Jun 27, 2014

June 27-29, 2014
Carnival Weekend

Whimsy: Family-Fun Itinerary

Friday, June 27

  • It’s the last day of Ann Arbor Restaurant Week! Take advantage of the special menu and fixed pricing before heading to Summer Festival!
  • A delight for children of all ages, you’ll likely be able to hear Les Tambours of the Transe Express Company long before you see them. A troupe of costumed drummer-performers will roll into Ingalls Mall for two spectacular parades at 6 and 8:30 pm.
  • The Crane Wives from Grand Rapids make their festival debut, but they are already beloved by Ann Arbor locals. Come hear for yourself this up-and-coming group.

Saturday, June 28

  • It’s the Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival Weekend. Grab the kids and head to Pioneer High School for some rides, elephant ears, and games! The carnival starts at noon, so there’s plenty of time before returning to TOP at 5pm.
  • If you missed last night’s performance by Les Tambours, or the kids would just love an encore, you’re in luck! There are two more opportunities at 6pm and 8:30 pm.
  • The University of Michigan Kelsey Archeology Museum is sponsoring tonight’s KidZone tent. Stop by and see what kind of fun they’re digging up!
  • Enjoy the infectious grooves from Chicago Afrobeat Project on the Rackham Stage starting at 7pm.

Sunday, June 29

  • Did you know Summer Festival activities extend beyond Ingalls Mall and the Mainstage? Bring the kids to the Ann Arbor Downtown Library at 1pm to work with Aaron Nigel Smith, founder of FUNdamentals of Music and Movement. Kids will create their own instrument and jam together!  Then at 5 pm, Smith performs with his band for free on the Rackham Stage!
  • American Idol competitor and Ann Arbor local Kerri Lynn Roche performs at the Grove Stage starting at 6pm. Grab something from Culinary Row and then sit back to enjoy her amazing vocals and talented instrumentation.
  • Hullabaloo, a 10-piece music collective from Ann Arbor returns to Summer Festival to lead the crowd in an upbeat dance party starting at 8:30pm.

Lively: Night-Life Itinerary

Friday, June 27

  • It’s the last day of Ann Arbor Restaurant Week! Take advantage of the special menu and fixed pricing before heading to Summer Festival!
  • Be sure to stop by the Beverage Garden featuring a variety of national and local microbrews. Perhaps grape is more your style? A diverse selection of wine is also available to satisfy every palate.
  • Festival favorite The Ragbirds are starting to get significant national attention. Come and be amazed by their fusion of folk rock and danceable world rhythms led by Erin Zindle’s inspiring vocals and moving fiddle work.
  • DJ Mathew Altruda is synonymous with the Ann Arbor music scene. Local music promoter, host of a weekly radio program, and curator of Sonic Lunch — Altruda knows how to entertain the masses. Those 21+ should definitely check out his swing-meets-house inspired set.

Saturday, June 28

  • The Ann Arbor Farmers Market has been operating for almost 96 years. Stop by to check out what makes it one of the most colorful and flavorful places in Ann Arbor!
  • Pick up the pace at 5pm with some West African Dance. Led by Sandy Pierani of World Dance Workout, this fun class moves to live West African and world beat drumming.
  • Robert Cray and Mavis Staples are together under one roof for a night of blues, roots, and gospel-inspired music. Catch these legends at the Power Center for the performance of a lifetime.  Ticket information here: http://a2sf.org/event/robert-cray-and-mavis-staples/
  • Orquesta RITMO electrifies the Rackham Stage at 9:30pm. This 11-piece Salsa orchestra will lead the crowd in foot-tapping, hip-shaking Latin dance party.
  • The Grove will be alive with the house, funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and dub-step grooves from DJ Ayinde Audio. 21+ only.

Sunday, June 29

  • Break your fast at one of our many amazing brunch locations in Downtown Ann Arbor. Some local favorites include Jolly Pumpkin or Sava’s. You can also check out Beezy’s in Ypsilanti or Zingerman’s Roadhouse on the Westside of Ann Arbor.
  • The Summer Classic Film Series at the historic Michigan Theater is playing All About Eve at 1:30pm. This Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis and has a cameo from Marilyn Monroe.
  • Wind down the weekend starting at 5pm with a playful session of yoga taught by A2-trained Natalie Berry on the lawn at Power Center.  Afterwards, walk across the street to Top of the Park for a bite to eat at Culinary Row, a cool drink in the shade of The Grove and listen to a full evening of fantastic live music.

*Photo credit to Myra Klarman Photography.

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