Ferndale is primarily residential, with a smaller commercial and industrial sector in the southeast part of the city. Ferndale's business district is anchored by the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road, where privately owned shops, storefronts, dance clubs, bars and numerous restaurants are featured. Ferndale is well known in the Detroit area for its LGBT population and progressive policies.
The City of Ferndale serves as host to events all year long! Whether you are celebrating diversity at Ferndale Pride; following your nose to the Pig & Whiskey; calling on the spirit of Saturday night to cruise down Woodward during the Ferndale Dream Cruise, proudly showing off your appreciation for that do-it-yourself attitude at the annual DIY Street Fair, or carving up some seasonal fun at Downtown Ferndale's Holiday Ice Festival, Ferndale is home to an array of unique events.
Downtown Ferndale is an award-winning district and consistently honored by Main Street Oakland County. It received national recognition in 2010 when the district 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".