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15 Supreme September Events in Washtenaw County

After a sunny spring and summer, September is the beginning for fall, football and a new school year. September in the Ann Arbor area means it is time for apple picking, Oktoberfest and many other spectacular events.

Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill
August – November

The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in Michigan. Cited by “Hour Detroit” magazine as one of the 101 places to visit in the greater Metropolitan area. Today cider is made the same way it was made 120 years ago by using an oak rack press. The Dexter Cider Mill is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees.

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University of Michigan Football
September – November

Every fall with the return of the school year brings the return of football season. Whether you are a die hard fan or just happen to be in town visiting, the football games make an impression. During the weekends when a game is played at home expect large crowds and allow extra time for your commute throughout the city.  To see the full schedule click here.


Eastern Michigan University Football
September – November

Eastern Michigan University has had a college football team since 1891. They compete in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference. The Eastern Michigan University football team kicks off its 126th season on the gridiron Friday, September 1, 2017. Click here for a full schedule.


Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair
September – November

Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair offers entertainment for people of all ages. Activities include fresh cider, apple picking, pumpkin picking, donut shop, bakery, wagon rides, petting farm, and more. The orchard opens in September. Click here to see the full schedule and list of activities.

Thunder Over Michigan

Thunder Over Michigan
September 2 – September 4

Thunder over Michigan, one of the largest air shows in the nation, is presented by Wayne County Airport Authority. It takes place each summer at Willow Run Airport, which is located just outside Ypsilanti. Enjoy the flying performances in the air or under a massive airplane wing. See endless displays and interactive exhibits along the ramp.

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets
September 3

Dancing in the Streets is an annual free festival in downtown Ann Arbor. It offers a chance to sample lots of different music and dance traditions, enjoy the downtown, and see some friends in the process. Multiple stages offer visitors a chance to try many different styles of dancing, as well as enjoy mini-concerts and entertain their children with special activities.

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12th Annual Dog Swim
September 9 – September 10

Rolling Hills County Park is proud to host the 12th Annual Dog Swim, September 9 and 10, 2017. Get ready for a pup-tacular time as dogs frolic, swim and make new friends at the water park!

There are different time frames for dogs of various sizes. Click here to verify swim times for your dog’s weight.

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15th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest
September 10

The Kerrytown BookFest is held each September and is a celebration of books, those who create them and those who read them. Our primary goal is to highlight our area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts and showcase local individuals, businesses, and organizations. The day will be filled with entertainment, education, and hands-on experiences.

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Ann Arbor Russian Festival
September 16 – September 17

The Ann Arbor Russian Festival returns for September 16 and 17 with their fun community and family event. You’ll find a plethora of activities including Russian food, a tea room with authentic sweets, Russian and Ukrainian dancing and entertainment, a kids corner, beautiful and unique gifts for sale, and much more.


29th Annual Apples & Honey
September 17

Apples & Honey is an annual community event celebrating the fall Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, & Simchat Torah. This is the largest Jewish gathering in Ann Arbor with hundreds of participants each year. Local Jewish organizations join together to educate the community about their missions and providing opportunities to participate in celebratory activities and holiday themed projects. What started in 1988 as a small event has since grown to a much-anticipated community wide celebration. In addition to hands-on activities and projects, there will, of course, be apples & honey to taste, and food for sale such as pizza, Israeli foods, and kosher baked goods.


Orphan Car Show
September 17

The 20th Annual Orphan Car Show makes its return to Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park on September 17. Come check out hundreds of now defunct cars and trucks from all over the state. These orphan cars are now rare and some are very difficult to find! Don’t miss out on your chance to view some awesome and historic vehicles.

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Saline Oktoberfest
September 22 – September 23

You don’t have to be German to enjoy Saline’s Oktoberfest. An all-American festival with a fun German flavor, Oktoberfest features live German rock and folk music, a Kinderplatz activity area for the little ones, and plenty of scrumptious German and American food. There’s also a Corn Hole Tournament proving that Oktoberfest has something for everyone.

Your Generation in Concert is returning on Friday night and Fifty Amp Fuse The Phoenix Theory on Saturday night. Hear authentic German music by the New Horizon German Band and more on Saturday afternoon!

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36th Annual Webster Fall Festival
September 23

The 36th Annual Webster Fall Festival offers old-fashioned country fun for all ages. Activities and attractions feature something for everyone: hay rides, a petting zoo, dog agility demonstrations, historic buildings and displays, vintage cars and farm machinery, a rummage sale, crafts, artisans, and a vintage baseball game. Baked goods, preserves, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day. The Church luncheon, featuring a pig roast, is served from 11 am to 2 pm.

2017 Turtle Trot

Turtle Trot
September 24

Run, walk, or jog on the scenic walkways along the Huron River and Geddes Pond with the Michigan Nature Association. This 5K will promote efforts to preserve habitat for turtles throughout Michigan, such as the eastern box turtle, the spotted turtle, Blanding’s turtle, and the wood turtle.


Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween
September 30

For years, this group of hand selected artists have gathered together in the spirit of Halloween. On this day of magic, the veil is lifted and you are invited into an enchanting world, celebrating the very best in Halloween art. This event takes place at the Chelsea Fairgrounds and features arts, crafts, fun, and more. Those wishing to line up early can gain early access at 8 am – 10 am. Doors to the show open for general admission from 10 am – 3 pm.

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12 Marvelous March Events

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy March. In March temperatures rise and spring is in the air. Don’t miss your chance to venture out into the local area and participate in the multitude of events.


Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraMarch 4

“The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is so far from the usual big-band cliché that it’s mind-blowing.” (Dallas)

Since 1988, Marsalis has led the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which simultaneously honors the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong while presenting a stunning variety of new works from illustrious names, many of whom perform regularly with the ensemble. From swinging to supple, it’s all sheer jazz perfection — and no wonder these annual appearances have become a favorite of UMS audiences. “You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Rosie the Riveter
March 9 –  March 11

Rosie the Riveter tells the remarkable story of the women who came to Michigan from all across the country and all walks of life to fill thousands of factory jobs left empty by men suddenly called to war. With their determination, strength of character, and backbreaking labor, these extraordinary women rallied a nation as they produced B-24 bombers, a plane an hour, day in and day out for the duration of World War II. This is a production that not only brings history alive, but will inspire respect and admiration for the capacity of these “Rosies” to accomplish more than anyone could have imagined.

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Critters Up CloseMarch 11 & March 12

Every month, the Leslie Science and Nature Center brings a selection of live animals to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM). Visitors will learn about our natural world through hands-on activities. Animals will be meeting and greeting visitors from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. This month’s theme is lizards.

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Ann Arbor Shamrocks & Shenanigans!March 12

Join us on March 12, 2017 for Shamrocks & Shenanigans! Registration is now open. This race benefits the Save A Heart organization. Save A Heart is an organization that raises funds to benefit patients and their families who come to the Michigan Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by Save A Heart support families with travel, lodging and other expenses. These funds also support clinical research.


It’s All About the PieMarch 14

In honor of Pi Day, join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) for pie and pint. The event will feature a great selection of pies from Ypsilanti Co-op, Zingerman’s Bakery and many more. There will also be a pie auction. This event is in connecting with YMOW 3rd year of participation with the National March for Meals hosted around the country by Meals on Wheels of America. So join us for a spot of tea (or coffee or milk) and pie.


Home, Garden & Lifestyle ShowMarch 18 & March 19

Discover the best of everything that can improve your home. The 27th Annual Home Show features expert retailers with all the newest products, community organizations and more. It is a wonderful catalyst for building something amazing, or simply finding inspiration and information to help you with your projects. This event will take place at the Wasthenaw Farm Council from 9 am to 6pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

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Miss Marlena’s All-Star Story HourMarch 18th

A Saturday morning children’s show full of storytelling, songs, laughs, and visits from a cast of funny and friendly characters who drop by Miss Marlena’s Thingamabob Emporium and Bookstore to learn a thing or two. Themes explored will include courage, bullying, manners, responsibility, and others. Miss Marlena is an experienced and beloved children’s storyteller. This event is being held at Eluminous Studios in Saline, MI.

Ann Arbor Film Festival

Ann Arbor Film FestivalMarch 21-26

Started in 1963, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running, independent and experimental film series in North America. Enjoy six days of screening films of all lengths and genres, celebrating film as art. The festival also includes panels, workshops, multimedia installations and parties.

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Vino VeritasMarch 23 – May 27

On Halloween night, two couples prepare to attend an annual costume party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions unravel when the foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, what follows is an unpredictable night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship forever. Join us for this revival of a loved Purple Rose favorite.

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Saline Craft ShowMarch 25

This quality, juried craft show benefits both our customers and school community. The youth groups involved have the opportunity to practice life skills and leadership as well as earn money for their activities. These crafters’ displays embody skills and reflect respect for both the materials used and the processes. Their handcrafted products feature original designs that can enhance the beauty of the buyer’s environment whether used in the home, garden or personally.

Ypsilanti Comic Con

Ypsilanti Comic Con 3March 25

Don’t miss the 3rd annual Ypsilanti Comic Con. Tickets are only $2 at the door, and the event will be packed with over 25 vendors with books, action figures, and more. This event will take place on March 19 from 10am-3:30 pm at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.

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The Probility Ann Arbor MarathonMarch 26

Take to the scenic streets of Ann Arbor on Sunday, March 26 for the 2017 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon, brought to you by Epic Races and Champions for Charity. With a variety of running events that appeal to all ages and abilities, you’ll find that the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is your ideal early-spring race, whether you’re walking your first 5K or running your 50th marathon.

