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15 Amazing Menus Available During Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Sava's Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is a twice-yearly event that brings together some of our hometown’s best eateries for a chance to taste outstanding, local foods at discounted prices. Each participating restaurant offers either a $15 lunch menu, a $28 dinner menu, or both. And some even offer those menus at a two-for-one price which means you pay just $15 for two lunches!

This year’s summer event is scheduled for June 10 – 15, 2018 and includes nearly 60 participating restaurants. To see the complete list, click here.

Below, we’ve rounded up details on a few of the mouth-watering menus that already have us hungry for our next meal. Keep reading to learn more about each restaurant, to preview their menus and to get ready for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018!

 

Aventura

216 E Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Aventura Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of Aventura

Aventura is a charming spot that offers authentic Spanish culture and cuisine, including tapas, paella, vino and delicious, artisan cocktails. In traditional Catalan and Valencian style, the dining room and bar are intertwined, emphasizing the lively social experience of the classic tapas bar.

For just $28, the Restaurant Week dinner menu will take you on a tapas trip through la España. The four-course menu includes a choice of pintxos, small finger foods served throughout the Basque Country, followed by your choice croquetas, tapas and a main plate.

 

Black Pearl

302 S Main St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Black Pearl Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of Black Pearl

This sleek seafood restaurant offers a unique lounge atmosphere with cocktails, music and mouth-watering cuisine. In the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, you can taste innovative creations from Chef James Wilhelm any time of year, including everything from Raw Oysters on the Half Shell to the famous Caramel Apple Salmon. And don’t worry, the team’s award-winning fish tacos are on the Restaurant Week menu!

 

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

207 E Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: Two for one $15 lunch + two for one $28 dinner

At Blue Tractor, they offer their own award-winning, craft brewed beer alongside world-class smoked meats and barbecue. For Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, they’re offering a lunch menu and a dinner menu — and both are two-for-one. That means you can get two lunches for $15 and two dinners for just $28. You may even want to visit more than once!

 

Café Zola

112 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner

Café Zola opened in 1996 and is still independently owned and operated. The original breakfast and lunch menu was largely influenced by French cuisine and today, you’ll also find influences from Mediterranean and Turkish tradition.

During Restaurant Week, the team is offering a lunch menu Monday through Friday and a dinner menu every night. Both menus offer a huge selection of Zola favorites: two courses and 16 options for lunch, two courses and 23 options for dinner!

The Café Zola bistro, Zola Bistro, is also participating in Ann Arbor Restaurant Week!

 

Grange Kitchen & Bar

118 W Liberty Rd | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Grange Kitchen and Bar Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of Grange Kitchen & Bar

This farm-to-table restaurant offers seasonally and daily rotating menus that are filled with farm fresh ingredients and local, sustainable products. Because the menu can change daily, you’ll get something new and innovative everytime you stop by. During Restaurant Week, they’re offering a three-course dinner menu which includes options like smoked trout rillettes, pan roasted chicken and grilled lake trout.

 

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

120 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: Two for one $15 lunch + two for one $28 dinner

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company started serving their in-house brewed craft beer in 1995 and have since become a staple in downtown Ann Arbor. Inside their warm, casual digs, you can get made from scratch foods paired with eight different craft brews on tap daily.

During Restaurant Week, they’re offering a two-for-one lunch that includes options like a Honey Mustard Burger, a Smoked Turkey and Gouda sandwich and a Cherry Pecan Chicken Salad. The two for one dinner menu includes four different Grizzly Peak favorites, including their Pub Fish and Chips!

 

Logan

115 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Logan is the passion project of Executive Chef Thad Gillies, General Manager Ryan Gillies and Sommelier Kevin Hobart. Their New American menu is driven by innovation and offered alongside boutique wine and spirits and outstanding service. As such, their three-course Restaurant Week dinner menu is a must-try!

 

Mikette Bistro and Bar

1759 Plymouth Rd | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 brunch + $15 lunch + $28 dinner

Whether diners are seeking a traditional three-course dining experience or a more communal, tapas-style dinner, the team at Mikette is ready with mouth-watering dishes and superb service. The regular dinner menu offers both East Coast and West Coast Oysters, House Patés, and Blue Plate Specials like Shrimp Gumbo, Fried Chicken and Chicken Parmesan. For Restaurant Week, they’re offering a brunch menu, a lunch menu and a dinner menu so you can count us in for all three!

Mikette’s sister restaurants, MANI Osteria and Isalita are also participating in Ann Arbor Restaurant Week!

 

Miss Kim

415 N 5th Ave | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner + $48 dinner deluxe

Miss Kim Zingerman's Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo courtesy of Miss Kim

Miss Kim’s authentic Korean dishes are driven by and adapted to showcase Michigan’s bountiful produce. As you sit back and relax in the modern, industrial dining room, you can share small plates like Fresh Oysters and Pork Belly Bossam, or opt for the medium and large entrée selections which include everything from Fried Calamari to a Whole Lamb Shank.

For Restaurant Week, they’re offering a traditional lunch menu and a dinner menu, as well as a dinner deluxe menu. The Dinner Deluxe adds $20 and includes five courses from appetizer all the way through to dessert!

 

NeoPapalis

500 E William St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner

The team at NeoPapalis opened their first restaurant right here in Ann Arbor more than three years ago, but the family has been in the pizza business for more than 29 years. Their Neo-Neapolitan pizzas are made from dough that is allowed to rise for a minimum of three days, fior di latte cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes from the foot of Mt. Vesuvius and extra virgin olive oil.

Their Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus each serve at least two diners. And one of the dinner options even comes with two Michigan microbrews for guests over 21 years of age!

 

Sava’s

216 S State St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: $15 lunch + $28 dinner

Sava's Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2018

Photo courtesy of EE Berger via Sava’s

What began as Sava Lelcaj’s 23-seat cafe is now one of Ann Arbor’s best restaurants with 300 seats, a team of amazing chefs and welcoming staff. The seasonally-inspired menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert driven by Michigan ingredients.

During Restaurant Week, you can try that fresh fare in the form of Fish Tacos served with blackened mahi-mahi, cabbage, roasted tomato salsa and chipotle mayo, a Michigan Apple Salad, or two other mouth-watering choices. The dinner menu consists of three courses, including a dessert of devil’s food cake with marshmallow buttercream frosting and chocolate fudge ganache.

 

Seva

2541 Jackson Ave | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menus: Two for one $15 lunch + two for one $28 dinner

Seva has been serving outstanding plant-based cuisine in Ann Arbor since 1973. Now located in Westgate on the town’s west side, Seva offers an impressive craft beer list, all housemade desserts, gluten-free options, and dishes that will make even meat eaters love vegetarian food.

Get a taste for yourself during Restaurant Week when they’ll be offering a two-for-one lunch menu and a two-for-one dinner menu which includes three courses (and three vegan dessert options!).

 

The Earle

121 W Washington St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

The Earle has been a downtown Ann Arbor favorite for more than 20 years. In addition to the decadent menu of French and Italian country cuisine, they offer live jazz five nights a week, solo piano and solo guitar performances.

