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The 15 Swimming Holes Near Ann Arbor You Need to Visit This Summer

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Our home state of Michigan — The Great Lakes State — borders four of the Great Lakes and contains more than 11,000 inland lakes. So, when you’re looking for a summer swimming destination, this is a good place to be.

And in the communities around Ann Arbor, we get to take advantage of countless swim beaches, state parks and pristine waters. To help you on your water-themed summer adventures, we rounded up a handful of the best options around Ann Arbor. From just a few minutes away to about two hours away on the shores of Lake Michigan, these should all be on your summer bucket list!


Independence Lake Park | Whitmore Lake

Distance from Ann Arbor: 12 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Photo courtesy of Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission

Operated by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, Independence Lake Park offers countless, year-round attractions. During the summer months, the park’s 360 acres feature trails for biking and hiking as well as fishing, boating and swimming in Independence Lake. Featuring both a small dock and a boat launch, you can take off in your kayak or leap off the dock into the water. When you’re done, you can sunbathe on the beach or continue the water-themed fun at Blue Heron Bay Spray Park, which features water canons, geysers and water slides.


Rolling Hills Park | Ypsilanti

Distance from Ann Arbor: 14 miles | Get directions

Ypsilanti’s Rolling Hills Park is a 439-acre park and one of the most recreational-diverse destinations in Washtenaw County. Anyone looking for swimming adventures and water-themed fun can enjoy a splash in the waves, a float on the lazy river, or a ride down the slides of the Water Park.


Van Buren Park | Belleville

Distance from Ann Arbor: 16 miles | Get directions

Van Buren Park Beach is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular spots for lake swimming. Just a 20 minute drive from Ypsilanti, the entire park offers hiking trails, three play structures, picnic areas, pavilions, horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, a basketball court, grills, a community garden, restrooms and, of course, the beach with its own concession stand for snacks and refreshments!


Pinckney State Recreation Area | Pinckney

Distance from Ann Arbor: 20 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Covering a whopping 11,000 acres, Pinckney State Recreation Area is one of our favorite outdoor destinations in the Ann Arbor area. Known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes, the park also offers over forty miles of multi-use trails, picnicking, playgrounds, beaches, a concession stand, boat launches and rowboat, canoe, paddle boat and kayak rentals.

For swimmers, there are two public beaches, one at Silver Lake and one at Halfmoon Lake. A third beach at Bruin Lake is only open to campers and you can see a list of available campgrounds here.


Brighton Recreation Area | Howell

Distance from Ann Arbor: 19 miles | Get directions

Covering 4,947 acres, Brighton Recreation Area is a hilly, outdoor paradise interspersed with a number of picturesque lakes. The best swimming lake can be found at Bishop Lake. The remodeled, universally accessible beach features a beach house with vending machines, picnic shelters and a sand volleyball court.

In addition to the lake and beach attractions, Bishop Lake is also home to Jump Island! This lake waterpark features an inflatable iceberg, inflatable slides, runways and more so you can slide, run, walk and play atop the water.


Waterloo Recreation Area | Chelsea

Distance from Ann Arbor: 22 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

The largest park in the Lower Peninsula, Waterloo Recreation Area consists of more than 20,000 acres. Across these grounds, you’ll find two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, swimming beaches, several picnic sites, 11 fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, four rustic cabins, a yurt, equestrian trails, mountain biking trails, and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.

Day-use swimmers should head to the public beach at the Portage Lake Unit. And registered campers can also take a dip at the beach accessible from the Sugarloaf Campground.


Island Lake Recreation Area | Brighton

Distance from Ann Arbor: 22 miles | Get directions

At 4,000 acres, Island Lake Recreation Area offers a bit of northern Michigan just 30 minutes from Ann Arbor. In addition to mountain biking, hiking, boating and fishing areas, you’ll find two beaches available for swimming. There’s one at Kent Lake and one at Spring Mill Pond, a spring fed pond with more than 100 feet of sandy beach!