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The Advantages of Furnished Corporate Housing

TravelerFor travelers that are on the road, whether for work or pleasure, the cost of a hotel room can be quite the financial burden. According to Statista.com, the average daily rate for a hotel in 2016 runs $126.73. People traveling for extended periods of time may prefer corporate housing over a hotel, because hotels just don’t feel like home.

Now you may be wondering, “What is corporate housing and is it a better option for me during my time away?” Depending on the situation, it may be. Corporate housing offers all inclusive fully furnished apartments, ideal for those looking for a bit more space and a 30+ night stay. Most include furniture, housewares, linens, utilities, basic cable, internet and local phone service.


Like the name suggests, corporate apartments are generally used by employees and contractors of large companies and corporations that travel for work. People tend to find themselves more comfortable and “at home” since they can cook, relax in a bigger space and utilize the amenities the community offers. Though primarily used by business travelers, corporate apartments also appeal to people who are relocating to a new area and may be looking to purchase a home but need time to find the right one. They also appeal to vacationers, college students, military personnel and others in need of a short-term furnished apartment.

Amenities found in corporate housing are comparable to those of a luxury hotel. A fitness center, resort-style swimming pool and hot tub, covered parking and housekeeping services are just a few amenities that corporate housing may offer its residents. Many of the ​apartment ​communities are found close to shopping, restaurants and the city centers for the convenience of ​their residents.

Because of the accommodation and short-term lease options, corporate apartments are ​generally more expensive than unfurnished apartments with a 12-month lease. However, it’s still more cost-efficient than a hotel since you get so many more perks and amenities for less.family with pets

People traveling with pets or children will likely find corporate housing apartments a more suitable option than a hotel. Hotels may offer suites but they ​usually ​do not offer the space that a family of four may want or need.

Are you looking for a more spacious short term housing option? Will you be relocating to a new city and may need interim housing? If so, please visit http://www.reinhartrealtors.com/apartments and we would be happy to help!

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Fabulous February Events


Cinetopia Presents Direct From SundanceFebruary 3 

CINETOPIA is thrilled to carry on the tradition of “Direct from Sundance” with an exclusive Midwest premiere of a selection from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! Our Cinetopia programming team will hand-pick a film at Sundance in January and bring it back to you for an exclusive sneak peek. Make sure you get the best seats in the house NOW by purchasing your reserved seat.

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Let’s Chill Winter Fest 2017February 3-5

The second annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival will span the downtown Milan shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown.

Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only Wine Walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food and much more.
Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible for everyone. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park will provide warmth and ambiance.


A Raisin in the SunFebruary 8-12

EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 social protest drama, the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway. The story of a southside Chicago family’s struggle for cultural identity and fulfillment, the action centers around the family’s conflicting desires for spending a $10,000 life insurance payment they receive after the father’s death.

The play’s abundant humor grows out of the tension between their mutual love and their divergent views of the future, and their struggles provide a context for exploring several larger cultural, class, and generational issues within African-American society and for demonstrating the resilient strength of family bonds. Recommended for audiences age 13 & up.


Artini 2017February 10

Don’t miss the 9th Annual Artini, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center. Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.

Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for your favorite drink throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of hand-selected jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.
Go to the Art Center on Friday, February 10 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. to pick up tickets and bring valid ID and your confirmation email you received when you purchased your Artini tickets.


Budapest Festival OrchestraFebruary 10

Pianist Richard Goode joins the Budapest Festival Orchestra for this all-Beethoven program, which also features the UMS Choral Union in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The BFO was co-founded by the charismatic conductor Iván Fischer in 1983, and their past performances in Hill Auditorium have left audiences mesmerized.


9th Annual Chocolate ExtravaganzaFebruary 11

Eat chocolate and shop til you drop at this winter event in Chelsea. Chocolate in its infinite varieties will be at the heart of the Chocolate Extravaganza in Chelsea, Michigan. Participating stores throughout Chelsea will offer chocolate tasting, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, door prizes, and a medley of activities from 10 pm – 5 pm. Brochures with event listings will be available on the day of the event at participating stores.

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Winter DreamsFebruary 18

The Dexter Community Orchestra presents an afternoon of chamber music, including a piano trio, string quartet, wind trio and brass quintet. The proceeds from this event will go towards the continued funding of the orchestra’s Youth Artist Competition. Selected by audition from the very best that the Ann Arbor area has to offer, these student musicians receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform in concert with the orchestra. This year’s recipient will be chosen in March 2017 and will join the orchestra on stage on May 7, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts. More information is available on the Dexter Community Orchestra website at www.DexterCommunityOrchestra.org.

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31st Annual Winter Fleece Fair: Spinner’s FlockFebruary 18

A huge array of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning and felting and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting. Members offer demos throughout the day.

