Are you looking to celebrate OktoberFest in Washtenaw County? This Sunday, October 12, the Riverside Arts Center is having their 9thAnnual OktoberFest fundraiser. The event will take place from 4-7pm in the Riverside Gallery. The event will have traditional fare including brats, beer and klezmer music by Klezmer R & D. Attendees will also be able to enjoy art from the Great Lakes “Small Works” Exhibit.
This exciting event supports the Riverside Arts Center. The Riverside Arts Center is a non-profit multi-purpose cultural arts venue providing performance, exhibit, studio and reception space for artists and art cultural organizations to enrich the Ypsilanti community through the arts and cultural experiences.
Whether you are interested in music, art, or a demolition derby there will be plenty of fun for everyone at these Ann Arbor area events.
If you’re a music lover, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual NashBash. The free event mixes Nashville and Ann Arbor musical talent. Catch all the tunes tonight, Thursday August 21, music starts at 5pm at the Farmers Market area in Kerrytown. In addition to a great line up of artists there will also be a beer garden, BBQ, and the Ann Arbor Artisans Market.
Chelsea Community Fair
Looking for fun? The 77th annual Chelsea Community Fair has entertainment for everyone. Favorites include the always popular demolition derby and tractor pulls, horse shows, livestock judging, crafts, agriculture and art exhibits, midway games, rides and much more. New this year Mini-Mod Tractors have been added to Friday Night’s Tractor Pull. The tractors will be running V-8 Small Blocks (up to 375 ci) with small tires and weighing no more than 1800 lbs. These tractors are guaranteed to be fast and very entertaining.
DIYpsi Indie Art Fair
The fourth summer installment of DIYpsi Indie Art Fair is taking place this weekend at the Corner Brewery . DIYpsi is a handmade art fair that features the best indie artists in our region. Bring your appetite, and get ready for some incredible food and craft beer while you shop. Find unique hand crafted gifts while contributing to the local economy and supporting the arts. The fair takes place Saturday August 23 from 11am-11pm and Sunday August 24 from 12pm-6pm.
More than 100,000 fans are expected at the Big House this Saturday to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. In addition, Saturday’s game will be broadcast in 40 countries.
Preparations for the preseason tournament are well underway. For the first time since 2002 a natural grass playing surface has been added to the University of Michigan football stadium. Alcohol sales have been approved for the soccer match and a large hospitality tent is now erected on the northern part of Pioneer High School’s property.
The day of the game TheRide will provide its FootballRide shuttle service. It will run approximately every 20 minutes starting at 1:30 p.m., dropping passengers off at Gate 2. Shuttles will run for approximately 90 minutes after the game and pick up passengers at assigned locations between Main Street and Kipke Drive via Gate 2.
Join in the fun at the pregame celebration this Friday, August 1st hosted by the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AAACVB). The event will run from 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm in downtown Ann Arbor and feature two stages with live music.
Click here or more information about the pregame celebration.
The annual Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival is returning to historic Chelsea, Michigan. The two-day, three-night event runs Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26. The revelries include live music and social tent, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, pet parade, and more. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea.
In addition to music and entertainment this year the indie art market will be back and better than ever. According to the Chelsea Standard the 2014 artist line-up will featuring cool, hip and affordable art from emerging artists and craft persons. Street artists will demonstrate techniques in clay, glass, spray paint, jewelry making, painting, and wood for event attendees.
Click here for a full schedule of events.
Do you have a flower lover in your family? Join naturalist Shawn Severance, for an exploration of garden, field and forest habitats County Farm and learn about many of the summer wildflowers found in the park. Meet up in Ann Arbor at the Platt road entrance of the County Farm at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.
The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival returns July 25-26 to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town. It features approximately 800 different beers from more than 80 Michigan craft breweries. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.