Kensington Metropark | Milford

Distance from Ann Arbor: 25 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Just 40 minutes from Ann Arbor directly above Island Lake Recreation Area, Kensington Metropark is one of the most popular parks in the state of Michigan. Throughout 4,486 acres, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, a 27-hole disc golf course, a nature center, a farm center, beautiful picnic areas as well as scenic hiking and biking trails for hours of enjoyment.

And, on the 1,200-acre Kent Lake, you can swim at Martindale or Maple beaches, get soaked at the Splash ‘n’ Blast, or just spend the day fishing, boating and picnicking along the water.


Highland Recreation Area | White Lake

Distance from Ann Arbor: 37 miles | Get directions

Offering 5,900 acres of forest, marshes and lakes in the rolling hills of Southern Michigan, Highland Recreation Area is a destination for equestrian riders, mountain bikers, hikers and boaters during the summer months. Boat access can be found on four lakes within the park for fishing and recreational boating and swimmers can enjoy the public beach on Teeple Lake!


Seven Lakes State Park | Holly

Distance from Ann Arbor: 43 miles | Get directions

An hour north of Ann Arbor, Seven Lakes State Park is made up of farmland, rolling hills, forested land and 230 acres of water. During the summer months, you can rent or bring row boats, canoes and paddle boats, or embark on a hike across more than six miles of trails. Near the swim beach, you’ll find a boat launch, a concession stand for snacks, restrooms and changing courts as well as horseshoes, volleyball and playground equipment!


South Beach Park | South Haven

Distance from Ann Arbor: 140 miles | Get directions

One of the most popular beaches for swimming along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, South Beach Park offers concessions, a playground and historic memorials in addition to the sandy swimming beach. Just steps from the beach, visitors can enjoy the skatepark or walk out onto the pier to watch the sunset against the beautiful South Haven Lighthouse.


Grand Haven State Park | Grand Haven

Distance from Ann Arbor: 165 miles | Get directions

Swimming beaches and lake near Ann Arbor Michigan

Within three hours of Ann Arbor, Grand Haven State Park is the furthest on our list, but offers some of the best views. The 48 acre park consists entirely of sandy beach with Lake Michigan bordering on the east and Grand River bordering on the north. From the beach, you can dip your toes in the water and enjoy scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse.


Just keep swimming!  

In the comments below, let us know where you’re headed this summer.

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Where to Take Out of Town Guests in Ann Arbor, Michigan

TeaHaus Ann Arbor, Michigan full English tea

In our totally unbiased opinion, everyone should make a trip to Ann Arbor at least once. Our quirky, historic and charming community is home to several things you can only find here, including the country’s largest stadium, hidden fairy doors and, of course, the Fragel.

As a local, it’s easy to forget all the best places to show off when you have guests in town. To help jog your memory, we rounded up a few of our must-visit local businesses and attractions. Our guide includes food, shopping, education and outdoor experiences, so there’s a good chance your guests will fall in love with Ann Arbor, too.

If you need more ideas, follow along on the Reinhart blog where we continually highlight the area’s best local businesses, restaurants, events and more!


Try the Fragel from MD Bagel Fragel

MD Bagel Fragel is a beloved bagel shop in town and they’re the only place where you can still get a Fragel! A 30 year Ann Arbor tradition, a Fragel is raisin-packed dough fried golden brown and coated with cinnamon sugar. The perfect combination of bagel and donut, it’s a must-try for every A2 local and visitor. Alongside Fragels, you’ll find an impressive lineup of freshly baked bagels in sweet and savory flavors, as well as homemade cream cheeses available in 20 different flavors!