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47th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad ClubFebruary 18

The Midwest’s largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids’ zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle.

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Polar Plunge For Special Olympics MichiganFebruary 24

This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool. http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/UofM17

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The Ark’s 30th Annual Storytelling FestivalFebruary 25

For the 30th anniversary of The Ark’s annual storytelling festival, they’ve brought back some favorites from years past. Returning favorites include Bill Harley, Don White, and Bil Lepp.

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Fireworks, Festivals, and Fun in the Ann Arbor Area

July is known for freedom, food and fireworks. Whether you are visiting the Ann Arbor area to celebrate Independence Day or a townie enjoying the Ann Arbor Art Fairs there are loads of thrilling events and mainstay attractions throughout Washtenaw County this July.

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Camaro SuperFest
June 30 – July 3

Camaro SuperFest is the longest running annual all Camaro event in the USA. It is held at Riverside Park in Depot Town Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event is open to ALL Camaros, from stock to highly modified, trailered or driven.

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Summer Concert Series
July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 & July 29

Dexter’s Summer Concert Series runs on Fridays throughout July and August. Spend the evening enjoying music in the park each weekend throughout the Summer. Concerts begin at 6:30pm.

July 1:    The Invasion – British Invasion
July 8:    All Directions – Motown / R & B
July 15:  S – Monster – Funk / Dance
July 22:  Randy Brock – Blues / Rock
July 29:  Flying Latini Bros. – Americana / Blues

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Ann Arbor Civic Band Concerts
July 1, July 8, July 15 & July 22

The Ann Arbor Civic Band, founded in 1935 as an extension of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, is in its 81st year of providing residents of Ann Arbor with a wonderful musical experience over the summer. All performances are held at the West Park Band Shell in West Park, on 7th Steet in Ann Arbor, beginning at 8pm. Admission is free and the park is big – bring a friend or two.

July 1:    Fourth of July Celebration
July 8:    Children’s Concert
July 15:  Great Composers of Broadway
July 22:  At the Movies

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Saline’s Wayne Clements Independence Day Event
July 2

Join us in celebrating our 2nd Annual Independence Day event. When the first train arrived in Saline on July 4, 1870, it was a big day with a great celebration. Tour the Depot exhibits and caboose, walk through the antique tractor display, take a ride on a one horse buggy or a vintage velocipede on the tracks, participate in an archeological dig and enjoy kids’ games and an inflatable bouncy house. Saturday, July 2 from 11am to 3pm


Manchester 4th of July Fireworks
July 3

Watch the fireworks with family and friends at Carr Park on Sunday July 3, 2016. The beer tent opens at 8pm with live music from local bands, including Star 69, at 9pm. Fireworks start at dark, usually around 10:15pm.


AFC Ann Arbor
July 3, July 8, July 10, July 15 & July 19

AFC Ann Arbor was founded in 2014 to bring minor league soccer to Ann Arbor and the surrounding community. The club is be made up of amateur players from the area and recruited from top college programs across the state and the country. The season runs through late July. See the schedule of remaining games below. Home matches are bolded.

July 3:     Detroit City FC @ AFC Ann Arbor – 1:00pm
July 8:      AFC Ann Arbor @ Grand Rapids FC – 7:45pm
July 10:    AFC Ann Arbor @ Kalamazoo FC – 6:05pm
July 15:  Columbus Crew CP @ AFC Ann Arbor – 7:00pm
July 19:  San Marino AFC Ann Arbor – 7:00pm

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Ypsilanti Independence Day Parade
July 4

The 87th Annual Ypsilanti Independence Day Parade, presented by the American Legion – Post 282, with assistance by the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees. The parade will be held in Depot Town on Monday, July 4th at 11am. The parade will include veterans, marching bands, ElvisFest, local businesses, church groups, live bands and classic cars.


Firecracker 5K and Kids’ Dash
July 4

America turns 240 this Independence Day. Commemorate this monumental occasion by running in downtown Ann Arbor on Monday, July 4 for the 2016 Firecracker 5K and Kids’ Dash! Help paint the town red, white, and blue and exercise your right to the pursuit of happiness by pursuing better health, fitness and fun. Run or walk the 5K course as it winds through the heart of Tree Town USA, then stick around for the 26th Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade.

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26th Annual Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade
July 4

If parades suit your tastes, have no fear. The Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade is back July 4th at 10am. Themed as “We the People”, it begins on the corner of South State and East William. The parade, featuring floats, music groups and walking groups, will travel through downtown Ann Arbor. Children 12 and under are invited to be a part of the Bike Decorating Contest between 8am and 9am and then ride their decorated bikes in the parade.

