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Jumpin’ July Events

July in Ann Arbor is more than just fireworks. People near and far flock to the area for the amazing fairs, food, festivals and fun.


Sonic LunchJune – August

Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free outdoor concert series. Every Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm June 1 to August 31, Sonic Lunch features a live band at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. Each week a different area restaurant is on-site selling a Sonic Lunch for concert-goers to purchase.

The concerts are free and suitable for all ages. Some seating is available but lawn chairs are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a revitalizing mid-day break. As a result, Sonic Lunch has become one of the coolest summer events in Ann Arbor. For the full artist line-up visit www.soniclunch.com


Summer Concert Series June 16 – August 25

Spend the evening enjoying music in downtown Dexter’s Monument Park each Friday throughout the summer.


Camaro Superfest June 30 – July 2

Camaro Superfest 2017 will be held at last year’s show site – Riverside Park in Depot Town – Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is located only 1.5 miles from the Marriott at Eagle Crest. They will still have food vendors and lots of room for trucks and trailers.  Bring your chairs and blankets and relax at this year’s event.


Manchester Fireworks July 3

Watch fireworks with family and friends at Carr Park on Monday, July 3, 2017. The beer tent opens at 8 p.m. with live music from local bands at 9 p.m. Fireworks start at dark, usually around 10:15 p.m.


Ann Arbor 4th of July ParadeJuly 4

The 28th Annual Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at 10 am. 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 8 – 9 am and then ride their decorated bikes in the parade. Leading the parade will be this year’s parade Grand Marshal, long-time LGBT pioneer, icon and advocate extraordinaire, Jim Toy.


Ypsilanti Independence Day ParadeJuly 4

The 88th Annual Ypsilanti Independence Parade” will be held in Depot Town on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 11 a.m. The parade begins on the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets and ends at Rice Street in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town. There are over 50 participants in this year’s parade including veterans, marching bands, Elvisfest, local businesses, church groups, live bands, and classic cars.


Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck RallyJuly 5

Get outside for dinner this summer. Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck Rallies take place on the first Wednesday evening of each month, beginning in May. Trucks, carts and other local vendors will be on site from 5-8 pm. Bring a chair, a friend, and get ready for some tasty eats and live music.


Michigan ElvisFest July 7 – July 8

Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune, the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 7-8. 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.


Huron River DayJuly 9

Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River at Gallup Park. Fun festival activities include $5 canoe/kayak rentals, children’s activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, food, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and much more. Ride your bike and receive a coupon for a free boat rental.


Manchester Community Fair July 7 – July 15

There’s nothing like the Manchester Community Fair to help kick-off the summer. This year’s 73rd annual fair includes a carnival with rides, animals and exhibits, a rodeo, tractor pulls and nightly entertainment. It’s fun for the whole family.


2017 Rolling Sculpture Car ShowJuly 14

Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 23rd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 14 from 2-10 pm. 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.

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.


Saline Celtic Festival July 13 – July 15

The Saline Celtic Festival is famous for its rich blend of Celtic music and dance. 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. Celtic Festival festivities kick off on Thursday, July 13th at Saline’s downtown Summer Music Series, where you can get a sneak peek of the music and events the festival has to offer. Gates open at Millpond Park in Saline on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, July 15 at 10 am.


Ann Arbor Art Fair July 13 – July 15

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a collective of four award-winning art fairs that takes 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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The Townie Street Party, now in its 13th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. It will be held Thursday, July 17, from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm at North University and Ingalls Mall in Downtown Ann Arbor. The Townie Party celebrates all things local and is our way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for so graciously hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year. The Townie Party offers a fun-filled evening for the whole family where visitors can enjoy terrific music by some of the area’s most well-known bands; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub; or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair, which showcases the work of young Washtenaw County artists in grades 4 – 12.


Manchester Chicken BroilJuly 20

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm 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 of its kind, serving approximately 10,000 meals in a four-hour period. Net proceeds are used to benefit a variety of causes in the Manchester area, including the public schools, community parks, library and local civic organizations.


2017 Summer Beer Festival July 21 – July 22

The 20th Annual Summer Beer Festival will host more than 100 Michigan breweries sampling around 1,000 different craft beers. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands. The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival takes place rain or shine in the lovely outdoor setting of Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town.


Chelsea Sounds and Sights FestivalJuly 27 – July 29

Sounds & Sights Festival, presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, is an annual summer weekend event in historic Chelsea, Michigan. The event started over three decades ago and is a highlight of summer that draws visitors from all over the state and beyond.

