Michigan car shows, collector events and cruises return in 2021


The front grill of a 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet looks formidable at the 2013 EyesOn Design Father’s Day car show at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo: Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press)

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. 

Each day will have a theme, according to a news release. Cruisin’ 53 car cruise and show will join in on the celebration Saturday morning with the Run Warren 5k Run-Walk.

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.

Motor Muster

Greenfield Village will host the Motor Muster car show Father’s Day weekend, June 18-20. Cars will be featured from the 1930s to the1970s. 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 Henry Ford Museum presented by General Motors.

Members of the Henry Ford museum will have free parking and free admission for Motor Muster. Parking for non-member 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 on June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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 fashion and handmade wares from hand-selected 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 SE corner of 2934 Russell and Wilkens next to Eastern Market Shed 5.

Crusin’ Downriver

Crusin’ Downriver, also known as the Fort Street Cruise, will be held on  June 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The cruise  stretches 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 & TLC Automotive is hosting its fifth annual Lakeshore Community Car Show on July 24 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event takes place at TLC Automotive at 172 120th Ave. in Holland.

All makes and models are welcome, not just Camaros, according to the website. Chevrolet Camaro dress-up products will be available for purchase for fifth- or sixth-generation Camaros.

Preregistering for the show costs $10, while the entry fee the day of the show is $12. 

 Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable 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.

A 1953 Chevy Tradesman owned by Gary Koscielniak CQes 63 of Belleville. Gary Koscielniak has owned this 1953 Chevy Tradesman classic car for 14 years and came to the Dearborn Cruise on Telegraph Road with his wife, Ruth, to show the car on Saturday July 23, 2011.  (Photo: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press)

Telegraph Cruise

The Telegraph Cruise is set for July 24 from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m. Visitors from Dearborn Heights, Taylor and Redford Township can see the cruise on Telegraph between Eureka and Puritan.

Crowds will also celebrate the evening before for an unofficial kickoff to the

cruise. The Telegraph Cruise was originally called The Telegraph Tomorrow Classic Car Cruise.

Concours d’Lemons Michigan 2021

The annual Concours d’Lemons car show takes 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 of St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile in Plymouth. 

This 1977 AMC Pacer was among the several dozen “lemon” cars on display Saturday, July 30, 2016 for the lighthearted Concours d’LeMons Michigan during the Concours d’Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.  (Photo: JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press)

Concours D’Elegance Of America

This Concourse, to be held on July 25 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., 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 available with with advance ticket purchases. 

The Concours Invitational Art Exhibition features “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 also are available at the gate for $45 on the day of the event.

Gratiot Cruise

Celebrating 17 years, the Gratiot Cruise will be held on Aug. 1 starting at 8 a.m. at Moran Chevrolet Cruise Headquarters.

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, is set up for kids and will include bounce houses, games, arts and crafts, and a McLaren Macomb Bike Helmet Giveaway.

The grill of a 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III seen at the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise on Sunday August 3, 2003.  (Photo: J. Kyle Keener, DETROIT FREE PRESS)

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.

Sheryl Crow arrives at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

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 s free, except for the Saturday night fundraiser. Tickets go on sale June 10, $250 per ticket. The gala’s funds will be donated to nine Detroit children’s charities.

Classic and modern vehicles cruise on Woodward Avenue for the “unofficial” Dream Cruise in Royal Oak on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Woodward Dream Cruise

The 26th Woodward Dream Cruise  is set for on  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, Berkeley, Birmingham,  and Pleasant Ridge.

Each city will have events on the days leading up to the Dream Cruise

EyesOn Design

Traditionally held on Father’s Day, the EyesOn Design car show has been pushed toward the end of summer — Sept. 19.


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