Ann Arbor is many things, including a bustling university town, culinary hotspot, and a tech hub with a walkable downtown that includes world-class arts and culture. Located in southeast Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Ann Arbor lies at the center of a greater collection of communities in Washtenaw County. With so many thriving communities nearby, Ann Arbor has become a cultural melting pot and urban oasis.
Arts & Culture
Ann Arbor area is most well-known for its globally-inspired cultural offerings. A long-time artists community, Ann Arbor is home to renowned galleries, museums and arts non-profits, as well as theatrical and musical organizations that offer performances from local, regional, and international artists. From exclusive art exhibits to performances by jazz legends, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy arts and culture. You'll find more than 30 independent bookstores, dozens of unique galleries, and a variety of top-notch museums all within the downtown area — including the distinguished University of Michigan Museum of Art.
With over 300 restaurants within the Ann Arbor area, there's something for everyone to enjoy. From local favorites like the famous Zingerman's Deli to Italian bistros, authentic Ethiopian cuisine, and Eastern European classics, there's sure to be something you will love! Indulge in gourmet desserts and hand-crafted ice cream just steps from local parks and public playgrounds. For a pet-friendly meal, take advantage of the beautiful patio dining downtown, or consider grabbing a plate to-go from a quirky local food truck. You’ll find a variety of world-class eateries, cafés, delightful farmers markets, and a welcoming environment when you visit Ann Arbor. Grabbing a bite to eat and then heading out to one of the local jazz or dance clubs makes Ann Arbor a vibrant destination for nightlife!
Festivals & Events
Ann Arbor has festivals and special events on almost any given weekend for which you could plan your visit. Two of the most recognizable traditions are the Ann Arbor Art Fair and University of Michigan football. Every July, the award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fair transforms the downtown streets into an art gallery featuring thousands of juried artists. In the fall, each football Saturday brings more than 100,000 people to town for tailgating and they fill "The Big House" to watch the University of Michigan Wolverines. In the winter, holiday light festivals and the Ann Arbor Folk Festival are always crowd pleasers. April brings the thaw and a weekend unlike any other as we celebrate whimsy during FoolMoon and FestiFools.
As an urban oasis, the Ann Arbor area is the perfect four season destination for outdoor enthusiasts. You'll discover golf courses designed by legendary architects, trails groomed for hiking and cross-country skiing, and some of the best canoeing and kayaking in southeastern Michigan along the twelfth nationally recognized water trail — the Huron River.