Donielle Flynn

Joel and Doni in front of The Magic Bag announcing Ferndale as City of the Week! Celebrating Ferndale with Ferndale Facts and city highlights.

The people in Ferndale pride themselves in being “Good Neighbors”, so they made that the city’s official motto. It’s a very diverse community. Ferndale residents have a fantastic downtown that can be reached in minutes and is filled with cool bars, restaurants, and shops. It’s also affectionately referred to as “Funky Ferndale” and “Fashionable Ferndale.” An overall friendly, creative, laid-back feeling makes downtown Ferndale cooler than the other side of the pillow. Congratulations to Ferndale: this week’s City of The Week with WCSX! Scroll down to check out our Ferndale facts.

A Pinch of Ferndale History

Did you know that people from Ferndale are called “Ferndalians?” Now you know.

Ferndale was first settled after the War of 1812 when people from Detroit moved inland in search of farmland.

Ferndale’s first tavern was a log tavern built by Jabez White in 1821 on what is now 8 Mile Road. The longest-running bars/taverns in Ferndale are all from 1933, coinciding with the end of prohibition.

Ferndale is more than 100 years old.  Check out the blog below for some cool, historical pictures.

History in photos: Ferndale is 100 years old - 8-Wood Blog

When I first set out to write about Ferndale's 100th birthday as a municipality, I had anticipated having to use...

Ferndale Facts: Places to Visit in Ferndale

  • Home of Mustang Alley

    The Ferndale Dream Cruise “Mustang Alley” is an annual downtown gathering of over 600 vintage and hot rod Ford Mustangs on display! The 25th Annual “Mustang Alley” is coming up on August 17, 2024. Then burn rubber on WOODWARD, baby!

  • Ferndale Pride Festival

    Ferndale Pride is one of the largest Pride Festivals in Michigan.  Since 2011, it’s raised more than 350,000 for charity.  The festival runs 9 mile from Woodward to Livernois.

  • Happy Van Halen-tine’s Day in Ferndale!

    Celebrate the 13th annual VanHalentine’s Day at the Magic Bag with the ultimate Van Halen tribute band, Panama, on Friday, February 9 – If your loved one digs the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen, they’ll love this show! The doors open at 7pm and tickets are $22 in advance. Detroit’s rock and roll bad boys, The Beggars, open the show!

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    Missed the 1st opening act, but thank goodness we made it in time to see Panama. The Energy was unbelievable. Loved how "Diamond Dave" and the rest of the band looked, dressed, acted and sounded just like the real deal. The lead guitarist I think is even better then than Eddie Van Halen - Incredible!

  • The Recording Connection

    Ferndale is home to two recoding studios of fame! Fifty-Four Sound on  9 Mile Road opened in 1985 when engineer Joel Martin and George (FUNKADELIC!) Clinton needed an inexpensive location to record that was close to the freeway. Clients included artists such as Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patti Smith, Nicki Minaj and Detroit’s own “Godfather of Techno”, Juan Atkins.

    Effigy Studios also on Nine Mile Road has been owned by legendary recording artist Eminem since 2007. Effigy is where he recorded much of his own music as well as famous hip hop artist .50 Cent.

  • Funky Ferndale Art Fair

    The Funky Ferndale Art Fair takes place on 9 Mile west of Woodward.  The fair describes itself as “Twice as Funky as the average fine art fair.”  Over 140 juried artists will be at the next event on the weekend of September 20-22, 2024. The DIY Street Fair goes on at the same time but on Woodward.

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