The two-day, three-night festival features live music and social tent, indie art market, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, and much more. Each year features exciting changes and annual favorites that keep people coming back again and again. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea, Michigan.


Milan Summer Fest July 28 – July 29

Milan Summer Fest is an annual community-wide event that celebrates summer with tons of family-oriented fun. Events include live music, a beer garden, food and much more.


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Jump-start Your January with these Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this January.


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Last Work Batsheva Dance Company
January 7 & 8

UMS presents the North American premiere of Last Work, a new evening-length piece by Ohad Naharin performed by 18 dancers from one of the world’s preeminent dance companies. With its shifts from sustained, meditative movement to frenzied bursts of energy, this exploration of human motion — and emotion — generates powerful images that will not soon be forgotten.

 


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Kristin Key
January 12 – 14

Audiences can’t help but love the rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the “Preacher’s Kid.” Don’t miss Kristin when she comes into town at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.


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Mozart Birthday Bash
January 14

Alon Goldstein is the ultimate Mozart pianist: seamless and delicate, yet powerful. “The Piano Concerto #21 (Elvira Madigan), is an opera that comes to life in front of our ears: a variety of emotions that unfold with divine beauty.” Symphony No. 39 is known as Mozart’s “perfect piece” since it was composed simply for the sake of Music. Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4, “Mozartiana” is a delightful homage to Mozart.


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Ice Festival 2017
January 14

The Ice Festival in Chelsea is a celebration of the winter. It features a showcase competition by U of M’s Michigan Ice Carving Team. Even those who are familiar with chainsaws and flame throwers will see them like they’ve never seen them used before. Come watch the pros at work, then catch the judges’ panel and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. In addition to the competition, there will be outdoor ice rink & skate rentals, tours, hot drinks & snacks and a Greenhouse Marketplace stocked with locally made products. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP if you plan on attending this delightful event.


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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
January 15 – 20

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: A local celebration of dining in our community. January 15-20, 2017 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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The Alash Ensemble
January 18

The members of The Alash Ensemble are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of Western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

What does throat singing sound like? “Imagine a human bagpipe—a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time,” says Newsweek. Tuva sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south.


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Smart Love
January 19 – March 4

Smart Love is the darkly comedic story of a brilliant young man struggling with his father’s sudden death and the revelation that his parents’ marriage wasn’t everything he was led to believe. This world premiere play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general, with humor, heartache and potentially devastating consequences. It probes the age-old question: just because we can do a thing, should we? Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.


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Harlem Globetrotters
January 20

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on their action packed 2016-2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).


Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Ann Arbor Folk Festival
January 27 – 28

Get ready to Find Your Folk! Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, the annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.

The Folk Festival will celebrate its 40th year with a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Each night includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing you with an opportunity to hear artists you know and love while discovering great new talent.


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Winterfest
January 28

Winterfest is a ‘different’ kind of winter festival hosted by Saline Main Street and participating restaurants, shops, churches, and community organizations! The activities are scattered throughout a four-block area in the heart of Downtown Saline. There are many crazy indoor activities as well as numerous weather independent outdoor activities. Winterfest is fun for the whole family; kids, teens, adults, and grandparents. There is something for everyone, from mild to wild.


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Mark Your Calendar for These Delightful December Events

When most people think of December, they think of staying in their house, cozy and warm in front the fireplace. However, while the temperatures outside will drop, the fun will be heating up this December in the Ann Arbor region.


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Santa’s Mailbox
November 25 – December 16

Santa’s mailbox is now open for letters and wish lists in front of Conor O’Neill’s (318 S. Main St.). All letters received by 3pm on December 16th will be answered. Please remember to include your return address.


The Best Christmas Pageant Event

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 1 – December 4

In this beloved story, a reluctant pageant director is determined to succeed with “the worst kids in the whole history of the world” – the Herdmans! Bullies, thieves, smokers and more, the Herdman siblings are bent on turning the Christmas Pageant into Revenge at Bethlehem! The entire congregation is afraid of them. Will they burn down the church or will this indeed be the Best Christmas Pageant Ever? This rollicking one-act play is tons of fun for the whole family. Click here for more information.


