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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales

There's plenty of art and art fairs in Ann Arbor those other 361 days a year. A busy museum and gallery circuit provides many openings and shows to choose from. Each month you'll find antique shows, charity sales, and community festivals.





 
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Tuesday


June 2013
 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues., May 20-Nov. 14. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment each week.

Sept. 24: Storytelling (4-4:30 p.m.) by Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Beverly Black & friends, a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), and a performance by an ensemble of jazz students (5:30-7 p.m.).

Oct. 1: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), the Kassia Martin Flute Ensemble (5-6 p.m.), and the acoustic rock trio Inkflo (6-7 p.m.).

Oct. 8: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), popular local kids musician Mister Laurence on accordion as the "Accordion Piper" (5-6 p.m.), and the West African drumming group Arbor Foli (6-7 p.m.).

Oct. 15: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), and popular local storyteller LaRon Williams (5-6 p.m.), and popular local kids musician Mister Laurence on accordion as the "Accordion Piper" (6-7 p.m.).

Oct. 22: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), lantern-making (5-6 p.m.; bring a mason jar), and popular local kids musician Mister Laurence on accordion as the "Accordion Piper" (5-6 p.m.).

Oct. 29: Storytelling with Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Beverly Black (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), and a performer TBA.

Nov. 5: Family-friendly show with Magic Zak (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), an interactive lecture-demo by folkdancer Roberta Jaskolski (5-6 p.m.), and local alt-folk-rock ensemble The End Times (6-7 p.m.), along with lantern-making for a Lantern Parade (5-6 p.m.). .


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4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 971-5870. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: New Orleans Bingo! Show (8:30 p.m.), a self-described "Brechtian cabaret funneled through New Orleans's Ninth Ward via the noir surrealism of Twin Peaks" that includes silent films, aerialists, dancers, clowns, bingo games, slapstick comedy, musicians, and audience interaction. Opening acts are multi-instrumentalist and singer Erik Santos (5 p.m.), local pop-rock singer-songwriter Timothy Monger (6 p.m.), and Dixieland jazz sextet Detroit Pleasure Society (7 p.m.). The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton's 1990 candy-colored fable about a misfit who finds his niche. Stars Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder. Also, "Tasting Tuesday" beer tasting (5 p.m., $15) of brews by Traverse City brewery Right Brain. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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Wednesday


June 2013
 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: October Babies (8:30 p.m.), the Ypsilanti self-styled "upbeat global soul" electronica-jazz band. Opening acts are local folk-inspired soul-pop musician Tom Butwin (5 p.m.), Ypsilanti husband-and-wife acoustic duo Paledave & Jenny Fair (6 p.m.), and Eastern Blok (7 p.m.), a nationally acclaimed Chicago-based Balkan fusion quartet led by guitar virtuoso Goran Ivanovic. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Life of Pi, Ang Lee's 2012 adaptation of Vann Martel's fable about young man lost at sea in a lifeboat with a fearsome Bengal tiger. Also, "Wind Down Wednesday" wine tasting with Italian wines (5-9 p.m., $15). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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Thursday


June 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Black Jake & the Carnies (8:30 p.m.), the popular Ypsilanti sextet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." Opening acts are local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards (5 p.m.), the folk-rock duo The Understorey (6 p.m.), and Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful (7 p.m.), local country-inflected folk-rock band led by singer-songwriter Misty Lyn. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' hilarious 1974 burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Stars Gene Wilder. Also, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art (6 p.m.). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 6:308:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4, June 6-Aug. 15.Musical entertainment on 9 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, Spontaneous Art interactive performance artists, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.

June 6: The local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the local blues band The Bluescasters, the singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art, and Eric the Juggler.

June 13: The Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, the Lansing acoustic classic rock and blues duo Fighting Unlucky, the classy Detroit neo-honkytonk quartet The Whiskey Charmers, the young Chelsea classic rock cover band The Tritones, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

June 20: The rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter Mitchell Curley, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Chelsea alternative rock band Liquid Plasma, the Detroit pop-rock quintet Anthony Lai Band, the Michigan Academy of Dance & Music (Dexter) dance troupe, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by City of Ember.

June 27: The South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the acoustic indie pop-folk band Human Cannonball, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the Ypsilanti rock quartet The View, the local indie groove-rock Jake Prince Trio, the Hillsdale-Abilene guitar-and-saxophone jazz-bluegrass fusion The Duo Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Madagascar.

July 11: Local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Dundee acoustic rock duo Last Exit, the Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the modern tap dance ensemble Bang the Floor, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by The Brady Bunch Movie.

