Now in its 57th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) is the longest running avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. This year’s festival takes place March 26-31. There is something for everybody in this jam-packed schedule of film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, ... Read more and see comments!
February is a celebration of all things winter here in the Ann Arbor area. From curling to ice carving and hot cocoa to chili cook-offs, you'll find plenty of reasons to toast to winter this year. Below are just a few events happening during the month, though you can click here for an exhaustive ... Read more and see comments!
World-Class Performances at the University of Michigan
Jan 08, 2019
Opera, jazz, electronic music, Shakespeare, carillon, modern dance, international music, symphony… if you’re a fan of the performing arts, Ann Arbor is a place you want to be. One of the major reasons for this is the renowned University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance ... Read more and see comments!
January is a month of new beginnings, and the Ann Arbor area is a great place to start the new year. It can be so much fun to try different things and have fresh experiences, and Restaurant Week provides a chance to do that - with many restaurants offerings discounts and three-course ... Read more and see comments!
Museums, Performances, and Events - Why the State Street District is the Artistic Epicenter of Ann Arbor
Dec 05, 2018
Ann Arbor’s rich history as a destination for arts & culture goes back decades. Seamlessly interwoven with the University of Michigan’s presence as an artistic and theatrical giant in the community, Ann Arbor - and specifically the State Street District on the east side of downtown - ... Read more and see comments!
Local shops are bright and glowing, holiday parades are full of much cheer, and we here in Ann Arbor know it is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. Be sure to see the Insta-worthy holiday lights and decorations in Nickels Arcade, throughout the Main Street Ann Arbor area, in Ypsilanti’s ... Read more and see comments!
#ErininA2: A Bookworm’s Guide to Downtown Ann Arbor
Nov 27, 2018
When Erin Klema from The Epicurean Traveler comes to visit, you can bet we take her to see the best-of-the-best attractions and shops in the Ann Arbor area. When we found out that she likes bookstores, we knew she'd love exploring downtown Ann Arbor's unique and niche shops.
You'd ... Read more and see comments!
10 Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving and Not Cook a Thing!
Nov 05, 2018
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Every year I look forward to getting together with my family, enjoying a delicious and calorically-dense feast, and pausing to be grateful for the time we share together.
I also look forward to eating an otherwise socially unacceptable amount of pie, and ... Read more and see comments!
Creepy or Celebratory - Take Your Pick of Firehouse Museum Events
Nov 01, 2018
Para-Con - December 8
Halloween may be over, but don't hang up the fangs just yet. Did you know that one of Michigan's most haunted locations is in our very own Ypsilanti? Head to Ypsilanti's Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center for Para-Con, and experience the Old Firehouse ... Read more and see comments!
The chilly gales of November remind us that the holiday season is near. It’s a perfect time to relish in the final days of fall while exploring the Ann Arbor area. Make sure to check out the area’s numerous shopping events, a Thanksgiving 5k, holiday festivities, and more. Check ... Read more and see comments!
14 Fall Activities in the Ann Arbor Area to Add to Your Calendar Immediately
Oct 07, 2018
It’s almost unfair to other places how stunning Washtenaw County is in the fall. We all know that our little part of the world is gorgeous year round but, in the humble opinion of the author, fall is when our area really shines. The warm colors of the foliage smack you right in the face with their ... Read more and see comments!
We take our art seriously here in Southeastern Michigan. And walking down the street in Ann Arbor, it’s clear we’re doing it in style. While the images most associated with the University of Michigan might be the trial and tribulations of the sports teams, the creative side of U-M is just ... Read more and see comments!
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Well Anne, we couldn’t agree more. In the Ann Arbor area, October means cider and donuts and apple picking, and it means hot coffee and cooler temperatures and brightly colored leaves. ... Read more and see comments!
Destination Ann Arbor is ecstatic to partner with Erin Klema from The Epicurean Traveler this year! Erin will visit Ann Arbor and the surrounding area periodically in 2018 and 2019 and share with us some photos and blogs inspired by her visits. Follow along with us here, and also on social media with ... Read more and see comments!
Ah, September… the last days of glorious Michigan summer, and a peek into the colorful season of autumn. Here in Ann Arbor, September is all about enjoying time outdoors, welcoming students back to the city, and of course, Michigan Football! Check out our events listing below for some other highlights ... Read more and see comments!
