Well, Ypsilantians, you've done it again. 2018 was an epic year for your Instagram feed, and we're honored and grateful that you used #ypsireal to share your shots with us! We sure do have plenty to share - art, natural beauty, tasty eats, interesting people... it's all here in Ypsilanti. Here's ... 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!
Recently, we sent Erin Klema from The Epicurean Traveler to a University of Michigan football game. Did she ever have a good time! We were delighted to read her latest blog, which speaks to the unbeatable, vibrant energy present at the Wolverines' Big House.
Erin says, "Are you ... 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!
Cities all over the world have important landmarks. They have titles ranging from “most important” to “must-see” or even to “greatest achievement”. Ypsilanti, Michigan has its own fair share of landmarks, and one has always stood out of the crowd as the most iconic ... 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!
If there was an award for best-smelling local event, the prize would likely go to Chelsea’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival, happening October 12-13.
For not only will more than 40 serious barbecuers from different parts of the region gather to compete in SAFF’s Professional Masters ... 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!
While driving around the rural town of Manchester, along its “Tour de Barn Quilts” route, I felt inspired to cue up the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.”
Why? Because that’s the kind of easygoing, verdant, plenty-of-breathing-room vibe that envelops you as you follow ... 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!
First Fridays Ypsilanti is more than an arts and culture walk - it's a network of artists, local businesses, and volunteers eager to showcase Ypsi's vibrant creative scene. Hands-on activities, unexpected art exhibits, and enthralling live performances can be found in numerous venues throughout ... 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!
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!
This is the story of my first Ypsilanti bike ride, and why it won't be my last.
I bought a bike in a whirlwind of self-actualization ("All the cool kids ride their bikes…I can be cool.").
It was a glorious thing, a shiny blue street bike with ten speeds; in my one-car family, it ... Read more and see comments!
Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Art Fair is a Midwest tradition that draws nearly half a million attendees to Ann Arbor for the 4-day festival. Comprised of four award-winning art fairs, the Ann Arbor Art Fair has a footprint spanning 30 city blocks in the downtown area. The 2018 festival will take ... Read more and see comments!
Thunder Over Michigan is an iconic summer event in the Ypsilanti area. This annual airshow is held at the Willow Run Airport each year - the home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, the Yankee Air Museum, and the iconic Rosie the Riveter.
USA Today has nominated Thunder Over Michigan for their Best ... Read more and see comments!
Destination Ann Arbor will be hosting a free ICC Street Festival the night before the match, on Friday July 27 at 5:00pm. The event will take place on Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor. It is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Grammy-nominated artist and Ann Arbor native, Mayer Hawthorne, will ... 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!
Kick-off your summer with a fun, inspiring event in Ann Arbor!
Apr 30, 2018
Ann Arbor continues to receive national attention as a growing tech hub, identified by Livability as one of the top U.S. cities for entrepreneurs — and the #1 place to live in the U.S. If you’ve ever been curious about where the future of tech is headed, or perhaps you’re a job seeker ... 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!
It’s no secret that Ann Arbor is a culinary oasis. Thanks to our James Beard award-nominated establishments and fan favorite restaurants, we’ve gotten quite a bit of attention on the national level. The praise is well-deserved, as our food landscape is rich with both hyperlocal and global ... 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!
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!
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 ... Read more and see comments!
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week partners with local farmers to bring a fresh twist to the table in January.
The benefits of eating locally grown foods abound and the number of restaurants sourcing local has grown exponentially over the last five years. Locally grown food is more flavorful, has more nutrients, ... 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!
“The Museum is not finished. It never can be if it is to be a functioning unit of the University. My earnest hope is that it will grow and change with the times and serve science and the University with increasing effectiveness.”
-- Alexander Ruthven, 1931
The Museum of Natural History ... 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!
Top 5 Things to Do While Visiting Ann Arbor This Winter
Nov 28, 2017
While many think of Ann Arbor as the home to the University of Michigan and it’s lively football Saturdays in the fall, we’re here to show you how much more Ann Arbor has to offer, even during the chilly winter months! Here at Bivouac, our goal is to outfit your life with everything you need ... Read more and see comments!
Look what landed at Leslie Science & Nature Center! Three new birds were recently acquired from a local rehabilitation facility: an american kestrel, red-tailed hawk, and a red phase eastern screech owl! We are excited to have these new educators on our team and are already working with them ... 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!
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!