During Restaurant Week, they’re showing off their love of upscale fare with a dinner menu that features three courses and fifteen options total, including six dessert choices!  

 

The Ravens Club

207 S Main St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

The Ravens Club has been offering some of the best seasonal menus in town since they opened their doors in 2011. Alongside Michigan craft beer, a list of over 150 American whiskeys and impressive craft cocktails, the dinner menu features made from scratch snacks, appetizers and upscale main dishes.

This is exemplified in their three-course dinner menu during Restaurant Week. It includes items like Chicken Liver Mousse and Ahi Tuna for appetizers and Chicken Brandy, Spinach Gnocchi or Indian River Trout for a main dish.

 

Vinology

110 S Main St | Facebook | Restaurant Week menu

Restaurant week menu: $28 dinner

Owned and operated by the Jonna family, this neighborhood wine bar boasts a chic atmosphere, 150 wines and a New American menu. With more than 40 years of experience in the food and wine business, the team at Vinology has proven time and time again that they know good eats and world-class wine.

The three-course dinner menu during Restaurant Week features jaw-dropping items, including Greek Octopus with lemon, cucumber, olive oil, oregano, feta mousse and kalamata olives, Vegan Tamales Fritos, and Peach Cobbler for dessert — a decadent dish in a brown butter crust and served with cinnamon basil ice cream.

 

Where will you be dining?

To see a complete list of restaurants participating in Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, check out the website here. Then, let us know where you’ll be dining in the comments below!

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The 14 Essential Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend June 2018

June 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan

June brings us countless wonderful things, including the official first day of summer, the unofficial beginning of festival season, huge annual events like Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and the sunny weather that makes us fall in love with Ann Arbor year after year.

To help you take advantage of all four, we rounded up a handful of Southeast Michigan’s most exciting events. Fill your calendar with fun this month and don’t forget to tag us in your Facebook and Instagram posts so we can join in too!

For even more summer happenings, check out 21 Summer Fairs and Festivals in the Ann Arbor Area You Don’t Want to Miss which includes events happening through August.

 

 

Arts + Culture

 

Cinetopia Film Festival | Ann Arbor

May 31 – June 10, various times | Various locations

June 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Specially curated for the community of Southeast Michigan, Cinetopia features the best feature-length dramas, comedies and documentaries shown at the world’s best film festivals, including SXSW, Sundance and more. Outside of screenings, special pre- and post-film events include presentations, discussion panels, and Q&A sessions with directors, writers and stars.

 

Sonic Lunch | Ann Arbor

June 7 – August 30 | Downtown Ann Arbor

Since 2008, Sonic Lunch has been bringing free, outdoor concerts to the streets of Downtown Ann Arbor every summer. Suitable for all ages, the 2018 concert series kicks off June 7th and continues with shows on June 14th, June 21st, June 28th and eight others throughout the summer. All shows begin at 11:30 a.m. and you can see the full lineup here.

 

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival | Ann Arbor

June 8 – 10, various times | St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church  

Hosted by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, this annual event has become a local favorite thanks to the authentic Greek foods, live entertainment, Greek dance performances and more. Admission ranges from free during the day up to $3 for evening admission, but children 12 years and younger are always admitted for free!

 

Gordon Hall Days | Dexter

June 23 – 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Gordon Hall

The Dexter Area Historical Society serves to preserve our history and inspire our community to connect the past with the future. Gordon Hall Days brings the community together to celebrate that mission through tours, shows, live music, food and fun for an entire weekend! Highlights include the Dexter Antique and Vintage Market on Saturday and Sunday, the Antique Car Show on Saturday and a ticketed performance by George Bedard and The Kingpins on Saturday night.

 

 

Community Celebrations

 

Milan Fair | Milan

May 31 – June 2, various times | Wilson Park

Milan Community Fair Michigan 2018

Image courtesy of Milan Fair

The annual Milan Fair is a favorite regional event for good reason! It’s been a community tradition for more than 65 years and, in 2018, highlights include a carnival, a parade, an artisan market, fireworks, kids’ activities, and an entertainment tent that will feature karaoke and live music.

 

Ypsi Pride | Ypsilanti

June 1, 6 – 10 p.m. | Downtown Ypsilanti  

Celebrating its second year in 2018, Ypsi Pride is a block party of epic proportions on Ypsilanti’s South Washington Street. The event coincides with First Friday Ypsilanti, a monthly art walk throughout Downtown Ypsi.

 

African American Downtown Festival | Ann Arbor

June 2, 9 a.m. | Downtown Ann Arbor  

Entertainment at this annual festival is suitable for all ages. Whether you’re perusing local food vendors, playing carnival games or dancing to live tunes on the main stage, the whole family will find something to love!

 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival | Ann Arbor

June 8 – July 1, various times | Various locations  

As the can’t-miss, arts-centered event of the summer, the 2018 Ann Arbor Summer Festival will include world-class entertainment in comedy, cinema, food, jazz, pop and rock, acoustic, spoken word, public radio, and so much more. It all takes place in venues like the Power Center, Top of the Park and The Ann Arbor Club. Buy your tickets here.

 

Mayor’s Green Fair | Ann Arbor

June 8, 6 – 9 p.m. | Downtown Ann Arbor

The 18th annual Mayor’s Green Fair is coming to Main Street on June 8th. In celebration of our community’s environmental leadership, the event will close down the street so pedestrians can enjoy environmental displays and green products, live music, and fun in one of the town’s liveliest neighborhoods.

 

Juneteenth Celebration | Ann Arbor

June 16, 12 – 6 p.m. | Wheeler Park

Juneteenth is an annual festival that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, and the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. In Ann Arbor, the event is hosted by The Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP and includes vendors, a youth basketball tournament, live music, face painting and more.

 

 

Sports

 

8th Annual Chelsea-Dexter Golf Outing | Chelsea

June 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Pierce Lake Golf Course

June 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan

This annual community golf tournament brings together neighbors in Chelsea, Dexter and the surrounding area for a full day of golf and fun. The $125 registration includes prizes for every golfer, breakfast, lunch and dinner, 18 holes and a golf cart! Register your team online here.

 

 

Food + Drink

 

Taste of Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor

June 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Downtown Ann Arbor  

Taste of Ann Arbor Michigan 2018

Photo courtesy of Ryan Halsey Photography via Main Street Ann Arbor

This beloved annual event brings together local restaurants in booths throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Each one offers bite-sized foods to showcase what they do best and ensure you can taste more than one! Tickets for food can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Follow the team on Facebook for event updates.

 

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers | Ann Arbor  

June 10, 3 – 8 p.m. | Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Established in 1988, Food Gatherers was Michigan’s first food rescue program and still works today to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. Grillin’ for Food Gatherers is an annual fundraiser that includes food and desserts from our area’s best restaurants, live music, a cash bar featuring Michigan microbrews and wines, children’s activities hosted by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, free massages by Body Wisdom Massage and a photo booth! To buy your tickets and get more information, click here.

