The Ann Arbor area is the state’s rare jewel: a small, friendly town with big-city sophistication; a world-class educational and high-tech research center nestled in a quintessential college town; a close-knit community of charming neighborhoods with a rich mix of cultures.
Arts and Culture
Although geographically small, the area is perhaps most renowned for its globally-inspired cultural offerings. 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.
Dining aficionados will appreciate the nearly 300 restaurants within a 20-mile radius of Ann Arbor, including the famous Zingerman's Deli. Options range from old-fashioned Italian bistros to trendy, contemporary American restaurants. Many offer al fresco dining in the warmer months, which, when combined with the array of jazz and dance clubs in the area, makes downtown Ann Arbor a vibrant destination for nightlife.
Festivals and Events
On almost any given weekend, your visit will coincide with one of the many festivals and special events hosted in Ann Arbor. 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 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.
Described as an urban oasis, the Ann Arbor area is also 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, some of the best canoeing and kayaking in southeastern Michigan along the twelfth nationally recognized water trail — the Huron River.