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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


July 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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Wednesday


July 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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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Ice Cream Social: Dexter District Library.

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At the Dexter Farmers Market with free ice cream for all library cardholders.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., downtown Dexter. Free. 426-4477.
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Thursday


July 2013
 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Flea Market: St. Joseph Church.

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Large sale of various items.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 11 & 12) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (July 13), St. Joseph Parish Center, 3rd St. & Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [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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 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! 

"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


July 2013
 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Flea Market: St. Joseph Church.

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Large sale of various items.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 11 & 12) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (July 13), St. Joseph Parish Center, 3rd St. & Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]
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 2-10 p.m.  Free! 

"19th Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show": Main Street Area Association/Bill Crispin Chevrolet.

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Local car owners are invited to bring their antique, classic, concept, or exotic autos to this annual show of more than 400 cars in the Main Street area. Also, hot rod tunes spun by DJ Surfer Joe and educational and race car demos. An Ann Arbor District Library booth (2-8 p.m.) features activities related to its summer reading game, with prizes.
2-10 p.m., Main St. area between Huron & William. Free. Car registration: $20 in advance ($35 day of show). 663-1032 or 668-7112, ext. 22.
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 4 p.m.-midnight 

14th Annual Michigan Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association.

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July 12 & 13. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by performances by 10 Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including returning Canton singer Chris Ayotte, Honolulu singer Leo Days, and others. They are backed by the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, Roy Orbison and Blues Brothers impersonators and other performers. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. Friday only: an Elvisfest fundraiser (6-9 p.m. at the Ypsilanti Community Center; $15) with raffles, a costume contest, and more. Saturday only: kids activities, a gospel hour (2-3 p.m.), a candlelight vigil (evening time TBA, BYOC) commemorating the 36th anniversary of Elvis's death on Aug. 16, and a car show.
4 p.m.-midnight (July 12) & noon-midnight (July 13), Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $13 (July 12) & $22.50 (July 13) in advance at mielvisfest.org; $15 (July 12) & $25 (July 13) at the gate ($30 for both days, in advance only). Kids age 12 & under, free. mielvisfest.com, 277-4547.
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 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 

A2 Fest: Breaking Point Entertainment.

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July 12 & 13. This festival is highlighted by mixed martial arts fights (July 12 only) and live music by about 50 bands on 4 stages. July 13 headliners are the nationally touring local alt-rock band Taproot, the California rapcore band Hed PE, the Minneapolis rock band Blue Felix, and suburban Connecticut hip-hop MC Chris Webby. Other featured bands include the Arizona comedy rock band Psychostick, the comedy rock band Green Jelly, the Louisville nu metal band Primer 55, the Flint metal band It Lies Within, the Chicago experimental metal band Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, and Minneapolis alt-rock band Throw the Fight. Full schedule at a2fest.com.
5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (July 12) & 11:30 a.m.-midnight (July 13), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 (July 12) & $30 (July 13). 799-1136. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.-late evening 

18th Annual Saline Celtic Festival: City of Saline.

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July 12 & 13. Saline's celebration of its sister city, Brecon, Wales, features food, beer and clan tents, kids activities, and Celtic music and dance on 3 stages by visiting and local performers. The festival kicks off July 12 (5:30 p.m.-late evening) with a Pub Night ($5 admission; kids age 12 & under and active military personnel, free), featuring a pub tent, food, live music, the popular Mr. Pretty Legs in a Kilt contest (8:30 p.m.), and limerick readings.
5:30 p.m.-late evening (July 12) & 9 a.m.-midnight (July 13), Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at salineceltic.org; $15 (seniors, $12; youth ages 13-17, $5; kids age 12 & under and active military personnel, free; $10 general admission after 8 p.m.) at the gate. 944-2810.
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Saturday


July 2013
 9 a.m.-midnight 

18th Annual Saline Celtic Festival: City of Saline.

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July 12 & 13. Saline's celebration of its sister city, Brecon, Wales, features food, beer and clan tents, kids activities, and Celtic music and dance on 3 stages by visiting and local performers. Today: New this year, a Mastodon Mayhem Run (8 a.m.-noon) that features obstacles and activities along the course, Highland dance and athletics competitions, a pipe bands competition (early afternoon), a "Wee Folks Island" of kids activities (noon-5 p.m.), historical reenactments, jousting, fencing demos, the popular Haggis Hurl, the Celtic Clobber (a balance-beam pillow fight contest), and more. Live music lineup TBA. No pets.
5:30 p.m.-late evening (July 12) & 9 a.m.-midnight (July 13), Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at salineceltic.org; $15 (seniors, $12; youth ages 13-17, $5; kids age 12 & under and active military personnel, free; $10 general admission after 8 p.m.) at the gate. 944-2810.
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Flea Market: St. Joseph Church.

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Large sale of various items.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 11 & 12) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (July 13), St. Joseph Parish Center, 3rd St. & Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Bag of Books Sale: Friends of Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 per bag (2nd bag free). 429-5450. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Jackson Road Cruise": Scio Township Downtown Development Authority.

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The program begins with a parade of classic cars at 10 a.m., followed by a classic car show with judging at 2:15 p.m. Musical entertainment by Midnight Special (noon-3 p.m.), a Pinckney quintet that plays classic rock and blues, and George Bedard & the Kingpins (4-6 p.m.), a popular local honk-tonk dance band whose repertoire includes swing, vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, along with some originals. Also, a bounce house, a magician, a clown, and a pizza eating contest (3:15 p.m.).
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Rd. Free. 864-6095. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 Noon-midnight 

14th Annual Michigan Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association.

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July 12 & 13. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by performances by 10 Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including returning Canton singer Chris Ayotte, Honolulu singer Leo Days, and others. They are backed by the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, Roy Orbison and Blues Brothers impersonators and other performers. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. Friday only: an Elvisfest fundraiser (6-9 p.m. at the Ypsilanti Community Center; $15) with raffles, a costume contest, and more. Saturday only: kids activities, a gospel hour (2-3 p.m.), a candlelight vigil (evening time TBA, BYOC) commemorating the 36th anniversary of Elvis's death on Aug. 16, and a car show.
4 p.m.-midnight (July 12) & noon-midnight (July 13), Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $13 (July 12) & $22.50 (July 13) in advance at mielvisfest.org; $15 (July 12) & $25 (July 13) at the gate ($30 for both days, in advance only). Kids age 12 & under, free. mielvisfest.com, 277-4547.
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Sunday


July 2013
 8 a.m.-evening 

Horse Show: Spur of the Moment Club.

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June 9 & 30 and July 14. A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [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 featuring soaps and artisanal bodycare (July 7), toymakers (July 14), and mixed-media artists (July 28), as well as a Day after Art Fair Art Fair (July 21) 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! 

33rd Annual Huron River Day: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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This popular festival features lots of family-oriented nature activities, including educational exhibits on the Huron River and its history, displays of live river animals, fishing, a classic small boat show, a treasure hunt led by Michigan Geocachers (bring your GPS device, if you have one), storytelling and other activities for kids, and more. Live music by environmentally-minded pop-folk singer songwriter Joe Reilly (noon-1 p.m.), the acoustic folk duo Gemini (1:30-2:30 p.m.), and the acoustic self-styled "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio Wire in the Wood (2:45-3:45 p.m.). Food vendors. $5 canoe and kayak rentals. Ride your bike to the festival, and receive a free boat rental.
Noon-4 p.m., Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd. (both sides of Huron Pkwy.). Free admission. 794-6240. [map]
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