The Friday Five — Aug. 19-21

Metro | Published August 3, 2022


1. Woodward Dream Cruise weekend
Aug. 19-20 • Various cities

Now in its 27th year, the Woodward Dream Cruise will once again thrill spectators along a 16-mile route from Ferndale to Pontiac Aug. 20. While the main attraction will happen on the famous avenue Saturday, gearheads can find a classic car parade, car shows and more starting Friday. Here are some preview stories to help get your motor runnin':

Dream Cruise festivities, Mustangs to take over downtown Ferndale

Car enthusiasts gear up for this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise (Birmingham/Pontiac)

Woodward Dream Cruise to roar into Royal Oak

CruiseFest Classic Car Parade heads back to Berkley

C & G Newspapers runs a feature called Behind the Wheel, in which local car enthusiasts talk about their cherished rides. For a chance to be in a future story, email Staff Writer Maria Allard at To read about these and other related stories, visit

2. GreekFest
Aug. 18-21 • Assumption Cultural Center, St. Clair Shores

GreekFest promises four days of culture, authentic Greek food, live entertainment, dancing and more at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church/Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road in St. Clair Shores on the Grosse Pointe Woods border. Hours for the popular summer event are 4-10 p.m. Aug. 18, 4-11 p.m. Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 20 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 21.

Read the story: Opa! GreekFest returns with food, culture, entertainment

3. AQL India Day 2022
Aug. 20 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The India League of America, in collaboration with Michigan Asian Indian Community Organizations, will present AQL India Day 2022 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. The free celebration will feature food, dance, music, traditions, jewelry and apparel, a Freedom Parade, exhibits, Bollywood celebrities, the Hindu tradition of the lighting of the lamp and more.

Read the story: Join the celebration for India Day

4. Armada Fair
Aug 15-21 • Armada Fairgrounds

Catch the weekend portion of the weeklong Armada Fair with carnival rides, the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Chainsaw Men of Michigan, the Comedy Farm Magic Review, animal oasis and animal adventure shows, the youth livestock sale, glass blowing, Irish dancers, historical reenactments, a display featuring artifacts, memorabilia and costumes from the event's 150-year history and more. The marquee attractions are the rodeo at 7 p.m. Friday, and tractor and truck pulls at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for 10-12 and free for 9 and younger; daily parking is $5 cash only. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the grounds — located at 74280 Fair St. — close at midnight. For additional information about the events, pricing and times, visit

5. Cheddar's Summer Splash
Aug. 20 • Troy Historic Village

Children ages 2-8 can join Cheddar the Village Mouse for beach games, crafts and treats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road. Families are also encouraged to bring a donation for the Michigan Animal Rescue League in exchange for a small prize. (For a list of suggestions, visit The cost to attend the event is $7 in advance or $8 on-site for Troy Historical Society members; add $1 for nonmembers. To register, visit

Bonus: Summer Festival
Aug. 19-21 • St. Rafka, Livonia
St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church, 32765 Lyndon St. in Livonia, will host its Summer Festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy live entertainment, bingo, an escape room, games, inflatables, face painting, food and a premium bar, a raffle, a gift shop, and more. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit