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9 Intriguing April Events

Delight in the sunlight this April by attending any or all of these nine Ann Arbor area events.


 

Eastern Michigan University Jazz ConcertApril 2

Bop your head along with the music as Eastern Michigan University students showcase their musical talent. This free event takes place at the Pease Auditorium and is open to the public.


FoolMoon and FestiFoolsApril 7 & April 9

Get foolish this April at FoolMoon and Festifool. In the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, everyone and anyone is invited to gather in the streets to shake off the cold, gray winter at FoolMoon. The skyline will be filled with luminaries, interactive installations, laser shows, a beer tent sponsored by Grizzly Peak, DJs raised into the air, live dance performances, and oh so many more de-LIGHT-fool surprises. If you have never been to FoolMoon before, you won’t want to miss this event which runs from dusk until Midnight on April 7.
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FestiFools is one of Ann Arbor’s cultural treasures. It is a humongous public art spectacular, created by members of the community and U of M students. Magnificent, colorful, bizarre, human-powered papier-mâché puppets join thousands of Foolish friends frolicking about downtown for one fun-filled hour. This event takes place April 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.


First Fridays YpsilantiApril 7

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

 


Spring EggstravaganzaApril 15

The Spring Eggstravaganza started in 1998 has grown to the point where we have several hundred children and their parents participating in a morning of egg hunts, face painting, balloon twisters, a petting zoon, photo opportunities with the bunny and Easter egg coloring. The Spring Eggstravaganza is on April 15th at Lillie Park in Pittsfield Township from 11 am – 1 pm.

 


2017 EggstravaganzaApril 15

The 2017 Eggstravaganza is taking place April 15. Kids start at Busch’s, 565 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, and hop on over to participating businesses to pick up your egg. After you visit the businesses drop your stamped list off at Mickey’s Dairy Twist to enter a drawing to win one of 4 baskets filled with items donated from area businesses. Call 734 429-4494 for more info.


2017 Nations’ Cup Theatre On IceApril 20 – 23

The 2017 Nations’ Cup Interclub Theatre On Ice competition will feature the top teams from six countries competing in the newest—and most creative—discipline of figure skating. Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance.

 


Rock the DistrictApril 22

Join State Street District and Ann Arbor’s 107one for the 2nd annual Rock the District. This free music festival will take place Saturday, April 22, from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and will be open to all ages. The main stage will be on the corner of Maynard Street and East William. The lineup includes: Theo Katzman, The Go Rounds, Chris DuPont, Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful, Girls Who Care and many more.


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Annual Ann Arbor Earth Day FestivalApril 23

The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee invites all to celebrate our natural world at the annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road in Ann Arbor. This free, family-friendly event features displays from over 30 local environmental, non-profit and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; learning presentations around sustainable living; hands-on activities; live entertainment; crafts; green building and commuting solutions; energy topics; water awareness; recycling topics; sustainable agriculture; and much more. The Earth Day Festival will be full of entertainment and engaging activities for visitors of all ages.

 


Ypsilanti Community Choir Spring ConcertApril 27

Under the direction of Ariel Toews-Ricotta, the Ypsilanti Community Choir will present a variety of musical pieces, ranging from sacred to show tunes, from jazz to family favorites, from golden oldies to contemporary hits. We are happy to provide an enjoyable, family-friendly musical experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.


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A Foolishly Good Time in Ann Arbor

April Fool’s Day may be over but the fun will continue this weekend during FoolMoon and FestiFools. These two great events are a celebration of April Fool’s.

FoolMoon takes place Friday, April 4, from dusk to midnight and features a procession of hand-made illuminated sculptures on Washington and Ashley Street in downtown Ann Arbor. The foolishness starts at 6pm in front of Grizzly Peak and will feature live music and tasty, specially brewed luminary-libations.

foolmoon

Observers can get in on the fun of the event by purchasing a luminary kit for $20.  The kits provide the supplies need to make your own luminary and all the proceeds go to the funding of the event.

FestiFools is the street art fair that features giant man-operated papier-mâché puppets and street entertainment. This year’s FestiFools is Sunday, April 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street between William and Washington.

Festifools Hedgehog by Cazatoma

This year, FestiFools will also bring a taste of Brazilian Samba. Magali, a singer-songwriter and dancer (from Rio), and Philip Galinsky, a leading authority in the US on Brazilian music will share their uplifting performance and high-energy skills in samba, the most famous music and dance of Brazil. They will be joined by Nick Rifken from the University of Michigan School of Music Samba Band Vencedores.

For more information visit www.festifools.org

Photo Source: FestiFools Papier-mache Hedgehog by Tricia J via Flickr 

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FoolMoon and FestiFools: Foolish Fun

If you are in or near Ann Arbor you are probably aware that this weekend FoolMoon and FestiFools will be taking over the city. For those unfamiliar here is some background. These two great events are a celebration of April Fools.

FullMoon photo

FoolMoon takes place Friday, April 5, from dusk to midnight and features a procession of hand-made illuminated sculptures that make their way through Ann Arbor to Washington and Ashley Street. This is the second annual Fool Moon.  It will feature live performances from Theo Katzman and Dan Henig.

FoolMoon

Observers can get in on the fun of the event by purchasing a luminary kit for $20 during the event.  The kits provide the supplies need to make your own luminary and all the proceeds go to the funding of the event.

 

FestiFools is the street art fair that features man-operated papier-mache puppets created by members of the community and U of M students. This year’s FestiFools is Sunday, April 7, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street between William and Washington.

 

Book Worm by Mcammer

Children can join in the foolishness by joining the Ann Arbor District Library and 826michigan and making robot costumes to wear in the procession.  Costume creation will take place Sunday from 2:00 to 3:30pm in the Downtown Library multi-purpose room.

FestiFools Child

This year, after FestiFools there will be an afterparty at \aut\ Bar on Braun Court. FoolMoon and Festifools are wonderful events where all are welcome to attend.

Photos:

FoolMoon Zap Luminary &  Face Luminary by Crissy Teena via Flickr

FestiFools Papier-mache Book Worm by Mcammer via Flickr

FestiFools Child by Myra Klarman

 

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