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8 Fun February Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this February. Whether you are looking to enjoy sports, listen to a symphony, or participate in stewardship there is something for everyone.

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.


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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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Discover Delicious Ann Arbor

I recently discovered Savor Ann Arbor, a company that offers custom tours, including food tours, of our wonderful city. This is a great way to explore local history, art, architecture, shops, and of course FOOD in the downtown area.

I had family visiting from out of town, and some extra time to fill, so a food tour seemed like a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Marcie Greenfield, the owner and primary guide of Savor Ann Arbor, was able to customize our tour based upon the group’s food preferences and accommodate all of our needs.Zingermans Delicatessen 01

The tour started at Zingerman’s Deli and ended three hours later at Kerrytown Market & Shops. We had a total of six stops with lots of sampling along the way and none of us could eat another bite after the tour ended. My family raved about the tour and thought that it was a wonderful way to get to know more about what makes Ann Arbor special.

If you’re looking for a way to entertain visitors or clients from out of town or if you’d like to give a holiday gift that’s an “experience” (gift certificates are available), you should consider trying out this wonderful hidden gem and rediscover Ann Arbor. Check out the website for more information about the many different customizable Savor Ann Arbor tours. The Brew Pubs Tour and the Sweet Stroll Tour may be in my future

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19 Dazzling December Events in the Ann Arbor Area

The holiday season is all about gathering  together with loved ones to celebrate “the most wonderful time of year”. Though the weather might be frightful, why not brave it and celebrate with the most anticipated events in and around Ann Arbor.

This holiday season get outside and enjoy music, parades, home tours, and more.

Santa’s Mailbox
November 24 – December 17

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


Silent Night: The Real(ish)Story
November 30 – December 3

The most beloved Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” was written almost by accident. A young priest, an Austrian village and a damaged organ all took part in the creation of this classic hymn. With a bit of embellishment, some memorable characters, and favorite holiday tunes, this staging of the almost catastrophe will be a delight for the whole family.


Kerrytown Kindlefest

Kindlefest
December 1

Kerrytown District’s KindleFest is a free outdoor holiday market happening December 1st, 6 pm – 10 pm. The festival features local and regional artisans and farmers selling hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts, as well as German foods, sweets, and beverages. Enjoy live music, fire pits to keep you warm, warming tent, s’more roasting and a Lantern Parade in the Kerrytown neighborhood.


Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness
December 1

Once again Kerrytown and Main Street Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting Ann Arbor’s famed Midnight Madness on December 1. This is a fun-filled evening of shopping and dining. You’ll find great holiday sales throughout the stores, while you shop enjoy the sidewalk entertainment, and say hello to Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County, who will be roaming the sidewalks from 7 pm – 9 pm.


Ypsilanti Downtown Tree Lighting

Ypsilanti Downtown Tree Lighting
December 1

The Ypsilanti District Library is hosting a fun tree lighting event. There will be caroling led by the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit from Santa. This will happen on the Plaza of the Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Avenue branch.


Hometown Holidays

Hometown Holidays
December 1 – 3

The annual Chelsea, Michigan, Hometown Holiday is a fun-filled weekend celebration which marks the beginning of the holiday season. Festivities start with a tree lighting ceremony and the weekend includes visits with Santa, a live nativity, holiday activities and entertainment at many great merchants and historic locations in Chelsea, Michigan Chelsea is decked out in holiday splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit. Local merchants are on hand with great gift ideas and special pricing for everyone on your list. Explore the annual gingerbread house displays, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the special events from December 1 – 3.


Meals on Wheels Holiday Home Tour

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Holiday Home Tour
December 2

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) invites you to support the upcoming 21st Annual Holiday Home Tour. The Tour will include three private homes as well as the Queen’s Residence & the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum (Hudson Automotive Museum). At each house you visit there will be holiday decor and a festive atmosphere. Beverages, appetizers and desserts will be on the menu from many great Ypsilanti & Ann Arbor area restaurants at the Afterglow reception.


Saline Christmas Parade

42nd Annual Christmas Parade
December 2

Don’t miss Saline’s 42nd Annual Christmas Parade December 2, at 5:30pm. The parade will make its way down Michigan Ave. from Davenport St. to Lewis St. with more than 1,400 participants, 40 floats and special vehicles including a hot air balloon, bands, twirlers, dancers, and animals followed by Santa arriving at the four corners to greet crowds of excited children of all ages. Art Trapp will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal. Parking downtown will be limited due to closures so visitors are encouraged to use the free Saline school bus shuttle from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. between Busch’s Shopping Center and the W. Henry Street parking lot behind Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack.


