Centered on the iconic intersection of Woodward & Nine, Downtown Ferndale is a geographic designation, a favorite destination and a mindset that embraces the diversity of culture, class and creativity. As the first neighbor to the north of Detroit, and the most southern community in Oakland County, Downtown Ferndale bridges attitudes and geography with an urban energy and a determination that change is good. Within its 3.9 linear miles are 350+ businesses, most owned and operated by inspired entrepreneurs, driven by a personal passion to deliver goods and services in engagingly unique ways.
Throughout the year, Downtown Ferndale is the venue for a myriad of events that reflect its all inclusive status – from Ferndale Pride in early June to a fave doggie event — Fido Does Ferndale in October. It serves up a traditional, slightly quirky, Holiday Ice Festival, is home to two great art fairs – DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair; and was the birthplace of the ongoing Woodward Dream Cruise.
It is bike-friendly, equipped with on-street bike parking corrals and dozens of conveniently single loops for easy sidewalk lock up.
It is walkable with pedestrians guided by an extensive wayfinding system and streetscapes enhanced by public seating, colorful flowering baskets, public art, intimate pedestrian alleys and pocket parks, inviting streetscapes, comfortably wide sidewalks and ample lighting.
It is auto-friendly, with more than 1,000 parking spots on-street and in lots, serviced by easy-to-use multi-space pay stations.
The award-winning district, managed and marketed by the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority, received national recognition in 2010 when it won the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Program. Downtown Ferndale was the first city in Oakland County to receive the national recognition and only the third to be so honored in the state. The GAMSA considers the cumulative results of sustainable programs, and in the case of Downtown Ferndale, it recognized what has become the district’s ongoing mantra — “Change is Good”. We hope you make time to make that discovery yourself. Welcome to Downtown Ferndale!