Apr 11, 2017

The Ann Arbor area is a perfect destination for spring breaks and weekend getaways. This April and May, you can explore and celebrate the return of longer days, sunshine and verdant surroundings in Tree Town!

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University of Michigan Spring Football Game

Can’t wait for football season to start? Head to the Big House and watch the Wolverines as they take to the field at noon on Saturday, April 15 for the University of Michigan annual spring game. This free event is open to the public and will give fans a sneak peek of what the 130th team will bring to the competition this fall. Make it a U-M sports weekend by continuing to cheer for the Maize and Blue after the scrimmage. Defending Big Ten Conference champion baseball and softball teams will take on Illinois and Minnesota respectively at Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex later that afternoon.

Earth Day in Tree Town

For more outdoor fun, check out the Leslie Science Nature Center’s Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23 from noon – 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event features live animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, live entertainment, crafts, energy topics, water awareness, recycling topics and much more. Participate in the All-Species Parade at 2 p.m., where children are encouraged to wear a costume celebrating their favorite plant or animal. In the true spirit of Earth Day, this festival will be a zero-waste event with the help of Recycle Ann Arbor. Visitors can help keep up the average of 90 percent waste diverted from the landfill during the Earth Day event by bringing a reusable water bottle and putting their waste in the proper receptacles.

Spring Blooms at The Arb

We’ve all heard that April showers bring May flowers and there isn’t a more dramatic display of that than the Peony Garden at the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum. Located near the Washington Heights entrance, the Peony Garden features more than 900 individual plants and more than 10,000 flowers at peak bloom. Of course, predicting peak bloom is always tough, so be sure to follow Visit Ann Arbor for weekly bloom updates!

Auto Heritage Shines in Ypsi

May also brings cars, cars, and more cars! The 38th Show and Shine Car Show will feature an eclectic mix of unrestored, restored, and modified cars and trucks. Hosted at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, come out on Sunday, May 7 for this annual charitable event — and don’t forget your sunglasses!

Discounts, Deals and Dish

Downtown Ann Arbor will host Ladies Night on May 19. This is a perfect night to hang out, celebrate friendships, and do a little shopping. Retailers stay open late and roll out the red carpet with special offers, discounts, snacks, photos, goody bags, raffles and more. Restaurants join the festivities by offering Ladies Night food and drink specials.

Slug Bug Vintage

Auto heritage in Ypsilanti continues with the Vintage Volkswagen Show on Sunday, May 21. Now in its 30th year, the festival welcomes several hundred Beetles at Riverside Park. From patina to polish, all Volkswagens are welcome. Gates open at 9 a.m.

LPGA Golf in Ann Arbor

And finally, the month wraps with the return of LPGA Volvik Tournament at Travis Pointe Country Club. Now in its second year, the tournament will feature a full field of 144 players competing in a 72-hole showcase for a purse of $1.3 million. Events will run from May 22-28 with the final two rounds of action happening on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

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