Milan Christmas Parade

Milan Annual Christmas Parade
December 2

Come join thousands as spectators as they participate in for the 21st Annual Milan Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This holiday parade includes floats, horses, hot air balloons, marching bands, vehicles, walkers and a life-size Boogie Woogie Choo Choo train bringing Santa into town. Also, enjoy the lighting of the city Christmas tree, carolers, and Santa Claus visits. Please call ahead to confirm event details.


Chelsea Historic Home Tour
December 2

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


Ypsilanti Choir Annual Holiday Concert

Ypsilanti Choir Annual Holiday Concert
December 7

Join the Ypsilanti Community Choir for their annual Holiday Concert this December! In 2012, they returned to a favorite location — Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College — and continue to deliver holiday music for the local community. There is no charge for this concert; parking at this venue is free and plentiful outside the auditorium entrance. The choir will be singing a variety of sacred and popular songs to celebrate the holiday season.


Ebirds & Friends Holiday Show

Ebirds & Friends Holiday Show – 10th Anniversary
December 7 – 9

Since 2008, it has become a yearly tradition for The Ragbirds to present this unique family-friendly holiday show called Ebird & Friends. The songs and artists change from year to year, but the spirit of the event is community, the soul is creativity and the show is unforgettable. “Ebird”, of course, is Erin Zindle, lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of The Ragbirds. Expect to be entertained, surprised, cheered, and warmed by this collaborative artistic performance of new and old songs, including Ragbirds’ original songs inspired by the holiday. This show has become a phenomenon—it’s up to four presentations this year for its 10th anniversary, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Four shows, Thurs.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. (special price for children on Saturday afternoon).This year’s cast includes Joe Hertler, May Erlewine, Rachael Davis, Mark Lavengood, Abigail Stauffer, Brad Philips, Jen Sygit, Jessica McCumons, as well as members of The Ragbirds, Appleseed Collective, The Macpodz and more, featuring over 20 talented up-and-coming Michigan artists.


Winter Art Tour

Winter Art Tour
December 8 – 10

The Winter Art Tour (WAT) is an exciting new cultural event held on the second weekend of December which will take you on a tour of 10 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti featuring over 300 local artists. At each stop, visitors will be able to meet artists personally and learn more about their work. In addition to presenting the best handcrafted art our area has to offer, their goals are to improve the visibility and viability of local artists and to create a more vibrant arts community for everyone.


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Ballet Chelsea: The Nutcracker
December 8 – 10

Ballet Chelsea is pleased to join forces with The Jackson Symphony Orchestra to present their 20th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet on December 8 – 10, 2017. Add a festive touch to your event by attending our Sugar Plum Tea at 12:30pm, prior to our Sunday matinee performance.


DIYpsi Holiday Market

DIYpsi Holiday Market 2017
December 9 – 10

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. DIYpsi Holiday Market will feature 80 vendors at the Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. 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.


Tiny Expo
December 9

Tiny Expo is an annual holiday fair that features over 40 artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and buy handmade. It’s a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. Ann Arbor Distric Library is thrilled to produce and host this event. Tiny Expo 2016 will be on Saturday, December 9 from 11 am to 5:30 pm at the Downtown Library.


Holiday Hustle
December 9

Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, burn a few holiday calories and give back to others. A silly, hilly dash around Dexter that will take in the neighborhood light displays and give you a chance to see the flashing gang ahead or behind you.
This charity event donates $5 of your entry fee to local Dexter charities. Bring canned or non-perishable food items for the needy and get a raffle ticket for each item! Raffle tickets will be pulled race evening for some sweet swag!


Holiday Hallmarks
December 14

Join Washtenaw Community Concert Band for a Holiday Hallmarks Concert, which includes an audience singalong. This free event takes place December 14, 7:30 pm at Towsley Auditorium on the Washtenaw Community College campus.


Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Holiday Open House
December 17

The Michigan Firehouse Museum will host their Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Visitors can experience the museum decorated for the holidays and see all the entries in the Gingerbread Firehouse Contest. There will be crafts for the kids, holiday fire safety information, and a chance to visit with Santa. Light refreshments will be served.


