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What began in 1995 as a fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale has become the world’s largest one-day automotive event — the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Today, 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars travel to metro Detroit — the birthplace of the American automobile — from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Japan to participate in the rolling car show.

This year’s Dream Cruise is Saturday, Aug. 15 along a 16-mile stretch of historical Woodward Avenue through nine host communities: Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak.

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Ready to hear your next favorite band? You’re bound to stumble upon it during the 18th annual Metro Times Blowout.

With more than 200 bands playing across three cities — Detroit, Hamtramck and Ferndale — the Blowout has become one of metro Detroit’s premier music events. This year’s is scheduled for April 29 to May 2 and spans all types of venues, from big and popular stages to bars you may have never been.

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Visiting a new city can be a big adventure, but it often helps to have a road map of where to start. If you’re looking for LGBT-friendly nightlife and entertainment in Detroit, here are some suggestions.

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MetroTimesBlowout2 BillBowenThere’s always been a plethora of musical talent in Detroit, and it’s never more apparent than at the annual Metro Times Blowout. Now entering its 17th year, the event has earned a stellar rep with music fans across the country.

Imagine four nights of live music at 20+ venues, with a lineup of more than 300 artists. (Yep, 300 — you read that right!) This year’s festival takes place at bars and clubs throughout Detroit, Ferndale and Hamtramck, the traditional home of the Blowout, over one unforgettable weekend.

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Many locals call it “Fabulous Ferndale,” but no one style or word can truly describe the variety of eclectic establishments that make up this city’s downtown, commonly associated with the area where Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road intersect.

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