

Parking will be very limited in communities along the parade route, so allow for some extra time and patience. Parking can be found at lots and structures in Ferndale , Royal Oak , Birmingham and Pontiac , space permitting. Street parking is another option but take note of time restrictions and costs to avoid tickets and/or towing.

Free SMART shuttle busses will run on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Woodward Avenue from 8 Mile Road to Downtown Pontiac. To ride, look out for RED SMART and FAST bus stops on Woodward Avenue.

Busses will also run their normal routes, except for those on the parade route which will run on a detour. These busses will still pass by and stop in the communities along the parade route, but will avoid Woodward Avenue. The bus is $2 per person to ride and is good for four hours. More information on bus routes can be found here .

Ride shares like Lyft and Uber are another option for spectators looking to avoid driving and parking. Fans can also hop on a MoGo bike with MoGo stations available throughout Woodward Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Berkley.

What other events are occurring around the Dream Cruise?

Because of the parade’s central route on Woodward, many of the communities that the parade passes through will also be holding their own events in addition to the parade.

  • Berkley Cruise Fest
  • Birmingham Cruise Classic Car Show
  • Ferndale Dream Cruise
  • Performance Park Classic Car Show (Royal Oak)
  • Woodward Dream Parade (Pontiac)
  • Ford Bronco Show (Pleasant Ridge)
  • Super Roll (Piquette Plant)

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Big-finned Caddys, classic Corvettes, souped-up dragsters, and even the venerable 1997 Honda Civic Type R, which turns 25 this year, will be lined up bumper-to-bumper Saturday for the 27th annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Auto enthusiasts from all over the world, including New Zealand, Japan and Australia, flock to the cruise annually for a taste of car history in Michigan.

The cruise started in 1995 and is always held on the third Saturday in August.

It began as an effort by Nelson House plus a group of volunteers seeking to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale. They also wanted to re-create the nostalgic era of the 1950s and '60s, with music and cars roaming down Woodward. The first year brought in 250,000 people and has grown each year since then.

Nine Oakland County cities participate along a 16-mile radius of Woodward.

Starting as early as Thursday, car enthusiasts will crowd Woodward and surrounding communities to showcase their wheels.

Woodward Dream Cruise schedule

The cruise starts in Pontiac and stretches down Woodward toward Ferndale. 

Friday: CruiseFest Classic Car Parade 

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and travels west down 12 Mile from Woodward to Greenfield. There will be food, entertainment and places for families to watch the parade. About 7:30 p.m., Detroit blues group Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations will perform on Robina Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road. 

On Friday and Saturday at West 12 Mile, official Woodward Dream Cruise merchandise will be available for purchase all day. 

Saturday: Birmingham Cruise Classic Car Show 

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this car show will take place in the Walgreens lot at 34300 Woodward Ave.  and surrounding streets like Haynes to Adams Road, Worth Street to Woodward and Webster Street to Adams Road. Birmingham shops will be open, and there will be sponsor exhibits for spectators to enjoy. 

Parking for this event can be found in one of six Birmingham parking structures; metered parking will also be  available. 

The Peabody Street structure is located right off Woodward at 222 Peabody. The first two hours are free. 

Other parking structures include the following:

  • Chester Street structure: 180 S. Chester St. 
  • North Old Woodward structure: 333 N. Old Woodward
  • Park Street structure: 333 Park St. 
  • Pierce Street structure: 333 Pierce St. 
  • Public Parking Lot 6: 660 N. Old Woodward

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and WOMC-FM  (104.3) will be broadcasting live from Birmingham. 

Friday: Ferndale Dream Cruise Events

Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show & Ford Motor Co. is scheduled from 1-7 p.m. with the official Woodward Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. near east  Nine Mile Road at Woodward. The lights and siren cruise starts at 5:30 p.m. The Kids Car Club will also be in attendance, for kids to enjoy electric mini-car rides, games and bounce houses. 

West of Woodward, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., "A Storyland of Floats" from the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on exhibit.

From 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., musical guests will perform on the Rock' n Live  Entertainment Stage near West  Nine Mile Road in downtown Ferndale. 

Lineup of performances

  • 1 p.m.: M-1 Jazz Collective 
  • 3 p.m.: American Ages Band
  • 5 p.m.: The Favorites 
  • 7:30 p.m.: Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies 
  • 11 a.m.: Bad Mojo Band 
  • 1 p.m.: Surf Zip 
  • 3 p.m.: Look'in Back, A Bob Seger Tribute Band 
  • 5 p.m.: City Beat, A Motown Sound 
  • 7:30 p.m.: Infinity & Beyond, A Journey Tribute Band

Saturday: Ferndale Dream Cruise Events

Mustang Alley will take place with Ford Motor Co. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the entrance starting at Hilton Road at  East Nine Mile Road. It costs $20 to enter, only cash is accepted. Pre-registration is closed but vehicles not pre-registered can enter at about 10 a.m. 

The Kids Car Club and Kids Play Zone will also be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More performances will follow as well from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Rock' n Live Entertainment Stage. 

Visitors will be able to purchase food, and official Woodward Dream Cruise merchandise all day.

Friday: Performance Park Classic Car Show

Car enthusiasts can enjoy some classic cars before the main event from noon to 7 p.m . at Memorial Park at 31050 Woodward .

Saturday: Royal Oak Dream Cruise Events

Cruise in Shoes 5k Run & Walk will kick off at 8 and lasts until 9:30 a.m., on Yorba Linda Boulevard. Participants will be able to run along Woodward  and several Royal Oak neighborhood streets before ending  at Shrine Catholic High School. 

Pre-registering is available online or on the day of, sign-up will be available at  Shrine Catholic High School. Registration is $40 until Wednesday  and will be $45 the day of the race. 

The Performance Park Classic Car Show will continue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Vendors will also be selling food and official Dream Cruise merchandise. 

Pleasant Ridge

Saturday: Ford Bronco Show

Ford Bronco and the Bronco Corral will be in attendance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Woodward and Oakland Park Boulevard. 

Official cruise merchandise will be available for purchase there as well. 

Friday: Woodward Dream Show

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at M1 Concourse, over 600 cars in 13 classes including  hot rods, race cars, muscle cars and cruisers will be on display and compete in exhibition competitions. This year, kids will get in free, live music is expected and there will be shaded seating for 1,000 guests. In addition, there will be a live reveal about noon of Mobsteel's Lincoln Coupe. Mobsteel is a design company that focuses on manufacturing automotive aftermarket products. 

The show will feature over 50 Fords dating to 1932,  nearly 30 Lincolns and Firebirds, over 100 Corvettes, and more than 50 American classic hot rods. 

Judges will give awards for best in that class, plus awards for Best in Show and People's Choice Awards. Guests will be able to vote through a QR code. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. 

Ticket prices

  • 18 and older: $50 
  • 13 to 17 : $25
  • 12 and younger : Free

Purchasing a ticket includes no charge on parking and shuttle, and a better view to see the cars up-close. 

Ticket holder activities

  • Metro Detroit rock band Vavoom will perform from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Ride with a professional along the North Loop.
  • M1 Concourse Paddock Pavilion allows guests access to craft beers, wine and spirits and other beverages,  and the live music. 
  • Pit Stop Alley allows for attendees to get their grub on with a range of food trucks. It also includes seating for guests to get comfortable and enjoy the featured cars.
  • R/C Off-Road Course lets guests race one of 20 R/C remote-controlled EV race cars. 
  • Events happen rain or shine.
  • Minors need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tickets are nonrefundable.
  • No outside food or drinks.

M1 Concourse is located at 1 Motorsports Drive, Pontiac. 

Also on Friday, Pontiac will host a classic car show on Saginaw Street from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: Woodward Dream Parade 

Car club members and invited guests will meet again at M1 Concourse for the parade starting at 8 a.m. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.,  about 200 vehicles will cruise down Woodward and through downtown Pontiac. The event will open to the public around 11 a.m. in the Woodward Paddock and arena area with food trucks. In the M1 Kid Zone there will be R/C cars, pedal cars and slot cars. 

From noon to 7 p.m., live music will be performed in the arena next to the biergarten. These events end at 8 p.m. 

Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site; no outside food and drink will be allowed.

Parking for Woodward Dream Show events

  • Shuttles will be provided for round-trip pickups and drop-offs between Williams International parking lot and the M1 Concourse. 
  • Off-site parking is located at 2000 S. Opdyke Road, Pontiac.