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Washtenaw Community Concert Band
July 7 & July 28

The Washtenaw Community Concert Band (WCCB) provides a welcoming environment where musicians of varying skill levels can develop, broaden and express their musical abilities through rehearsal and performance. WCCB strives to provide its members, its concert audiences and the communities it serves with quality musical experiences that inspire a greater appreciation for concert band music.

July 7:   Something For Everyone – WCC Morris Lawrence Atrium – 7:30pm
July 28:  Hollywood Blockbusters – WCC Towsley Auditorium – 7:30pm

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2016 Rolling Sculpture Car Show
July 8

Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 22nd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 8 from 2-10pm. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is a one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show. Show cars enter on Washington at Fifth. The event itself is free and open to the public. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one-of-a-kind cars on Main, Liberty and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor. Plenty of public parking is available in all structures and surface lots.

Michigan ElvisFest 2016
July 8 & 9

Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 8-9. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Tom Jones, The Blues Brothers, and James Brown. Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.

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Saline Celtic Festival 2016
July 8 – July 9

The Saline Celtic Festival is famous for its rich blend of Celtic music and dance. We have something for everyone! There’s plenty to see and do at the Festival, including jousting, Irish Football, ancient athletics and sheepherding. This is the place to go for a fun-filled day of crafts, ducky river races, story-telling and more.

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid performed by Dexter Community Players
July 8, July 9, July 10, July 15, July 16 & July 17

Dexter Community Players is a non-profit, community based theater group that strives to present an authentic theater experience to actors, productions staff, members, and audiences. This July they will be performing Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Dexter at the Copeland Auditorium.

   July 8 at 7:30pm
   July 9 at 7:30pm
   July 10 at 3:00pm
   July 15 at 7:30pm
   July 16 at 7:30pm
   July 17 at 3:00pm

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Huron River Day
July 10

Enjoy the beautiful Huron River with free family-friendly river activities during the Huron River Day celebration at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, on Sunday, July 10, noon-4pm. Come out and experience everything the Huron River has to offer!

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Arbor Brewing Company’s 21st Birthday
July 15

Flash back to 1995: gas was $1.09, ER was the #1 show, the Frappuccino was released, match.com revolutionized dating, and we were all living in Coolio’s Gangster’s Paradise. But best of all, ABC opened their doors, just in time for the 36th annual Art Fair. Fast Forward to 2016 and we are taking the training wheels off and officially turning 21! The festival will feature two bars pouring pub classics and fan favorites brews along with a special release Party Like it’s 1995, Prince wheat wine and a signature 21st birthday cocktail. There will also be some games, great street food and live music from Halcyon Sound and Dragon Wagon. Come join in the fun July 15 starting at 5pm.

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Dart for Art
July 18

The Dart for Art – Ann Arbor Mile kicks off the 2016 Townie Street Party, which supports the Ann Arbor Street Fair. The Art Fair draws hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors from all across America to Ann Arbor each July. The Dart for Art is an all-inclusive 1-mile race, with divisions for elite athletes, local runners, families, kids, and anyone who wishes to enjoy a 1-mile run, jog or stroll in downtown Ann Arbor. To celebrate the terrific team spirit in our community, the race also includes a corporate challenge to see who has the fastest company in Michigan.

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Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 21 – 24

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a collective of four award-winning art fairs that take place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. In addition to art exhibits, the fair also features music performances and Art Activity Zones, which are family-oriented stops offering special projects designed to engage and challenge even the youngest of fairgoers. Ann Arbor’s downtown restaurants and retailers add to the festivities by tempting sidewalk sales and outdoor dining.

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Manchester Chicken Broil
July 21

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at the Alumni Memorial Field in beautiful Manchester, Michigan, just 15 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. This long-time civic event is considered the largest event of its kind, serving approximately 10,000 meals in a four-hour period. Net proceeds from this event are used to benefit a variety of causes in the Manchester area, including the public schools, community parks, library and local civic organizations.


Michigan Summer Beer FestivalJuly 22 – July 23

Soak up some sun and suds at the Michigan Summer Beer Festival on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. This event is the oldest of the Guild’s four annual festivals. Located along the banks of the Huron River in picturesque Riverside Park, this festival will feature more than 100 different Michigan breweries and 900+ beers! A variety of tasty food items are available for purchase from independent food vendors inside the festival accompanied by a diverse selection of live music from local bands.

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International Champions Cup
July 30

Ann Arbor will be the host city for an International Champions Cup game between England’s Chelsea FC and Spain’s Real Madrid. Real Madrid features international soccer talents Christiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos. Chelsea’s roster includes Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Oscar.


Turtle Run
July 30

Run along the Huron River and Geddes Pond with scenic walkways that traverse small islands with bucolic pedestrian bridges. Proceeds promote efforts to protect the threatened and endangered turtles throughout Michigan, such as the Eastern box turtle, the Spotted turtle, Blanding’s turtle, and the Wood turtle.

