Frequently Asked QuestionsYou aren't the only one wondering!
Is Metro Cruise® still happening in 2020?
Unfortunately, all official events for 2020 have been canceled. With over 200,000 people participating in the event in previous years, the event is too large to safely conduct. We are saddened by the fact the event can’t happen this year, but we still encourage you to get out and cruise anytime, and maybe you have extra time to get your ride ready for the 2021 event!
There are multiple factors that led to the committee’s decision to cancel the event. First and foremost, at the time of the decision, the State government limited gatherings to 100 people or less, a tiny fraction of the amount of people that attend. We also received information from local City governments and law enforcement that due to their own restrictions and policies, they wouldn’t be able to support our event. There were concerns from multiple vendors about the safety of holding the Main Event sites at Rogers Plaza and Woodland Mall, which would have led to decrease income for the event. We also had clear indications that sponsors would be canceling or withholding funds for this year – a critical factor in us being able to fund the event. And finally, the cost of event insurance has skyrocketed due the risks of the virus as it relates to spreading at our event sites.
Due to the event being in late August, we are very confident the 2021 event will happen, and we are already starting planning for that!
What is Metro Cruise®?
Metro Cruise® is 2 day celebration of cars, local business, great food, and family. 28th Street is 13 miles long with hundreds of private and public events happening throughout. There are many ways attendees can enjoy the Metro Cruise® weekend. You may visit the Main Event site at Rogers Plaza. You may set up chairs, blankets, and tents on the grass along 28th Street to view the classic cars, which can be seen at all hours during the 2 day event. You may simply visit a restaurant or bar on 28th Street, many of which will have extra entertainment like outdoor beer tents, DJ’s, live bands, car-themed entertainment, and more. There are dozens of car group meetups to bring your show car, or to just view the others.
By far, the busiest spot of Metro Cruise® is the Main Event site – located at the Rogers Plaza mall parking lot in the city of Wyoming. At that location you will find the famous Collector Car Row, over 25 food trucks and concessionaires, 5 free local bands on the Metro Main Stage, Official Metro Merch, Miss Metro Cruise® competition Finale, the 160mph+ Dyno testing area, and more! The Main Event site also features a free shuttle service courtesy of the Rapid.
What are the dates of the next Metro Cruise event?
DATES (MAIN EVENT): Friday, August 20th, and Saturday, August 21st, 2021
TIMES: Friday 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 9am to 9pm (subject to change)
NOTE: These dates apply to the MAIN EVENT; Metro Cruise kicks off in May with the Dust Off event, stay tuned for more details.
What time is the Metro Cruise®
Metro Cruise® is different than other car cruises – it is a 2 day, 18 hour event. Cars cruise on 28th Street continuously during Metro Cruise® weekend. The most popular spot is the Main Event at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming, where the show cars are stationary, and attendees walk around and view them. Open hours are 3pm-10pm on Friday, 9am-9pm on Saturday.
Adopted in 2019, Metro Cruise® has an Official Cruise time! For 1 hour, we are encouraging all classic/antique/sports car owners to do a cruise on 28th Street – starting and ending where they choose. This will create an opportunity for spectators to see a high concentration of classic, muscle, and sports cars in a 1 hours time frame. The official Cruise time has been set for 4:00pm on Saturday 8/22. Cars may enter and exit wherever they wish as 28th Street is very busy. Spectators can continue to enjoy classics during all other hours of the event on Friday and Saturday.
Where does Metro Cruise® begin and end?
The Metro Cruise is unique in that you can enter and exit 28th at any location you desire, and at any time. You can cruise up and down 28th street as normal, the road is not closed or diverted for the event. The Main Event or “hub” of Metro Cruise is at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming, with major attractions and the famous Collector Car Row.
How do I register my car for the Cruise?
If you’d simply like to “cruise” 28th Street – no pre-registration is necessary! You may cruise anytime during the 2 day event. The 28th Street Metro Cruise® is unlike other car cruises – you may cruise your own car anytime, OR you can stop by our Main Event site and see the famous Collector Car Row, our lineup of 200+ stationary show cars, along with lots of other entertainment like our bands, food trucks, awards ceremony, Miss Metro Cruise contest), and more.
Metro Cruise® accepts applications for their Collector Car Row show cars year round. Collector Car Row is our famous lineup of 200+ show cars right along 28th Street at the Rogers Plaza Main Event site in Wyoming. Please understand we receive hundreds of applications a year. Find the Application under our “News” menu tab.
How can I get involved / what volunteer roles do you have?
The Metro Cruise® relies heavily on volunteers! We have multiple needs to make an event of this size possible. We now have over 14 different roles to fill. Please visit our VOLUNTEER page (click the menu tab at the top of this page) to check out the numerous roles and shifts. A FREE T-shirt, snack, and drinks are provided to all volunteers working a 3 hour shift or longer.
Can I reserve a place to park my classic car at Rogers Plaza?
Collector Car Row,, are reserved spots during the Saturday of Metro Cruise®. Friday continues to be OPEN parking for collector/antique/sports cars and is first come, first served.
NEW for 2020 – Transient Collector Car parking! We are allocating one full row of parking (24 spots) on the east end of the Rogers Plaza Main Event site to any collector car. These are not reserved spots and will be open to any cruisers. There will be an orange with a sign that reads “Collector Car Parking ONLY”, please replace upon leaving the spot.
Can I leave my car parked there overnight on Thursday or Friday to save our place?
Overnight parking is not allowed at Rogers Plaza. Any cars left in the lot after the event closes (10pm Friday, 9pm Saturday) will be towed at the owner’s expense. Other lots may also be subject to overnight parking prohibitions, please be sure to ask the property owner.
Will there be a Program available?
Yes – we produce a professionally printed, full color Program each year for this event. It contains the Schedule, Venue Map, What’s New, and original articles. View our 2019 Program digitally! Click the NEWS menu tab above and click the article “Metro Cruise® 2019 Official Program”.
Free copies are also handed out each year at the Event – stop by the Metro Cruise Information Tent. They are also distributed before the event at multiple businesses along 28th Street.
How many years has the cruise been held?
2005 was the event’s inaugural year. Metro Cruise® was started the year the M-6 bypass highway was built, out of a desire to keep local businesses along 28th Street operating.
How many cars do you expect, and how many visitors do you anticipate?
Metro Cruise annually attracts 15,000+ Collector/Sports/Antique cars to the greater Grand Rapids area. An estimated 275,000 people participate in Metro Cruise® related events throughout the area! At the Main Event hub of Metro Cruise at Rogers Plaza, 100,000 people attend the 2-day event, enjoying the famous Collector Car Row, food from 20+ food vendors, 5 bands, Community Awards presentation, Pinup Girl Finale, freebies and giveaways from 35+ vendors, and more.
Why is the Chamber of Commerce organizing this event?
The Chamber operates the Metro Cruise® as a platform to put the spotlight on the vital 28th Street corridor and surrounding business districts, tapping into West Michigan’s 100-year old love affair with the automobile. The Chamber, itself a non-profit organization, utilizes the event to raise some funds for its own activities as well as the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber Foundation.
If I come to the Cruise, where can I find a place to stay or eat?
One thing that you’ll love about the Cruise – in addition to all of the awesome classic cars – is the multitude of businesses along 28th Street. There are dozens of hotels and restaurants throughout the area – lots of them right on 28th Street! Many of them have great specials for Metro Cruise visitors – be sure to ask.