Ann Arbor Area September Events Round-Up

Aug 31, 2017

September marks the start of fall, when school resumes, huge crowds pack Michigan Stadium on Saturdays, temperatures start to get cooler, and cultural events kick into high gear in Washtenaw County. While this is partly because students are back in town, it’s also because most arts organizations launch a brand new season of offerings in the fall. So whether theater and classical music are your thing, or air shows and motorcycles, you can find them all here this month. Start planning your events schedule, and be sure to post your photos and videos on social media and hashtag #VisitAnnArbor!

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Thunder Over Michigan. The Thunder over Michigan Air Show, presented by Wayne County Airport Authority, will feature the United States Navy Blue Angels and much more during Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, 2017. Thunder over Michigan is one of America's leading air shows and is considered the best "warbird" show in America. Held every summer at Willow Run Airport near Detroit, the show features world-class entertainment, unique static displays, and fun for the whole family. At Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti; ticket prices range from $15-$190 (parking $15-$20). 

Dancing in the Streets. This annual festival features dancing – from swing to flamenco to contra (and more) – and live music on 3 stages, as well as a concert stage. Also, check out the kids activities, a performance and lesson by Ann Arbor Morris, and Maypole dancing on Washington. September 3, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Main & Washington in Ann Arbor. Free.

15th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest. This bustling, lively festival – the largest one day book festival in Michigan – celebrates books and bookmaking with a huge variety of demonstrations, talks, panel discussions, signings, displays, and sale tables by local bookstores, booksellers, and publishers. Sunday, September 10 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market and Kerrytown Concert House. Free.

8th Annual Ton-Up Motorcycle and Music Festival. Annual display of motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters, with awards in a variety of different categories. With vendors, food concessions and raffles. Live music provided by local bands, including local rocker Dan Mulholland's garage-punk quintet The Stomp Rockets; the Detroit psychedelic Americana band Duende; bluegrass-punk band Black Jake & the Carnies; biker rock band Wild Savages; the roots music garage duo Gruesome Twosome; and local rock group Ypsi Rustle. Also, at noon, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes will skate a roller derby bout with interested festival participants. September 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. $10 for bike show entries; free for visitors.

5th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival. Come out and enjoy a variety of Russian food and drinks, including borscht, blini, shashlik (kebab), pirozhki, Russian beer, and more. Live entertainment by the St. Petersburg folk band Moscow Nights; Russian folk singer Anastasia Klimzo; balalaika player Michael Pastukhovl; the St. Vladimir Dance Group; and others. Also, a tearoom with Russian sweets, an infused vodka tasting (Sunday at 2:30 p.m.), church tours, a sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids’ corner with a bounce house, playground, coloring, games, and ice cream. September 16-17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Saturday) and 1-7 p.m. (Sunday), at St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson in Dexter. $1 admission (kids age 6 & under, free).

21st Annual Orphan Car Show. A display of extremely rare "orphan cars" whose parent companies are long out of business. This year's show features Edsel, Mercury, and Mark II cars. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., cars drive by with narration by several automotive historians. Also, cars, trucks, roadsters, utility vehicles, and motor scooters dating from nearly every decade of the 20th century, as well as choice rarities like propeller-driven amphibious cars. Proceeds benefit the collection. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $6 (kids age 11 & under accompanied by an adult, free).

Saline Oktoberfest. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg,” and features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Plus, live music by various artists, including the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band Your Generation in Concert (Friday from 8-11 p.m.; $5 admission for those age 21 & over; age 20 & under, free). Sept. 22 and 23 from 5-11 p.m. (Friday) and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Saturday) in downtown Saline. Free (except where otherwise noted). 


September 7-10
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

September 8
Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 (presented by UMS)
Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

September 8-9
The Second City
The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

September 10
TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, presented by The Ark
The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
7:30 p.m.

September 12-17
“Every Brilliant Thing” (presented by UMS)
Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor
various showtimes

September 14
John U. Bacon on his new book, “Playing Hurt”
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor
7 p.m.

September 16
Opening night gala: Broadway, Bernstein, Bravissimo!
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

September 21
Congressman John Lewis (part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series)
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
5:10 p.m.

September 22
Author Celeste Ng
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor
7 p.m.

September 27-28
Arlo Guthrie: The Re-Generation Tour
The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
8 p.m.

September 28-December 16
“God of Carnage”
Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St. in Chelsea
various showtimes

September 28-October 22
“Sweeney Todd”
Encore Musical Theatre Company
3126 Broad St. in Dexter
various showtimes

September 29
Oktoberfest Block Party
Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
Washington between S. Ashley and S. Fourth
5 p.m. to midnight

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