Ann Arbor Area April Events Round-Up

Mar 23, 2017

Spring has sprung in Ann Arbor and there's lots to do in the city and in our smaller communities, as well!


44th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. The big attractions are drum and dance contests in a variety of styles, by children and adults, accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and at noon only on Sunday. Also, display and sale of traditional crafts and food. April 1 & 2, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Saturday) & 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday) at Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Daily admission: $10 per day (students and seniors, $7; kids ages 6-12, $5), or $15 for a weekend pass (students and seniors, $10; kids ages 6-12, $7). Kids 5 and under are free. For more information, visit


The 4th annual Big House 5K. Yes, 5K runs are a dime a dozen, but only one invites you to cross the finish line on Michigan Stadium’s hallowed football field! The course begins near the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus and takes you around U-M’s central campus. Awards for overall male & female winners, and for male & female winners in 3 senior (ages 40+, 50+, & 60+) age divisions. April 9, 8:30 a.m., S. State at Ocker Field (just north of Stadium). $45 in advance at


There are several Easter egg hunts scheduled in the community on Saturday, April 15th. Here’s the lowdown on three of them.

–Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor offers a family-oriented program that includes an Easter egg hunt, followed by games, goodies, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo & more. Preceded at 9:45 a.m. by breakfast. All invited. 10 a.m. at 2275 Platt in Ann Arbor. Free.

–Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation and Ann Arbor Jaycees are co-sponsoring an Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, small petting zoo, balloon twisters, face painting, games, and crafts! Parking at 6201 W. Michigan Avenue, with bus shuttles to Lillie Park South. 11 a.m. at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Road in Ann Arbor. Free. For more info, visit

Leslie Science and Nature Center invites all kids to bring a basket or bag and set off on a scavenger egg hunt through LSNC trails, one for older and one for younger kids. Prizes. Also, kids will have a chance to learn about the LSNC animals that lay eggs, and what their eggs look like, and meet the LSNC birds-of-prey up close. 10 a.m.-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. in Ann Arbor. $8 per child. (Preregistration required by April 12.) Visit


See filmmaker Ken Burns. Hear from Ann Arbor native son and acclaimed documentary filmmaker (of PBS series like “The Civil War,” “Jazz,” and “Baseball”) Burns, who will present a surprise showcase of his latest work at the Michigan Theater on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. After screening excerpts of some of his recent work, Ken Burns will discuss upcoming projects and, more generally, his work as a filmmaker and historian.


9th Annual Midwest Literary Walk. Visitors walk to various Chelsea locations to hear readings by different writers. This year’s lineup includes U-M English professor and award-winning fiction writer Peter Ho Davies and local novelist Derek Palacio (1 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), U-M Afro-American history professor Heather Ann Thompson (2:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson), and 2015 Newbery Medal-winning young adult novelist Kwame Alexander and Detroit poet Airea D. Matthews (4 p.m., Clocktower Commons, 320 N. Main). Followed at 5 p.m. by an afterglow at the Chelsea Alehouse. April 29 from 1-5 p.m. Free. For more info, visit


April 2

The Free Lance

Comic Opera Guild

WCC Morris Lawrence Building, Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor

2 & 8 p.m.



Through April 16


Theatre Nova

The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

$20 (or pay what you can)


Through May 27th

Vino Veritas

Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea

Performances Wednesday-Sunday



April 4 & 18

The Moth Storyslam

Ann Arbor Distilling Company, 220 Felch, Ann Arbor

7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

$10 (Tickets available one week before each show at 3 p.m. at


April 9

Peter and the Wolf

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

4 p.m. (pre-concert activities from 2:30-3:30 p.m.)



April 10

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor

4 p.m.

Free (but tickets are required)


April 11

Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert

U-M Ross School of Business’ Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan Ave., Ann Arbor

6 p.m.



April 11

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

7 p.m.



April 13-16

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

U-M musical theater department

Power Center, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor

7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday



April 13-May 7

Into the Wild: The Musical

Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter

Performances Thursday-Sunday



April 15

The Jayhawks

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor

8 p.m.



April 15

Sanam Marvi (presented by UMS)

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor

8 p.m.



April 17

Bestselling author Elizabeth Kostova

Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor

7 p.m.



April 20-23

Morning’s at Seven

Ann Arbor Civic Theater

Arthur Miller Theater, U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor

Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.



April 22

The Fab Faux

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

8 p.m.



April 22

Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile: Bach Trios (presented by UMS)

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor

8 p.m.


April 22

Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Celebration

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor

7:30 p.m.



April 23

Paula Cole

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor

7:30 p.m.



April 25

Opera in Concert: Handel’s Ariodante” (presented by UMS)

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor

7:30 p.m.


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