Ann Arbor Area January 2018 Events Round-Up

Jan 02, 2018

When the holiday season ends and January is upon us, the biting cold and snow tend to make many of us want to hole up and hibernate.

But when beloved, fun local community events like Restaurant Week and Saline’s Winterfest are on offer – not to mention cultural highlights like the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and a new world premiere play by Jeff Daniels at the Purple Rose Theatre (titled “Flint”) – you’ll find it nearly impossible to stay home, no matter what the thermometer says.

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Restaurant Week. One thing that Washtenaw County’s community takes quite seriously is the local food scene, which is probably why Ann Arbor’s Restaurant Week (January 14-19) has become such a popular event in recent years. During Restaurant Week, you can try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price: $15 for lunch and $28 for dinner, with many restaurants offering 2-for-1 pricing. Grab a fork and dig in.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Both Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan offer a series of events on and around Martin Luther King Day, but two of the marquee offerings are a keynote address by Joy-Ann Reid, a political analyst for MSNBC, on January 15th at 1:30 p.m. at EMU’s Student Center Auditorium; and a keynote memorial lecture by actor/author/philanthropist Hill Harper (“CSI: NY,” “Covert Affairs”) at Hill Auditorium on January 15th at 10 a.m.

Saline Winterfest. Sometimes the thing to do when you’re surrounded by snow is to embrace it – and Saline’s Winterfest (January 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) offers the perfect opportunity! Hosted by Saline Main Street and participating restaurants, shops, churches, and community organizations, this free annual event takes place in the four-block area of Downtown Saline, and offers a large variety of activities and entertainment for all ages.

41st Annual Ann Arbor Folk Fest. This two-night annual fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music, returns to Hill Auditorium January 26-27. Each night puts headliners, up-and-comers, and little-known performers with big talent together on one bill! Friday night, see Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, JJ Grey & Mofro, Lori McKenna, Stephen Kellogg, Dead Horses, and Chastity Brown. On Saturday night, see John Prine, Aimee Mann, Mountain Heart, Birds of Chicago, the Cactus Blossoms, and The War and Treaty; Joe Pug emcees both nights.

Other Events:

January 6
What’s in a Song
Martin Katz, piano and curator (presented by UMS)
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
8 p.m.
$40-$60
 

January 11-14
The Explorers Club
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor
various showtimes
$11-$22
 

January 12
Hair & Other Stories
Urban Bush Women (presented by UMS)
Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor
8 p.m.
$26-$48
 

January 13
U-M’s Collage Concert
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
8 p.m.
$12-$34
 

January 14
Haydn Mega-Concert
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
2 p.m.
$36-$60
 

Jan. 17-21
Underground Railroad Game
Ars Nova (presented by UMS, as part of its No Safety Net theater series)
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor
various showtimes
$35-$40
 

Beginning Jan. 18, through March 10
Flint
Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea
various showtimes
$22-$46
 

January 24-28
Us/Them
BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions (presented by UMS, as part of its No Safety Net theater series)
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor
various showtimes
$35-$40
 

January 26-February 3
(I Could Go On Singing) Over the Rainbow
FK Alexander (presented by UMS, as part of its No Safety Net theater series)
The Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division St., Ann Arbor
various times
$35-$40
 

January 26-28
Wine, Women & Song
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor
various showtimes
$20-$50
 

January 27
Snow Much Fun
Rolling Hills County Park
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
$5 per person

January 27
Mozart Birthday Bash
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$18-$70
 

January 28
Maxim Vengerov (violin) and Roustem Saïtkoulov (piano), presented by UMS
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
4 p.m.
$12-$68
 

January 31-February 3
They, Themself and Schmerm
Becca Blackwell (presented by UMS, as part of its No Safety Net theater series)
various showtimes
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor
$30

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