Grab a cup of coffee

Black Diesel Coffee Ann Arbor Plymouth Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Black Diesel Coffee

The small town feel and college atmosphere of Ann Arbor make it the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in a cozy setting. Because our community loves to support local businesses, there are countless neighborhood cafes. In fact, we rounded up The 16 Best Coffee Shops in the Ann Arbor Area, which includes favorites like Literati Coffee located above Literati Bookstore, Roos Roast and Black Diesel Coffee. So why not take a coffee tour of Ann Arbor?


Find all The Fairy Doors

Fairy doors have been popping up all over Ann Arbor in various locations for as long as we can remember. Today, you can find these charming, artistic, miniature doors at The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor District Library, The Ark, Nicola’s Books and at least four other documented locations in town. Check out the map here and see if you can spot them all!


Type on Literati Bookstore’s public typewriter

Literati Bookstore Public Typewriter Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Literati Bookstore

When Ann Arbor’s original, local bookstore, Borders, closed its doors all over the country, Hilary and Mike Gustafson moved back to their home state and opened Literati Bookstore as a book-lovers haven in downtown Ann Arbor. On the store’s lower level, they set out an old typewriter and invited anyone and everyone to type a note on it. Over the years, they accumulated thousands of love notes, poems, sentences and salutations. Published in 2018, Notes From A Public Typewriter compiles some of their favorites alongside essays, photos and more. Stop by and type your own note to be a part of local history!


Learn something new at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

One of the most obvious attractions in Ann Arbor is the University of Michigan campus. But you can do a lot more than just people watch in The Diag. Located on campus, the University of Michigan Museum of Art is one of the largest university art museums in the country. Their collections represent 150 years of art collecting and include everything from 1000 BCE Middle Eastern artifacts to 21st-century paintings. Admission to the museum is always free, but a $10 donation is also appreciated. Get full details and plan your visit here.


Drive out to Dexter Cider Mill

Part of the excitement of being in Ann Arbor is the opportunity to explore the surrounding communities that make Southeast Michigan the enchanting place that it is. Just 20 minutes northwest of Ann Arbor, the seasonal Dexter Cider Mill in Dexter, Michigan is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in the entire state. Today, the team makes cider the same way it was made 120 years ago: using locally grown, hand picked apples on an oak rack press. Even their equipment is over 100-years-old! In addition to natural cider, fresh apples, doughnuts, apple nut bread, made-from-scratch apple pies, apple strudel, apple turnovers and hand rolled gingersnaps, you can also sip homemade hard ciders made on-site.


Go out for brunch

It’s not a trip to Ann Arbor without getting a taste of the local flavor. Our local restaurants have helped make our town a hidden gem in the foodie community — and we can’t get enough. A good starting point is brunch, AKA the most important meal of the week. Check out The 16 Essential Brunch Spots in Ann Arbor to see a few of our favorites!


Visit one (or more!) of the famous Zingerman’s businesses

Zingerman's Creamery Beer and Cheese pairing March 2018

Photo courtesy of Emma Boonstra via Zingerman’s Creamery 

Zingerman’s Community of Businesses began humbly in 1982 as a small delicatessen in a historic building that was once a neighborhood grocery store. Instead of following the typical franchise model, deli founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig decided to expand locally. Today, there are more than ten businesses operating under the Zingerman’s umbrella — from Zingerman’s Bakery and Miss Kim to Zingerman’s Food Tours and Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter. To learn more about all of them, check out Your Guide to 14 Zingerman’s Businesses in Ann Arbor.


Sip a cocktail at The Last Word

Repeatedly named as Ann Arbor’s best cocktail bar, The Last Word is a hidden gem, literally. Located underground with no exterior signage, and offering dim lighting and an outstanding bar program, it’s a bar designed in true speakeasy fashion. The drink menu includes high-quality wines and craft beers alongside cocktails prepared with fresh ingredients and house-made syrups and bitters. The food menu includes crafted dishes like Pork Belly Tostada, Duck Confit Hash and Fried Chicken Buns — and it’s available until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday!