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Enjoyable June Attractions in the Ann Arbor Area

Ann Arbor is known for its abundance of community events. The month of June will be no different. These fourteen diverse events will take place in Ann Arbor and provide marvelous entertainment for all.


Sonic Lunch
June 2, June 19June 16June 23, & June 30

Sonic Lunch is a 12-week concert series that begins on June 2 and runs through August 25. Concerts are held each Thursday at noon at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor.

  • June 2:  Wild Belle
  • June 9:   Laith Al-Saadi
  • June 16:  Frontier Ruckus
  • June 23:  JR JR w/ Joe Hawley of Tally Hall
  • June 30:  Ben Daniels Band


First Fridays
June 3

First Fridays Ypsilanti is a self-guided monthly art and culture walk hosted throughout downtown Ypsilanti at multiple venues. Each month on the first Friday participating venues offer free art activities involving local artists, musicians, and/or tastings. The goal of the First Fridays Ypsilanti is to invite community members into the downtown area to support local talent and businesses while having a fun time!



Cinteopia Film Festival
June 3 – June 12

Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (e.g. Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, etc.).


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African American Downtown Festival
June 4 – June 5

The 21st Annual African American Downtown Festival is taking place in downtown Ann Arbor on June 4th and June 5th. The festival, which is an all-day event from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., will celebrate Washtenaw County’s rich African American history at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Ann Street in downtown Ann Arbor.


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Dexter – Ann Arbor Run
June 4 – June 5

If you want the full Dexter to Ann Arbor experience, then this is the event for you. It’s 13.1 miles of scenery on winding Huron River Drive with the classic finish in beautiful downtown Ann Arbor! All finishers will receive a custom-designed medal. If you’re up for a challenge, then we’ve got one for you! Show up early and enjoy the bus ride to the starting line of this race adventure!

  • ​Dexter-Ann Arbor Run Schedule
  • June 4 – Kid’s Run ​- 3:00 pm 
  • June 5 – 10K – 7:50 am 
  • June 5 – Run/Walk  5K   – 8:00 am
  •  June 5 – Run/Walk Half Marathon – 8:30 am

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Taste of Ann Arbor
June 5

The Taste of Ann Arbor returns June 5 from 11am – 5pm. This annual community event features local restaurants offering visitors bite-sized (and some not-so-bite-sized) tastes of what they do best. Tickets for food tastes can be purchased at the event for $.50 each.

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Ann Arbor Summer Festival / Top of the Park
June 10 – July 3

Starting June 10 and running through July 3 the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the nearly four-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment.

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Mayor’s Green Fair
June 10

The City of Ann Arbor mayor’s office is hosting the 16th annual Mayor’s Green Fair on Main Street on June 10 from 6pm,-9pm. The event celebrates our community’s environmental leadership as exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government and businesses. Green Fair guests and displays of environmental information, “green” products, live music and general enjoyment of the urban outdoor environment. Information, entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages will be provided. Live music will be performed by Paul’s Big Radio, and local vendors will sell organic food on Liberty Street near Main Street.

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YA’SSOO Ann Arbor Greek Festival
June 10 – June 12

For the 10th year running, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor invites you and your family to come and experience incomparable Greek hospitality and ethnicity at the Ya’ssoo Greek Festival.


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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
June 12 – June 17

Ann Arbor Restaurant week runs from June 12 through June 17. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Restaurants offer fixed pricing for lunch and dinner with extraordinary menus tailored to the event. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy old favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants.

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Grillin’ 2016
June 14

One in seven people in Washtenaw County struggles with hunger. Proceeds from Grillin’ enable Food Gatherers to distribute 14,000 meals a day to adults, seniors and children in need of food. Enjoy grilled gourmet sausages, chicken and corn; side dishes from our area’s best restaurants; and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.


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Ann Arbor Book Festival
June 16 – June 18

Formed in 2003, the Ann Arbor Book Festival’s mission is to promote reading, heighten awareness of literacy challenges, and showcase the rich culture of the written word in Michigan and beyond. From June 16 through June 18 join in the book crawl at local restaurants, bars, bookstores, and shops to hear Michigan authors and poets read from their latest works.


German Park Picnic
June 25

If you are looking for authentic German fare, beer, and dancing look no further than the German Park Picnic. The German Park Picnics take place the last Saturday of June, July and August. The picnic is well-known for its authentic German dinners and traditional fare. The first German Park Picnic will take place June 25 from 4pm – 11pm.


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Camaro SuperFest
June 30 – July 3

Camaro SuperFest is the longest running annual all Camaro event in the USA. It is held at Riverside Park in Depot Town Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event is open to ALL Camaros, from stock to highly modified, trailered or driven.

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Experience Music, Dance, Theater, and Comedy at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival

A community tradition, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is returning for its 33rd season.  The Summer Festival includes two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor.

