Back to the Bricks Cruising into Cadillac

In past years, Back to the Bricks has brought hundreds of cars to downtown Cadillac – antiques, hot rods, classics and more – it’s one of the biggest car shows in Northern Michigan, but it’s more than just checking out cool rides. There will also be family-friendly events throughout the weekend.

With hundreds of cars come thousands of visitors, like Shannon Schmitt and her husband who are visiting from Luther.

“We are here celebrating an anniversary. [We] came up for the Bricks show and car show,” said Schmitt. “We like to check out who’s selling what and enjoying people watching and hanging out at the lake.”

Back to the Bricks organizers expect thousands to turn out which means a big weekend for local businesses and restaurants. Mike Filikins manages the bar at Clam Lake Brewing Company and says this weekend brings wall-to-wall traffic every year.

“It’s crazy, it’s awesome to see downtown come to life,” said Filikins. “We get a ton of people coming in, we’re really looking forward to it. The weather’s looking good, so I think it will be crazy down here, but it will be a lot of fun.”

The fun starts Saturday with a blessing of the classic cars at 10 a.m. and a 15 mile cruise around Lake Cadillac afterwards. Spectators can watch the cars return to City Park at 11 a.m.

Cadillac resident Golda Davidson looks forward to the event every year.

“I just think it’s neat because it gives people in Cadillac something to look at, and something to do and gives them a nice day of looking at old cars.”

The show is not just for car lovers, there are family events planned throughout the whole weekend. There will also be a car contest which will be decided by the public and sponsors.

Saturday will feature a fun run, carnival, live music and giveaways. The Cadillac High School will perform on Sunday and the public can vote for their favorite cars. For a full list of events click here.


The car show is a rain or shine event. Interested car owners can still register their rides. More information on this process is here.