 

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week | Ann Arbor

June 10 – 15 | Various locations

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is a bi-yearly celebration of local food and business in our hometown. The weeklong event gives you the opportunity to try various Ann Arbor restaurants for one low, fixed price. Participating restaurants will offer $15 lunch menus and/or $28 dinner menus — and some will even be offering two meals for the price of one! To see who is participating and to preview their menus, check out the website.

 

 

Happy June!

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14 Ann Arbor Area Events Happening over Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Memorial Day events 2018

Memorial Day is a national holiday that gives us a dedicated time to reflect and honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Over the years, the long weekend has also become the kick-off to summer events and celebrations. This year, the Ann Arbor area is providing a healthy balance of both.

Our guide has concerts, community gatherings, outdoor shows, and eight different parades and Memorial Day ceremonies. With at least one event for every day of the weekend, you can fill your holiday with both fun and remembrance!

 

 

The Decemberists | Ann Arbor

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. | Event info

This quirky and crooning quintet released their debut album in 2002, and they’ve been releasing hit after hit ever since. Driven by theatrical and hyper-literate pop lyrics, their songs are often history- and literature-based — they even have a rock opera under their belt! Kick-off the long weekend with a live show on Friday.

 

Cruise in 2018 Downtown Jackson | Jackson

Friday, May 25, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. | Event info

Downtown Jackson car show Memorial Day events 2018

Photo courtesy of Downtown Jackson

This event brings classic cars, live music and family fun to the streets of downtown Jackson. The family-oriented event includes a variety of local vendors and some of the region’s best food trucks, too! On May 25th, Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads will be providing the tunes. Bring your whole family down between 6 and 9 p.m. for a Friday evening of fun with the community.

 

Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra Season Finale | Ypsilanti

Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. | Event info

The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra 2017/2018 season comes to a close on Saturday, but not before a wonderful show in Riverside Park! Through orchestral music of the highest artistic caliber and innovative programming, the artists and organizers of YSO continuously enhance the cultural lives of the residents of Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities. Follow the team on Facebook for finale event updates.

 

Movement Detroit | Detroit

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Monday, May 28, 2018 | Event info

This electronic music festival is an annual music event held in Detroit each Memorial Day weekend — and it has been since 2006. The schedule for the 2018 festival features more than 75 performances across five stages and three days. The biggest names on the lineup include Diplo and Wu-Tang Clan, so get your tickets today!

 

Flower Day at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market | Ann Arbor

Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Event info

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Memorial Day events 2018

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Farmers Market

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is teaming up with the Sunday Artisan Market to host Flower Day. Celebrating all things flowers and plants, the special occasion will include food trucks, live music, backyard beekeeping tips, gardening how-to advice, kids activities, and tons of fun!

 

Milan Memorial Day Service and Parade | Milan

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 a.m.

At 9 a.m., Milan’s annual Memorial Day Parade begins at Marble Park Cemetery. The service will take place in the cemetery as well, so stick around to honor our fallen veterans and gather with the community.  

 

Plymouth Memorial Day Parade | Plymouth

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 a.m. | Event info

Memorial Day events 2018

Plymouth’s annual Memorial Day parade will march up Main Street beginning at 9:00 a.m. It will end further down Main at Veterans Park with a special program saluting our veterans.

 

Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade | Ypsilanti

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 a.m.

This community parade kicks off at the corner of Huron and Michigan then proceeds up Huron to Cross Street. There will be a ceremony on the bridge over the Huron River before the parade and the concluding program will be at the Armed Forces Memorial.

 

Memorial Day Murph Challenge | Ypsilanti

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

The Murph Challenge Ann Arbor Michigan Memorial Day events 2018

The Murph Challenge is a Memorial Day tradition that pays tribute to LT. Michael P. Murphy and contributes to a prestigious organization founded by the Murphy family. The CrossFit challenge begins with a 1-mile run then consists of 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups and 300 squats before finishing with another 1-mile run.

This year, CrossFit Ypsilanti is an official host of the Memorial Day Murph Challenge! As the only official host in Southeast Michigan, you can join them for the workout at 10 a.m. then enjoy a light brunch to celebrate.

However, they won’t be the only CrossFit team embarking on the challenge and raising money on Memorial Day so check with your local gym too!

 

Glacier Highlands Memorial Day Parade | Ann Arbor

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Ann Arbor’s Memorial Day parade is hosted by the Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association each year. This year, come together in the Glacier Highlands neighborhood for the community’s amazing parade and remembrance ceremony.

 

Dexter Memorial Day Parade | Dexter

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. | Event info

Dexter Michigan Memorial Day parade Memorial Day events 2018

Photo courtesy of Quaila Pant via Rotary Club of Dexter

Dexter’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Ann Arbor St. and Inverness. The procession will continue down Ann Arbor St. and continue on to Main St. until it turns right on Alpine to circle back to the ceremony at Monument Park. Organized by the Rotary Club of Dexter, this has become a beloved event in the region, so don’t miss it!

 

Saline Memorial Day Parade | Saline

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Saline’s Memorial Day Parade begins at the Michigan Ave. fire station and travels west to Oakwood Cemetery for a community memorial service. The service will be followed by hot dogs, chips and refreshments, so bring the whole family down to honor our fallen veterans and gather with the community.

 

Chelsea Memorial Day Parade | Chelsea

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

The Chelsea Memorial Day Parade begins at the municipal park lot in downtown Chelsea and will travel south to Oak Grove Cemetery for a ceremony and gathering. This is a great way for locals to come together as a community to honor those whose who gave their all, so don’t miss out on this event!

 

Manchester Memorial Day Parade | Manchester

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Two parades are held each year in Manchester and one of them is — you guessed it — the Memorial Day Parade! This parade includes the High School Band, veterans groups and the Boy and Girl Scouts of our community. It is followed by a ceremony at the cemetery.

 

Have a great weekend!   

Wherever you’re celebrating and honoring our veterans over the long weekend, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

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The 13 Essential Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend May 2018

Huron River Day May 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan things to do

April showers bring May flowers  — and festivals! Though summer doesn’t officially start until June, our neighboring towns are already celebrating the warmer weather with outdoor events including car shows, art walks, fairs, 5Ks and river days.

We rounded up the can’t-miss events happening in May 2018 so you don’t miss a thing. Read more about them below, find links to tickets and registration, and get ready for an unforgettable spring!

 

 

Arts + Culture

 

Show & Shine Car Show | Ypsilanti

May 6, 9 a.m. | Riverside Park

vintage car show Ypsilanti May 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan things to do

This car show brings an eclectic mix of unrestored, restored, and modified cars and trucks to Ypsilanti. For spectators, the gates open at 9 a.m. and admission is just a $2 donation!

 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival | Ann Arbor

May 10 – 16, various times | Michigan Theater

Now in its 17th year, the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival explores the global Jewish experience through the art of filmmaking. Though originally a satellite of the Lenore Marwil Film Festival in metro Detroit, this Ann Arbor event is now an independent festival run by a committee of volunteers. Each year, they present discussions, film screenings and other fascinating programs for film and art lovers of all kinds.

