Guide to the 2019 North American International Auto Show

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Guide to the 2019 North American International 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.


The Schedule

The Gallery – Saturday, January 12th, 6:30 to 11 pm.
The official kick-off of the Auto Show. Guests will experience a nearly $10 million collection of the most acclaimed automobiles the world has to offer, including brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls Royce, to name just a few.
Tickets are $500 per person (21 and over only)


Industry Preview –  January 16/17th, 12 to 9pm
Connect and share insights with nearly 40,000 automotive professionals and analysts representing over 2,200 companies from around the world. This unique networking and professional development opportunity brings together the key individuals responsible for the cutting-edge products, technologies and services on display at NAIAS.
Tickets are $110 per person. Children under 12 years old are not admitted


Charity Preview – Friday, January 18th, 6pm to 9pm
Enjoy the first views of the spectacular 2019 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview is your opportunity to be a part of one of the most exclusive, high profile events in the nation.
Tickets are $400 per person


Public Show – Saturday, January 19 through Sunday, January 27, 9am to 10pm (final day 7pm)
Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. See more than 750 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world, and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.
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.


Other Parties

January 18/21: 4:30pm to midnight @ Ford Field
At AutoGlow, guests are treated to a dreamy evening from beginning to end. The culinary talents of Ford Field’s Levy Restaurants are on display and available for guests to enjoy from the pre-event reception, to the strolling dinner service, desserts and full bar service. Revelers enjoy live music and dancing, followed by a late-night menu.


Charity Preview Night & “After the Afterglow
January 18/21: 4pm to 2am @ Detroit Foundation Hotel
Join us for the best after the “afterglow” party in Detroit! Specialty cocktails/dj/live music, dancing, and lots of surprises that will be sure to have you coming back year after year.


Where to Park + Eat

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 and a place to eat, here are a few suggestions.

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.

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Wright & Company –  Climb the stairs of the old Queen Ann for a meal you won’t soon forget.
  • Detroit Beer Company – Grab a beer and bar food on Broadway.
  • Cornerstone Barrel House – Order some comfort food and pair it with your favorite bourbon and whiskey specialty drink.
  • Vertical – Wind down after a long day with a glass of wine and a nice meal.


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.

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Punch Bowl Social – Grab a bite, share a bowl and play some games.
  • Standby – Check out the Belt and one of the city’s most popular bars.
  • Pop + Offworld – 1980s pizza bar arcade with old-school games.
  • PARC – Be at the center of it all at the new Campus Martius restaurant.


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.

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Pegasus Tavernas – Opa! You can’t go to Greektown and not enjoy a Greek meal
  • Santorini Estiatorio – Experience Greek culture and cuisine at Santorini.
  • PizzaPapalis – Prepare for a food coma after devouring a deep-dish Chicago-styled pizza.
  • Walhburgers – Throw back with burgers and spiked milkshakes at the NKOTB hangout.


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.

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Joe Muer Seafood – Detroit’s premiere seafood restaurant that began in 1929.
  • Granite City Food & Brewery – Enjoy food sourced fresh from Eastern Market and beer brewed on-site.Mac ‘n Cheez!
  • Mac ‘n Cheez! – Try some comfort food from the courtyard at the Sweet Lorraine’s spin-off.


Want more dining ideas? Check out our list of the hottest restaurants in Detroit.

If you’re looking for the best place to get a drink here is a list of our favorite bars.


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