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KindleFest
December 2

Kerrytown District’s KindleFest is a free outdoor holiday market happening December 2nd, 6pm – 10pm. The festival features local and regional artisans and farmers selling hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts, as well as German foods, sweets and beverages. Enjoy live music, fire pits to keep you warm, warming tent, s’more roasting and a Lantern Parade in the Kerrytown neighborhood.


Midnight-Madness

Midnight Madness
December 2

Once again Kerrytown and Main Street Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting Ann Arbor’s famed Midnight Madness on December 2. This is a fun-filled evening of shopping and dining. You’ll find great holiday sales throughout the stores, while you shop enjoy the sidewalk entertainment, and say hello to Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County, who will be roaming the sidewalks from 7 pm – 9 pm.


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Hometown Holidays
December 2 – 4

Annual Chelsea Michigan Hometown Holiday is a fun-filled weekend celebration which marks the beginning of the holiday season. Festivities start with a tree lighting ceremony and the weekend includes visits with Santa, a live nativity, holiday activities and entertainment at our many great merchants and historic locations in Chelsea, Michigan Chelsea is decked out in holiday splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit. Local merchants are on hand with great gift ideas and special pricing for everyone on your list. Explore the annual gingerbread house displays, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the special events from December 4 – 6.


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Ballet Chelsea: The Nutcracker
December 3 – 4 & December 10 – 11, 2016.

Ballet Chelsea is pleased to present its 19th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet on December 3-4 & 10-11, 2016. During intermission, enjoy live music, and our Snow and Sweet Shop in the sparkling commons, for light refreshments and an array of holiday and Nutcracker themed gifts for purchase.


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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Holiday Home Tour
December 3

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) invites you to support the upcoming 20th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner from some of the finest area restaurants while viewing the festive holiday decorations of five historic homes. Guests will wrap up their evening with an afterglow dessert reception at the iconic Hutchinson Mansion.


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41st Annual Christmas Parade – A Saline Christmas Carol
December 3

Don’t miss Saline’s 41st Annual Christmas Parade December 3, at 5:30pm. Each year, depending on the weather, anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 people come out to enjoy marching bands, scout troops, and floats made by local businesses, organizations and churches.


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Chelsea Historic Home Tour
December 5

Five historic homes (including the newly-renovated museum) and a beautiful neighborhood church are opening their doors to greet visitors. You’ll start your tour at the museum where we will provide you with your map of the 6 locations. All the locations are an easy walk within a few blocks or you can choose to ride a festive horse and carriage (complete with brass jingle bells) for an extra fee.


Winter Art Tour

Winter Art Tour
December 9 – 11

The Winter Art Tour (WAT) is an exciting new cultural event held on the second weekend of December, that will take you on a tour of 9 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti featuring over 150 local artists. At each stop, visitors will be able to meet artists personally and learn more about their work. Many Tour venues will offer music, refreshments, creative activities and demonstrations in addition to art shopping.


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DIYpsi Hoilday Market 2016
December 10 – 11

Check out the best indie artists our region has to offer for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. On top of finding unique hand crafted gifts, doing your holiday shopping at DIYpsi means you’re contributing to a larger cause- keeping thousands of dollars invested in our local economy and supporting the arts.


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Tiny Expo
December 10

Tiny Expo is an annual holiday fair that features over 40 artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and buy handmade! It’s a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. AADL is thrilled to produce and host this event! Tiny Expo 2016 will be on Saturday, December 10 from 11am to 5:30pm at the Downtown Library.


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Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Holiday Open House
December 18

The Michigan Firehouse Museum will host their Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Visitors can experience the museum decorated for the holidays and see all the entries in the Gingerbread Firehouse Contest. There will be crafts for the kids, holiday fire safety information, and a chance to visit with Santa. Light refreshments will be served.

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Collecting Winter Coats for the 21st Annual Coat Drive

In no time at all, warm coats will be needed by many people who can’t afford them. Over the Coat Drive’s 20-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 19,000 new and gently used winter coats. Many wonder, where do the coats go?

Dropping off coats

We contact several local agencies annually to determine their needs in terms of winter coats. This year we will be donating coats to:

 

Please encourage your family and friends to drop of their gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

For more information about the 21st Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.

 

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12 Exciting November Events

In addition to Thanksgiving, there is a plethora of things to see and do this November throughout the Ann Arbor area.


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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.


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Coat Drive
October 31 – November 30

Reinhart kicks-off our 21st Annual Coat Drive November 1, with the goal of collecting more than 1,500 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County. Through the month of November, we will be collecting new and gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.


