Fun, Food & Running: Auto Show Events in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | January 12, 2014

As you’re probably already aware, the 2014 North American International Auto Show begins this Saturday, January 18. While the vehicles are the star of the show, there is plenty more to talk about when it comes to the Auto Show.

Even after you leave Cobo Center, there’s much to do in the Motor City. On Saturday, January 18, the Auto Show Shuffle, a 5K run/walk, will be held at the Detroit Port Authority. The event is held in partnership with the NAIAS, and the race kicks off at 8 a.m.

Registration costs $30 in advance and $35 the morning of the race. The fee includes a medal and t-shirt for all participants. What better way to kick off one of the best weeks in Detroit than with a little exercise?

If running isn’t exactly your forte, here’s another activity you might be interested in: Motor City Brew Tours will host an Auto Show-themed Bumpers and Brews bus tour on Saturday, January 18 and Saturday, January 25.

There are two different tours each day, one at 10 a.m. and another at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $49.99, and the tour includes guided bus transportation with historical commentary, four 8-oz. beer samples and lunch at Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield St., Detroit. The tour begins and ends there, and you can park your car in the lot for free.

If you’re not tired of the automotive theme yet, head to Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley, at any time throughout the week, where you’ll enjoy a meal in a reconstructed garage turned restaurant.

The menu contains everything from soup and salads to burgers to main dishes like Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon, Smoked Ribeye and Farro Stuffed Poblano. They’ve also got signature pizzas and build-your-own pasta bowls, so no matter what you’re craving after drooling over all those cars, you’ll find something to suit your taste buds.

While you’re actually at the Auto Show, keep the following dates in mind. On Saturday, January 18 through Monday, January 20 and Saturday, January 25, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Cobo Center. Donations will be accepted from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on those dates, either by walk-in or appointment. If you’re already there for the Auto Show and able to donate, why not?

While a few of the NAIAS’s special events happened during the preview week, there are still some taking place during the time in which it’s open to the public. NAIAS Education Day will be held on Wednesday, January 22 for school groups, and WXYZ Channel 7 Family Day will take place on Friday, January 24, which includes musical performances and giveaways.

Admission to the North American International Auto Show costs $13 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages seven to 12, and is free for children six and under. It’s open all week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of the final day, Sunday, January 26, when it closes at 7 p.m.