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12 Ann Arbor Area Events to Attend September 2021

We can’t believe it, but September is almost here! It’s the month that brings us the end of summer, a long weekend for Labor Day, harvest festivities, and of course—the beginning of Wolverine football season. 
Over the next few weeks, our communities are saluting summer and welcoming fall with cultural celebrations, annual happenings, performances, 5Ks and much more. Have a great September! 

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Arts + Culture

Sonic Lunch | Ann Arbor

Where: Liberty Street 
When: September 2 

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Since 2008, Sonic Lunch has been bringing free, outdoor concerts to the streets of downtown Ann Arbor every summer. Suitable for all ages, the 2021 concert series kicked off last month and has one last show on September 2nd! During the September concert, enjoy watching Theo Katzman and May Erlewine take the stage. 


Russian Festival | Dexter

When: September 18 & 19 
The Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival returns to St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church for the 8th year! The 2021 event will include Russian dance, music and song ensembles, an infused vodka tasting for guests over 21, authentic foods, and so much more. Bring the whole family down to Dexter to celebrate Russian culture!

Community Celebrations

When: September 1-5 
Saline Community Fair

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Rounding out the summer, the Saline Community Fair provides several days of fun for local families. Events include tractor pulls, a car and tractor show, the USA Auto Cross Enduro Derby, carnival rides, fair foods, and—new for 2021—a Dog of the Year Contest!
Where: Washington Street 
When: September 3, 5-10 p.m. 
Held in partnership with First Fridays Ypsilanti, the Festival of the Honey Bee aims to raise awareness and celebrate the honeybee’s impact on our local and global food supply through art and education. Nearly a decade old, this annual tradition includes art, music, educational activities for all ages, vendors, demonstrations and more.
When: September 11 & 25 
Passport to Manchester is a community-wide event that offers exceptional tours of historical sites and farmlands located in and around Manchester. To cap off a summer full of fun, Passport to Manchester has two last tours in September: an Acorn Farmers’ Market Vendor Tour at Manchester Blooms on September 11th and a tour of Alber Orchard and Cider Mill on the 25thClick here for all the information and to purchase your tickets! 
Where: Downtown Saline 
When: September 17 & 18 

Photo courtesy of Saline Main Street

This fall celebration brings the spirit of Germany to downtown Saline! In celebration of the community’s sister city relationship with Lindenberg, Germany, Oktoberfest features traditional and modern music, a festive Biergarten, a corn hole tournament, wiener dog races and so much more over the course of two full days.
When: September 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Celebrate your Sunday hunting for treasures at this outdoor vintage flea market! Ypsilanti has some of the best vintage shops and sellers in Southeast Michigan and you can shop them all at this special event at the Riverside Arts Center. Peruse genuine vintage items ranging from the early 1930s to the 1990s—clothing, jewelry, furniture, records and more!   

UMich Earthfest | Ann Arbor

When: September 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
The University of Michigan’s biggest sustainability and environmental event is back in person for 2021! Earthfest celebrates sustainability initiatives across U-M and the surrounding communities, all while providing an inclusive platform to educate and engage the campus community on opportunities to support sustainability and environmental justice on campus and in our daily lives.


Where: Michigan Stadium 
When: September 4-December 4 
Michigan football is back! They’re playing in the Big House against Western Michigan on September 4th. To see the full 2021 schedule, click here, and don’t miss their other home games this month on September 11th, 18th, and 25th
When: September 25 
Benefitting ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation—a local nonprofit in Saline—this running event is celebrating its 8th year with a family-friendly 5K and a one-mile fun run. Whether you want to virtually run or you want to run the route yourself, you can register online here.

Food + Drink

Chefs in the Garden | Ypsilanti

When: September 12 & 26, 5-8 p.m. 
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Photo courtesy of Misty Lyn Bergeron via Growing Hope

Hosted by and benefitting Growing Hope, the Chefs in the Garden series brings together local charity, local food and urban farm education. Experience the magic of their urban farm while enjoying a meal specially prepared by a guest chef on September 12th and 26th and October 10thClick here to see who the guest chefs will be! 
Where: Willow Run Airport 
When: September 18, 5 p.m. 
Step back to the 1920s with Yankee Air Museum this month! Get an up-close look at the Museum’s newest acquisition, the Ford Tri-Motor, with special guest, Two James Distillery, the first licensed distillery in Detroit since the Prohibition.

Happy September!

How will you be spending this month? Let us know in the comments below!
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