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No Humbug Today Cabaret a Fundraiser for Wild Swan Theater
November 6

Wild Swan Theater proudly presents a sophisticated cabaret performance by a stellar lineup of singers and actors at our No Humbug Today Cabaret! Scrooge and Cratchit request your presence at our party of merry improvisational fun– a musical and theatrical experience from the imaginative and innovative minds at Wild Swan Theater.

Raise a glass of ale or wine and enjoy the antics of our gleeful band of talented actors as they share some of the songs and scenes from Wild Swan’s version of that favorite winter’s tale, A Christmas Carol. Our resident playwright and lyricist, Jeff Duncan, will be offering up a few new tunes and surprises for Cabaret-goers. This fundraiser to benefit Wild Swan Theater precedes their version of the wonderful holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Kick off the holiday season in style and join others committed to supporting the arts and the role Wild Swan plays in building community, stimulating the local economy, and spreading happiness and joy.


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Presidential Election
November 8

Do your part by voting on November 8, 2016. Need some tips about who and what is on your ballot? Visit www.Vote411.org, the League of Women Voters’ non-partisan site. You can check your voting location, see the proposals on your ballot and review the candidates’ responses to questions posed by the League. This will help you make an educated decision.


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Service above Self : Honoring our Veterans
November  9

Our veterans have both sacrificed and suffered in their service, so we can enjoy the liberties we take for granted every day. These men and women deserve both our acknowledgment and respect. This is an event towards that goal. Come join us for an engaging evening of storytelling and music at the Michigan Theater. In support of the Fisher House Michigan.


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Tchaikovsky and Friends
November 11

Experience the rich heritage of your favorite Russian composers. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 combines everything you love: the melodic beauty, romantic harmonies, deep passion and beguiling dances. Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky dazzles with his virtuosity in Shostakovich’s demanding Violin Concerto showcasing modern harmonies. Step into history to meet this icon of cultural importance.

Ann Arbor’s own Michael Daugherty’s Strut tells the story of a youthful and optimistic Paul Robeson strutting down 125th Street in Harlem. Its musical themes and vibrant syncopations are woven into a lively rhythmic tapestry.


Wine, Women and Shopping
November 12

Wine, Women and Shopping is a fun filled day to share with your mom, sisters and friends. Enjoy Christmas shopping in a relaxed enjoyable quaint small town. Stroll past the Victorian homes and tree-lined streets, enjoy lunch at any of the great restaurants. Boutiques and shops have pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a great day.

Come and enjoy the small town and the personal service. A lot of stores stay open until 8:00 pm. Come spend the day or the weekend in Chelsea. This year, Wine, Women, & Shopping will be partnering with Faith in Action and will be accepting any dry good donations during the event.


Saline Craft Show
November 12

The Saline Craft Show, in its 29th year, is rated as one of the top 10 shows in Michigan. This annual event is hosted on the grounds of Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Over 249 crafters will showcase their most recent and exceptional work which includes decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating ideas, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing.

All of these products are designed, made and displayed by the individual crafters and available at affordable prices. All artists will be present and available to customize and personalize their works. This show provides both crafts and art, from the latest in shabby chic to handmade furniture and handpainted clothing.


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Kerrytown Market & Shops Holiday Open House
November 13

Kerrytown’s Annual Holiday Open House kicks off the season with live music, art demonstrations, face painting, storytelling with Mother Goose, holiday treats and great pre-holiday sales from their merchants.


Pets & Pajamas Movie Night
November 18

What could be more fun than spending your Friday night with our furry friends at the Humane Society of Huron Valley? This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and will include adoptable animal interactions, a cheese pizza dinner and an animal-themed movie with popcorn.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas, bring a sleeping bag and pillow and be ready for some animal-themed fun while parents enjoy a night out on the town! Pets and Pajamas Movie Night is offered once a month and is a great way for children to enjoy some after-hours time at HSHV.


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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
November 24

This year’s Turkey Trot is sure to be a gobblin’ good time in beautiful Ann Arbor. Get into the holiday spirit before your Thanksgiving feast; run, walk or crawl with the whole family. Strollers are welcome but please leave your 4 legged friends at home. The Tot Trot 1K is perfect for the little ones (ages 10 & under), and the 5K is fun for the whole family. Hot chocolate, aid station, pictures with Santa and Turkey Tom, a fun course and a fun after party. 