Click here for a the complete beer list and more information about the event
In less than 24 hours over 500,000 visitors from across the globe will make the journey to downtown Ann Arbor to experience for the 45th Ann Arbor Art Fair. The art fair will be held Wednesday July 16 to Friday July 18, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday July 19, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. throughout the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.
The Summer Art Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program and the Gallery U Boutique, an art therapy and vocational training program from Therapeutic Rehab/Universal Institute. There will also be cooling misting stations located on State Street.
Getting Around The best way to get around the fair is to take a shuttle. Shuttles are reasonably priced at just $1.50 each way, or $3.00 for a round trip. Students in grades K-12 and Fare Deal cardholders ride for $.75. Holders of Senior and A-Ride identification cards issued by TheRide, and children five years of age and younger, ride free.
For Locals While Ann Arborites may feel frustrated by the increased traffic and trouble parking there are still many things we can appreciate. For locals the art fair provides important economic benefits to the city. A recent economic impact study conducted by the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Ann Arbor Art Fair was second only to the University of Michigan for visitor recognition with July being the month Ann Arbor saw the most visitors.
Art Fair App For those who are looking to navigate the fair there is an app for that. A free iPhone application includes an interactive map of the fair (with geo-location, so users can see their current location in relationship to specific artists), with information about local businesses; AAAF events; the trolley; food; information booths; music stages; parking; and a comprehensive list of artists, with sample images of their work.
Click here for a full lineup of performances and events.
The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (SAC) has been a voice for students since 1975. SAC provides education advocacy and support, education mentoring, dropout prevention and family support with a focus on economically disadvantaged youth, youth in foster care or a homeless situation, students with mental illness, youth impacted by school discipline and zero tolerance, and youth facing barriers to enrolling in or attending school.
Each year SAC hold a live storytelling fundraising event “Telling Tales Out of School“. The event features professional and new storytellers that come together to inspire, challenge, and create community. This is your opportunity to come and celebrate live storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center and its work ensuring that the most vulnerable students stay in school and realize their rights to a quality public education.
The year on the event takes place Friday, April 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor.
Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for high school and college students.
April Fool’s Day may be over but the fun will continue this weekend during FoolMoon and FestiFools. These two great events are a celebration of April Fool’s.
FoolMoon takes place Friday, April 4, from dusk to midnight and features a procession of hand-made illuminated sculptures on Washington and Ashley Street in downtown Ann Arbor. The foolishness starts at 6pm in front of Grizzly Peak and will feature live music and tasty, specially brewed luminary-libations.
Observers can get in on the fun of the event by purchasing a luminary kit for $20. The kits provide the supplies need to make your own luminary and all the proceeds go to the funding of the event.
FestiFools is the street art fair that features giant man-operated papier-mâché puppets and street entertainment. This year’s FestiFools is Sunday, April 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street between William and Washington.
This year, FestiFools will also bring a taste of Brazilian Samba. Magali, a singer-songwriter and dancer (from Rio), and Philip Galinsky, a leading authority in the US on Brazilian music will share their uplifting performance and high-energy skills in samba, the most famous music and dance of Brazil. They will be joined by Nick Rifken from the University of Michigan School of Music Samba Band Vencedores.
The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) runs March 25-30, 2014 at the Michigan Theater, State Theatre and UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium. The AAFF is longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. This year, AAFF received more than 3,300 submissions, in various formats, for the 6-day fest, and organizers (and volunteers) selected about 180 of them.
Every year AAFF’s annual program consists of curated retrospectives of major film artists’ work, with the filmmaker in attendance. Included in this year’s lineup are Penelope Spheeris (“Decline of Western Civilization,” “Wayne’s World,” etc.) and Thom Andersen (“Red Hollywood,” “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” etc.).
Tickets are $9 per screening ($7 for students, seniors and AAFF members), except midnight movies, which cost $7. Tickets are available for purchase at www.aafilmfest.org. In order to guarantee yourself a seat you need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the screening you wish to attend.