I have small kids. My new job as a parent has caused me to look back on my own childhood, now aware of the intense planning that must have gone into the seemingly effortless way that my mom raised us. We had no shortage of creative and educational activities to do, and we had many adventures to local ... Read more and see comments!
Fun fact: Ann Arbor hosted the very first electric Blues Festival ever. Literally, ever. Pretty cool, huh?
The year was 1969, and the lineup was iconic - with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Big Mama Thornton, among others. Now, almost 50 years later, executive producer James Partridge is gearing ... Read more and see comments!
When August rolls around in #DestinationAnnArbor, you know that you’re in for a treat. Events are everywhere throughout the month, throughout the county. Long days and warm temperatures mean loads of summer fun - whether it’s enjoying outdoor music, celebrating LGBTQ+ pride, creating art, ... Read more and see comments!
As big as the Saline Celtic Festival has become – drawing as many as 4,500 people each year to this small Washtenaw County town (approximately 9,000 residents) – it started small.
Like, picnic small.
“(The Saline Celtic Festival) began when our sister city of Brecon, Wales … ... Read more and see comments!
July is arguably the peak of summer in Ann Arbor. One of the warmest months of the year, July is also one of the most action-packed, and offers everything from world-class arts events to the best craft beer around, and from sheep-herding to chicken broiling, all right here in the Ann Arbor area. When ... Read more and see comments!
The Ann Arbor area has much to be grateful for — thriving businesses, beautiful landscapes and a booming cultural scene. So, it’s only right that we give back to the community. As you look around our neighborhoods, you’ll see an undaunted commitment to sharing all that we have.
In ... Read more and see comments!
Ask any local or University of Michigan alum - you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more exciting, beautiful place to spend summer days and nights than the Ann Arbor area. In June, you’ll enjoy celebrations of books, culinary delights, music, African-American heritage, film, environmental stewardship, ... Read more and see comments!
They don’t call Ann Arbor “Tree Town” for nothing! In May, you’ll see arboreal beauty all over the city - and many fabulous opportunities to explore stunning parks and outdoor areas throughout the Ann Arbor area this month. Additionally, the summer festival season accelerates ... Read more and see comments!
The Date that Does Good - 6 Ways to Make a Romantic Weekend a Community Affair
Apr 11, 2018
Ypsilanti is not only a hub for fantastic food, beautiful recreational opportunities, and quirky local attractions, it’s also a tight-knit company of people with a deep attention to community betterment. Around every corner is an opportunity to learn something new, invest in a good cause, or support ... Read more and see comments!
FoolMoon and FestiFools – two related, celebratory community art events (produced by Ann Arbor nonprofit WonderFool Productions) that happen each year during a single weekend in early April – have a long history of sneaking up on, and delighting, people who aren’t familiar with the ... Read more and see comments!
Spring has sprung, and April marks the beginning of the warmer months in the Ann Arbor area. You’ll see tulips popping up along Main Street and State Street, fools frolicking through the downtown area, and adventurous eaters dining al fresco around town. The list of events for April is seemingly ... Read more and see comments!
Because Ann Arbor has long been the home of North America’s oldest experimental film festival – 2018 will mark the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s 56th year – the town also has also become the home of some pretty big AAFF fans.
Robin Sober and her husband were living outside ... Read more and see comments!
On one night in mid-February, I watched a production of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s song cycle “Edges” at Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House, then rushed over to the Power Center’s rehearsal room to observe a run-through of a U-M senior’s original musical, titled ... Read more and see comments!
March! Winter is waning and spring is right around the corner. We’re pumped for March Madness, the Ann Arbor Marathon, St. Patrick’s Day, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Women’s Day, and… well, National Puppy Day is pretty exciting, too. We hope you’ll join us ... Read more and see comments!
Purple Rose Theatre Company Showing Two Michigan-Inspired Productions This Year
Feb 19, 2018
Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre Company, founded by the town’s resident movie/TV/Broadway star Jeff Daniels, opened in 1991 with the aim of “growing” and producing new plays alongside American classics.
Giving voice to the experience of living in the Midwest is certainly part of ... Read more and see comments!
February… what a month to celebrate! With Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Presidents’ Day and more, Ann Arbor is spellbound in the second month of 2018 with a blizzard of events for visitors to enjoy. Here are a few we’re particularly enthusiastic to see on our calendar.