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Mary Poppins
November 25 – December 23rd

The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter proudly presents “Mary Poppins” showing from November 25 to December 23, 2016. Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.

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Clean Out Your Closet for a Good Cause

Reinhart kicks-off our 21st Annual Coat Drive Monday, October 31, with the goal of collecting more than 1,500 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County.
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Through the month of November, bring your new or gently used winter coats to any of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

Over the Annual Coat Drive’s 20-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 20,000 coats, all of which have been donated to agencies in our community. The need for winter coats, especially for children, continues to be great. The 21st Annual Coat Drive hopes to help fill that need in our community as the weather gets colder.

For more information about the 21st Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.

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Outstanding October Events in the Ann Arbor Area

With Halloween at the end of the month, there is a frightening amount of fun to be had throughout the Ann Arbor area.


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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.


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Talladay Farms Corn Maze
September 23 – October 30

Talladay Farms Corn Maze is one of the largest corn mazes in the Midwest covering 27 acres, and this year features mazes shaped like musical instruments. There is also a kids corner, with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. They also have a separate haunted maze that opens Friday, October 7, 2016, and is open Friday and Saturday nights, at dark, in October.


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Smoke and Ale Fall Festival
October 8

Chelsea, Michigan’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off Contest will take place Oct. 8, 2016, starting at 11:00 am at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. The BBQ contest is for professionals, semi-professionals, and foodies alike. Live music sets the tone for this casual and upbeat fall event. They are expecting over 2,000 people  this year, including BBQ tournament teams, cornhole tournament competitors, live bands, breweries, and meat and beer enthusiasts. There is also a kids area with games and activities for children and multiple bounce houses.


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Highland Cemetery Tours
October 14 – 15, 22-22, and 28-29

Highland is an outstanding example of the “garden” or “rural” style of cemetery design, popular in this country during the 19th century. The garden cemetery movement sought to create tranquil places where visitors could find solace in the beauty of a natural setting. A masterpiece of landscape architecture, Highland’s rolling hills contain original plantings of oak, pine, cypress, willow, and cedar, making a natural habitat for wildlife.

Many old Ypsilanti names can be found at Highland, inscribed on headstones and monuments designed in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Gothic, Victorian and American “Natural” architectural styles. Perhaps most notable of Highland’s monuments are the Starkweather Memorial Chapel, the Flowers and Quirk Mausoleums, the Soldier’s Monument and the Veteran and Unknown Soldier’s field.


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Cranes, Colors and Cabernet Festival
October 15

 

This is a major annual event in the Chelsea area that takes place in October of each year while the Sandhill cranes gather before their migration south. Numbers of these great birds very from year to year, but the celebration is always on! The Cranes Colors and Cabernet Festival is a joint venture between Sandhill Crane Vineyards, the Jackson Audubon Society, The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, Legacy Land Conservancy, and The Big 400. Activities include guided bird watching and walk and wine tasting and release parties, and sometimes guided walks with wine.


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Trick or Treat on the River
October 16

Spend the afternoon enjoying the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River and trick or treating by canoe or kayak. As you paddle up and down Gallup Pond, you will encounter creatures handing out treats and candy. Feel free to join in and dress up. Bring a bag for your candy, and keep an eye out for swamp monsters and pirates.


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Halloween Maze
October 23

This free, family-friendly Halloween Maze includes cider and donuts. The event will take place October 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 2200 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Donations are being accepted and will go to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Help make hay for PHA.  Click here to donate.


Downtown Ypsilanti Halloween Festival
October 27

Join in the festivities at the Downtown Halloween Festival from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm on October 27 at the Library Park Plaza in Ypsilanti. There will be candy, fire trucks, candy, the Library Boo-kmobile, candy, face-painting, candy, a costume contest with prizes, a DJ, clowns making balloon animals, a tow truck, and a hearse.


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The Haunted Belfry: An Open Tower Concert
October 30

In this family-friendly event, U-M carillon students in costume will perform eerie music on the 60-bell Lurie Carillon, surrounded by bats, cobwebs, and a fantastic view of North Campus. If you’re in costume,  you might be asked to ring a bell. Free to the public.


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Halloween Treat Parade
October 31

It’s our sixteenth annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor! Area merchants welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats. Black and orange balloons will fly from participating businesses. Join the fun from 11am to 5pm. Get an early start and head to the Ann Arbor District Library on S. Fifth Ave. for a Halloween Party, first floor lobby. This year you can choose to attend from 10:30 to 11am or from noon to 12:30. Come in costume for stories, puppets and trick-or-treats.


