Woodward Dream Cruise: Make it a ‘Classic’ Weekend

By: Michael Fossbakk | August 15, 2018

The Woodward Dream Cruise is an annual celebration not just of automobiles but of history, too. This weekend, as hot rods, muscle cars and more catch your eye, think of the historical significance each one of them carries. While Detroit is “The Motor City” there’s a wealth of historical significance to be found around town. From restaurants to retail stores, Detroit is steeped in history. You need only look around you.

Restaurants

Last year, we covered some long-standing restaurants on Woodward Ave. Every one of those places are still great choices for a delicious meal in Metro Detroit, especially this weekend as they are all located on Woodward Ave. Chicken Shack makes some of the best broasted chicken around. Sign of the Beefcarver is your home for, well, homestyle cooking. And Nicky D’s is a perfect place to grab a coney dog or two.

Movies

After spending hours outside checking out the best classic cars in Metro Detroit, cool off by catching a classic movie. This weekend, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre is hosting the Michigan premiere of the 4K restoration of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Downtown Ferndale is playing The Lion King as part of its “Get Reel” outdoor movie series on Vester St. The Maple Theater is playing a TV special from 1968 about Elvis Presley for its 50th anniversary. As part of the “Cult Classics in the Courtyard” series, Red Dunn Kitchen is playing Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which tells the story of a German immigrant turned rock star in Kansas.

Music

Is it really “cruising” if you’re not jamming out to the radio, too? If you’re a fan of classic cars, there’s a good chance you have a certain nostalgia for classic music, too. Earth, Wind & Fire is is bringing their mix of soul, jazz and R&B music to Chene Park. If the ‘90s are more your jam, check out the “I Love the 90’s” tour at DTE Energy Music Theatre with Salt-n-Pepa, Montell Jordan, Kid ‘n Play and more. El Club is hosting “Classic Hip-Hop Night” with DJ Dave Paul. And there’s always Boogie Fever Saturdays at Boogie Fever Cafe in Ferndale.

Stores

There’s something about stepping into an old building that immediately leaves its impact on a person. It’s an effect rarely replicated by anything else. Many people like to talk about the buildings that housed old stores in Metro Detroit with a gentle fondness. While many have gone away, some still remain.

John K. King Used & Rare Books is one such store. Stores, actually. Both the main Detroit location and the satellite location in Ferndale have been transporting bookworms to worlds of imagination since the 1980s.

Detroit Antique Mall has been at the same location in Detroit since 1984 and what better way to surround yourself in history than an antique store? Find vintage furniture, pop-culture memorabilia and more here.