Be ... Read more and see comments!
Some people know it simply as Valentine’s Day. V-Day. Lover’s Day. Day of love. Others know it simply as the day of ice cream, gourmet chocolate sales, and comfort. Whatever you think of the day (and no matter your relationship status), there are plenty of things to do in Ypsilanti and on ... Read more and see comments!
We're jazzed to present our ideas for 18 things to experience in 2018, right here in Ypsilanti, Michigan!
1. Hit up the Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market! Year-round, local food producers gather downtown to flaunt their pretty produce. Ypsiplanti is also based at the Farmer’s Market - where ... Read more and see comments!
Bundle (and buckle) up! Hard as it is to believe, December is already upon us – a cheerfully frenetic season of holidays, gift-giving, music, and family; and the Ann Arbor area is particularly well-equipped to provide for your holiday needs, thanks to local business sale events, winter art fairs, ... Read more and see comments!
Mittenfest is the most incredible annual end-of-year music festival in Michigan. Some have even called it the best annual music festival in the midwest, but you’re encouraged to be that judge this year yourself. It exists to showcase the most dynamic Mitten-made bands and artists, as they donate ... Read more and see comments!
As the days grow shorter and a layer of frost greets us in the mornings, November launches us into the holiday season. Plan a visit to the Ann Arbor area to embrace the remaining days of autumn, join in the thrill of one of college football's greatest rivalries, and get a head start on your holiday ... Read more and see comments!
November officially kicks off the winter holiday season — and we've created this handy sing-along shopping guide to help inspire some original gift ideas, whether you're shopping for a loved one or yourself!
On ... Read more and see comments!
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! We're excited to promote a #VisitAnnArbor gem, the University Musical Society, as well as lots of fun events and activities that highlight the fall colors and all the coziness that autumn brings.Whether you're a die-hard Wolverine Football ... Read more and see comments!
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 ... Read more and see comments!
Are you an orchestral aficionado? Then surely you’ve heard of the New York Philharmonic, the country’s oldest symphony orchestra. Thanks to a groundbreaking partnership with Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society (UMS), the New York Philharmonic is returning to Ann Arbor for the second ... Read more and see comments!
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 ... Read more and see comments!
Welcome back students! I know you’re excited to see your friends and get settled into your home-away-from-home. Whether this is your first year or last semester as an EMU Eagle, U-M Wolverine, or a member of the WCC Wolfpack, Ypsi holds new adventures, great coffee, and college-budget friendly ... Read more and see comments!
11 Ann Arbor Made Products for Tailgating at the Big House
Nov 04, 2016
Tailgating is a lifestyle in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hundreds of diehard Wolverine fans begin to show their team spirit hours before the game. If you're not familiar with tailgating at Michigan Stadium, check out another blog on the top 10 things you need to know. In this blog, you can learn to ... Read more and see comments!
Whether you love Halloween for the costumes, treats, or the scares — there are plenty of events throughout the area where you can celebrate your way! Who says that costume is only good one day a year?
ypsiGLOW is going to turn Ypsilanti streets luminescent! Kicking-off it's inaugural year ... Read more and see comments!
15 Photos of the Big House to Kickoff Your Weekend
Oct 14, 2016
Ann Arbor is painted Blue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enjoy these amazing photos of the Big House, and be sure to check out our other blog about 4 Ways to Go Blue After the Game.
1. Hail to the Victors as you walk though the gates of the Big House.
It's ... Read more and see comments!
Starting on October 4, 2016 - you can enter to win the amazing HGTV Urban Oasis home in Ann Arbor, Michigan! We were lucky enough to tour this amazing home, and realized HGTV totally gets Ann Arbor. Here’s what we mean:
1. HGTV picked a house in the Water Hill Area
A beautiful neighborhood just ... Read more and see comments!
4 Ways to Go Blue After the Game in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Aug 30, 2016
Football Season has officially begun in Ann Arbor, Michigan! You probably have your coolers packed, your maize and blue gear ironed and starched, but have you planned your post-game activities? Check out this list to get started!
1. Go Eat!
It's getting near that time ... Read more and see comments!
Quick. Let’s do a little word association. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear: Michigan Stadium? Is it Ann Arbor, The Big House, Wolverine Football or Coach Jim Harbaugh? Well, there’s a new tradition forming in this sacred house which is proving to be a very popular ... Read more and see comments!