While 90% of the over 100 events are free to the public this post will highlight the Mainstage, ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, and comedy.

Flip FabriQue’s Catch Me! (Attrape-Moi)

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High flying, fearless, and fun, these young artist-athletes astound audiences with adrenaline pumping feats of cutting edge nouveau cirque, dazzling in a crowd-pleasing spectacle of extreme acrobatics, dramatic turns on trampoline wall, and inventive parkour. This is a virtuoso display of athleticism and showmanship for the whole family.


Gregory Alan Isakov and The Ghost Orchestra with poet Andrea Gibson
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Wednesday, June 15, at 8:00PM at the Power Center
Gregory Alan Isakov crafts stunning compositions that tell a story of miles and landscapes, captivating and haunting his listeners. With nods to Leonard Cohen and Andrew Bird, his lush arrangements lend themselves to a fuller sound, and he will be accompanied by his band, as well as a mini-symphonic ensemble. This is a rare opportunity to see a unique performance with one of indie folk’s most admired new singer/songwriters.


Bebel Gilberto
Saturday, June 18, at  8:00PM at the Power Center
Brazil’s beloved Bebel Gilberto arrives at the traditions of bossa nova and samba and innovates on them, weaving sultry pop and soft electronica influences into her sophisticated sound. She has been at the forefront of Bossa 2.0, working with superstar producers like Mario Caldato, Jr. and Mark Ronson. Elegant and ethereal, her music will make you feel like you’re sipping caipirinhas on a yacht overlooking the beaches of Ipanema at sunset.


Michael Franti & Spearhead SoulRocker Tour
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Tuesday, June 21, at 8:00PM at the Hill Auditorium
Capturing an irresistibly bright and uplifting sound, musical pioneer and humanitarian Michael Franti’s globally conscious reggae pop anthems are spreading some much appreciated positivity worldwide. He’s known for his lyrical activism and powerful performances spanning hip hop, reggae, rock, and spoken word. Inspired by his calling to create positive change, he asks us to celebrate life, dance joyfully, and raise consciousness.


Gregory Porter

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Warm, soulful baritone and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s beautifully spiritual voice thrills audiences as he explores the rhythmic phrasings of jazz, the passion of R&B, the soul of gospel, and the immediacy of the blues. Charismatic, uplifting, and assured, this is modern jazz’s biggest star, and for good reason.
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Sunday, June 26, at 7:30PM at Power Center
For twenty incredible years, world-famous Sierra Madre trumpeter and bandleader Jesús Alemañy and his orchestra have been Cuba’s musical ambassadors, sharing their authentic yet innovative, danceable, and joyous sounds with the world. Fiery and passionate, they specialize in sizzling dance tunes full of swaggering horn charts and skillful polyrhythms that recall vintage big band son, traditional rumba, cha-cha, danzón, and pa’ca ritmo. These Grammy-nominated all-stars enjoy experimenting with world fusion, yet always embrace island authenticity—and will leave you smiling.


Jane Lynch: See Jane Sing!
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You’ve loved her as Sue Sylvester singing like Madonna on Glee. Now, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch combines her talents in an uproarious night of live musical comedy. Joining her onstage will be Glee musical arranger Tim Davis and the fiery redhead Kate Flannery of The Office. You’ll be in stitches with her American Songbook, which includes selections from The Brady Bunch, Fiddler on the Roof, and Nicki Minaj. Recommended for mature audiences.


Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
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Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, and Pat Metheny.


Mayer Hawthorne 
Mayer Hawthorne Friday, July 1, at 8:00PM at the Power Center
Singer Mayer Hawthorne has an incredible ear for what makes music soulful. “Flashy but classy” and always stylish in a fine suit, he’s a sensation onstage. A hometown hero, he soaked up Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Shuggie Otis, Hall and Oates, and hip hop producer J Dilla spinning DJ sets at The Firefly and The Blind Pig. Now this deeply talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer has moved to LA, sold millions of albums, helped Pharrell win a Grammy for best producer, and become neo-soul royalty.


The Capitol Steps
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Monday, July 4, at 4pm at the Power Center
Monday, July 4, at 7pm at the Power Center
Perfectly timed for an election year, America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July appearance at the festival! Putting the mock in democracy, these former Congressional staffers poke fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies like “Deleter of the Facts” and “If There Were No Rich Men.” If you are sick of hearing about Ted Cruz, Bill Cosby, and Brian Williams, you’ve come to the wrong place.


One Man Circus (L’homme Cirque)
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Wednesday, August 24, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Thursday, August 25, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Friday, August 26, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Saturday, August 27, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Sunday, August 28, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Enter the magical world of David Dimitri. Lauded “Lord of the Wire” by New York Times, this world famous high wire dancer and veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus epitomizes innovation as he alone performs an entire circus. Creating what he calls “a unique magic” in the intimate setting of a tent in Burns Park, his L’homme Cirque balances dramatic feats like high wire flips and a human cannon launch with humor, poetry, and serenades on the accordion.