 

Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival | Ypsilanti

May 19 – 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Riverside Park

Now in its 31st year, this car show celebrates all variations of Volkswagens. If you have a vehicle to display, you can pay $15 at the gate, but spectators can enter for just $5 on the day of the festival. Don’t miss the Slow Slalom Course on Saturday!

 

Westside Art Hop | Ann Arbor

May 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Old West Side

Westside Art Hop is presented as Michigan’s quirkiest Art Walk. The twice-yearly event showcases high-quality arts and crafts for sale to the public in a festive atmosphere. While exploring the West Side, you can peruse artworks, meet the artists and perhaps find a piece for your home!

 

Cinetopia Film Festival | Ann Arbor

May 31 – June 10, various times | Various locations

Specially curated for the community of Southeast Michigan, Cinetopia features the best feature-length dramas, comedies and documentaries shown at the world’s best film festivals, including SXSW, Sundance and more. Outside of screenings, special pre- and post-film events include presentations, discussion panels, and Q&A sessions with directors, writers and stars.

 

 

Community Celebrations

 

Ypsilanti Proud | Ypsilanti

May 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Various locations

Ypsilanti Proud began as a class project by the 1995 graduating class of Leadership Ypsilanti. Now celebrating its 23rd year, the event fosters community pride and encourages local business growth through simple beautification projects. Join more than 500 volunteers on May 19th and help clean up litter, paint and plant flowers!

 

Huron River Day | Ann Arbor

May 20, 1 – 5 p.m. | Gallup Park

Huron River Day May 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan things to do

Huron River Day is an afternoon full of free, family-friendly river activities at Gallup Park. Attractions will include live music, a butterfly house from the Michigan Native Butterfly Farm, a Classic Small Boat Show, a performance by the Aviary Circus, live animals from the Leslie Science & Nature Center, and so much more!

 

Milan Fair | Milan

May 31 – June 2, various times | Wilson Park  

In 2018, Milan Fair highlights include a carnival, a parade, an artisan market, fireworks, kids’ activities, and an entertainment tent that will feature karaoke and live music. Entry to the Fair is free, but you will need to purchase $1 tickets for rides. Or, opt for an unlimited pass available each day for $20 – 22.

 

 

Sports

 

Ann Arbor Goddess 5K and Mile Fun Run | Ann Arbor

May 13, 8 – 11 a.m. | 200 East Liberty Street

This Mother’s Day event includes pre-race yoga with Breathe Yoga, pre-race Zumba with Bodies by Wade, a Kids’ Dash, a 5K race, and a one-mile fun run. As a celebration of all the women in our community, you can run individually or run as a couple in the Mother-Daughter category, or invite your grandma to run in the Three Generations of Women category! Get all the details and registration info here.

 

Walk & Wag 2018 | Ypsilanti

May 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Rolling Hills County Park

Wag and Walk 5K race May 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan things to do

Hosted by Humane Society of Huron Valley, this fundraising event assists in the rescue and care of the most vulnerable animals in our community. Bring your family and your pup on race day to enjoy a 5K run or a one-mile walk, as well as games and fun for everyone!

 

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon | Ann Arbor

May 20, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | The Big House

Whether you’re walking your first 5K or running your tenth marathon, this Epic Races event offers something for everyone. Beginning just outside the University of Michigan Stadium, each course winds through downtown Ann Arbor and through the University of Michigan campus. Longer races will also traverse stretches of the Huron River, Gallup Park and Nichols Arboretum before returning to downtown. Get all the details and choose your distance here.

 

 

Food + Drink

 

UMS Ovation | Ann Arbor

May 5, 5:30 p.m. | Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building

In celebration of the Kentucky Derby, this annual event invites people of the community to enjoy mint juleps and craft cocktails, a strolling dinner, artistic displays and auction items — all benefitting UMS Education and Community Engagement programs! Tickets are $250 per person with additional sponsorship opportunities available as well.

 

Camp Bacon | Ann Arbor

May 30 – June 3, various times | Various locations

Camp Bacon Zingerman's May 2018 events in Ann Arbor, Michigan things to do

Photo courtesy of Jen Prouty Photography via Zingerman’s Camp Bacon

As one of Southeast Michigan’s favorite annual events, Camp Bacon brings together food lovers, historians and community members for five days of fun. While tasting plenty of bacon and bacon-inspired foods, you’ll learn the story behind that bacon from guest speakers and chefs.

The main event is set for Saturday, June 2nd at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, but several other festive events will take place throughout the week, including the Camp Bacon Film Festival, The 9th Annual Bacon Ball, and the Camp Bacon Street Fair! You can view all the events and buy tickets here.

 

 

Happy May!  

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21 Summer Fairs and Festivals in the Ann Arbor Area You Don’t Want to Miss

YpsiFest Michigan 2018 Ypsilanti

Festival season is no joke in Southeast Michigan. Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities have been celebrating the summer with live music, fine art, cinema, community celebrations and food for decades. And 2018 will be no different!

To ensure you don’t miss a thing, we rounded up more than 20 of the region’s can’t-miss festivals and fairs. So whether you prefer a live show or a livestock show, you’ll find something on our guide to enjoy.

Jump ahead:

May | June | July | August

 

 

May

 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival | Ann Arbor

May 10 – 16, 2018

Now in its 17th year, the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival explores the global Jewish experience through the art of filmmaking. This independent festival is run by a committee of volunteers to present discussions, film screenings and other fascinating programs.

 

Cinetopia Film Festival | Ann Arbor

May 31 – June 10, 2018

Specially curated for the community of Southeast Michigan, Cinetopia features the best feature-length dramas, comedies and documentaries shown at the world’s best film festivals, including SXSW, Sundance and more. Follow the team on Facebook for event updates.

 

Milan Fair | Milan

May 31 – June 2, 2018

Milan Community Fair Michigan 2018

Image courtesy of Milan Fair

The annual Milan Fair is a favorite regional event for good reason! In 2018, highlights include a carnival, a parade, an artisan market, fireworks, kids’ activities, and an entertainment tent that will feature karaoke and live music.

 

June

 

African American Downtown Festival | Ann Arbor

June 2, 2018

Entertainment at this annual festival is suitable for all ages. Whether you’re perusing local food vendors, playing carnival games or dancing to live tunes on the main stage, you’ll want to come back year after year!

 

Taste of Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor

June 3, 2018

Taste of Ann Arbor Michigan 2018

Photo courtesy of Ryan Halsey Photography via Main Street Ann Arbor

This beloved annual event brings together local restaurants in booths throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Each one offers bite-sized foods to showcase what they do best and ensure you can taste more than one! Tickets for food can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Follow the team on Facebook for event updates.

 

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival of Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor

June 8 – 10, 2018

Hosted by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, this annual event has become a local favorite thanks to the authentic Greek foods, live entertainment, Greek dance performances and more. Admission ranges from free during the day up to $3 for evening admission, but children 12 years and younger are always admitted for free!

 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival | Ann Arbor

June 8 – July 1, 2018

Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2018 Michigan Festivals

Ann Arbor Summer Festival © Myra Klarman Photography.com

As the can’t-miss, arts-centered event of the summer, the 2018 Ann Arbor Summer Festival will include world-class entertainment in comedy, cinema, food, jazz, pop and rock, acoustic, spoken word, public radio, and so much more.