Shop the farmers’ market

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open year-round on Saturdays. During the summer, you can enjoy it twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays with six food truck rallies scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month, May through October!

Because it’s located in Kerrytown, shopping the market will also give you the chance to explore one of Ann Arbor’s most charming districts. Home to places like 16 Hands, Everyday Wines, The Lunch Room Diner & Canteen, Monahan’s Seafood Market, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard, there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy post-market.


See a game in The Big House

Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States and the second largest stadium in the world. Though the official capacity is 107,601, its record attendance is ‎115,109 — which occurred on September 7, 2013. To find out when you can cheer on the Wolverines at home, check out the schedule here. And superfans can also tour the stadium and the Crisler Center at just $15 – 20 per person! Get information on tours here.


Peruse Nickels Arcade

Comet Coffee Ann Arbor Michigan coffee shops roasters

Photo courtesy of Joseph Saborío via Comet Coffee

Located in downtown Ann Arbor and adjacent to the University of Michigan campus, Nickels Arcade is home to some of the best cafes and shops in town. Now over 100-years-old, the covered mall is filled with natural light and local flavor. A few of the highlights include Comet Coffee, Arcade Barbers and University Flower Shop.


Enjoy a live show at The Ark

The Ark is Ann Arbor’s destination for live music. Founded in 1965 by four area churches, the venue now offers over 300 nights of shows each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere. In the past, they’ve brought Howie Day, Blind Pilot and the Violent Femmes to town! See all the upcoming events here.


Order a full English tea at TeaHaus

TeaHaus Ann Arbor, Michigan full English tea

Photo courtesy of TeaHaus

Ann Arbor’s favorite tea spot, TeaHaus offers options suited for a quick stop or an entire afternoon. Available Tuesday through Sunday, the full English tea is a three-tiered service brought out to each table and complete with white china and linens. The experience includes all the tea you can drink, four finger sandwiches, the soup of the day, two scones with jam, jellies, lemon curd and clotted cream, and three desserts. Get all the details here and be sure to make your reservation a few days in advance. Happy sipping!


Stroll through Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two educational and environmental gardens on the UM campus. The botanical gardens include eleven outdoor spaces full of bonsai, native and medicinal plants, perennials, and more which bloom seasonally from spring to the first frost. For colder months, enjoy their year-round indoor conservatory filled with plants from around the world.

Nichols Arboretum is one of the richest landscapes in the region. It spans miles of trails and land with collections of native and exotic trees and shrubs crafted into a landscape that was begun by O. C. Simonds in 1907.


Eat a late-night meal at Fleetwood Diner

This 24-hour diner is a true Ann Arbor institution, thanks in large part to their famous Hippie Hash. If you haven’t tried it for yourself, Hippie Hash is a dish of homemade hash browns with grilled tomato, green pepper, onion, mushroom and broccoli topped with feta cheese. The entire menu is available 24 hours, so stop by whenever you get a craving!


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The 14 Essential Wineries to Visit Near Ann Arbor

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

You’ve heard of California wine country, but have you heard of Michigan wine country? We assure you, it exists and it is flourishing! In fact, different regions of the state have organized their own wine trails to highlight local wines. You can explore the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail near Grand Rapids, the Bay View Wine Trail in Northwest Michigan, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail around Grand Traverse Bay, and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail which goes right through our backyard.

We’re adding a few stops to the local winery itinerary by showcasing our favorite vineyards and tasting rooms near Ann Arbor. Each one is worth the sip — or bottle.


Black Fire Winery | Tecumseh

1261 E Munger Rd | Facebook

Black Fire Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photos courtesy of Black Fire Winery

Owner Michael Wells went from a Fire Department Lieutenant with a dream to an outstanding grape grower and winemaker. Today, his picturesque vineyard offers a cozy tasting room and a covered deck with a lineup of handcrafted wines, a menu of mouth-watering appetizers, and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays!