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Nine November Events

In addition to Thanksgiving, there are lots of things to see and do this November throughout the Ann Arbor area.


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.


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Coat Drive
October 30 – November 30

Reinhart kicks-off our 22nd Annual Coat Drive October 30, with the goal of collecting more than 1,500 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County. Through the month of November, we will be collecting new and gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.


Passion and Perseverance: A Broadway Musical Review
November 8

Celebrate the music of Broadway presented by local vocalists at this benefit for Kickshaw’s upcoming season. Featuring the signature cocktail, “Curiositini,” and scrumptious food by Zingerman’s Catering. Cash bar. An evening you won’t forget!


Ann Arbor Turkey Trot
November 11

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.


Wine, Woman  & Shopping
November 11

Wine, Women and Shopping is a fun filled day to share with your mom, sisters and friends. Enjoy Christmas shopping in a relaxed enjoyable quaint small town. Stroll past the Victorian homes and tree-lined streets, enjoy lunch at any of the great restaurants. Boutiques and shops have pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a great day.
Come and enjoy the small town and the personal service. A lot of stores stay open until 8:00 pm. Come spend the day or the weekend in Chelsea.


Saline Craft Show
November 11

The Saline Craft Show, in its 30th year, is rated as one of the top 10 shows in Michigan. This annual event is hosted on the grounds of Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Over 270 crafters will showcase their most recent and exceptional work which includes decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating ideas, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing.

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


Kerrytown Market & Shops Holiday Open House
November 12

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


Pets & Pajamas Movie Night
November 12

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

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


Anything Goes
November 24 – December 23

The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter proudly presents “Anything Goes” showing from November 24 to December 23, 2017. Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”


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17 Outstanding October Events

School has started. Leaves are changing colors. Halloween is coming 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 29 – October 30

Talladay Farms Corn Maze is one of the largest corn mazes in the Midwest covering 27 acres, and this year features 2 mazes featuring the 7 continents. 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 6, 2017, and is open Friday and Saturday nights, at dark, in October.


God of Carnage
September 28 – December 16

A playground clash between 11-year old boys throws together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the dispute; a civilized get-together that turns swiftly and hilariously into a battle pitting couple against couple, husbands against wives, spouse against spouse. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. Directed by Lauren Knox. Contains adult language and content.


Night Terrors
Every Friday through Sunday in October & October 30 & 31

Six different scary attractions bristling with over 115 costumed monsters including the famous haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more. Refreshments available for purchase. Kids age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Apple Daze
October 7

Every year The Dexter Lions Club sponsors Apple Daze in celebration of one of Michigan’s most famous products. Come down to Monument Park and try delicious food, music and more!


Ypsilanti’s Working Women Walking Tour
October 7

Long before “Rosie the Riveter”, many of the largest industrial employers in Ypsilanti were of women. Hundreds of women and many girls worked in Ypsi’s woolen mills, the Scharff Tag and Stay Press factories. In addition working women, black and white, immigrant and native-born, were laundresses, cooks, domestics, clerks and dressmakers.

Join historian Matt Siegfried for a walking tour visiting the sites of factories and work places, strikes and social halls, homes and boarding houses where these women lived and labored around the beginning of the twentieth century.


Smoke and Ale Fall Festival
October 13 – 14

Chelsea, Michigan’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off Contest will take place Oct. 13, 2017, 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. In 2017, for the first time ever, the Smoke & Ale BBQ Contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society as a Master Series contest. BBQ-lovers will rock out to the sounds of several great bands at the festival. There will be performances on Friday night (the earliest start to the festival since its inception) as well throughout the day on Saturday. Expect to hear Mo’ Easy, The Alligators, Root Doctor, Shelter Dogs, and other bands throughout the weekend.

Another returning attraction at this year’s Smoke & Ale Fall Festival is the Cornhole Classic, a tournament version of the classic lawn game. A cash prize is awarded to the top team – but everyone, including spectators, have a great time with the Cornhole Classic.


Rosie World Record
October 14 

The Yankee Air Museum invites you to join the movement on October 14, 2017 to reclaim the Guinness World Record for most Rosie the Riveters. Together we will bring the World Record back to the Arsenal of Democracy, and show our support for renovation of Rosie’s WWII-era factory, the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Doors open at 9 am and participants must arrive by 11 am to be counted.