 

Chelsea Painters Art Fair | Chelsea

June 9 – 10, 2018

For a full weekend, the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds will be taken over by jaw-dropping fine arts. Now in its 45th year, the Chelsea Painters Art Fair draws collectors and art connoisseurs from all over Michigan and even from neighboring states!

 

July

 

Michigan Elvisfest | Ypsilanti

July 6 – 7, 2018

Showcasing some of the best professional Elvis tribute artists in North America, Elvisfest offers fun for fans and music lovers of all ages. With the purchase of your ticket (ranging in price from $20 to $60) you can enjoy kids activities, a classic car show, local food vendors, an adult beer tent, raffles and more.

 

Saline Celtic Festival | Saline

July 13 – 14, 2018

Saline Celtic Michigan Festival 2018

Photo courtesy of Saline Celtic Festival

The Saline Celtic Festival originally began as a one-day festival but has grown in popularity and fun to include a full weekend of entertainment. Today, the event includes highland dance competitions, ancient Celtic athletic competitions, kids activities at Wee Folks Island, living history, jousting, sheep herding dog demonstrations, and so much more!

 

Manchester Chicken Broil | Manchester

July 19, 2018

Each year on the third Thursday of July in Manchester, the largest chicken broil of its kind comes to town! Benefiting local public schools, community parks, libraries and civic causes, your $9 – 10 ticket includes a dinner of chicken, locally famous coleslaw, a roll with butter, potato chips, radishes and a beverage, as well as live music entertainment and a classic car show.

 

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair | Ann Arbor

July 19 – 22, 2018

Ann Arbor Street Art Festival 2018

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Kicked off by Townie Street Party and hosted in conjunction with the State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair has grown into quite the event. All about town, you’ll find stage performances, street performers and street painting, an art activity zone, a youth art fair, and more.

 

Sounds & Sights Festival | Chelsea

July 26 – 28, 2018

Presented by our very own Rick Taylor, this weekend festival began over three decades ago and has grown to be one of the best summer events in the region. Over two days and three nights, you can experience live music, an indie art market, kids’ entertainment, a classic car show and more in historic Downtown Chelsea.

 

Michigan Summer Beer Festival | Ann Arbor

July 27 – 28, 2018

The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the 21st Annual Summer Beer Festival will host more than 100 local breweries sampling more than 1,000 different craft beers. Guests can also enjoy live music from Michigan bands and food available for purchase!

 

August

 

Milan Bluegrass | Milan

August 1 – 4, 2018

Featuring both well-known bluegrass bands and up-and-coming acts, Milan Bluegrass is a can’t-miss music festival in Southeast Michigan. For the full concert experience, we recommend camping on-site with KC Campground!

 

Ann Arbor Pride | Ann Arbor

August 3 – 5, 2018

Gay pride parade Ann Arbor, Michigan 2018 OUTFest

Originally called OUTFest, Ann Arbor Pride has been showcasing equality and LGBTQ support for decades. Throughout the Kerrytown District, you can enjoy a parade, face painting, family-friendly activities, presentations, a silent auction and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the Jim Toy Community Center.

 

Dexter Daze | Dexter

August 10 – 11, 2018

For nearly 50 years, Dexter Daze has been providing an occasion for our communities’ families to come together and celebrate with artisans and crafters, local businesses, and free entertainment.

 

Saline Summerfest | Saline

August 10 – 11, 2018

Returning to the streets of downtown Saline, Saline Summerfest is a hometown celebration like none other. In 2018, the event promises even more food, fun, music and memories with all the local flare we’ve come to love.

 

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival | Dexter

August 13 – 18, 2018  

En plein air is the act of painting outdoors, and the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival invites artists and community members to do just that! Over the course of four days, local and visiting artists will paint in and around Dexter. Then, non-painters can view and purchase artwork at the three-day exhibit in Monument Park!

 

Chelsea Community Fair | Chelsea

August 21 – 25, 2018

One of our favorite community events in the region, the Chelsea Community Fair includes a rodeo, multiple tractor pulls, livestock competitions and auctions, demolition derbies, a local merchant tent, and more.

 

YpsiFest | Ypsilanti

August 24 – 26, 2018

YpsiFest Michigan 2018 Ypsilanti

Photo courtesy of YpsiFest

In 2018, the Ypsilanti Heritage, Arts, and Entertainment Festival will be bigger and better than ever before. There will be two stages in the music, entertainment and beer tent, more arts and crafts vendors as well as a juried competition, an expanded Magical History Tour, a larger children’s entertainment area, and so much more! To stay up-to-date on everything coming this year, follow the team on Facebook.

 

 

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The 12 Essential Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend April 2018

Things to do in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April 2018 Zingerman's Creamery wine and cheese pairing

With the arrival of April, Ann Arbor finally gets to see beautiful springy and summery days that mark the end of winter and the beginning of festival season. And according to this month’s event lineup, we’re certainly excited about it. Events in art, sports, food and fun get the whole community outside to create, celebrate and shop local.

Be sure to mark these events on your calendar so you don’t miss markets, festivals, fundraisers and, most importantly, FestiFools! Happy April!

 

 

Arts + Culture

 

Spring Fiber Expo | Ann Arbor

April 14 + 15, various times | Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Fiber Expo Things to do in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April 2018

Once during the spring and once during the fall, the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds are filled with fiber products of all kinds. Come by to shop, learn and meet makers of wool, linen and cotton crafts, real alpacas and more! Children 10 years and under are admitted for free, while adults pay just $4 for one day or $6 for two.

 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market | Ann Arbor  

April 21 + 22, various times | Saline Antiques Market

Established in 1968, this historic antique market has been fueling our love of home decor and vintage finds for decades. Admission is $6 with free parking and kids are admitted for free! Come by in April to peruse antiques, jewelry, paintings, mid-century and Industrial design, folk art, repurposed furniture and more.

 

Ypsilanti Comic Con | Ypsilanti

April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | St Matthew’s United Methodist

This fun, family-friendly event costs just $3 per person and will feature custom crafts, products, collectibles, comic books and appearances by comic authors, creators and even the Detroit Ghostbusters!

 

 

Community Celebrations

 

FoolMoon | Ann Arbor

April 6, sunset – 12 a.m. | Downtown Ann Arbor

FoolMoon and FestiFools Things to do in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April 2018

Photo courtesy of Ryan Stanton via WonderFool Productions

One of the community’s favorite annual events, FoolMoon is the nighttime kick-off event to our very foolish weekend. In celebration of the coming spring, we’ll dance, laugh and party amongst lights, interactive installations, laser shows, live dance performances, and DJs. Adults, don’t miss the beer tent sponsored by Grizzly Peak!

 

FestiFools | Ann Arbor

April 8, 4 – 5 p.m. | Downtown Ann Arbor

FestiFools is the daytime event of foolishness and art. The enormous public art spectacular showcases creations made by members of the community and U of M students. Come down to watch the procession of colorful, bizarre, human-powered papier-mâché puppets for an entire hour of neighborhood fun!

