With multiple events being canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, it is time to finally enjoy some auto shows again this summer.
As COVID-19 cases decrease, opportunities to enjoy summer festivities are increasing. There’s plenty of offerings across metro Detroit for car lovers, gearheads, collectors and wannabes.
Center Line festival and Cruisin’ 53
The nonprofit community organization Center Line Festival Foundation has been welcoming tens of thousands of people to its festival each year since 2016, according to the foundation.
This year, visitors will find carnival rides, live rock and country music, food, beer tent, arts and crafts, professional wrestling, helicopter rides, bounce houses, petting zoo, exotic birds, a trackless train, fireworks and more. The festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
Entering the park and enjoying the live music is free, but carnival rides are $1.25 per ticket and each ride takes about three tickets, according to Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine. Wristbands for the whole day are $20 per person.
The run begins at the Warren Civic Center at 9 a.m. and ends at Center Line Memorial Park. Participants will pass by “a parade of classic cars going south to 8 Mile Road and then north to 14 Mile Road passing Warren’s Civic Center South, Center Line’s central Downtown District, and Warren Civic Center Park” at noon, and car show awards take place at 4 p.m.
Visitors are asked to park their car at Stellantis/Mopar parking lot, which is on Lawrence Avenue south of Bernice, according to Champine. Then, catch a shuttle to the park, carnival, or the Cruisin’ 53 Car Show on M-53 at 10 Mile Road.
Greenfield Village will host the Motor Muster car show on Father’s Day weekend, June 18-20. Cars from the 1930s to the 1970s will be featured. Classic Gold will be performing American rock and pop hits from the ’70s.
The event will also feature “Driven to Win: Racing in America,” a new exhibition at the Henry Ford presented by General Motors.
Members of the Henry Ford museum will get free parking and free admission to Motor Muster. Parking for nonmembers is $6 and admission is $21 for kids 5-11, $28 for those ages 12-61 and $25 for seniors 62 and older.
Motors at the Market
America’s Automotive Trust is hosting Motors at the Market from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8.
The auto enthusiast show features vintage, classic, modern muscle and luxury vehicles and motorcycles at Detroit’s Eastern Market.
Admission is free, with opportunities to purchase items such as antiques, art, vintage fashions and handmade wares from vendors, food trucks and more, according to the event website.
Participants are encouraged to join in and park their vehicles or motorcycles in the Motors at the Market lot at the southeast corner of 2934 Russell and Wilkens next to Eastern Market Shed 5.
Cruisin’ Downriver, also known as the Fort Street Cruise, will be held on June 26, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The cruise will stretch from Southfield Road and Sibley Road to Fort Street, which passes through Southgate, Wyandotte and Riverview.
Visitors will gather the day before to kick off the cruise.
Lakeshore Community Car Show
Camaros of Michigan and TLC Automotive will host the fifth annual Lakeshore Community Car Show from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. July 24.
The event takes place at TLC Automotive at 172 120th Ave. in Holland.
All makes and models are welcome, not just Chevrolet Camaros, according to the website. Camaro dress-up products will be available for purchase for fifth- or sixth-generation Camaros.
Pre-registering for the show costs $10, while the entry fee the day of the show is $12.
Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Harvest Stand Ministries, which will have a truck at the event. For each food item donated, a yellow ticket will be given for a special prize that will be raffled off at the show.
Proceeds will go to Hospice of Holland, an institution that provides hospice care for patients facing terminal illness, end of life cancer, dementia, heart failure and more.
The Telegraph Cruise is set for July 24. From 9 a.m.to 9 p.m., visitors in Dearborn Heights, Taylor and Redford Township can see the cruise on Telegraph between Eureka and Puritan.
Crowds will also celebrate an unofficial kickoff to the
cruise the evening of July 23. The Telegraph Cruise was originally called the Telegraph Tomorrow Classic Car Cruise.
Concours d’Lemons Michigan 2021
The annual Concours d’Lemons car show will take place just before the Concours d’Elegance event, which features top-of-the-line rare and luxury vehicles.
The Lemons event is just that — it features vehicles on the opposite end of the spectrum. As its website notes, there’s “lots of room for rust buckets. Register your hooptie and join in the fun!” The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 24 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile in Plymouth.
Concours D’Elegance Of America
This Concourse, to be held on from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. July 25, is one of America’s most prestigious car events.
Celebrating its 42nd year this summer, the show will be hosted by Hagerty Group — the world’s largest insurer of classic cars and wooden boats — at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.
“Over 300 significant classic and historically relevant vehicles ranging from the Gas Light era to Modern Collectables to Super Cars” will be displayed during the event, spanning over 100 years, organizers said on their website.
Advance tickets are available at $35 until July 21, while VIP ticket packages are between $165 and $275 and are available until June 30. Children 12 and under can enter for free.
Free parking will be available at Canton High School, with shuttle service to the inn with advance ticket purchases.
The Concours Invitational Art Exhibition will feature “fine automotive artists from around the world and fashions presented by Detroit’s own fashion icons, Paper Dress Company and Lilac Pop,” Hagerty said.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $45 on the day of the event.
Celebrating 17 years, the Gratiot Cruise in Clinton Township will be held Aug. 1 starting at 8 a.m. at Moran Chevrolet Cruise Headquarters in the parking lot at the southeast corner of 16 Mile & Gratiot.
Visitors can register their cars for $20 online or before the cruise. There will be music, merchandise, adult games and food.
The Dorian Ford Family Fun Zone, located at AMC Theatres north of 12 Mile, will be set up for kids and will include bounce houses, games, arts and crafts and a McLaren Macomb Bike Helmet Giveaway.
Motor City Car Crawl
The all-new outdoor Motor City Car Crawl is coming to Campus Martius in downtown Detroit Aug. 5-8.
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow is set to headline the Motor City Car Crawl Charity Gala on Aug. 7, according to a news release.
The event is produced by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Downtown Detroit Partnership — and will feature vehicles, food trucks and entertainment that will fill downtown parks and nearby streets, creating a walkable district for people to see vehicles representing the 185 members of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.
Admission is free, except for the Saturday night fundraiser. Tickets for that go on sale Thursday, $250 per ticket. The gala’s funds will be donated to nine Detroit children’s charities.
Woodward Dream Cruise
The 26th Woodward Dream Cruise is set for Aug. 21.
Cruisers will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 9 p.m.
The event will take place on Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Ferndale. Participating cities include those in between the cities above: Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham and Pleasant Ridge.
Each city will have events on the days leading up to the Dream Cruise.
Traditionally held on Father’s Day, the EyesOn Design car show has been pushed toward the end of summer — Sept. 19.
The event, which celebrates transportation design instead of rarity, restoration or celebrity ownership, will take place at the historic Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
This year’s theme is Marques of Extinction: Significant Designs of Bygone Brands, according to EyesOn Design.
Between 200 and 300 domestic and foreign vehicles are to be shown. Judging is facilitated by active and retired exterior and interior designers from leading automotive and supplier companies.
Tickets are $30 per person and are available the day of the event at the gate. Children 10 and under and active duty military personnel with identification can enter for free. For more ticket information, call 313-936-1966.
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