Woodward Dream Cruise 2022 in Detroit | Dates, Schedule of Events, Where to Park, Map | Check Out the World's Biggest Cruise!

Woodward Dream Cruise 2022 | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

The Detroit Dream Cruise is the mothership of car events. I mean seriously, the car cruise draws thousands of classic cars (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!

When is the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise?

August 20, 2022!

BUT...several communities have fun events and classic car shows on August 19, 2022. See the event schedule below!

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What day is Woodward Dream Cruise 2022? August 20, 2022

Is the Woodward Dream Cruise free? Yes, the Dream Cruise is free to watch! Be sure to pack some chairs!

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

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

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 bringing:

  • Ear plugs if you are noise sensitive
  • Folding chairs
  • Water/non alcoholic drinks
  • TP (in case the porta johns are out)
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen

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

  • Berkley
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Ferndale
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Royal Oak
  • Birmingham
  • Bloomfield Township
  • Huntington Woods
  • Pontiac


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.  

Woodward Dream Cruise Map

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

Helpful Map Tips:

  • 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 19-20, 2022) and Where to Park

City of Pontiac

Friday, August 19, 2022: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Pontiac Classic Car Show on Saginaw Street all day! Plus score some Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise

Saturday, August 20, 2022: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Dream Cruise Downtown Social, Hidden River Entertainment Plaza. Plus Detroit Dream Cruise Merchandise.

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

Bloomfield Township

Events TBD

City of Birmingham

Saturday, August 20, 2022:

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

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.

City of Berkley

Friday, August 19, 2022:

  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: CruiseFest Classic Car Parade, On West 12 Mile Rd., between Coolidge & Greenfield Rd. (SEE MAP ABOVE)
  • All day: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, W. 12 Mile at Woodward Avenue

Saturday, August 20, 2022:

Woodward Dream Cruise

City of Royal Oak

Friday, August 19, 2022:

  • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Performance Park Classic Car Show

Saturday, August 20, 2022:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Cruise In Shoes 5k Run & Walk
  • 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

Saturday, August 20, 2022: 

  • ALL DAY: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, Woodward & Oakland Park Blvd.
  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Ford Bronco Show, Woodward & Oakland Park Blvd. (SEE MAP)

City of Ferndale

Friday, August 19, 2022 – Nine & Woodward (SEE MAP ABOVE)

  • 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show & Ford Motor Co.
  • 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM: A Storyland of Floats, presented by The Parade Company
  • 1:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage
  • 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).

Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ Nine & Woodward

  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Mustang Alley & Ford Motor Co.
  • 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM: Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage

Both Days: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, East 9 Mile Rd.

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

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