 

Spring Downtown Divas at Dusk | Tecumseh

April 19, 5 – 9 p.m. | Downtown Tecumseh

This bi-annual shopping event invites all divas of the community to join the fun downtown. Shops, galleries and restaurants will open their doors and offer special promotions, refreshments and more. Keep an eye out for selfie stations with Bruno Mars, Adam Levine, George Clooney and Prince Harry! In addition to the revelry, you can bring donations to benefit local women in need at the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Center.

 

47th Annual Earth Day Festival | Ann Arbor

April 22, 12 – 4 p.m. | Leslie Science & Nature Center

Coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee in partnership with local environmental nonprofits and agencies, this free Earth Day Festival is a celebration of our beautiful, sustainable community. Bring your animal costumes for the All Species Parade then stick around to see displays from 40 local environmental, nonprofit and governmental organizations, watch live animal demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy live entertainment, eat foods from local vendors and so much more!

 

Annual Fairy Festival | Jackson

April 28 + 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Jackson School of the Arts

This magical, two-day event results in one of the region’s most magical weekends of the year! Admission is free and includes arts and crafts, local vendors, the Cupcake Cafe, a fairy garden contest, tea with Miss Jackson Crossroads, stories in the fairy forest, carriage rides, performances by the Fairy Festival Players and more. You and your family will get the chance to explore the fairy kingdom and the dark mountain, meet a knight and join Captain Hook on his ship!

 

 

Sports

 

Pitch Hit & Run | Ypsilanti

April 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Ball Field #1 at Montibeller Park

Softball and baseball Ypsilanti Things to do in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April 2018

This athletic competition is in honor of the return of baseball season! Join the fun and compete in the Baseball Division or Softball Division to have the opportunity to advance through four levels: Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals scheduled during MLB All-Star Week in July. Each segment of the contest will test your ability to throw a strike, your ability to hit from a stationary batting tee and, finally, your speed! Registration is free and there are 95 spots so be sure to register online in advance.

 

9th Annual Ride for Recovery | Ypsilanti

April 29, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 6633 Stony Creek Rd

This family-oriented fitness event is an annual fundraiser for local organization Dawn Farm. Community members at any fitness level are invited to register for one of four bike rides: a 5K/10K, a 25-mile, a 40-mile and a 58-mile. A celebratory lunch will be provided after the race and family members not participating are asked to register for the $5 Lunch Only option so there is enough food for everyone. RSVP on Facebook for event updates and register online here.

 

 

Food + Drink

 

Wine & Cheese Pairing – Michigan Edition | Ann Arbor  

April 13, 6 – 8 p.m. | Zingerman’s Creamery

Zingerman's Creamery Beer and Cheese pairing March 2018

Photo courtesy of Emma Boonstra via Zingerman’s Creamery

This April edition of the Zingerman’s Creamery Wine & Cheese Pairing is staying close to home. In celebration of Michigan Wine Month, you’ll learn and taste an impressive lineup of local Michigan wines paired with artisan cheeses, bread and additional accompaniments from the Cream Top Shop. Reserve a seat today before this event sells out!

 

Mug Club Homebrew Competition | Ann Arbor

April 23, 4 – 7 p.m. | Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

Whether you’re participating or simply spectating, every beer-lover is invited to this fun event at Grizzly Peak! Open until April 16, Mug Club members can enter a homebrewed beer that follows competition guidelines (found here) and the winner will be announced April 23 in the taproom! First place gets to work with the Grizzly Peak Head Brewer to create a special rotating tap.

 

 

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The 12 Essential Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend March 2018

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With spring break, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and warmer weather on the horizon, the Ann Arbor area has plenty of reasons to celebrate this month. And that’s exactly what we’re doing! Join us in the revelry with kid-friendly symphony shows, three different movie events, an outstanding home and garden show, food, crafts, and charity — all wrapped up with an egg hunt at the end of the month!

Peruse our top picks in the region and get ready for an unforgettable March.

 

 

Arts + Culture

 

Fly Fishing Film Tour | Ann Arbor

Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. | Michigan Theatre

Fly Fishing film tour Ann Arbor Yspilanti Michigan

This themed film tour travels the country each year in an effort to promote the sport and support local fly shops. You can purchase $18 tickets online, but if you get yours at Schultz Outfitters in Ypsilanti you get a $3 discount and a portion of that purchase helps support the conservation work that keeps fisheries intact, healthy and available for us all to enjoy. Last year, the tour raised over $500,000!

 

Music of Harry Potter | Ann Arbor

Saturday, March 3 + Sunday, March 4 | Michigan Theatre

Michigan Theatre and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra are kicking off the month of March with a Harry Potter musical event. On Saturday evening, the show begins at 8 p.m. with a Muggle Photobooth and cocktails from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here.  

Or, buy your tickets for Sunday’s family matinee to enjoy a 4 p.m. show and pre-concert activities beginning at 2:30 p.m. featuring the magic of Jonathon LaChance, the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, an Instrument Petting Zoo and owls from the Leslie Science Center.

 

UMMA After Hours | Ann Arbor

Friday, March 16, 7 – 10 p.m. | UMMA

University of Michigan Museum of Art Ann Arbor Michigan date night ideas

Photo courtesy of UMMA

This free event invites the people and the families of Ann Arbor to enjoy the University of Michigan Museum of Art after hours! March’s event will include seasonal exhibitions like Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection and Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation, discussions from UMMA curators in each gallery, and live jazz-funk fusion from the Ypsilanti-based band Impulse!

 

Dive-in Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 | Ann Arbor

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. | Mack Indoor Pool

Mack Indoor Pool is turning drive-in movies into dive-in movies! Bring your own inner tube, lounge in the water and enjoy “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” from the comfort of the water. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.

 

Saline Craft Show | Saline

Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Saline Middle School

One of the top shows in Michigan, the Saline Craft Show is hosting two events in 2018. Don’t miss the first one this March! Benefitting both the craft show customers and the school community, students get the chance to take on leadership roles and show off their talents.

 

Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show | Ann Arbor

Saturday, March 17 + Sunday, March 18 | Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Home and Garden show 2018 Ann Arbor Michigan

For the 28th year, this home and garden show serves to connect you with builders, suppliers, designers and tradespeople while inspiring you in all your home improvement endeavors. This year’s event features over 125 exhibitors throughout seven buildings so there’s plenty to learn over two days! Adult admission of $5 can be paid in cash at the door and children under 12 are admitted for free.

 

56th Ann Arbor Film Festival | Ann Arbor

Tuesday, March 20 – Sunday, March 25 | Michigan Theatre

One of Ann Arbor’s most important annual events, the Ann Arbor Film Festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries highlighting all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction and performance-based works. Founded by George Manupelli in 1963, the festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. Follow the team on Facebook for updates on tickets and special events.