Trick or Treat on the River
October 15

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.


Milan Third Thursday
October 19

The Milan Third Thursday events take place in downtown Milan on the third Thursday of the month, June-October. This event includes live entertainment, music, food, shopping and fun for the entire family.


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Cranes, Colors and Cabernet Festival
October 21

 

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 vary 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.


Third Century Expo
October 27

The Third Century Expo will be the bicentennial finale, blanketing the heart of Central Campus during the UMich200 Fall Festival. It will be a public fair of cutting-edge projects and initiatives that demonstrate how the University is making a positive impact on society, both locally and globally. The Expo will spread from the Diag north to North University Avenue and Ingalls Mall. There will be exhibits, live performances, pop-up art and music, and displays of new technologies. Lobbies in surrounding buildings may also serve as display or performance spaces.

Pavilions and tents filled with interactive exhibits will be representative of schools, colleges and organizations from the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. This event will take place on Homecoming weekend.


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.


Halloween Maze
October 28

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.


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Halloween Treat Parade
October 31

It’s our 17th 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 11 am to 5 pm. 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 attend from 10 am to 11 am. Come in costume for stories, puppets and trick-or-treats.


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Halloween – Caramel 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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15 Supreme September Events in Washtenaw County

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

Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill
August – November

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


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.


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Eastern Michigan University Football
September – November

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


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Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair
September – November

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


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Thunder Over Michigan
September 2 – September 4

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


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Dancing in the Streets
September 3

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


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12th Annual Dog Swim
September 9 – September 10

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

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


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15th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest
September 10

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


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Ann Arbor Russian Festival
September 16 – September 17

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


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29th Annual Apples & Honey
September 17

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


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Orphan Car Show
September 17

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


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Saline Oktoberfest
September 22 – September 23

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

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


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36th Annual Webster Fall Festival
September 23

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


2017 Turtle Trot

Turtle Trot
September 24

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


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Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween
September 30

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

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16 Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend this August


Milan Bluegrass Festival

Milan Bluegrass Festival
August 3 – August 5

Every year thousands gather from all over the country for this popular festival just east of Milan at the KC Campground. Eighteen bluegrass performers and bands will entertain the crowds.

August 3:    12:30pm – 9:30pm
August 4:   12:30pm – 9:00pm
August 5:  1:00pm – 8:00pm

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 9 to 5 the Musical
August 3 – August 27

Based on the 1980 movie, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this musical is about three women’s lives in the work force, and dealing with their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss. The score is amazing, the jokes are never-ending, and the message is about living to your true potential. You’ll be humming tunes from the show for weeks after you see it!


First Fridays Ypsilanti
August 4

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


Manchester Street Festival 2017

Manchester Street Art Fair
August 5

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 day’s festivities beginning at 8:00 am and features a 10K, 5K, and 1 mile Fun Run. Once the run has finished, stay to enjoy the following entertainment until 9 pm: 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.


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The OutFest 2017
August 4 – 6

OutFest is a weekend festival in Ann Arbor to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities, community, and allyship. Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6 the community comes together for entertainment, community, vendor, fun and most importantly, pride. The festival, hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC), has been moved to August to accommodate an ever-growing festival. All proceeds go to helping support the efforts of the JTCC – a local area nonprofit resource center that provides information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the LGBTQ and ally community.


Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragonboat Festival
August 5

The Dragonboat Festival is an annual celebration of DIY building and design, culture, competition, community, and fun.  Dragonboat Festival 2017 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 10 am 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.


DIYpsi Indie Art Fair
August 5 & August 6

DIYpsi (dip-see) is an art fair featuring all hand-made items. It takes place in Ypsilanti’s business districts once each summer and winter. For two weekends each year, the best indie artists from the area put on this one of a kind shopping experience. The event also includes incredible handcrafted food and drink so bring your appetite!


Dexter Daze
August 11 & August 12

Dexter Daze has occurred annually for 45 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 4:00 pm -10:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.


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Saline’s Summerfest
August 11 & August 12

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 2017!


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Plein Air Festival
August 14 – August 19

For the 5th 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.


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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.


Super Run 2017

Super Run
August 19

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.


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Chelsea Community Fair
August 22 – August 26

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.


German Park Picnic
August 26

If you are looking for authentic German fare, beer, and dancing look no further than the German Park Picnics. German Park hosts its annual picnics on the last Saturday of June, July and August. The picnics are a true Ann Arbor tradition which have been held every summer for over 75 years. The final German Park Picnic of the summer will take place August 26 from 4 pm – 11 pm and will feature the band Enzianaus Detroit as well as the Thachtengruppe Dancers who will perform at 6 pm and 8:30 pm. Bring cash to buy tickets, refreshments, and souvenirs.


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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 more. This year’s festival is being held Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. Local’s say that the Rubber Ducky Race (on Sunday at 5 pm) is the highlight of the festival.


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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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Jumpin’ July Events

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


Sonic LunchJune – August

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

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


Summer Concert Series June 16 – August 25

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


Camaro Superfest June 30 – July 2

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


Manchester Fireworks July 3

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


Ann Arbor 4th of July ParadeJuly 4

The 28th Annual Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at 10 am. The parade, featuring floats, music groups, and walking groups, will travel through downtown Ann Arbor. Children 12 and under are invited to be a part of the Bike Decorating Contest between 8 – 9 am and then ride their decorated bikes in the parade. Leading the parade will be this year’s parade Grand Marshal, long-time LGBT pioneer, icon and advocate extraordinaire, Jim Toy.


Ypsilanti Independence Day ParadeJuly 4

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


Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck RallyJuly 5

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


Michigan ElvisFest July 7 – July 8

Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune, the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 7-8. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Tom Jones, The Blues Brothers, and James Brown. Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.


Huron River DayJuly 9

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


Manchester Community Fair July 7 – July 15

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


2017 Rolling Sculpture Car ShowJuly 14

Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 23rd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 14 from 2-10 pm. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is a one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show.

The event itself is free and open to the public. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor. Plenty of public parking is available in all structures and surface lots.


Saline Celtic Festival July 13 – July 15

The Saline Celtic Festival is famous for its rich blend of Celtic music and dance. There’s plenty to see and do at the festival, including jousting, Irish Football, ancient athletics and sheepherding. This is the place to go for a fun-filled day of crafts, ducky river races, story-telling and more. Celtic Festival festivities kick off on Thursday, July 13th at Saline’s downtown Summer Music Series, where you can get a sneak peek of the music and events the festival has to offer. Gates open at Millpond Park in Saline on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, July 15 at 10 am.


Ann Arbor Art Fair July 13 – July 15

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


Townie Street PartyTownie Street PartyJuly 20

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


Manchester Chicken BroilJuly 20

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Alumni Memorial Field in beautiful Manchester, Michigan, just 15 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. This long-time civic event is considered the largest of its kind, serving approximately 10,000 meals in a four-hour period. Net proceeds are used to benefit a variety of causes in the Manchester area, including the public schools, community parks, library and local civic organizations.


2017 Summer Beer Festival July 21 – July 22

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


Chelsea Sounds and Sights FestivalJuly 27 – July 29

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

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


Milan Summer Fest July 28 – July 29

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


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15 Things to Do This June in the Ann Arbor Area

Summer in Ann Arbor brings sunshine, flowers, and festivals. These 14 June events will offer entertainment opportunities for those in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area.


Sonic LunchJune – August

Sonic Lunch returns for the 10 year anniversary. Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free outdoor concert series. Every Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm June 1 to August 31, Sonic Lunch features a live band at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. Each week a different area restaurant is on-site selling a Sonic Lunch for concert-goers to purchase.

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


Milan Fair
June 1-3

The Milan Fair in Milan, Michigan is a fun community carnival geared to kickoff summer in Michigan. The fair features fun-filled activities for all ages including an artisan market, live entertainment, fireworks, free kid’s activities, midway rides, carnival games, delicious fair food, entertainment tent, and more. Entry to the fair is free. For a full schedule of fair events visit http://milanfair.com/.


Cinetopia Film FestivalJune 1-11

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


African American Downtown FestivalJune 3

The African American Festival is a celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the development of Ann Arbor. It is taking place this Saturday, June 7, at the intersection of N. 4th Ave. and Ann St. in Ann Arbor.