July 18: The singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, the country-pop duo Mikhaila & Will, the Detroit Celtic-rock quintet Bill Grogan's Goat, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Thor.

July 25: The Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, the classic rock band The Nomads, the local rock band Bulletproof Snow, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by Aquamarine.

Aug. 1: The Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet Captain Ivory, the rock band Spin Cycle, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio, the local blues band The Bluescasters, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by The Croods.

Aug. 8: the versatile Ann Arbor acoustic jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk trio Isosceles, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the local folksy Americana trio Washburn Gardner & Ebb Tide, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the southeast Michigan blues and classic rock quartet New Blues Street Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Marley & Me: The Puppy Years.

Aug. 15: The veteran Ann Arbor Cuban jazz ensemble Trio Tumbao, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio dancers with the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by Avatar.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 433-2787.
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Moonlight Book Crawl": Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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June 20, 21, & 22 (different programs). Various writers read from their work at different restaurants and bars. Signings. Tonight: "Westside Edition" at Quarter Bistro (7-8 p.m., 300 S. Maple) with the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team. Followed at Nicola's Books (8-9 p.m., 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center) by readings by poet Susan Hutton and others.
7-9 p.m., different locations. Free admission. aabookfestival.org, 764-3166.
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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Friday


June 2013
 9:00 a.m.  Free! 

Huge Recycle Sale, Thousands of Quality Bargains.

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Think green! And think finding quality items at extreme bargain prices at Dexter Boy Scout Troop 477's 43rd Annual Huge Rummage Sale. It's a major community recycling event and a major help to so many who are now experiencing financial hardship. It's also just plain fun and satisfying for the bargain hunter in all of us. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 21 at Creekside Intermediate School in Dexter on Baker Road. Fresh items come out onto the floor throughout the sale, so keep checking back - until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 22. You name it - it's probably here - in the school's gym, cafeteria, hallways and lawn. Tools, electronics, appliances, furniture, toys, books and movies, holiday, jewelry, sports, lawn and garden, household, kitchen, decorative, gifts. Funds raised help the troop with its programs in rank advancement, outdoor adventure, education, and community service.
Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd., Dexter. Free. 734 426 3359. [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Artwalk Ann Arbor.

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Self-guided tour of downtown artists' studios, galleries, and exhibit spaces. Also, a beer garden, wine tasting, music, street art, and more. Full schedule and map available at ArtwalkAnnArbor.com.
5-9 p.m., downtown. Free. 636-6670.
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Ragbirds (9:30 p.m.), an inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music also mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop. Opening acts are veteran local pop-rock singer-songwriter Khalid Hanifi (5 p.m.), local alt-country honky-tonk and rockabilly singer-songwriter Ryan Racine (6 p.m.), local acoustic roots music string quintet Wayward Roots (7 p.m.), and The Appleseed Collective (8 p.m.), a popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quintet. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Hardy (age 21 & over only). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 6-9 p.m. 

Summer Solstice Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass; table setting & beverage provided), followed at 7 p.m. by a bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite outdoor game, verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Bring flashlights and long sleeves for after dark.
5:30-9:30 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7448 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. & 9-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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Poet and National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith and her husband, Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Bruce DeSilva, give a keynote address. Also, presentation of the AABF's LILA (Leader in the Literary Arts) Award to longtime Ann Arbor Book Festival chair Evans Young. Followed at 9 p.m. by "Moonlight Book Crawl" (see June 20 listing) at Sava's restaurant with readings by Chicago poet Kevin Coval, New York writer and musician Shira Erlichman, and local poets Brittany Floyd and Allison Kennedy.
7-8:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (enter from the Diag) & 9-10:30 p.m., Sava's (State just north of Liberty). Free. 764-3166. [map]
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Saturday


June 2013
 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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June 22 & 23. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 23) & noon-5 p.m. (June 24), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 Noon-11 p.m.  Free! 

The Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival.

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A motorcycle and scooter show with live bands TBA. Vendors & concessions. Partial lineup: Devil Elvis, Rodney and the Regulars, and Mike Hard.
Noon-11 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. 879-1201.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Field Day: ARROW Communications Association.