Chateau Aeronautique Winery | Jackson + Onsted

Jackson + Onsted | Facebook

Chateau Aeronautique has two venues to taste their wines and attend special events. The original Airpark Tasting Room in Jackson features airplane decor, including paintings of vintage airplanes and a grass runway. The Irish Hills in Onsted sits on 26-acres of vineyard landscape and has a 1976 German glider wing for a bar top, vintage destination posters and airliner seats for seating. Both locations host private events, wine tastings and public celebrations! See the upcoming events here.


Burgdorf’s Winery | Haslett

5635 Shoeman Rd | Facebook

Burgdorf's Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photo courtesy of Burgdorf’s Winery

Deb and Dave Burgdorf have been making wine for over 30 years. Combined, they boast a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, over 15 years of experience in fermentation, and 30 years of experience working with plants and conservation planning. This all results in award-winning fruit and grape wines which you can taste on-site at the gift shop and tasting room nestled on a 5-acre countryside estate.


Cherry Creek Winery | Brooklyn

11500 Silver Lake Hwy | Facebook

Nestled in the Irish Hills, this family-owned winery celebrates over 100 years of winemaking knowledge passed down through four generations. Inside the historic 1870 schoolhouse tasting room and seasonal café, you can sip award-winning grape wines, fruit wines and ciders, sample freshly made butter fudge, taste their Michigan Cherry Preserves, and more! Bring the whole family along for events, including holiday celebrations, dinners and pairings.


DeAngelis Cantina del Vino Winery | Ann Arbor

7879 Jackson Rd D | Facebook

Made right in the heart of Ann Arbor, De Angelis wines contain no added sulfites or preservatives — only grapes. Inside the Jackson Road winery, you can enjoy tastings and frequent live music shows. Follow the team on Facebook for updates on events and tastings.


Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery | Adrian

3402 Chase Rd | Facebook

Flying Otter Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries

Photo courtesy of Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery

Though the work never stops inside the winery, the Flying Otter outdoor tasting room is only open seasonally. However, their charming atmosphere, live music events and award-winning wines have landed them multiple honors in the Daily Telegram’s Best of Lenawee competition: first place in the Best Winery category and second in Best Wine for 2017! They use cold climate hybrid wine grapes grown on the estate to create each of their must-try wines.


J. Trees Cellars Cidery & Winery | Tecumseh

703 E Chicago Blvd | Facebook

Located in the Historic Hayden-Ford Mill, J. Trees Cellars has created a cozy environment for tastings where they’ve paired their handcrafted beverages with a menu of cheese and meat platters and delicious sandwiches. Open for visits Friday through Sunday, you can stop in to sample their wines and ciders made from both estate-grown fruits and other fruits sourced from around the state.


Lone Oak Vineyard Estate | Grass Lake

8400 Ann Arbor Rd | Facebook

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Lone Oak is Southeast Michigan’s oldest and largest commercial vineyard. Over the years, they’ve developed 12 world-class European grape varieties which cover their picturesque 25-acre vineyard. Using these grapes, they craft Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and other outstanding European varietals — from dry to semi-dry and even dessert wines! In addition to chef’s wine dinners, special occasion concerts and annual celebrations, they host live music on the deck every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. with fresh baked bread, cheeses and other appetizers available for purchase.


Northville Winery and Brewing Company | Northville

630 Baseline Rd | Facebook

Thirty minutes outside of Ann Arbor in Northville, this winery and brewery experience is a must! The family-run business is a taphouse for their own wines, ciders and beers. And it functions as a music venue with shows from both local bands and solo musicians. Stop by on a Thursday evening to hear Dead at the Winery, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, accompanied by some of the region’s best beverages.


Pentamere Winery | Tecumseh

131 E Chicago Blvd | Facebook

Pentamere Winery Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Pentamere Winery

This family-owned and operated winery is nestled in Downtown Tecumseh. They use grapes sourced from Michigan and the Great Lakes region to create wines in-house which means you can take a peek into the winemaking process and witness the beautiful transformation from grape to wine right in the tasting room. You can preview the wines and order online here, but we definitely recommend stopping in to visit this hyper-local spot!