 

 

Community Celebrations

 

Kids Care Fair 2018 | Ann Arbor

Sunday, March 18, 3 – 5 p.m. | Emerson School

Kid-friendly events March 2018 Ann Arbor Michigan

Featuring activities from 826Michigan, the Ann Arbor Police Department, Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Children’s Literacy Network, the Saline Fire Department, and more, this fair is designed for elementary school-aged children and their families. Stop by on Sunday to get excited about community service! All ticket proceeds directly benefit Jewish Family Programs, including the food pantry and refugee resettlement services. Check out the Facebook event for details on sliding scale pricing and family sponsorship opportunities.

 

Spring Eggstravaganza | Ann Arbor

Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m. | Lillie Park  

This free egg hunt through Lillie Park is available for all children 10 years and under. Register online to get your wristband, then get ready to track down as many eggs as you can! Festive activities will also include a small petting zoo, balloon twisters, face painting, games and crafts. Happy hunting!

 

 

Sports

 

Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race | Grass Lake

Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. | Waterloo State Recreation Area

This epic bike race offers three options: a rugged, two-loop 100K course, a powerful 50K course and a 10-mile, non-competitive ride. Registration benefits the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and includes a branded water bottle for the first 600, a Waterloo G & G pint glass, free downloads of all race photos, snacks, and a post-race party in the Wolverine State Brewing Co. beer garden. As part one of the Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races, you can kick off the 2018 series this St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

Food + Drink

 

Beer & Cheese Pairing | Ann Arbor

Friday, March 16, 6 – 8 p.m. | Zingerman’s Creamery   

Cheese and Beer Pairing Ann Arbor Michigan Zingerman's Creamery

Beer and cheese is the perfect pairing any time of year, but we think it’s especially fitting for St. Patrick’s season. At this 21+ event hosted by Zingerman’s Creamery, you’ll learn about the brewing process, go over the major styles of beer, and eat some of the team’s favorite cheeses paired with each style. The evening ends with a beer and gelato float for dessert!

 

Founders KBS & CBS St. Patrick’s Day | Plymouth  

Saturday, March 17, 12 – 5 p.m. | Karl’s Cabin Restaurant & Bar

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, Karl’s Cabin is celebrating with two of the most sought after Michigan beers in the world: the 2018 Founders KBS tapping at 12:30 p.m. and the 2017 Founders CBS tapping at 2 p.m. The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and other Irish favorites. Stick around for live bagpipes from the Cabar Feidh Pipe Band, and a killer show from The Sean Z Band and Tasha Lord!

 

 

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The 12 Essential Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend February 2018

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We all know winter in Michigan means ice. But here in the Ann Arbor area, we’re turning that into ice carving competitions, curling tournaments, ice fishing derbies, winter festivals and a hockey showcase. Join the fun at the region’s essential February events!

And don’t worry, they’re not all outside. Our guide includes theater, orchestra and beer dinners as well. Enjoy!

 

 

Arts + Culture

 

Million Dollar Quartet: The Musical | Dexter

Thursday, February 1 – Sunday, February 25 | The Encore Theatre

Inspired by the recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, this musical brings you right inside the studio. The score includes hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” and dozens of other unforgettable jams! It’s so fun, you’ll want to come back to The Encore all month long. Choose your showtime and buy tickets here.

 

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra | Ann Arbor

Saturday, February 3, 8 p.m. | Hill Auditorium

Orchestra University of Michigan Ann Arbor Events February 2018

Photo courtesy of University Musical Society and Pier Andrea Morolli

At 80-years-old, former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi is returning to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra for their UMS debut. Joined by Garrick Ohlsson on piano, the show promises drama and a symphonic performance you’ll remember for years to come.

 

Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase | Chelsea

Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11 | Chelsea Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena

Featuring student athletes from 38 area schools, the eighth annual Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase is coming to Chelsea for an entire weekend during February. The event is the largest high school athletic showcase and the largest public high school showcase in the history of high school athletics in the state of Michigan.

 

Third Annual Ice Carving Festival | Ann Arbor

Saturday, February 10, 12 p.m. | County Farm Park

Chainsaws and flamethrowers will wow the crowds at Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Third Annual Ice Carving Festival. Students and teams from colleges and universities across Southeast Michigan will compete for the winning sculpture while you and your family enjoy refreshments and crafts at this free event.

 

 

Community Celebration

 

Let’s Chill Winter Fest 2018 | Milan

Friday, February 2 – Saturday, February 3 | Downtown Milan

Let's Chill Winter Fest 2018 Chelsea Michigan Ann Arbor Events February 2018

Photo courtesy of Let’s Chill Winter Fest and Mary Kerkes

For the third year, Let’s Chill Winter Fest is coming to Milan’s downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Over two days, families can enjoy indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, local eats and food trucks, a pancake breakfast, a chili cook-off, and the area’s only Wine Walk! See the entire schedule here. A free shuttle service will be available for transport between the event areas and you can warm up at stations downtown and around the Wilson Park bonfire.

The Big Freeze is the festival’s kick-off party. Happening on Friday evening from 6 – 11 p.m., the 21+ event includes live music from The Jazz Bums, food and a bar in a heated tent on Tolan Square. Your $30 individual ticket includes food and three drink tickets!

Then, come back Saturday, 3 – 7 p.m. for the 21+ Wine Walk throughout downtown Milan. Buy your $30 ticket here.

 

 

Sports

 

Curling Fest 2018 | Chelsea

Friday, February 9 – Sunday, February 11 | Chelsea Lanes Parking Lot

Curling Festival Ann Arbor Events February 2018

Sponsored by our very own Rick Taylor, Curling Fest 2018 is an entire weekend of curling fun for beginners and experienced competitors alike! Team tournaments are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday morning to compete for the Chelsea Curling Cup. If you’re not playing, spectating is free and you can enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa and more — all in a heated tent! If you want to learn how the game is played, come by on Friday for “learn to curl” sessions from 2-8 p.m.

 

Ice Fishing Derby | Whitmore Lake

Saturday, February 10, 7 a.m. | Independence Lake County Park

On the ice at Independence Lake County Park, this competition will allow you to catch Northern Pike, Blue Gill and Crappie, and compete for the largest catches of the day! Pre-registration and day of registration are available between $5 and $10 for kids or $10 and $15 for adults. Good luck!

 

 

Food + Drink

 

Artini 2018 | Ann Arbor  

Friday, February 9, 6:30 – 10 p.m. | Multiple locations  

Ann Arbor Distilling Artini 2018 Events February 2018

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Distilling Company

This fundraising event brings together the town’s best bars, restaurants and local martini connoisseurs for an evening of mixology fun! Benefitting the Ann Arbor Art Center, Artini guests will visit 10 local spots — including The Pretzel Bell, Ann Arbor Distilling Company, Aventura and Black Pearl — then text in your vote for the People’s Choice Award. The Juror’s Choice Award will be decided by a panel of hand-selected jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues. Ticket prices are $55 each and attendees must be 21 years or older.

 

90s Bar Crawl | Ann Arbor

Saturday, February 10, 2 – 10 p.m. | Multiple locations  

If you miss the 90s as much as we do, join the fun for this themed bar crawl through Ann Arbor. Your $25 or $30 ticket includes a signature event cup, a free welcome drink, drink specials and all the 90s music you can handle! Pit stops include Scorekeepers, The Garage Bar, The Blue Leprechaun and more. Buy your tickets in advance here.