The event was created to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage with a splashy, fun annual event that would remind locals of the neighborhood’s history. And while the festival celebrates African Americans’ life, history and culture in Ann Arbor, it is open to, and always draws a broad range of people. In its 19th year the festival will feature something for everyone including food, art, children’s activities, and entertainment.



Chelsea Painters 44th Annual Art Fair
June 3-4

From humble beginnings in 1973, the Annual Chelsea Painters Art Fair has gone on to become the area’s premier Fine Arts fair. Twenty-five highly accomplished artists exhibit work done in a variety of media: watercolor, encaustic, gouache, acrylic, oil, pastels and mixed media. All pieces on display are original pieces of Fine Art. Many of the artists also display hand-crafted note cards suitable for framing. Snacks, lunch and beverages are available at the lovely indoor café overlooking the Art Fair.


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June 4

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



Ann Arbor Summer FestivalJune 6 – August 17

Starting June 6 and running through July 2 the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. Today, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week gathering features a mix of over 170 events including performances, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment.



Sounds and Sights on Thursday NightsJune 8 – August 17

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Night’s performances are held in Chelsea, Michigan from June 8 to August 17, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Musical acts from across the spectrum — folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, classical, country, Latin and everything in between – perform at 11 stage locations around the downtown. Performances take place outdoors at various spots throughout downtown. For a list of performers and stage locations please visit www.chelseafestivals.com.



Mayor’s Green Fair
June 9

The City of Ann Arbor mayor’s office is hosting the 17th annual Mayor’s Green Fair on Main Street on June 9 from 6pm-9pm. The event celebrates our community’s environmental leadership as exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government and businesses. Ann Arbor’s downtown Main Street will be closed to car traffic between Huron and William streets, remaining open for pedestrians, Green Fair guests and displays of environmental information, “green” products, live music and general enjoyment of the urban outdoor environment. Information, entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages will be provided. Live music will be performed by Paul’s Big Radio, and local vendors will sell organic food on Liberty Street near Main Street.


Ya’ssoo Greek FestivalJune 9 – 11

For the 11 years running, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor invites you and your family to come and experience incomparable Greek hospitality and ethnicity at the Ya’ssoo Greek Festival.

Featuring Greek cuisine/homemade pastries, live Greek music with Enigma, dance performances by St. Nicholas Dancers and Terpsichore Dancers. Raffles prizes include: Trip to Greece for two! Percentage of proceeds will go to “Creating Brighter Future”, a center for autistic children. Friday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m., and Sunday 11 p.m. – 6 p.m. Children under 12 get in free!


BilletProof Motor City ManiaJune 10

What’s better than traditional Hot Rods and Customs? Hot Rods and Customs and drag racing!!! Billetproof is back at Milan Dragway on June 10, 2017 during the Detroit Dragway Reunion. Your car show entry gets you, your car and one passenger into the show, the swap meet, grandstand seating to watch the drags and one pass down the track. Pit passes are $5 per person.



Ann Arbor Restaurant WeekJune 11 – 16

Ann Arbor Restaurant week runs from June 11 through June 16. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Restaurants offer fixed pricing for lunch and dinner with extraordinary menus tailored to the event. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy old favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants.


Grillin’ 2017
June 11

One in seven people in Washtenaw County struggles with hunger. Proceeds from Grillin’ enable Food Gatherers to distribute 14,000 meals a day to adults, seniors and children in need of food.

This community picnic welcomes 2,000+ guests at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Featuring live music, delicious food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, a food-inspired silent auction and kids’ games – it’s the best party of the year!



Ann Arbor Book FestivalJune 15 – 17

What’s better than traditional Hot Rods and Customs? Hot Rods and Customs and drag racing!!! Billetproof is back at Milan Dragway on June 10, 2017 during the Detroit Dragway Reunion. Your car show entry gets you, your car and one passenger into the show, the swap meet, grandstand seating to watch the drags and one pass down the track. Pit passes are $5 per person.


The Great Race Car Show
June 29

Ypsilanti will welcome participants from the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race for an overnight stop in Depot Town. The Great Race is a 2,100 mile, nine-day endurance rally designed to complement the capabilities of vintage cars. Cross St. will be closed for the duration of the event, allowing visitors and residents to get a closer look at the vehicles and interact with the contestants as they roll into Depot Town. The Kensington Hotel and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ann Arbor are event sponsors.

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