Sandhill Crane Vineyards | Jackson + Dexter

Jackson + Dexter | Facebook

Sandhill Crane operates a year-round tasting room in Jackson and the Cider Mill Tasting Room in Dexter during apple season. Made in small batches right on the premises, the tasting lineup includes well-balanced acidic white wines, rich reds, flavorful fruit wines and delicious dessert wines. Upon visiting, you’ll soon find a second home at this casual, welcoming, family-friendly wine destination.


Sleeping Bear Winery at Grand River Brewery | Jackson

117 W Louis Glick Hwy | Facebook

This drinking destination and eatery is a must-visit in Jackson. Operating under the name Grand River Brewery, they feature a brewery, Sleeping Bear Winery, a craft distillery and a farm-to-table restaurant. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! In the brewery, they create beverages using only Michigan hops and Midwestern malted barley. In the winery, they showcase the same love for local by using locally grown grapes, as well as apples in their hard ciders.


Villa Del Vino Winery | Napoleon

10175 Austin Rd | Facebook

Southeast Michigan tasting rooms and wineries Ann Arbor

Owners and wine lovers Hermin Rahimi and Dan Harris have always dreamed of opening their own winery. Due to its rustic nature and proximity to the vineyards of Southwest Michigan, they chose Napoleon as the home of Villa Del Vino and have been building that home for years. Today, they have a developing vineyard of their own and also work with domestic wines out of California. Stop in the tasting room on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to taste the blends for yourself and learn more!


Vine2Wine Custom Winery | Northville

446 S Main St | Facebook

Owners and winemakers Mark and Sherrie Zucker found their passion for winemaking after they received a homemade bottle of wine as a gift. And today, Vine2Wine has been open for nearly two decades! Through the years, they’ve been crafting small batch wines made in the heart of Northville with the best juices sourced from around the world. 



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Lovely Custom Built Home in Dexter

FeaturedFriListing_2016This week we are featuring Chris Marten’s listing — 11900 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI 48130
11900 Island Lake Road - DexterQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Enjoy country living at its best in this custom multi-level home.

11900 Island Lake Road - DenQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Generous open floor plan with a formal dining room and large, bright eat-in kitchen boasting fresh white cabinets and an island with seating. Upstairs the inviting master suite has wide plank hickory flooring, vaulted ceiling, master bath with spa tub, dual vanity and a huge walk-in closet.

11900 Island Lake Road - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Minutes from downtown Dexter this home sits on 1.5 acres. It has no HOA dues and lower township taxes.

11900 Island Lake Road - Master BedroomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
A new roof was added in 2012. Exterior trim was painted in 2016.

11900 Island Lake Road - Master BathQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Located close to the expressway this home has easy access to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Being located on 1.5 acres there are numerous outdoor activities throughout the year.

11900 Island Lake Road - Lower LevelQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The new owners will delight in this tranquil setting, with huge windows overlooking the countryside. Outside you can sit on the elevated deck off the kitchen and adore all nature has to offer.

11900 Island Lake Road - DeckQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
This 2400 sq. ft. move-in ready home has a finished walk-out lower level with tons of recreation space and storage. There is also a 3 car garage.

11900 Island Lake Road -DeckQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
Home boasts whole house water purification system providing incredibly fresh water.

11900 Island Lake Road -YardQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
Well and septic inspection done ready for sale. Purchaser will be able to take immediate possession of the home.

Come see the property in person at the open house this Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
If you would like more information about 11900 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Chris Marten at 734-546-0282 or by email at chris@snyderrealtors.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.

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.

University of Michigan Stadium

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.

Talladay Cornmaze

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.


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.