Hotels nearby

  • Hotel Royal Oak: 811 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Doubletree by Hilton: 39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Troy, Auburn Hills:  850 Tower Drive , Troy
  • Cambria Hotel Detroit-Shelby Township : 50741 Corporate Drive, Shelby Township
  • Daxton Hotel: 298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham 

Restaurants nearby 

  • Detroit Taco Co.:  2199 Crooks Road, Troy 
  • Crispelli's Bakery & Pizzeria: 28939 Woodward Ave., Berkley
  • Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken: 31105 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak 
  • Como's: 22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
  • Churchill's: 116 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham

SMART bus options and bypasses 

Attendees can hop on a free SMART dream cruise shuttle from 8 Mile to Pontiac. The shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday. Passengers can board at any RED SMART or FAST bus stops along Woodward. Masks are encouraged but are not required. 

A Snapchat filter presented by Ford will also be available for usage.

Bus bypasses

Routes: 450, 460, FAST routes 461 and 462 will start at 8 a.m. and go until 11 p.m. and will end and start at their regular locations. 

If passengers are traveling between State Fair Transit Center and Troy P&R, they can board or de-board at any SMART or FAST stop as long as they flag the driver down. 

There will be no pickups or drop-offs between Troy P&R and Pontiac. 

Bypass transfer points are:

  • State Fair Transit Center
  • Royal Oak Transit Center 
  • 13 Mile & Coolidge
  • Somerset Collection- South
  • Downtown Pontiac
  • Auburn Hills Meijer

The following bus routes will operate regularly: 415/420 Greenfield/Southfield, 730 10 Mile, 740 12 Mile, 760 13 Mile, 14 Mile and 780 15 Mile. 

SMART bus encourages passengers to plan ahead before their trips due to possible delays leading up to the cruise and the day of the event.

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Woodward Dream Cruise returns this weekend. Here's what to know about parking, events and more

By Sara Powers

August 16, 2023 / 11:49 AM EDT / CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) - The Woodward Dream Cruise is here for its 2023 season! Here's everything you need to know about the route, parking, free bus rides, community events and more!

When and where is the Woodward Dream Cruise? 

The event will happen on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The Woodward Dream Cruise was founded in 1995 and goes through nine Oakland County communities along 16 miles of Woodward Avenue. 

The participating communities include Pontiac, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale. 

To view the official map for the event, visit here . 

What can visitors expect during the Woodward Dream Cruise?

Every year, the event draws in about 1.5 million people who can expect to see over 400,000 cars, including muscle, street rods, custom builds, collector cars and special edition vehicles participating in the cruise. 

Ford Motor Company is again the event's sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. 

"It's incredibly special to celebrate Ford's 120th Anniversary with Henry Ford's first race car along with our entire portfolio to help power the Woodward Dream Cruise," said Bryan Guldi, Ford U.S. branded activations manager, in a press release. "Collaborating with the Woodward Dream Cruise is very important to Ford Motor Company because we strive to contribute and give back in meaningful ways to the communities where we live, work... and cruise."

The 2023 Woodward Dream Cruise features the new Mustang Dark Horse, which is debuting this summer with an updated look and maintains manual transmission.

Ford will also feature its Bronco Raptor and F-150 Lightning at the event. 

Will there be construction during the Woodward Dream Cruise? 

The construction on Woodward Avenue from Eight Mile Road to Oakridge Street will pause for the event. 

Cars will have access to all four lanes of Woodward Avenue in both directions. 

Where to park during the Woodward Dream Cruise?

Parking is available along the route, and according to the Woodward Dream Cruise's website, here are some areas guests can find parking:

Royal Oak Golf Center: Corner of Coolidge and West 13 Mile Rd. Gunn Dyer Park: South of Normandy between Coolidge and Woodward. Upton Park: South of West 14 mile Rd and Coolidge.

  • City of Birmingham: All activities are within walking distance of the city's downtown parking decks.
  • City of Ferndale: The municipal parking lots surround downtown Ferndale, near Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd.
  • City of Pontiac: Municipal parking lots and structures surround downtown Pontiac.
  • City of Royal Oak: Guest parking is available at municipal parking lots and within walking distance from Woodward. Specifically, guests can look for parking at the Royal Oak Golf Center, Gunn Dyer Park and Upton Park. 

In addition, the event website shared a Facebook account where the community shares more information about where visitors can find parking and other events. 

How to get SMART bus rides during the Woodward Dream Cruise?

During the Woodward Dream Cruise, the SMART Shuttle will be free for everyone who wants to ride. People can catch a ride at any of the SMART RED or FAST bus stops from Eight Mile Road to Pontiac. 

