August is a gloriously beautiful time of year in the Ann Arbor area. With lots of sunshine and blossoming gardens, Tree Town is alive with color during the summer months. It's fitting that there are tons of events to take advantage of, as well. Indoor and out, art and culture, music and theatre, food and drink - we have it all. Start planning your events schedule, and be sure to post your photos and videos on social media and hashtag #VisitAnnArbor!
18th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Milan Bluegrass Festival consists of three days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers. The 2017 lineup includes Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Flatt Lonesome, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Nothin' Fancy, Volume Five, Becky Buller, Mountain Faith, Breaking Grass, Trinity River, and Chasin' Steel. Master of Ceremonies is Blake Williams. August 3-5 at KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd. (US-23 to Exit 25; southeast on Plank Rd.) in Milan. Tickets cost $85 at the gate for all 3 days, or $40 ($25 after 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday only) daily pass, or $75 weekend pass at the gate only. Kids under 12 with parent, free. Visit https://www.milanfestivalseries.com/bluegrass-festival for more info.
OUTFest & Pride Picnic. OUTFest, an annual pride celebration hosted by Jim Toy Community Center, returns to Ann Arbor's Kerrytown District with an array of activities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied communities of Washtenaw County area. Weekend events – including yoga, beer and wine garden, kid zone, movie night, drag revues, picnic (at Wheeler Park) and more – are open to all attendees! Events happen in different locations, but much of OUTFest happens at 319 Braun Ct. in Ann Arbor. August 4-6. Some events are free; a meet-and-greet with singer/actor/dancer Todrick Hall costs $100; and VIP tickets to OUTFest cost $20. For more information, visit https://www.jimtoycenter.org/outfest.
DIYpsi Indie Art Fair. A hand-made art fair that takes place in Ypsilanti’s business districts once each summer (and winter). DIYpsi hosts the best indie artists our city and region have to offer for a one of a kind shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. Bring your appetite and enjoy hand crafted food and drink, and you might also see live music. August 5-6 at Arbor Brewing Company, 720 Norris St. in Ypsilanti. Visit http://www.diypsi.com/ for more info.
Dexter Daze Festival. Festivities in Monument Park include arts and crafts booths (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), a social tent (11 a.m.-11 p.m.), a bounce zone, rock climbing wall, & spider jump in Mill Creek Park Park (noon-7 p.m.), merchant sidewalk sales, a raffle, and yard sales around town. Also, entertainment on two stages, chalk the block, and a parade. For a complete listing of events, visit www.dexterdaze.org. August 11-12 in downtown Dexter.
Saline Summerfest. On the streets of downtown Saline, an assortment of activities, attractions, and amusements will bring together people of all ages and interests. Look for live entertainment, street machines, craft and art show, family activities, food and drink, games of chance, a teen block party, historical trolley tour, electric vehicle show, and volleyball and soccer tournaments. August 11-12 in downtown Saline. For more information, visit www.salinesummerfest.org.
Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival. Every summer since 2013, under the curious and watchful eye of the public, local and visiting artists paint for four days in and around Dexter. The festival culminates with a three-day exhibit and art sale of all competition artwork in the Tent Gallery in Monument Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Activities include a friendly competition for professional and emerging artists, a quick-draw painting competition and artwork sale, entertainment, refreshments, adult and children painting workshops, and other fun activities. August 14-20 in Monument Park, 8000-8558 Ann Arbor St. in Dexter. Free. For more information, visit paintdexter.org.
Nashbash. Music City comes to Tree Town for the 11th year in a row as Nashville singer/songwriter Becky Warren headlines Nashbash 2017. 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 Thunderwude, John Holk and the Sequins, The Whiskey Charmers and The Bill Edwards Band. Thursday, August 17 from 5-9:30 p.m. (with after party at the Aut Bar). Free.
Fire Truck Muster. Ypsilanti’s Michigan Firehouse Museum presents an event for fire truck lovers of all ages, with a Bucket Brigade demonstration, a hand pumper, a craft/coloring station, a smoke house, a sketch artist and more. Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside Park, 2 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti. Free. For more info, visit http://www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org/.
Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. Spanning over three days, Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is a community festival featuring arts & crafts, live music, family activities and entertainment, historical presentations and demonstrations, and so much more. August 25-27 at Riverside Park, 1 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti. Free. For more information, visit www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com.
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Ann Arbor Downtown Library
343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
“9 to 5: The Musical”
Encore Musical Theatre Company
3126 Broad St., Dexter
Thursdays at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
Zingerman’s Delicatessen’s 35th Anniversary Street Art Fair
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
Chelsea Community Fair
Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea
$7 daily admission, $25 5-day pass
August 25-September 17
The Yellow Barn
416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
$20 or pay-what-you-can-afford
316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
An Evening with Bruce Campbell: Last Fan Standing
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor