The Friday 5 — Aug. 16-18

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published August 14, 2019

 1. Woodward Dream Cruise
Saturday, Aug. 17 • Woodward Avenue, Ferndale to Pontiac

Droves of car enthusiasts are expected to descend on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 17, to catch all of the hot rods, custom cars and unique vehicles heating up the pavement during the Woodward Dream Cruise

The Dream Cruise — which turns 25 this year —  is the biggest event of its kind in the world, drawing approximately 40,000 classic cars and 1.5 million people, according to organizers. The event stretches along Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac, with plenty of car-centric events happening along the cruise route. 

One popular stop is the intersection of 13 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak, which has long been considered the epicenter of the cruise. That area is home to Memorial Park, which will host the Performance Park Classic Car Show, as well as a wide array of automotive vendors and displays on Friday and Saturday. 

For more information about the Woodward Dream Cruise, including a complete list of events along Woodward, visit www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

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2. CruiseFest Classic Car Parade
Friday, Aug. 16 • Berkley

Just before the Woodward Dream Cruise gets underway, downtown Berkley will have its own annual celebration of classic cars during the 24th annual CruiseFest Classic Car Parade at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, along 12 Mile Road in downtown Berkley. 

Between 300 and 400 vintage vehicles are expected to participate in the festivities. In addition to the parade, the event will also include a kids inflatable zone from 6 to 9 p.m. at 12 Mile and Tyler Avenue; prize booths and giveaways on Griffith and Robina avenues, south of 12 Mile; a food court from 6 to 9 p.m on Robina, south of 12 Mile; performances by the Tri-Community Coalition Street Dance team from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Griffith, north of 12 Mile; and live entertainment from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Related story: CruiseFest to host hundreds of classic cars on 12 Mile in Berkley


3. Aqua Fest
Aug. 17-18 • St. Clair Shores

The Nautical Mile Merchants Association will host the annual St. Clair Shores AquaFest from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, along the Nautical Mile, located on Jefferson Avenue, between Nine Mile and 10 Mile roads, in St. Clair Shores. 

The festival will include the Ultimate Air Dogs show, a family fishing derby, a mermaid princess party, Hawaiian luau, a watermelon eating contest, a craft and vendor expo, a comedy magic show, a pancake breakfast, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. 

For more information, including a complete schedule of activities, visit www.nauticalmile.org or call (586) 777-8300.

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4. Assumption GreekFest
Aug. 15-18 • Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and Cultural Center, St. Clair Shores

Enjoy Greek food, dancing, entertainment, shopping, rides and more all weekend long during GreekFest Aug. 15-18 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road in St. Clair Shores. 

This year’s festival begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 15, with a grand opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The festival is open 4-10 p.m. Aug. 15, 3-11 p.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 18. Admission costs $2, and children 12 and younger receive free admission.

Entertainment will include the music of Enigma and vocalist Niko Varlamos, as well as Assumption dance groups and the Hellenic Society for the Performing Arts. Members of Assumption also make homemade cuisine for the festival, including spinach pie, stuffed grape leaves, pastitsio, kebabs and gyros, along with baklava, loukoumades, and Greek breads and cookies. The menu is available at assumptionfestival.com, and call-ahead ordering is available for drive-thru or carryout by calling (586) 596-6326 or (586) 779-8071.

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5. Bee Fest
Saturday, Aug. 17 • Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, the Belle Isle Nature Center will hold its fourth annual Bee Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. 

The event will be buzzing with activities, including beekeeper talks, arts and crafts, local honey tastings, a children’s bee costume parade, live music, a bee-centric macro photography exhibit, and demonstrations on planting and maintaining a bee-friendly garden. The Belle Isle Nature Center also features an observation beehive, which will give visitors a close-up view of the daily lives of honey bees. 

The bridge to Belle Isle is located at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and East Grand Boulevard. The Belle Isle Nature Center is located at the east end of the island near the Blue Heron Lagoon. For more information, visit belleislenaturecenter.org.


Staff Writers Mike Koury, Sarah Wojcik and Kristyne Demske contributed to this report.