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!
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!
3 Artists to Get Excited About at This Year’s DIYpsi
Nov 28, 2018
Every year, we look forward to DIYpsi Holiday Market. (pronounced DIP-see) Independent, original, eclectic, and unapologetically Ypsilanti, this event brings together artists and craftsmen/women of all kinds for a holiday shopping extravaganza.
DIYpsi 2018 takes place December 8-9 at the Riverside ... 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!
Autumn is a busy time, so take a second right now to mark Friday, October 26 on your calendar: the date of the third annual ypsiGLOW.
What is ypsiGLOW? Well, I'm glad you asked, because the answer is literally one of the most "Ypsi" sentences I think I can muster. ypsiGLOW is ... 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!
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!
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!
Destination Ann Arbor is thrilled to announce that the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will hold its 20th Annual National Conference at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest! Over one thousand people are expected to attend the conference, including speakers and ... 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
5 Reasons to Attend Zingerman’s Epic 35th Anniversary Street Fair Party on August 12
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!
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!
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!
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!
Chalk it Up to Fun at Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival
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!
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!
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!
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!
7 things to experience during the Ann Arbor Art Fair
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!
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!
The First-Timer’s Guide to Attending the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival
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!