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Halloween – Carmel Apple Event
October 31

Come to downtown Manchester with the kids to get them candy and caramel apples on Halloween at the Manchester Mill Porch. The event runs from 5-7pm. Many of the local businesses downtown hand out candy as well.

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Spectacular September Events in the Ann Arbor Area

September is the beginning of a new football season, the school year and apple picking season. These and many other spectacular events will be taking place in the Ann Arbor area throughout the month.

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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.


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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 125th season on the gridiron Friday, September 2, 2016. Click here for a full schedule.

 


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Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair
September – Novemeber

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. Wiard’s is open every Wednesday – Sunday (except September 14 – 16). Click here to see the full schedule and list of activities.

 


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Ann Arbor Russian Festival
September 17 & September 18

The 4th Annual Russian Festival dates are set for Saturday, September 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 18th, from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There are a plethora of events including Russian Food and bar, a tea room with authentic sweets, Russian and Ukrainian Dancing and entertainment, a  kids corner, beautiful and unique gifts for sale, and much more.


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Oktoberfest
September 17 

Are you looking to celebrate all things Bavarian? If so, you won’t want to miss Oktoberfest at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. The event takes place September 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Awesome Sausage will be onsite with speciality sausages and sauerkraut. Enjoy your favorite German style beers along with live music. Costumes are encouraged.


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Orphan Car Show
September 18

The Annual Orphan Car Show makes it return to Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park on September 18. 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 23 – September 24

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.


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University Symphony Orchestra
September 23

The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Kenneth Kiesler, opens its 2016-17 season with music by two of America’s major composers: George Gershwin and John Adams. These will be the first performances of the new critical editions of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with soloist Logan Skelton, and An American in Paris. The concert also includes John Adams’s The Chairman Dances and Saxophone Concerto, with soloist Tim McAllister, who has performed the piece many times, including the world premiere with the composer conducting.


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Ghoultide Gathering
September 24

A magical bazaar of Halloween Art at the Chelsea Fairgrounds featuring arts, crafts, fun, and more. Gates to the fairgrounds open at 6 a.m. for those wishing to line up early. Doors to the show open at 8 a.m. for early buy.


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35th Annual Webster Fall Festival
September 24

The 35th Annual Webster Fall Festival offers old-fashioned country fun for all ages. Activities and attractions include hay rides, a petting zoo, dog agility demonstrations, historic buildings and displays, vintage cars and farm machinery, a rummage sale, fundraiser raffle, crafts, artisans, and a vintage baseball game. Live music on the new “Corn Crib” stage features Nessa, Fiddler Pie, North Creek Fiddlers and the RFD Boys. Vocalist Emma McDermott, KP Duo & Co., Celtic Creole and the Ypsi Town Band will perform in the Webster Church Sanctuary. Baked goods, preserves, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day. The Church luncheon is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


28th Annual: Apples & Honey
September 25

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, & most anticipated – the J’s Early Childhood Center’s kosher baked goods sale.


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Morning After Grace
September 29 – December 17

The Purple Rose Theatre Company will continue its strong tradition of producing world premieres and theatrical favorites for its 2016-2017 season. Michigan native playwright Carey Crim’s hilariously touching story centers on Angus and Abigail who meet at a funeral and are surprised to wake up together after a wine-fueled night. While Abigail may be ready to take a chance on love, Angus still has issues to work through. When Angus’s neighbor Ollie, a former baseball player with secrets of his own, shows up using a walker, confusion and chaos ensue. Can these three find a way to connect with their pasts in order to construct a brighter future?


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10 of Our Favorite Local Ice Cream Shops

On a hot summer day nothing is better than a frozen treat. Whether you prefer ice cream, gelato, sorbet, or frozen yogurt these local ice cream joints will have something that tickles your fancy. Scroll down to the bottom to see a map of all ice cream places mentioned.

 

Ann Arbor

Blank Slate Creamery
300 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Blank Slate

Deliciously creamy, homemade, all-natural ice cream in a relaxed, friendly and creative space. Blank Slate ice cream is made with Guernsey Farm milk and cream, along with fresh eggs and cane sugar. Many of the ingredients used are sourced locally, and are free of additives and preservatives whenever possible.