Haunted Belfy

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.


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.

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



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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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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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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Summer Fun is Still Here

We are now into the second week of August. With the end of Top of the Park, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and Saline’s Summerfest, it can be hard to imagine what events are left to enjoy. Don’t fret or forget all that August has to offer. Now is a time to celebrate the wrapping up of summer with these fun events throughout Washtenaw County.

August 14-15

What: Dexter Daze
Where: Village of Dexter
Dexter Daze has developed into an event that includes over 100 booths of artisans and crafters, chalk the block, and fireworks. This event provides free entertainment for the whole family.


August 18-22

What: Chelsea Community Fair 
Where: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds
Featuring a little something for everyone, the 78th Annual Chelsea Community Fair has the ever popular demolition derby events and tractor pulls as well as a wide selection of livestock judging, crafts, exhibits and exhibitors, midway games and rides.


August 21-23
What: Ypsilanti Heritage Festival 
Where: Riverside Park and surrounding areas
Best known for the duck race, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival has various exciting activities. The highlights of the festival include arts and crafts, children’s activities, historic architecture, beer & gaming, music, autos & engines, and a lot of food. The festival spans Riverside and E. Cross Street in Depot Town.


August 29
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What: German Park Picnic 
Where: German Park | Ann Arbor
The German Park Recreation Club hosts three picnics the last Saturday in June, July, and August. Admission gate open 4–9 pm; Park closes at 11 pm. The picnics feature live music, authentic German food and beer, and live German dance performances.


August 29
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Where: Riverside Park
A gathering of fire trucks, owners and enthusiasts who have fun displaying their fire engines, and sharing their experiences and expertise with others inside beautiful Riverside Park.

August 29-30
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What: Thunder Over Michigan
Where: Willow Run Airport
Thunder over Michigan is one of America’s leading air shows and is considered the best “warbird” show in America. Held every summer at Willow Run Airport, the show features world-class entertainment, unique static displays, and fun for the whole family.

Click here for more information about upcoming Washtenaw County events

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Local Holiday Fun in the Ann Arbor Area

Whether you live in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Saline or Ypsilanti this holiday season there are many events for you to enjoy.

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Midnight Madness
Midnight Madness is a holiday tradition in downtown Ann Arbor. This is your opportunity to shop downtown and Kerrytown late into the evening. Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County will be roaming the sidewalks from 7-9pm. There will also be lots of entertainment on the sidewalks from 7-9pm. Support your favorite downtown businesses while enjoying great holiday deals. Click here for a full list of all the discounts.

This Wonderful Life
If you are into performing arts there are many options this December. The Performance Network has two holiday plays, “The Gift of the Magi” and “This Wonderful Life”.

“The Gift of the Magi” is a two-person play that journeys through both a traditional and contemporary retelling of the classic O. Henry story, and runs through December 21st. “This Wonderful Life” puts a fresh spin on quirky Christmas story that’s become a classic for so many generations. Runs through December 18th. Click here for more information.

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Laughing All the Way
As part of their 2014-2015 Winter Concert Series the Washtenaw Community Concert Band will be putting on their holiday concert, Laughing All the Way on Thursday December 11. It will feature a variety of music including Irving Berlin Christmas, March of the Toys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Eighth Candle and more. There will be refreshments following the concert. Click here for more information.

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Chelsea Hometown Holiday
The 27th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive, fun-filled weekend celebration that kicks off the holiday season. The activities start with the 2014 Chelsea Community Fair Queen lighting the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday night and ends with a holiday carol concert featuring singing groups from the churches of Chelsea on Sunday evening.

Chelsea is all decked out in festive splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit. Browse the shops, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the many special events planned. Click here for more information.

