Check out all the classic autos, hot rods, and muscle cars you can see at events in 2022.
MICHIGAN—Few things encapsulate Michigan culture better than a vintage car cruising down a historic downtown street. Many Michiganders have fond memories of strolling through aisles of classic cars with the hoods popped up. And summer isn’t truly summer unless we spend some of it in a roadside lawn chair to watch cars cruise by.
Some of Michigan’s best car events had to cancel their events in 2020, 2021, or both, to the devastation of Michigander car enthusiasts everywhere. Other event organizers used that innovative Michigan spirit to adapt their events in new ways. But one thing is for sure—Michigan’s car events will return.
We’ve assembled a list of the car shows and events we’re most looking forward to in 2022, and what to know if you go.
Michigan International Auto Show
When: Feb. 3-6, 2022
Where: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
At the Michigan International Auto Show, car manufacturers from around the world offer attendees the opportunity to view their “next new car!” A show featuring the latest and greatest in everyday vehicles, the Auto Show also offers attendees glimpses at “soon to be released” models ranging from sedans, SUVs, vans, trucks, hybrids, luxury cars, and sports cars. Car models may debut here before they start showing up in dealerships. The show was cancelled for 2021, but is scheduled for 2022.
When: March 4-6, 2022
Where: Cobo/TCF Center, Detroit
Detroit Autorama is a hot rod and custom car show in Detroit. Over 800 hot rods, muscle cars, race cars, custom cars, and trucks are on display. With the Autorama in its 69th year, it is the oldest of its kind. The Don Ridler Memorial Award is the most prestigious award, with only eight finalists, the “Great 8.” The show was canceled for 2021, but is scheduled for 2022.
Michigan Antique Festivals Car Show (Davisburg)
When: April 30-May 1, 2022 and Oct. 8-9, 2022
Where: Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg
This classic car show is held alongside Michigan’s largest antique and collectible festival. The Davidsburg festival is spread out among five indoor buildings, with the car show held on the northern end of the fairgrounds. Classic, antique, hot rod, muscle, and special interest vehicles are invited to the car show field to try and compete for Best in Show. The Antique Festival also includes a swap meet, a for-sale collector car lot, entertainment, and food vendors.
This event is held multiple times and in multiple locations.
Michigan Antique Festivals Car Show (Midland)
When: June 4-5, 2022 and Sept. 24-25, 2022
Where: Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland
The Michigan Antique Festival is also held in Midland, with a comparable classic car show. The Midland festival is spread among eight barns. In addition to the car show’s similar array of antique cars and hot rods, the Midland festival also features extra antiquing experiences. The Taste of Michigan & Shop Michigan building is a must-see for its array of Michigan-made products. An Early Bird ticket option to preview the antiques on the Friday before the festival is also usually available.
This event is held multiple times and in multiple locations.
Pops In The Past Vintage Car Show
When: June 18, 2022
Where: Arenac County Fairgrounds, Standish
This family-friendly event north of Bay City celebrates Father’s Day with a classic car show. The show is open to all years, makes, and models. It features live entertainment offering the finest music of America’s yesteryear. There’s also plenty of games and vendors to keep the kids entertained.
When: June 18-19, 2022
Where: Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn
This historic vehicle show is a special event held at the Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village on Father’s Day weekend. The decades of American culture are represented through restored and preserved historic cars in a way that provides a fascinating story. Attendees mingle with car owners and learn the process of preservation.
St. Ignace Car Show Weekend
When: June 23-26, 2022
Where: Downtown St. Ignace
The St. Ignace Car Show is one of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country. It features antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles. Cruise Night is on Thursday and the Down Memory Lane Parade is on Friday. The St. Ignace Cup is billed as the only peer-judged competition for a car show in the country, and boasts the largest cash prize for an outdoor show.
Back to the Bricks
When: Aug. 15-20, 2022
Where: Downtown Flint
Sponsored by General Motors, this five-day extravaganza features vehicles lined along the bricks of Saginaw street, hence the name. The week features a variety of events, including a car meet, “Rolling Cruise”, concert, car sales, and more.
Woodward Dream Cruise
When: Aug. 20, 2022
Where: Woodward Avenue, Oakland County
The Woodward Dream Cruise is billed as America’s largest one-day automotive gathering. The event, sponsored by Ford, the cruise stretches along Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Ferndale. Around 40,000 cars are on display along the road for attendees to see and watch for free. The event usually gathers over one million onlookers, many gathered along the side of the road.
28th Street Metro Cruise
When: Aug. 26-27, 2022
Where: Woodland Mall, Grand Rapids, and Rogers Plaza, Wyoming
Described as the largest car event in Michigan west of Detroit, the 28th Street Metro Cruise hosts thousands of cars of all makes, models, and years. It features a cruise event, food vendors, live music, and children’s activities. The second location at Woodland Mall was added within the last two years, further expanding the event.
Concours d’Elegance of America
When: Sept. 2022
Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
The Concours d’Elegance of America is an event displaying rare and collectible cars. The event displays many historic vehicles. Cars compete for Best in Show and other awards. Normally, this event is held at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth in July. However, starting in 2022, the event will be held indoors at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The exact dates are to be announced.
When: Sept. 9-11, 2022
Where: Heritage Park, Frankenmuth
The Frankenmuth Autofest is a charitable event that celebrates classic cars and newer cars. It includes a Big Block Party with entertainment, food, and rides. Vendors, food, and beverages are sold all weekend. There are also frequent giveaways. Awards for the cars include dash plaques, German steins, and car jackets.
Motor Bella (North American International Auto Show)
When: Sept. 21-26, 2022
Where: M1 Concourse, Pontiac
The North American International Auto Show is one of Detroit’s most anticipated events and one of the largest auto shows in North America. It will be returning for 2022, but it will look a little different this time around. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAIAS innovated a new automotive event: the Motor Bella. Moving to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, the new show takes the NAIAS outdoors, where attendees can still admire hundreds of cars. But Motor Bella also offers the opportunity to ride with an expert driver or take cars for test drives. The Motor Bella had a successful test run already in 2021 and will return the following year.
For more information, visit the North American International Auto Show official website or Facebook page.