Festivals & Events Posts

Jul 06, 2018
Ypsilanti is a town full of creative, vibrant people, with an ever-growing network of talented artists. Ypsilanti artists and art fans will find a number of booths featuring Ypsilanti artists at the Ann Arbor Art Fair this year. The 2018 Ann Arbor Art Fair will take place July 19-22. While attending the ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 06, 2018
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!

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Jul 05, 2018
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!

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Jul 05, 2018
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!

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Jul 02, 2018
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!

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Jun 25, 2018
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!

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Jun 20, 2018
Visitors to Ypsilanti can get a start-to-finish local experience, with no cover charge, at Cultivate Coffee & Tap House's Sundays in the Garden series. Twelve free concerts, hosted on their beautiful beer garden stage, feature local music, original, in-house beers, and sales benefitting ... Read more and see comments!

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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!

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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!

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Mar 28, 2018
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!

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Mar 20, 2018
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!

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Mar 05, 2018
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!

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Mar 01, 2018
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!

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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!

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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 ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 21, 2017
The Ann Arbor area is home to some of the best winter festivals in Pure Michigan. With activities ranging from ice sculpting to sledding to cross country skiing, you will find a festival to enjoy in Washtenaw County. For more winter activities, view our events calendar. The Saline Main Street WinterFest Held ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
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!

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Dec 04, 2017
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!

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Oct 27, 2017
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!

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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 ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 29, 2017
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!

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Sep 19, 2017
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!

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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 ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 01, 2017
Join us at Riverside Park, August 25-27, for the 38th annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival! The mantra for the 2017 Heritage Festival planners is “new and improved” — and, oh how we have delivered! We are devoted to making this year’s festival one that blends the best of past festivals ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 14, 2017
This is a big year for Zingerman’s—we’re celebrating 35 years of being part of the Ann Arbor community! The festivities are going on all year long, and the most exciting event, our 35th Anniversary Street Fair Party, is happening August 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ann Arbor Farmers ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 10, 2017
Don’t let the fear of traffic congestion and parking challenges deter you from experiencing the Ann Arbor Art Fair, one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions. Here are six “getting here and around” tips that are sure to make the experience a work of art! Summer is Construction ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 10, 2017
This blog was published in 2017, but still has great information about the annual Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti! For this year's event dates, visit our events page.    Hey, everyone! Riverside Park here. Just wanted to give you all a heads up that the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 06, 2017
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!

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Jun 29, 2017
Four years ago, Shelley and Dave Brenner discovered chalk painting through a local chalk art competition in their hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. Since that time they have participated in a variety of chalk events throughout the United States and have enjoyed sharing their love of chalk art as a featured ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 19, 2017
As Depot Town prepares to welcome Great Race participants and spectators, Ypsi Real connected with the organizers of this spectacular event to learn more about the passion behind the event.  Jeff Stumb, Director of Great Race, Tours & Events, took a moment to describe his experience with Great ... Read more and see comments!

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May 21, 2017
Art-inspired summer festivals and events in the Ann Arbor area are as iconic as Wolverine football is in the fall. From grassroots events to one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions, be inspired in Ann Arbor! Sign up for our newsletter or follow Visit Ann Arbor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ... Read more and see comments!

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May 08, 2017
After nearly a week of traveling across the country, The Great Race contestants will arrive in Ypsilanti on Thursday, June 29. Join the racers in Depot Town and check out some of these rare vintage vehicles. The Great Race is an endurance rally designed to complement the capabilities and ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 13, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience the Ann Arbor Art Fair! For updated event dates, click HERE.  Spanning four exhilarating days, from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24, The Ann Arbor Art Fair is an art lover’s destination filled with original ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 18, 2016
There are a number of fun factoids about Ann Arbor. One of my favorites is that Ann Arbor has more bookstores per capita than any other U.S. city. And I’m not talking about your traditional large chain booksellers. These are the treasured, independent and specialty stores with dedicated customers. ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 02, 2016
Six days of exciting film viewing are about to launch as the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival returns March 15 – 20 to the Michigan Theater. The world famous avant-garde festival presents the work of filmmakers who are more artist than Hollywood mogul. For a first timer, going to the festival can ... Read more and see comments!

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