Between the Puck Drops Here and the 2014 Winter Classic, Ann Arbor will be starting the year with a flurry of fun hockey themed events. Here is a guide to help you plan your New Year.
New Year’s Eve (December 31):
Puck Drops Here
The New Year’s Eve street party, held in conjunction with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game, will feature six hours of live entertainment and a midnight lowering of 10-foot puck.
The event stage will be located at the corner of Washington and Main Street. The Puck will be near William and Main Street.
Road closures include Main Street between Huron and William, Washington between Ashley and Fourth, and Liberty between Ashley and Fourth. Access to the Washington and Fourth Parking Structure will remain available.
Looking for places to eat on New Year’s Eve? The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau put together this great list.
Looking for a shuttle to the festivities? Click here for shuttle stops, rates, and registration.
New Year’s Day (January 1):
2014 NHL Winter Classic
Over 115,000 visitors are expected for the matchup at The Big House between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For more information about the 2014 NHL Winter Classic click here.
On Dec. 6, downtown Ann Arbor is hosting its annual Midnight Madness event, where retailers will stay open until midnight and offer in-store discounts.
Santa, carolers, and Miss Washtenaw County will be roaming the streets from 7-9 p.m., and Kerrytown’s KindleFest will have live music, a lantern parade, s’more roasting, and German food in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
Below is a list of just some of the participating stores and special savings offered.
Ann Arbor Art Center
20% off storewide for members
Members receive a free Art Center tote bag with purchase
10% off storewide for nonmembers
20% off everything except gold and silver
10% Off All regular priced items
Free Roeda Re-usable bag with purchase of $75 or more while supplies last
Sale and bag deal valid all day!
$2 warm drinks
20% off storewide beginning at 4pm
Dancing Dog Gallery
Art Opening reception from 7-10pm.
The show opening will be “Making a Splash” by Sophie Grillet.
Holiday sale with plenty of affordable works for the Holidays
DBTS Skin Bar
11a-3p – Close at 3p for Midnight Madness set up.
Midnight Madness Hours: 6p-12am
Gift Bags for the first 30 guests
$20 Steam facial treatments (last treatment at 11p, so it’s important to make an appointment)
$100 product raffle
Downtown Home & Garden
One night-only 20% off cookware sale
Chestnuts roasted on the open fire and a musical performance.
20% off storewide
15% off storewide with some discounts up to 40%
In store Born shoe giveaways.
Free Coffee from Elixir Vitae and Pastries.
20% off a single item
Extended late night happy hour until 1am
15% off storewide
La Belle Maison
10% off the entire store
(excludes Juliska & Simon Pearce)
Arabella Jewelry trunk show featuring distinctive & unique hand-made of jewelry
15% off storewide excluding letter jackets
$7 Pomegranate Martinis and $5 Pomegranate Cocktail
20% off of everything*
*Some exclusions apply.
Open from 10am until Midnight
20% off your entire purchase all day (some restrictions apply)
Coupon for 30% off any purchase in January
Treats for shoppers!
Happy Hour All Day: $3.50 margaritas, bottled beers & draft pints, mixed drinks & a variety of tequila shots.
Free chips & salsa with your drinks.
And 20% off Appetizers, Dips & Ceviches.
Ten Thousand Villages
20% off storewide
20% storewide including sale items
Vault of Midnight
50% off “back issue” comics
20% off manga, single issue comics, and select vinyl toys
Free gift wrapping!
Free coffee in front of the store compliments of The Espresso Bar beginning at 5pm
Door prizes throughout the evening!!!
Homemade Warm Mulled Wine $6 per glass
Zenato Pinot Grigio $6 per glass
Tres Ojos Garnacha $6 per glass
$7 specialty martinis
$2 off any glass of wine including vegan wine
$1 off cocktails
$3.50 bells drafts
20% off appetizers
For more information about Midnight Madness, visit the Main Street Area Association’s website