The world’s largest celebration of car culture will be taking place in Michigan on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This year is the 23rd Woodward Dream Cruise; an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday of August which showcases more than 40,000 classic cars, hotrods and customized vehicles along a 16-mile stretch of a historic Metro Detroit avenue that runs through nine host communities. A million spectators are expected to join in the fun watching incredible cars cruise up and down Woodward Avenue and checking out the numerous cars shows taking place along the route in Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, and Royal Oak. It is like a huge block party for car lovers!
My kids and I have had a lot of fun attending the Woodward Dream Cruise in past years. Organizers make a concerted effort for the event to have a family-friendly environment by incorporating activities for kids like the FORD PLAY ZONE and banning alcohol consumption in public spaces. There are some great bars and restaurants, including Duggan’s Irish Pub, The Moose Preserve, Vinsetta Garage, and Woodward Avenue Brewers, along the route if you want to relax while enjoying a beer during the event though. It is FREE to watch the cars go by along Woodward Avenue and most of the activities and events taking place surrounding the Dream Cruise are free as well. Of course not everything is free as there are a multitude of food carts and souvenir tents all along the route selling snacks and t-shirts plus you are probably going to have to pay for a parking spot for your own car. There is also a 5K race/fun run you can sign up for if you are up to running your own engine along Woodward Avenue before the start of the Dream Cruise.
Some of my family’s highlights from past Dream Cruises have included getting autographs from NASCAR Sprint Cup race car drivers Chris Buescher and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., meeting Richard Rawlings from the Discovery Channel’s FAST N’ LOUD, getting a photo with Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster in the 1960s sitcom The Munsters along with the iconic family hotrod from the show, receiving race car themed coloring books from a General Motors display and getting the chance to sit in the actual Camero used to portray the Bumblebee character in the Transformers movies. My son was all smiles getting to sit in the driver’s seat of his favorite Transformer.
Of course we love seeing the huge variety of cars on display during the Woodward Dream Cruise as well! While there is a road full of awesome looking cars and trucks to view on the cruise route you can also discover a lot of cool vehicles on display at the numerous car shows and corporate exhibits situated along Woodward Avenue. Exploring the activities taking place off the street is where we’ve gotten the best close up views of the coolest cars and met some really interesting people who are really passionate about automobiles. We’ve seen race cars, monster trucks, and so much more at the Woodward Dream Cruise!
For more information about this event, please visit woodwarddreamcruise.com