May 01, 2017

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is always a highlight of the warmer months here in the Ann Arbor area. This year, there’s a long list of exciting performances and attractions - read on for just a few reasons to check out this year’s events.


Diana Krall Jazzes Up the Summer Festival

June 6

Hill Auditorium will become a bit more jazzy on June 6 when Diana Krall, five-time Grammy Award winning singer and pianist, presents a performance in support of her new album, Turn Up The Quiet. A world-renowned jazz artist originally from British Columbia, Krall has a playful, unique, sophisticated style and a terrific range, and explores classic jazz and pop songs with a soft contralto. Tickets start at $65 per person and the show begins at 8 p.m.


Horsing Around with Roaming Zebras

June 13 and 14

Join the herd on June 13 and 14 when the Roaming Zebras come to town! These street performers are cheeky improvisation experts, prancers and dancers, and adore interaction with the public. If you love to laugh, this is a not-to-miss occasion at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Where else can you get a hug from a tap-dancing zebra?


Australia’s Strange Fruit Sweeten up the Summer Festival!

June 28, 29 and 30

Spectacular meets stunning when Australia’s Strange Fruit, a band of beguiling, beautifully costumed dancers, float above the crowd this year at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. In the evenings on June 27 - 29, Strange Fruit will dip and bow and hover over North Ingalls Mall, in a return appearance by popular demand. During their last stint at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, these vibrant, eclectic entertainers drew over 3,000 to each of their performances.

Revelers who come early, or stay after, the performance will be in for an extra treat - a carillon performance by U-M’s Head Carillonneur, Tiffany Ng, with songs co-curated by Strange Fruit’s Artistic Director. Burton Memorial Tower, which houses the Carillon, is one of U-M and Ann Arbor’s most iconic landmarks. Join the fun for for a fabulous performance as the sun sets over Ann Arbor!


Top of the Park Cinema

Select Dates from June 11 through June 29

This year’s selection of films are extra-special! New favorites like Hidden Figures and La La Land accompany a long list of classics such as Beetlejuice and Groundhog Day. These movies are free and always entertaining.

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Photo: Credit to Myra Klarman.

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