 

Iorio’s Gelateria
522 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Iorio's
Known for as one of the best places to get gelato in Ann Arbor, Iorio’s aims to give you a taste of Italy. Serving custom made authentic artisan gelatos and sorbettos. The sorbettos are great option for those who are dairy-free or vegan.


Kilwins
107 E. Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Kilwins

Kilwins has been making ice cream since 1985, and today there are over 40 highest-quality unique and delicious flavors made especially for you. They began perfecting their recipe in small batches, and today continue the tradition of excellence, using only fresh antibiotic-free, rbST-free milk and cream from family farms.


Rod’s Place
812 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Rods Place
Rod’s Place is a Korean restaurant that is known for its frozen yogurt collider. Go into the restaurant and grab a slip of paper and you mark down everything you want in your collider and they make the custom treat for you for $6.00. Rod’s is especially beloved for its long hours. They are open Sunday through Thursday until 12am and on Friday and Saturday they service ice cream until 3am.


Washtenaw Dairy
602 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Washtenaw Dairy
For over 75 years Washtenaw Dairy has been delivering quality dairy products to Washtenaw County. Washtenaw Dairy’s family friendly atmosphere makes it a perfect destination after a long day-for both young and old alike. Choose from over 30 flavors or try one of their delicious hand-dipped shakes or malts. Washtenaw Dairy has been named one of the 21 Best Old-School Ice Cream Shops in America by Thrillist.


Zingerman’s Creamery
3723 Plaza Drive,
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Zingermans Creamery
Zingerman’s Creamery is dedicated to crafting handmade full-flavored cheeses and gelato using traditional methods while sourcing the highest quality milk they can find from equally dedicated, small-scale regional farmers.


Chelsea

Twisters

Twisters Ice Cream
901 S. Main St
Chelsea, MI 48118

 

Twisters severs premium soft-serve ice cream cones, sundaes, and shakes doled out from their walk-up window. You can share it with a friend or eat it all alone at Twisters.


Saline

Mickey’s Dairy Twist
751 W Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176

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For 20 summers, Mickey’s Dairy Twist has offered delicious shakes, sundaes, floats, slushes and flurries. What makes Mickey’s Saline stand out is the homemade ice cream made fresh right inside the store.


Ypsilanti

Go! Ice Cream
10 N Washington St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Go Icecream
Go! Ice Cream is a small Michigan-based company that crafts artisan ice creams in small batches using local ingredients. The goal of this shop is to bring more flavor to life through bold versions of classic ice creams and adventurous new flavor combinations. This includes flavors such as the unexpectedly dynamic such as Three-Bean Vanilla and Ypsilanti Proud Peppercorn.


Ice Cream Time
1240 Ecorse Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Ice Cream Time

Ice Cream Time has been part of the local community for around 40 years. It is a walk-up window with a big old fashioned sign and some picnic tables. This ice cream shop is known for their soft serve ice cream, however they do have a wide variety of frozen treats including scoop ice cream, flurries, shakes, hand dipped cones and more.

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19 August Events in the Ann Arbor Area

Summer is coming to an end but there is plenty of fun to be had before then. Any of these nineteen local area events will keep you entertained.


Milan Bluegrass Festival
August 4 – August 6

The Milan Bluegrass Festival will be held in the KC Campground just east of Milan. Thousands gather from all over the country just east of Milan annually for the popular festival. Eighteen bluegrass performers and bands will perform.

August 4:    12:30pm – 9:30pm
August 5:   1:00pm – 9:00pm
August 6:  12:30pm – 9:30pm

The Importance of Being Earnest
August 4 – August 6 

One of the most entertaining plays in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest combines sparkling wit, social satire, and farcical situations in one glorious package. This play will be performed at the Kerrytown Concert House.

August 4:    8:00pm
August 5:    8:00pm
August 6:    2:00pm
August 6:    8:00pm

My Fair Lady
August 4 – August 28

The Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter is producing My Fair Lady. Starring Jessica Grove as Eliza Doolittle and directed by Tony-award winning designer/director Tony Walton.


First Friday Downtown Concert Series
August 5 

Enjoy a fun outdoor concert as part of the First Fridays Downtown Art Wal, provided by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti. The concert is taking place at downtown branch of the Ypsilanti Library from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Please note that the concert will be held inside the library in the event of rain.


Milan Summer Fest
August 5 & August 6

Milan Summer Fest is an annual community-wide event that celebrates summer with tons of family-oriented fun. The event starts Friday evening and runs all day Saturday.


