You don’t have to wait for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs to have a good time in Washtenaw County. There are a plethora of pleasurable summer events happening this weekend. On Friday you can chose between the ElvisFest, Rolling Sculpture Car Show, and Saline Celtic Festival. The Ann Arbor Latin Festival is Saturday and Huron River Day is this Sunday.
Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 11-12. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Roy Orbison, The Blues Brothers, and Paul McCartney.
Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.
In downtown Ann Arbor the Rolling Sculpture Car Show returns for its 20th Anniversary. With more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor, this one of kind experience is sure to excite and delight all car enthusiasts.
Hot Rod DJ, Surfer Joe, will be showcasing hot rod songs throughout the show. Stop by and make a request at the corner of Main and Liberty. You can register to win concert tickets at Ann Arbor’s 107one booth on Main Street.
The Ann Arbor District Library will have family activities at their booth on Liberty Street between Fourth and Fifth.
Saline Celtic Festival
Voted a “Family Favorite” by Ann Arbor Family Magazine, the Celtic Festival is back in Saline July 11th and 12th. The Celtic Festival began as a result of the Sister City relationship between Saline, Michigan and Brecon, Wales. Although the Festival began as a one day event, it has grown to include many days and evenings.
A party like no other, the festivities include highland dance competitions, young artist showcase, folk activities, pipe bands, sword displays, jousting, haggis hurl, Celtic clobber, music and dance performances, along with festival fare of Michigan based craft beer, food, and Celtic merchants.
Ann Arbor Latin Festival
The first Ann Arbor Latin Festival is taking place this Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 11 p.m. The festival will feature music and dance from The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Guatemala. Additionally there will be a meet and greet with Nickelodeon characters Dora and Diego, soccer matches, a beer and alcohol tent, a petting zoo, a bounce house, pony rides, and luchas (Mexican masked wrestlers).
The festival takes place at the Washtenaw Farm Council grounds, 5055 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.
Huron River Day
Huron River Day is your chance to participate in free and discounted family river activities. The Ann Arbor Track Club will start the day off at 8:30am with the Gallup Gallop 5K run/fitness walk.
The main Huron River Day activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Gallup Park. Have fun discovering and learning about the Huron River. Activities include a children’s tent with art and science activities and the enviro-challenge game, a canoe photo booth, fishing, dipping for river bugs, live animal program with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, a butterfly house, the classic small boat show, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Musical entertainment will be provided by WCC Performance Ensemble from noon to 1:30 p.m., WCC Jazz Quartet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and Gemini from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Airhart Circus, AuxWerks and Ann Arbor Aviary celebrating the river through circus and dance. A variety of food will be available for purchase.