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Family Guide to the Detroit Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show is a Detroit tradition.

Each year thousands flock to the Motor City to see the latest in automobile innovation and preview for what’s to come. The Auto Show begins at Cobo Center on January 12th with special programming through the 18th. The public show runs Saturday, January 19 to Sunday, January 27.


Bring your family down for a fun afternoon in the D and enjoy a bite at Brome Modern Eatery (one block from Cobo Center at 607 Shelby St., Detroit, MI 48226). The two-story diner offers delicious burgers, fries, salads and shakes – gluten free options are available so all eaters can find something to love.


The Schedule

Public Show – Saturday, January 19 through Sunday, January 27, 9am to 10pm (final day 7pm)
Experience the next generation of transportation and see more than 750 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world.

Tickets are $14 per person for adults, $7 for seniors (65 and older), $7 for children (7-12 years old), and free for 6 and under with a parent or guardian.


Special events

Cars on Parade (Main Show Floor)
Friday, January 25
Each parade will feature a host of luxury and performance automobiles, local personalities from television, radio and sports, and even some clowns and special props from The Parade Company.


Auto Show 5k Run/Walk – Saturday, January 19, 8:30am to 9:30am
The Auto Show 5k starts and ends at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center along the Riverwalk.


2019 NAIAS Photo Contest (Hall C)
The 31st annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Poster Contest was open to Michigan students in grades 10 through 12. The poster entries were judged by an independent panel of recognized members of the local art community in November 2018. All winning entries are posted below and will be on display during the public show at Cobo Center, Detroit, January 12-27, 2019; and will also be included in the official NAIAS program.


The Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan
Friday, January 25 @ 6:15 pm
Fans of the Detroit Tigers will have the chance to see some of the their favorite players and even Tigers mascot PAWS when the team stops by the Chevrolet Display


WXYZ Family Day (Cobo Center Atrium)
Monday, January 21: 11 am to 7 pm
Channel 7 Family Day delivers a fun-filled lineup of celebrities and family activities planned for the day. The activities, located in Cobo Center’s Atrium, are free for all attendees.


Sensory Friendly Day
Sunday, January 27: 8am to noon
Exhibitors will greatly reduce flashing lights in their areas and volume will be turned to very low levels for audiences who could not handle the regular dynamic features on the show floors.


Don’t Miss Out!

Ford is hosting a FREE Winter Festival at the former Michigan Train Station in Corktown  (a 5 minute drive from Cobo) January 18-27. Check out the interior of the iconic building before its complete renovation and enjoy graffiti painting, live performances, s’mores, food trucks and beverage stations, ice carving, vendor booths, kids’ activities and more outside!


Where to Park 

With tens of thousands of attendees expected, finding parking at Cobo (467 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226) might be tough. If the Cobo rooftop parking garage is full there are a number of surface lots and structures to go to nearby. You can avoid the chill and take the Detroit People Mover to Cobo Center, the elevated transit system cost 75 cents per ride and has a station inside the center. There are multiple points of entry throughout downtown, click here for a map. If you need help finding a place to park, here are a few suggestions (note – prices are subject to change).

  • Z Lot ($20) // 1234 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226
    The Z Lot is open 24hrs and located across the street from the Cadillac Center People Mover Station.
  • Greektown ($10-$30) // 555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48226
    Greektown Casino parking lot is open 24hrs and a People Mover Station is located inside the casino, those under 21 can enter from the indoor gallery.
  • Renaissance Center ($15-$20) // 521 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226
    Start your trip to the Auto Show at the GM World Headquarters. The iconic building is a wonder to see, it also has great places to eat and a People Mover Station.
  • Opera House ( $8) // 311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
    The Opera House parking lot is 24hrs and located across the street from the Broadway People Mover Station.


Need dining ideas? Check out our guide for dining with kids in Detroit.


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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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