Interested in the entire Mainstage experience? Try the Festival Sampler, which lets you create your own individualized series and take advantage of early buying discounts when you purchase three or more shows through May 28.
For more information on purchasing tickets to any of these shows visit www.a2sf.org

Reinhart is proud to a be sponsor of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Photo and Story Source: Ann Arbor Summer Festival

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Sonic Lunch 2015 Concert Lineup

Back for its seventh season, Sonic Lunch has just announced their 2015 lineup. This year features an impressive array of local favorites as well as big names who are expected to draw large crowds.

Sonic Lunch 2015

Brought to you by Bank of Ann Arbor, Sonic Lunch is downtown Ann Arbor’s free lunchtime music concert series on Thursdays in Liberty Plaza from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Sonic Lunch runs June through August.

For more information visit www.soniclunch.com

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5 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ann Arbor

Arbor Brewing Company 
Known for their beer, food (sourced from local farmers), friendly service, and a great nightlife Arbor Brewery is a fun place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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The day will start with a top of the morning party at 10am, featuring a special brunch menu and morning Happy Hour until 12pm. There will be lunch and dinner specials. Ghost City Searchlight will be performing live from 7-10pm.

Ashley’s is a wonderful place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ann Arbor due to having over 70 taps.

Doors will open at Ashley’s at 6:30am with beer pours beginning at 7am. They will have specials on Irish beers and brats.

Bill’s Beer Garden

Bill’s Beer Garden is a community-oriented outdoor drinking establishment featuring Michigan craft beers and wines.

St. Patricks Day - Bill Beer GardenThey will be launching their 2015 opening on St. Patrick’s Day from 5 – 9pm.  The day will include fire pits, Irish coffee, and 12 beers from their favorite breweries. For more information so check their Facebook.

Conor O’Neill’s
Conor O’Neill’s is an authentic Irish pub where you’re sure to find a perfect pint of Guinness or Harp along with traditional Irish dishes.
Conor O'Neill'sOn St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday March 17th, door will open at 7am with free t-shirts to the first 200 people with other specials throughout the day. There will be live music, bag pipers and Irish dancers. There will also be traditional Irish food, including breakfast, will be served.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill
Sidetrack Bar and Grill has been a restaurant, under different names, as far back as 1850. It currently has a variety of burgers, deep fried pickles, and features 16 microbrews on tap.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Sidetrack will be bustling with all sorts of Irish fun – from live fiddlers and Celtic music to Irish car bombs and corned beef and cabbage. This is a great place enjoy this wonderful holiday.

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Ann Arbor Area Restaurants Gain National Recognition Leading Up to Restaurant Week

Lately the Ann Arbor area has been receiving lots of positive press. City Style and Living Magazine posted 31 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor, Michigan (including Chelsea, Dexter and Ypsilanti) on their blog. The article detailed a plethora of places in the area to visit for food, fun, and scenery.

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Prior to that Huff Post published the 9 Reasons You Must Eat in Ann Arbor . This article spotlighted a 9 of Ann Arbor’s most prestigious dining spots. Now Food and Wine has named the Blue Tractor one of the best gastropubs in the United States.

All these positive reviews highlight what is sure to be a tasty Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, Sunday, January 18 through Friday, January 23.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2015

For restaurant week lunch is an open format in which restaurants offer a $15 menu of special items, some of which are one, two or even three courses. Several restaurants will be offering two for the price of one at lunch. Dinner is a fixed price of $28 for a three-course meal. Most restaurants are offering a choice of menu items for each course and a limited number of restaurants will be offering a two for the price of one dinner menu.

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There is no better time to gather your family and friends, make reservations, and taste all the scrumptious snacks Ann Arbor has to offer. With all the buzz around area eateries it is best to make your reservations in advance before everything is booked.

Participating Restaurants Include:

Amadeus Restaurant
Arbor Brewing Company
bd’s Mongolian Grill
The Black Pearl
The Blue Nile
The Blue Tractor
Café Felix
Carlyle Grill
Carson’s American Bistro
The Chop House
Conor O’Neill’s
Cottage Inn
The Earle
Gandy Dancer
Grange Kitchen & Bar
Grizzly Peak
Jamaican Jerk Pit
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery
The Lunch Room
Mani Osteria & Bar
Marnee Thai Restaurant
Old Carolina Barbecue
Pacific Rim
Prickly Pear Café
Taste Kitchen
The Quarter Bistro
The Ravens Club
Real Seafood Company
Sabor Latino
Silvio’s Organic Pizza
Vinology Wine Bar & Restaurant
Weber’s Restaurant

For more information about Ann Arbor Restaurant Week visit their website.

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