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All invited to participate in (or just watch) this annual 24-hour contest that helps amateur radio operators prepare for emergencies and develop radio communication skills. A chance to meet experts, ask questions, and even operate the station, under supervision.
2 p.m. June 22-2 p.m. June 23, Domino's Farms, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr. (off Earhart Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.). Free. info@w8pgw.org or arrl.org/field-day. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Third Coast Kings (9:30 p.m.), a local 8-piece band that plays deep horn-driven retro funk. Opening acts are Great American songbook cello-guitar duo Cello-Bella (5 p.m.), Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette (6 p.m.), the acoustic Americana folk trio Dick Siegel & the Brandos (7 p.m.), and The Lucas Paul Band (8 p.m.), a local pop-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Paul. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Michael Dykehouse (age 21 & over only). Also, a hands-on instruction in capoeira (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Moonlight Book Crawl": Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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June 20, 21, & 22 (different programs). Various writers read from their work at different restaurants and bars. Signings. Tonight: readings at Literati Bookstore (6-7 p.m., 124 E. Washington) by local poets Angel Nafis, Gahl Liberzon, Aimee Le, Fiona Chamness, Carlina Duan, and Haley Patail; at Bill's Beer Garden (7:30-8:30 p.m., 218 S. Ashley) by nationally acclaimed poet Jessica Care Moore and local award-winning poet Jeff Kass; and at Aventura (9-10 p.m., 212 E. Washington) by 2013 Pushcart Prize-winning poet Scott Beal, U-M poetry slam slam master Alex Pan, and others.
6-10 p.m., various downtown locations. Free admission. 764-3166.
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Sunday


June 2013
 7:30 a.m. 

41st Annual EcoRide 2013: Ecology Center.

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The This annual bike-a-thon regularly draws hundreds of cyclists. Riders can participate in their choice of a 55-mile countryside loop to Hell (MI), a 10-mile riverside tour along the Border to Border Trail (with a visit to the St. Joe's Hospital farm and hoop house), a 10-mile EcoTour (with stops at Washtenaw Food Hub, Tilian Farm, and the Leslie Science & Nature Center Project Grow garden and solar-powered Nature House), and a family-friendly 2-mile ride along the Border to Border Trail to Argo Park that's also great for walkers and roller bladers. The stops along the EcoTour feature pop-up galleries in which local artists display, demo, and discuss works representing sustainable themes.Riders can also combine the two 10-mile tours into one 20-mile ride. Snacks, rest stops, and "sag wagons" along the bike routes. Prizes to the top pledge-earning individuals, and a pair of Maggie's organic socks for everyone who raises $100 or more in pledges. Massages available after the ride, along with music by the popular local acoustic roots-music sextet Dragon Wagon, kids activities, and refreshments at the finish line, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rain or shine.
7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (55-mile ride), 9 a.m.01 p.m. (10-mile rides), & 10 a.m.-noon (2-mile ride) starting times, Riverside Park (off Wall St.). Registration: 7-11 a.m. Sponsor sheets and route information available at the Ecology Center, local sporting goods stores, and ecocenter.org. $50 suggested minimum in pledges. $5 registration fee for kids under 12. Registration begins at 7 a.m. 761-3186, ext. 120. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos on basketry (June 2), glass (June 16), and 2-D works & paintings (June 23), as well as a Summer Art Show (June 9) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

1st Annual Chelsea History Fest: Chelsea Area Historical Society.

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The Chelsea Monitor vintage baseball club plays an exhibition vs. the Chelsea Fire Department at 12:30 p.m. and a regularly scheduled game vs. Flint Lumber Company at 2:30 p.m. Also, a pre-1940s car show, a CAHS tent featuring several items from its historical museum, and historical displays and demos, including wool spinning, weaving, vintage printing, chair caning, antique dolls, photograph restoration, and more. Old-fashion games. Bring a picnic lunch; baked goods, snacks, & beverages on sale
Noon-4 p.m., Timbertown Park, off Sibley Rd., just north of downtown Chelsea. Free. 476-2010.
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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June 22 & 23. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 23) & noon-5 p.m. (June 24), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Solstice Ritual: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to join local neopagans for this ritual honoring Bel and Danu, the primal father and mother deities. Also, potluck and raffle.
2-5 p.m., Cavallo Farms, 2185 N. Harris Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Madcat & Kane (8:30 p.m.), the nationally acclaimed local duo of world-class harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth and ace fingerstyle blues guitatist Shari Kane are joined by guest musicians TBA. Opening acts are the accomplished local 12-year-old pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum (5 p.m.), the Lansing American roots guitarist Joshua Davis (6 p.m.), and The Candy Band (7 p.m.), a Detroit kiddie punk-rock quartet that plays nursery rhymes, movie themes, and originals. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by The Goonies, Richard Donner's old-fashioned 1985 adventure yarn about a group of kids searching for hidden treasure. Also, Iyengar yoga (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn, bring a mat or blanket) led by Ann Arbor School of Yoga instructors. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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