Ann Arbor Area October Events Round-Up

Oct 03, 2017

After experiencing some dog days of Indian summer in September, fall in Michigan – with its emphasis on cider mills, colorful leaves, fleece, and football – will finally click into high gear when we reach October. The area always offers loads of opportunities to eat great food and have a good time in the days leading up to Halloween.  There are many local Halloween events throughout October, including performances, children's activities, and outdoor fun. Plus, this year, you could help break a world record by dressing up as Rosie the Riveter on October 14!  Start planning your events schedule, and be sure to post your photos and videos on social media and hashtag #VisitAnnArbor!

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Apple Daze. The annual community event that includes a popular classic car show (with awards at 3:30 p.m.), craft booths, kids games (with prizes), a bounce house, hayrides to the Dexter Cider Mill, and more. Live entertainment at the gazebo includes musical performances by local youth (11 a.m.) and a performance by the veteran Dexter classic pop-rock band Nucleus (noon), and an apple pie eating contest (2 p.m.). Pizza, ice cream, candy apples, cider, and other goodies available for purchase. October 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monument Park, in downtown Dexter. Free admission.

 

U-M Football. Fall in Ann Arbor means football in Michigan Stadium, where you can be part of the biggest crowd watching a game in America on any given Saturday. This year’s big in-state rivalry game, Michigan vs. Michigan St., will be played at night, under the lights, on October 7th, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. This year’s homecoming game against Rutgers, on October 28th at noon, will celebrate the University’s bicentennial anniversary, and welcome back alumni band members, cheerleaders and more. Go Blue!

 

Smoke & Ale Fall Festival. This expanded festival features a BBQ cookoff that's now a qualifying competition recognized by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the world's largest group of barbeque enthusiasts. Also, check out the Beerfest, featuring Michigan ales with brewery reps on hand to chat about their brews (Sat., 1-4 p.m.) and beer for sale all day; the 2nd Annual Cornhole Classic (Sat., noon); a variety of kids activities, and more. The Friday Night Concert (6-10 p.m.) features live music by local blues and roots band Mo' Easy and the veteran Detroit blues group the Alligators. Saturday's music lineup (noon-7 p.m.) includes acoustic guitarist Phil Tolliver and friends, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, the Lansing classic R&B and blues quintet Root Doctor, and Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band Shelter Dogs. Food vendors. October 13-14. Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. $5 admission (kids age 10 & under, free).

 

Rosie World Record & Bombers & Brews. Two big Yankee Air Museum events happening on October 14th. First, It’s time to reclaim the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters! Come on out to Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center on October 14 from 9 am. to 3 p.m. (Please arrive by 11 a.m. to be counted.) This event is FREE and comes with plenty of music, fun, prizes, programming, and activities for all. More than 2,500 Rosies are needed to beat the current record, so start recruiting! All ages are welcome, but organizers strongly recommend registering in advance.

Later, from 5-9 p.m. on October 14, Bombers and Brews will take place at the Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D St. in Belleville. Enjoy craft beer from local breweries, including Third Monk Brewing Company, Draught Horse Brewery, Dearborn Brewing, and Ypsi Alehouse Unity Vibration. Tickets for this event cost $39 (includes 10 tasting tickets), with additional tasting tickets available ($5 for 5).

 

EMU Homecoming and Block Party. Warm up for EMU’s homecoming game against the Western Michigan University Broncos on October 21 at 2 p.m. by attending the TRUEMU Homecoming Block Party on Friday, October 20 from 6-8 p.m. on the Student Center’s patio. Food samples, giveaways and more will be available, followed by a pep rally from 8-8:45 p.m. at the Lake House amphitheater. Tickets for Saturday's football game cost $15.

 

ypsiGLOW. WonderFool Productions (which puts on FestiFools and FoolMoon each year) has partnered with the Ypsilanti community to create a nighttime luminary event built for Ypsi, by Ypsi. In the weeks leading up to this year’s ypsiGLOW event on October 27th, watch for free artist and community creative workshops that culminate in a light-filled celebration in Downtown Ypsilanti. Local artists will also activate downtown storefronts with installations, showing just how vibrant downtown Ypsilanti can be, alongside multi-media projects like video projections, giant luminaries, performance art, live painting, shadow puppets, chalk muralists, and laser shows. Come out for a night of dancing, DJs raised into the air, interactive art activities, black-lit stations, street performances, glowing window displays, and more!

Playing through December 16
“God of Carnage”
Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St. in Chelsea
various showtimes
$22-$46

Playing through October 22
“Sweeney Todd”
Encore Musical Theatre Company
3126 Broad St. in Dexter
various showtimes
$31-$35

October 5
Christo
Penny Stamps Speaker Series
5:10 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
Free
 

October 5
Emerson String Quartet and Calidore String Quartet
Presented by UMS
7:30 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
$26-$56

October 6
First Fridays Ypsilanti
11 a.m.-midnight
various venues
Free

October 6
Pod Tours America
7:30 and 10 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
SOLD OUT

October 7-8
The Music of Star Wars
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$18-$70

October 7
Ypsi’s Working Women Walking Tour
noon-2 p.m.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti
Free

October 9
Jeffrey Eugenides
7 p.m.
Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor

October 9
Emily Saliers
8 p.m.
The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
$35

October 11
Marc Cohn
8 p.m.
The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
$45-$75

October 12
Tom Segura
8 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$25-$35

October 13-14
L’État de siege (State of Siege)
Théàtre de la Ville, presented by UMS
8 p.m.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor
$28-$54

October 14
Westside Art Hop (www.westsidearthop.com)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
various venues in Ann Arbor
Free

October 17
An Evening with CNN’s Van Jones
7:30 p.m.
Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor
$35

October 17-21
Edgefest
various showtimes
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor
$5-$310

October 18
Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra, presented by UMS
7:30 p.m.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor
$24-$42

October 18
O.A.R.
8 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$35-$50

October 19-21
Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot
Wild Swan Theater
various showtimes
Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor
$10-$15 ($3 for lap passes)

October 21
Ludwig & the Kings
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$18-$70

October 21-22
Fall Fiber Expo
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor
$4 for one day, $6 for two days, children 12 and under admitted free

October 21
Kids Read Comics
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chelsea District Library, 221 Main St. S, Chelsea
Free

October 21-22
Outbreak on Michigan Ave, presented by Boylesque
9 p.m. on October 21 to 2 a.m. October 22
201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

October 22
Band-o-Rama
4 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
$5-$18

October 24
Hillary Clinton: Live
7 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
$203-$303

October 29
Violent Femmes, presented by The Ark
7:30 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$35-$55

October 31
Tori Amos
7:30 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
$39-$75



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