Autopalooza is revving up for its new season. From the first blooms of spring to the last of the falling leaves, Detroit car events are a rite of passage for anyone visiting the Motor City and a staple of any Michigander’s calendar.
Here’s a look at the lineup of Autopalooza car cruises, races and shows this season by month.
April and June 2017 Autopalooza Events
Students from North and South America will drive their low-slung, futuristic vehicles on the city streets of Detroit near TCF Center to achieve one goal: to drive the farthest distance, using the least amount of energy.
Cars from the Verizon IndyCar Series, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and trucks of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks bring some excitement to the Raceway on the island.
Eastpointe Gratiot Cruise (June 17)
North of Detroit, Cruisin’ Gratiot’s week-long celebration of automotive history culminates in one day of fun celebrating the tradition of “cruising Gratiot” — one of Michigan’s most celebrated roadways.
Motor Muster (June 17-18)
Nowhere is more appropriate for a vintage auto enthusiast event than Greenfield Village — the home of Henry Ford. Motor Muster celebrates cars from the 1930s-’70s.
EyesOn Design Automotive Exhibition (June 18)
At the Ford House (Edsel and Eleanor Ford House), 200-300 vehicles attract members of the transportation design community, collectors and enthusiasts with a focus on automotive design.
Cruisin’ Downriver (June 24)
Communities downriver — Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte and Riverview — team up to welcome more than 300,000 car buffs on Fort Street.
Sloan Museum Auto Fair (June 24-25)
This two-day show features music, exhibits, crafts and entertainment for the whole family.
July 2017 Autopalooza Events
All American Cruise (July 15)
Join the fun in Westland as cars cruise from Joy Road to Glenwood Avenue.
Car Capitol Auto Show (July 29)
Spectacular autos from all over America come to Lansing to compete in mid-Michigan’s finest auto show.
Concours D’Elegance of America (July 28-30)
Long considered one of the finest automotive events in the world, a selection committee invites a unique collection of vehicles to be displayed in what’s become a lifestyle event.
August 2017 Autopalooza Events
Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise (Aug. 6)
The stretch of Gratiot Avenue between 14 Mile Road to north of Metropolitan Parkway comes to life with family-friendly fun and, of course, plenty of cars.
Back to the Bricks Cruise Weekend (Aug. 15-19)
The five-day event offers strolls down brick streets, a Motown-themed dance party and begins with a celebration at a drive-in theater.
Woodward Dream Cruise (Aug. 19)
The grand-daddy of all Detroit car cruises, it spans several communities and has become the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people from around the globe.
Cruisin’ Hines (Aug. 27)
Hines Drive — the seven miles stretch of Ann Arbor Trail in Westland — closes down for this cruise in southeast Michigan.
September 2017 Autopalooza Events
The Old Car Festival (Sept. 9-10)
America’s longest-running antique car show takes place at Greenfield Village with vehicles from the 1890s through 1932.
Orphan Car Show (Sept. 17)
Hundreds of now defunct cars and trucks from across the country are displayed at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.