 

Short’s Brewing Valentine’s Beer Dinner | Plymouth

Wednesday, February 14, 6 – 9 p.m. | Karl’s Cabin Restaurant & Bar

Karl's Cabin Plymouth Michigan Ann Arbor Events February 2018

Photo courtesy of Karl’s Cabin Restaurant & Bar

Karl’s Cabin is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a 6-course, beer-paired meal in the private dining room. Held for the first time on Valentine’s Day, this classic Karl’s event will have plenty of music, laughter and fun so come casual to taste beer, eat delicious food, and win raffle prizes!

 

Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction | Ypsilanti

Saturday, February 24, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Ypsilanti Freighthouse

For the second year, the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO is hosting the Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction, a strolling dinner and silent auction benefiting Ypsilanti International Elementary School and their upcoming “Educational Oasis”. Your $25 ticket will get adult attendees inside the Ypsilanti Freighthouse to enjoy drinks and beverages for a night of education and community.

 

HopCat Beer Dinner with Oskar Blues | Ann Arbor

Tuesday, February 27, 7 – 9 p.m. | HopCat Ann Arbor

Round out the month with a mouth-watering beer dinner at HopCat. Featuring the craft brews of Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery, you’ll enjoy dishes like Spicy Mussels with chorizo, Grilled Salmon topped with a Red Wine Drizzle, and an Ice Cream Cannoli for dessert — all paired perfectly with a craft brew! Get full menu details and buy your $32 ticket here.

 

 

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8 Fun February Events

We all know winter in Michigan means ice. But here in the Ann Arbor area, we’re turning that into ice carving competitions, curling tournaments, winter festivals and a hockey showcase. Join the fun at the region’s essential February events!

And don’t worry, they’re not all outside. Our guide includes theater, orchestra and beer dinners as well. Enjoy!

Million Dollar Quartet
February 1 – 25

Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. It dramatizes the Million Dollar Quartet recording session of December 4, 1956, among early rock and roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis.


Let’s Chill Winter Fest
February 2 – 3

The third annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival spans the downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only wine walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food, and more.

Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park offer warmth and ambiance.


Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
February 3

Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi returns to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Järvi leads the ensemble in its UMS debut. The evening’s program is steeped in the music of Estonian composers, including the beautiful fifth symphony of Eduard Tubin. Tubin fled to Stockholm in 1944 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Garrick Ohlsson, a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, joins the orchestra for Brahms’s first piano concerto.


Artini
February 9

The 10th Annual “Artini”, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center! Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. From 6:30pm to 10:00 pm, Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.

Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for their favorite drinks throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.

Participating venues:

• The Alley Bar
• Ann Arbor Distilling Company @ the Ann Arbor Art Center
• Aventura
• Bab’s Underground
• The Beer Grotto
• Black Pearl
• Melange
• Pretzel Bell
• Additional venues confirming daily!

Attendees must be 21 or older by 2/9/2018. Ticket prices are $55 and are non-refundable. The Ann Arbor Art Center is a 501©(3) organization, and $25 of each Artini ticket is tax deductible.


Curling Fest 2018
February 9 – 10

Curling Fest 2018 is a weekend of curling fun, for beginners and experienced competitors, with a tournament and learn-to-curl sessions.

Saturday, February 10 is for both experienced and novice competitors, with learn-to-curl ice time on February 9, 2018. Watch the bonspiel (term for curling tournament) free of charge or stop by Friday night for great winter fun. Enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa, and more in a heated tent on both days.


Chainsaw carving an ice sculpture

Third Annual Ice Carving Festival
February 10

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission proudly presents our annual Ice Carving Festival! Watch students from colleges and universities across SE Michigan compete. Stand in awe as these carvers showcase their mastery with chainsaws and flamethrowers to create unique masterpieces to display at County Farm Park.


Volunteering

Stewardship Workday
February 11

Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a mature oak hickory woodland as well as wetlands, which support several species of frogs and salamanders. Come help preserve this diverse nature area by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the park entrance on Turnberry Lane, off of Packard Road. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction
February 24

Join in the second annual Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO. Blooming YIES is a strolling dinner and silent auction that will raise money for the establishment of an “Educational Oasis” at Ypsilanti International Elementary School. The event will feature a night of fundraising, silent auction, and community building.

The event will be held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Depot Town from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Reserved parking for the event is at the Rice Street Lot, AKA the Frog Island Parking lot – please look for signs. Tickets will cover the cost of the strolling dinner and two drink tickets. Please note this is an adult only event!

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Joyful January Events

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

HAIR & OTHER STORIES: URBAN BUSH WOMEN
JANUARY 12

Hair & Other Stories is a multidisciplinary evening-length work that addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of physical appearance, including the cultural significance of African-American women’s hair. Weaving contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora, this astonishing troupe performs innovative, exciting works that bring untold stories to life.


ANN ARBOR RESTAURANT WEEK
JANUARY 14 – 19

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: A local celebration of dining in our community. From January 14-19, 2018 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 now as spots fill up quickly.


2018 MLK CELEBRATIONJanuary 15

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, which occurred on April 4, 1968, along with the founding of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Atlanta 50 years ago. On Monday, January 20, 1986, the United States observed the first national holiday honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also the day that Eastern Michigan University hosted its first MLK President’s Luncheon under the leadership of the late President John W. Porter.

As EMU commemorates the 32nd anniversary of this auspicious celebration, they welcome Joy-Ann Reid as Keynote Speaker. Joy-Ann Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC, host of “AM Joy” and “The Reid Report”, and the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow). Reid is the former Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid is also a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, Florida.


FLINTJanuary 18 – March 10, 2018

For a century or more, generations of men and women in Flint, Michigan earned good pay and benefits manufacturing automobiles and the things that go into making them. Almost overnight everything changed. The people whose dedication and hard work earned them a place in the most prosperous middle class in history found themselves unemployed and adrift. “Flint” is the heartfelt and brutally honest story of two couples struggling to endure and believe in the American dream. Contains adult language & content.


2018 NATIONS CUP AAA HOCKEY TOURNAMENTJANUARY 19 – 21

The Nations Cup returns to Ann Arbor! In this tournament, teams wear their Country’s jerseys with pride and battle the opposition for bragging rights. The points for each victory go towards each Nation’s total amount, rather than just a win or a loss for the individual team.


41st ANN ARBOR FOLK FESTIVALJANUARY 26– 27

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 26, and Saturday, January 27, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.

The Folk Festival will celebrate its 41st 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.


WinterFestJANUARY 27

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 outdoor activities. Winterfest is fun for the whole family; kids, teens, adults, and grandparents. There is something for everyone, from mild to wild.


MOZART BIRTHDAY BASHJANUARY 27

Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. Mozart’s birthday bash will have his music come to life in front of your ears. Music will include Fellman Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Concerto, Symphony No. 41.
This is sure to be a delightful homage to Mozart.

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