Signature Events

Thursday Night Preview

Please Join us for our Exclusive Preview of 55th Northwood University Intentional Auto Show.

This evening event is a walk through tour of the show grounds following a cocktail reception where hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

RSVP for Thursday Night Preview

(Invitation only, password required)

VIP Panel

Please join us and our industry-leading panelists for a discussion on trends in automotive industry and kick-off the 55th Northwood University International Auto Show!

Panelists for the 2018 Northwood University International Auto Show have not yet been announced, please stay tuned for updates.

Past notable panelists include: Ryan LaFontaine (Chief Operating Officer of the LaFontaine Automotive Group), Carroll Shelby (Founder of Shelby America Inc.), Angus MacKenzie (Editor-in-chief of Motor Trend Magazine), Ken Lingenfelter (Owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering), and Tom Stuker (Founder of Stuker Training & Partner at Automotive Training Network).

Autoshow Gala

The Northwood University Auto Show Gala is an annual tradition that has raised more than $470,000 in endowed scholarship funds and celebrates the Northwood University International Auto Show and Homecoming weekend, bringing alumni and friends back home to Midland, Michigan to celebrate. The event caters to a sellout crowd of Northwood friends, alumni and community partners.

With a new location (Midland Center for the Arts) AND new entertainment (Chateau Band) for 2018, be sure to join us for a night you’ll never forget!

Last year’s Gala set a record by raising more than $116,000 for endowed scholarships. A record night helps to sustain The Northwood Idea and our mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. Net proceeds will benefit both the Northwood University Town & Campus Endowed Scholarship and the Alumni Legacy Endowed Student Scholarship.

For more information OR to purchase your tickets visit the gala website online at:

Woody's Taproom

What is Woody’s Taproom? Woody’s Taproom is a Northwood University Alumni & Friends tent party held during auto show/homecoming weekend. New this year: The downtown Midland streetscape has been renovated to become a more pedestrian and festival friendly environment. Woody’s Taproom has partnered up new Midland event called "Festifall" and will be held in a large party tent installed on Main Street during Saturday evening of auto show weekend.

More information:

  • Live entertainment by Midland native Dave Kellan and Gutbucket
  • Cash bar by Fabiano Brothers with prices ranging from $2-$5
  • New Location: Tent on Main Street in downtown Midland
  • Complimentary shuttle between Woody’s Taproom/Holiday Inn/Spring Hill Suites
  • Must be 21 to enter
  • Cover charge at the door is $10 (discount pre-sale tickets will be available online from August 1 to October 1, 2018)

For more info, contact: