June brings us countless wonderful things, including the official first day of summer, Father’s Day and Ann Arbor’s annual festival season! While most of our local events have been canceled due to COVID-19—and we’ll definitely be missing some of our favorite summer celebrations—there are still plenty of things to do in the area online.
To help you plan for the month ahead, we’ve rounded up some must-attend virtual events in the A2 area this month, from meditation seminars to virtual 5Ks and meetups. Here’s everything you need to do in Ann Arbor this month. Enjoy!
Arts + Culture | Community Celebrations | Sports | Food + Drink
Arts + Culture
May 6-June 6, Every Day
Ann Arbor Film Festival is going online and they’re bringing their monthly program AAFF Presents with them! Every month, they’ll be presenting online screenings of feature films that were shown during the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival. They’re kicking it off with a screening of “Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You” by Harrod Blank, which won the \aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film. During the month of May and the beginning of June, you can rent this award-winning film for $12 on AAFF’s website.
May 19-June 23, Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness presents this weekly virtual course to help you learn mindful self-compassion. Every week, watch live as instructors guide you in the skills of mindfulness, self-compassion, self-care, emotional resilience and emotional well-being. They have recently reduced their fees to $150 due to COVID-19. To sign up, you can call (734) 276-7707.
June 3, 10, & 17, 4-5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities
The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities is now hosting virtual studio visits with local authors! Throughout the summer, tune in to their YouTube channel every Wednesday to hear from Michigan artists and learn how our new reality is shaping their making and thinking. On June 3rd, you’ll hear from Ricky Weaver of Ypsilanti, an image-based artist. Then, on June 10th, meet up with Ijania Cortez of Detroit, a mural artist whose work can be seen all around the city. Finally, June 17th brings in Levon Kafafian from Detroit, an Armenian American weaver. Click here to learn more about the series and to see past episodes.
June 1-July 3, 4 p.m.
Trust us, we know — having little ones at home all day, every day can be rough. Not only is it hard to work from home and homeschool, but kids tend to get cabin fever quickly if you’re not prepared. Luckily, #PlayAtHome, a daily video series from Playworks, is here to help. Every day throughout the summer, Playworks will post a video from one of their amazing coaches, leading you and your kids through a warm-up, a game and a cooldown to help get you up and active during the quarantine. Click here to subscribe and to take advantage of all their past videos.
June 1-7, Everyday
Photo courtesy of Epic Races
Let’s face it. Weeks upon weeks of social distancing and staying at home has everyone a little stir crazy. The Ruffin’ It Virtual 5K gives you the opportunity to get out and spend some time with your number one fan—your pup. Where and how you complete your race is up to you! Head out to your favorite park for a run, or take the time to explore a new route on a nice walk. Sign up now and complete your race June 1–7 during National Pet Appreciation Week.
June 3-24, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.
This virtual yoga series offers you the opportunity to support a good cause all while getting in a great workout! Proceeds for the events go to help support FAN—Families Against Narcotics Washtenaw County Chapter. Advanced registration is required as well as signing a waiver. After you complete the necessary requirements, FAN will email you a Zoom join link and just like that, you’ll be practicing yoga with other A2 locals!
June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join the Michigan Brewery Running Series for a fun, beer-fueled virtual 5K that will not only help you get out of the house but will also help our awesome community! This race starts and ends at Grizzly Peak Brewing and follows a 5K-ish course that you can take at your own pace. No matter when you get there, there’s a $5 gift card to Grizzly Peak waiting for you at the finish line. 10% of all proceeds will go to support Feed the Frontlines Detroit to help feed the workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.
June 27, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
One thing we’re missing during our time of self-distancing is all the amazing race events the Ann Arbor area puts on throughout the spring and summer. Luckily, many of them are coming straight to our screens—including the Super Run Virtual 5K! This superhero-themed race is happening wherever you are on June 27th this year. All you have to do is sign up and they’ll send you a box of swag directly to your door. Then just put on your favorite superhero costume and complete the race on your own! For more details on the race and for signup information, click here.
Food + Drink
June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Detroit Writing Room
Michigan’s wine industry has taken off, and many women are at the forefront. Detroit, especially, has forged the way for women in wine. And, thanks to The Detroit Writing Room, you can actually hear with some of the women on the forefront of wine in Michigan during this special virtual meetup. On June 5th, listen to Ping Ho, Shelley Brynum, Madeline Triffon, Kasey Wierzba and Jaclyn Misch discuss their wine journeys and how they are contributing to Michigan’s wine industry growth.
Have a great month!
While we know it’s not “business as usual,” we hope you have a spectacular month full of fun! Did we miss your most anticipated virtual event going on in A2? Let us know in the comments!