Where to buy Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise?

Official merchandise can be found at the following locations: 

  • Ferndale City Hall, 300 East Nine Mile Rd., Downtown Ferndale (Mon - Thurs, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Nine Mile Road., east of Woodward Ave., Ferndale (Aug. 18 & 19)
  • Pleasant Ridge City Hall, 23925 Woodward Ave., west of Woodward, south of I-696 (Aug. 19)
  • Corner of West 12 Mile Road @ Woodward Avenue, Berkley (Aug. 18 & 19)
  • Westborn Market - 27659 Woodward Ave., Berkley (Aug. 19)
  • Zoe's Restaurant - 25994 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak (Aug. 18 & 19)
  • Sherwin Williams - 27958 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak (Aug. 18 & 19)
  • CVS Pharmacy, 30900 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak (Aug. 18 & 19)
  • Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken, 31105 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak (Aug. 18 & 19)
  • Kinkos - 33100 Woodward Ave., Birmingham (Aug. 19)
  • West Maple Road, north corner of Woodward, 35075 Woodward Ave., Birmingham (Aug. 18, 19, & 20)
  • Birmingham Cruise, Downtown Birmingham, Old Woodward Avenue - multiple locations (Aug. 19)

Other related events happening this weekend

  • The Woodward Dream Cruise Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: This ceremony will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, on East Nine Mile Road at Woodward Avenue.
  • Lights & Sirens Cruise: This parade will happen at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The procession will head north on Woodward to 11 Mile Road and return to Nine Mile Road. 
  • Woodward Dream Show: This event is happening Friday and Saturday at the M-1 Concourse in Pontiac. To celebrate Corvette's 70th anniversary, they will have 70 Corvettes, one from each production year. In addition, they will also have a 1983 Corvette, which is the only one in the world! For more information on the Woodward Dream Show, visit here.
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There's something about Woodward Avenue and cruisin' .

As one of the major roadways in Detroit, Michigan, Woodward Ave. has been the setting for road racing going all the way back to 1848, when carriage drivers used to race along the uneven plank road.

In the 1950s, teenage car culture blossomed on Woodward. Not only were there multiple drive-ins to cruise, but the automotive dealerships and service stations of the Motor City somehow seemed to all center around this one road. Street racing became all the rage. If you had a muscle car, you were seen on Woodward Ave.

Therefore, it's the obvious setting for one of the most celebrated classic car events in modern times: The Woodward Dream Cruise.

What Is the Woodward Dream Cruise?

The Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest one-day automotive event in the world, hosting approximately 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 of the coolest muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, and street rods from around the world.

The event started as a fundraiser for the Ferndale, Michigan youth soccer field. Nelson House, a local plumber, and Mayor Pamela S. McCullough.

But, what was meant to be a one-shot fund raiser became a huge success. Today, the event is hosted across several metro Detroit communities.

The Third Saturday of August

Each year, on the third Saturday of August, Oakland County comes alive with the roar of the Motor City's claim to fame.

The cars from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s congregate on the M1 Concourse. In true cruisin' style, the cars complete a 16-mile loop of the hosting communities, including Birmingham, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods, Berkley, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, and Pontiac.

The cruise ends at the State Fair Grounds, just south of 8 Mile Road.

Dozens of car clubs are invited to attend, and a variety of car shows are held along Woodward Ave. on the weekend of the cruise. Whether you drive a Ford, a Pontiac, or a DeLorean, your car is welcome at the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Though the coronavirus pandemic shut down the Woodward Dream Cruise in 2020 (though an unofficial event was held by Woodward residents), the event is back on track for 2021, including the new Woodward Dream Show to be hosted in conjunction with the cruise. While the two are separate automotive events, the car show plans to keep the hype going with host Bob Larivee, and a variety of events to continue celebrating some of the best cars to ever come out of Detroit.

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The 2023 Woodward Dream Cruise takes over metro Detroit's most famous road on Saturday, August 19, 2023! 

WXYZ is once again proud to be your home for everything Dream Cruise.

We're revving our engines, getting ready for the cruise. In addition to the photo galleries, videos, and news you'll find here, watch for live coverage Dream Cruise week on 7 Action News.

On August 19, our two-hour Woodward Dream Cruise special airs on WXYZ-TV and streaming on WXYZ.com from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Woodward Dream Cruise at the official event website.

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