In Chelsea, the Purple Rose Theatre Company is putting on “Annapurna”. The play focuses on what it would be like if you had experienced the defining moment of your life – but couldn’t remember it. Sharr White’s heartfelt and remarkable play, “Annapurna,” deals with that dilemma and the unpredictable eccentricities of love. Join us for the Midwest premiere of this bittersweet comedy by one of America’s most vibrant and lyrical new playwrights. “Annapurna” will run until Saturday, December 20, 2014.  Click here for more information.


Dexter Museum’s Holiday Bazaar
Looking for an unusual holiday ornament or a special gift that you won’t find in any store? Come to the 2014 Holiday Bazaar at the Dexter Area Museum on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters from the Dexter Heritage Guild will have holiday decorations, wreaths and centerpieces, unique hostess or teacher gifts, knitted hats and scarves, baby blankets, toys and kits for kids, plus their signature scrubbies – all handcrafted and all at reasonable prices.

Don’t forget to pick up something delicious from the bake sale, buy a ticket to win an Advent calendar or quilt, and visit the Museum’s Corner Gift Shop. All proceeds benefit the Museum, which is located at 3443 Inverness Street, one block from St. Andrew’s Church, in Dexter. Click here for more information.
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Christmas Caroled
At the Encore Musical Theatre, in Dexter, MI “Christmas Caroled” runs from until Dec 11, 2014. This unique take on a traditional holiday musical, Christmas Caroled borrows from a classic tale, wraps its story around an old-fashioned Christmas special and presents itself as a glittering evening of musical theatre. Click here for more information.

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Holiday Hustle
Are you a walker or runner looking to burn a few holiday calories and give back to others? This dash around Dexter is a fun way to take in all the neighborhood light displays.

This charity event donates $5 of your entry fee to local Dexter charities. Bring canned or nonperishable food items for the needy and get a raffle ticket for each item. Raffle tickets will be pulled race evening for some sweet swag!

The holiday hustle takes place on Dec 13, 2014 in downtown Dexter. Click here for more information.


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Tree Lighting
On Friday, December 5, 2014 the tree lighting ceremony will take place in front of Key Bank on the corner of Michigan Ave. and North Ann Arbor Street starting at 7:00pm. Come and join us for some hot chocolate, cookies and for a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Click here  for more information.

Moonlight Madness
December Show-Moonlight Madness
Over 150 juried crafters from 9 states will display and sell their wares including jewelry, clothing, holiday gifts and decorations. There will also be a gingerbread house contest. The show takes place at Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple. Click here for more information.

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A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol
The Saline Area Players have given the well-loved Dickens’ tale (A Christmas Carol) a new look in their play “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol.” It is populated with familiar fairy tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebeneezer Scrooge), Prince Charming and Cinderella (as Mr. and Mrs.Crachit), and the Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and Queen of Hearts (as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future). It is available for viewing December 4-7. Click here to learn more.


Holiday Home Tour
To celebrate its 40th Anniversary Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is throw their biggest holiday home tour ever. The tour takes place on December 6 and 7 is a festive celebration that includes six private homes decorated with holiday cheer, and serving beverages and appetizers from Ypsilanti area restaurants. Some locations include musical entertainment for extra holiday fun. Click here for more information.


DIYpsi is a handmade art fair taking place at the Riverside Arts Center in Downtown Ypsilanti on December 13 – 14. 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. Click here for more information.

Bike Ypsi Holiday Lights Rides

Holiday Lights Ride
On December 17, enjoy a short ride (8-10 miles) through Ypsi residential neighborhoods to view Christmas light displays from your bike. Socializing will take place afterward at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Norris and Forest in Ypsi). All riders should have working front and rear lights. Click here for more information.

Songs of the Season

Songs of the Season
This year, the Ypsilanti Community Choir will be join by the Motor City Brass Band at their annual Holiday show. The program will be in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. The Ypsilanti Community Choir Christmas Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm at the Towsley Auditorium with featured soloist Ruth Myers.  There is no charge for this concert; parking at this venue is free and plentiful outside the auditorium entrance. Click here for more information

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