The Border-to-Border Trail: Expansion and Destinations
Sep 29, 2017
One of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s (WCPARC) main initiatives is connectivity, with the emphasis on the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B). All trail users, bicyclists, walkers, runners, joggers, rollerbladers, and stroller pushers are welcome throughout autumn on this non-motorized, ... Read more and see comments!
In Ann Arbor, Fall is a time for beautifully colored trees, football, and historic orchards! Chicago Tribune recently covered the magic of an Ann Arbor autumn, and we wanted to provide an insider’s look on all the area has to offer! Without further adieu, here are five fabulous Fall attractions ... Read more and see comments!
Harvest time is here! Come on out to Manchester, a lovely farming community on the River Raisin in the southwest corner of Washtenaw County. From corn mazes, to cider and donuts, to roadside pumpkin stands to a village-wide Halloween celebration, Manchester is packed with authentic fall fun in a ... Read more and see comments!
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, and this month we’re excited to feature two very fall-friendly events — the Smoke & Ale Festival in Chelsea and the University of Michigan Fall Festival. There's ... 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!
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, ... Read more and see comments!
If you’re new to our newsletter, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round — and this week we’re excited to provide inside tips for navigating the Art Fair, a taste for the best craft beer festival in Michigan, photos from the ... Read more and see comments!
Ann Arbor is not only known for its world-renowned University of Michigan, but for its impeccable support and programs for the LGBTQ community. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of OUTFest — a pride celebration held August 4-6, hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center. The event’s goal is ... Read more and see comments!
July is the month for outdoor festivals and fairs in Washtenaw County, so whether you’re interested in cars or art or Elvis, there’s likely a local event just for you. Check out all that’s on offer here, so you can start making plans.
Be sure to follow Visit Ann Arbor on Facebook, ... Read more and see comments!
Ann Arbor is, no doubt, a distinctive destination for all kinds of visitors — couples looking for a weekend getaway, groups in need of meeting space that is both functional and inspiring, solo travelers looking for an adventure, and brides and grooms searching for the perfect place to tie the knot.
It’s ... Read more and see comments!
If you’re new to our blog, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round - and this week we’re excited to highlight two new food destinations, fun on the Huron River, young artists leaving their mark on the Art Fair, a one-of-a-kind celebration, and ... Read more and see comments!
June may be one of the best months to be in Washtenaw County. The kids are in their last days of school, everyone’s excited to spend time outdoors, and lots of concerts, festivals, movies, and activities pop up across the county.
So whether you love music, running, films, car shows, theater, or ... Read more and see comments!
Now that we’re all out and about, after a long winter of hibernation, and local college students are wrapping up another semester of classes, it’s time to take a breath and check out what cultural and community opportunities await you in May. Here’s a list of some upcoming local event ... Read more and see comments!
Ypsilanti is a hotbed of nationally-known antique markets. Looking for that perfect vintage piece? You’re likely to find it here in historic, charming Ypsilanti.
Last summer, we had the privilege of meeting Mary Moore of Raising Dick & Jane, and showing her around the retro shops in ... Read more and see comments!
Spring has sprung in Ann Arbor and there's lots to do in the city and in our smaller communities, as well!
44th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different ... Read more and see comments!
Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival: In past years, this has been a sleeper hit event, so whether you’re a full-on boat nerd, or a person just getting her sea legs, consider checking out this daylong series of 1-hour presentations on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks, along with diving ... Read more and see comments!
If you’re new to our blog, we welcome you! The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area is full of one-of-a-kind things to do, year-round - and this week we’re excited to highlight two theatrical performances, events honoring Black History Month, the thriving dessert scene in Ypsilanti, and unique hidden ... Read more and see comments!
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.
Did you know that the Ann Arbor area is home to hundreds of Certified Tourism Ambassadors? Certified Tourism Ambassadors (“CTAs” for short) are official ... Read more and see comments!
We love Valentine’s Day here in the Ann Arbor area. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married or anywhere in-between, there’s a surplus of unique and fun things to do in mid-February.
Single and ready to mingle? Join the party at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company for a performance ... Read more and see comments!
The Ann Arbor area doesn't hibernate in the winter. Visit for yourself and check out these amazing events and more this February.
In addition to the full calendar of events to check out, the Ann Arbor area has countless restaurants to try and museums to visit. Be sure to follow Visit Ann Arbor ... Read more and see comments!
Top Reasons to Get Married in the Dexter and Ann Arbor Area
Jan 18, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Dexter and Ann Arbor! For updated event dates, click HERE.
Introduction to Cornman Farms
As the only member of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses based in Dexter, we are fortunate to enjoy the best ... Read more and see comments!
As we welcome a new year, we welcome new opportunities to discover the Ann Arbor area. Break bread with family and friends at one of the newest Ann Arbor restaurants, or venture out to one of our groundbreaking nature trails.
The Ann Arbor area has a plethora of activities for every season and all ages. ... Read more and see comments!
2017 is here! In honor of the New Year, we're here to help you create your first bucket list for the year. Check out our list of the top 17 things to do in Ann Arbor in 2017.
Eat at Zingerman's. Seriously, a stop in Ann Arbor is hardly complete without tasting a bit of Zingerman's ... Read more and see comments!
Community Tourism Action Plan - Completed Projects 2016
Dec 16, 2016
The CTAP program is a community-oriented tourism marketing and development investment program initiated by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Up to a $10,000 funding level may be allocated to each Washtenaw County community to support new and/or enhanced visitor-based programming focused ... Read more and see comments!
Throughout the Ann Arbor area, the first snow has blanketed the city streets and rolling hillsides. It's been an amazing four seasons — and we at Visit Ann Arbor want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. However, before we hang that new calendar, reminisce with us and celebrate a memorable 2016.
Stay ... Read more and see comments!
As the winter approaches, Michiganders are preparing for the cold months ahead. But we are here to tell you the Ann Arbor area has so much to offer visitors in the months ahead. From one of the area’s best music festivals, shopping expenditures, holiday home tours, foodie events, glee clubs, and ... Read more and see comments!
Saline is a Beautiful Place for Your Pure Michigan Wedding!
Nov 01, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Saline! For updated event dates, click HERE.
Are you planning for your special day? Nestled in the heart of Saline, Michigan are a few of the most beautiful venues, complete with attentive staff and ... Read more and see comments!
Seven Ways Milan Is Going Through A Remarkable Renaissance
Oct 27, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Milan! For updated event dates, click HERE.
If you’re looking for a quaint town that has history, a charming downtown with unique shops, and beautiful parks, then Milan might be the place you want ... 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!
This article is from 2016, but still has some great info about Ann Arbor bookstores! For updated event listings, click HERE.
Ann Arbor is known for many things. A year doesn't go by without Tree Town ranking in the top 20 of at least a dozen "Best of” lists: it's one of the ... Read more and see comments!
Hello from Alison and Bryan of VLD Events, a husband and wife wedding planning team based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We absolutely love A2 and are so grateful to have been in business here the last 8 years, showcasing what makes this city so vibrant and great.
Approximately 90% of our clients come into ... Read more and see comments!
We love Valentine’s Day here in the Ann Arbor area. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married or anywhere in-between, there’s a surplus of unique and fun things to do in mid-February.
Single and ready to mingle? Join the party at Necto’s second annual University of Michigan ... Read more and see comments!
Reminisce with us as we look back on some of the noteworthy stories from 2015 and see what’s coming in 2016 and beyond to the Ann Arbor area! We've got the highlights divided so you can check out your favorites or explore all that there is to enjoy!
What ... Read more and see comments!
Welcome to the new VisitAnnArbor.org!
We hope you love the energized site featuring vibrant images and extensive listings in a responsive design which makes your trip planning effortless from any device. In addition to all the information previously available, we’ve added some new resources designed ... Read more and see comments!
How long have you lived in Ann Arbor?
I first came to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan and I immediately fell in love — first with the campus, and then the city. I love it so much that I’ve never left (except for brief stints in London, Washington, DC, and London). This year, ... Read more and see comments!
Dexter Michigan is located West of Ypsilanti and East of Chelsea. The newly declared city (which was a village up until 2014), is a Washtenaw County treasure that is charming and easy-going. The people are friendly, the city is beautiful, and there is a sense of true community pride. With activities, ... Read more and see comments!
If you’re looking for hometown dining, shopping, and parks – look no further. Saline, Michigan (located about 20 minutes southwest of Ypsilanti) is a tight-knit and proud community that pays thoughtful attention to local heritage, the importance of family, and community events…they ... Read more and see comments!
A Day in Chelsea
Exploring Chelsea, Michigan is an enchanting experience fueled by small town love and a thriving arts and culture scene.
Your visit begins with a lovely drive from Ypsilanti down I-94 West. The sights and sounds on the less-than-20-minute-travel are calm and serene. Open fields and ... Read more and see comments!