Manchester Street Art Fair
August 6

Be sure to save the date and invite family and friends to join you for a fun filled day in the Village of Manchester. “Run Manchester” kicks off the days festivities beginning at 8:00am and features a 10K, 5K, and 1 mile Fun Run. Once the run has finished, stay to enjoy the following entertainment until 9pm: juried art fair, 20 family friendly musical acts in 3 different locations along Main Street, a vintage car show, a dunk tank, live music and more.


The Super Run
August 6

The Super Run is a superhero themed event featuring a 5k and a family friendly fundraising run. The event takes place at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor and goes from 8:00am – 11:00am. Enjoy entertainment and other family activities.


The Dragonboat Festival
August 6

The Dragonboat Festival is an annual celebration of DIY building and design, culture, competition, community, and fun.  Dragonboat Festival 2016 will be held at the lower pond of Robin Hills Farm and will feature various competitive Dragonboat races using homemade boats. The event begins at 9am with a boat exhibition where spectators can visit and photograph the many different boat designs. The exhibition will be followed by a series of boat-race heats around the lower pond where teams will be competing against one another in hopes of advancing further into the competition. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony.


Underground Railroad Bus Tour: Journey to Freedom
August 7

Learn the rich details of community history as you ride by the exterior of local and nationally know Underground Railroad landmarks, historic sites and homes on this docent guided tour. The tour departs at 2:00pm from –and returns to– the parking lot in front of the Tech Building at WCC.


Dexter Daze
August 12 & August 13

Dexter Daze has occurred annually for 44 years. Enthusiasm and community growth have developed an event that includes artisans, crafters, businesses and free entertainment for the whole family. The event runs Friday from 4:00pm -10:00 pm and Saturday 10:00am – 10:00 pm.


Saline’s Summerfest 2016
August 12 & August 13

On a fine summer weekend, along the streets of Downtown Saline, a wonderful assortment of activities, attractions, and amusements will bring together people of all ages and interests. It’s a super hometown celebration – Saline’s Summerfest 2016!


Plein Air Festival
August 15 – August 20

For the 4th year in a row, under the curious and watchful eye of the public, local and visiting artists will paint for four days in and around Dexter. The festival culminates with a two-day exhibit and silent auction of all competition artwork in the Tent Gallery in Monument Park. Activities included a friendly competition for professional and emerging artists, a quick-draw painting competition, a silent auction and artwork sale, and more.


Nashbash Music Festival
August 18

Nashville singer/songwriter Sally Barris headlines the 10th Anniversary of the Nashbash Music Festival. Set in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, the event features a roster of first-class national and local performers in an intimate neighborhood atmosphere, making Kerrytown the place to be on Thursday evening during the dog days of summer. The artistic force behind Nashbash is Whit Hill, a longtime member of the Ann Arbor arts community who now lives in Nashville. True to Nashbash tradition, she and her band Whit Hill and the Postcards join the Nashbash roster, which this year also includes local favorites Hoodang, The Bill Edwards Band, The Judy Banker Band and The Whiskey Charmers. The festival runs from 5:00pm – 9:30pm.


Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
August 20 & August 21

The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show presented by Wayne County Airport Authority takes place each summer at Willow Run Airport, which is located just outside Ypsilanti. The show site is conveniently located within a short drive of Detroit.


Chelsea Community Fair
August 23 – August 27

The Chelsea Community Fair is hosted at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, which is located just south of downtown Chelsea. The annual fair is organized and run by the Board of Directors and the Daily Activity Fair Committees and takes place in mid-August.


Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
August 26 – August 28

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is a free community festival featuring arts and crafts, live music, family activities and entertainment, historical presentations, and so much more.


DIYpsi Indie Art Fair
August 27 & August 28

Our intent is to be one component of a thriving community of entrepreneurs, artists, organizations and events that serve to build it up. Our contribution to this endeavor is DIYpsi (dip-see) – an art fair featuring all hand-made items that takes place in Ypsilanti’s business districts once each summer and winter. For two weekends each year we host the best indie artists our city and region have to offer for a one of a kind shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. We’ll also have incredible hand crafted food and drink when so bring your appetite!


Saline Community Fair
August 31 – September 4

Promising something for everyone, the 2016 Saline Community Fair will feature animals, exhibits, music, a car show, rides, food and more. Gates open August 31 at 9:00am.


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