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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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Thursday


July 2013
 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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 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival: Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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July 25-27. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m.). On July 26 & 27 only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower, a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).

Also, live music and other entertainment on July 25 at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing), a classic car show (3-8 p.m.) on July 26, and a pet parade (10 a.m.) and a guided historic downtown walking tour (1-3 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) on July 27.

Social tent music schedule: Dragon Wagon (July 25), a highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey," with opening sets by the Downriver bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. and the popular Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey. Whitey Morgan & the 78s (July 26), a Detroit classic country, honky-tonk, and retro rock band, with an opening set by Annabelle Road, a suburban Detroit pop-country band. 50 Amp Fuse, (July 27), a popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band, with an opening set by Third Coast Kings, a local horn-driven retro funk octet.

Complete schedule available at chelseafestivals.com.

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5-11 p.m. (July 25) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (July 26 & 27), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5. 474-9178.
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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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 7-7:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Ukulele Cafe": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades PreK-5 invited for a family-oriented program of old-fashioned songs and stories. Lemonade.
7-7:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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Friday


July 2013
 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival: Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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July 25-27. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m.). On July 26 & 27 only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower, a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).

Also, live music and other entertainment on July 25 at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing), a classic car show (3-8 p.m.) on July 26, and a pet parade (10 a.m.) and a guided historic downtown walking tour (1-3 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) on July 27.

Social tent music schedule: Dragon Wagon (July 25), a highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey," with opening sets by the Downriver bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. and the popular Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey. Whitey Morgan & the 78s (July 26), a Detroit classic country, honky-tonk, and retro rock band, with an opening set by Annabelle Road, a suburban Detroit pop-country band. 50 Amp Fuse, (July 27), a popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band, with an opening set by Third Coast Kings, a local horn-driven retro funk octet.

Complete schedule available at chelseafestivals.com.

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5-11 p.m. (July 25) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (July 26 & 27), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5. 474-9178.
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 5-9 p.m. 

16th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival: Michigan Brewers Guild.

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July 26 & 27. Around 3,000 people are expected at this festival that offers a chance to taste-test any of more than 600 different beers from more than 65 different Michigan breweries. Food available. Also, live music

July 26: DJ Lewis spins at various times (4-9 p.m.). Also, Belleville country singer-songwriter Jen Lawson (6-8 p.m.), Detroit rock quartet Reggie Smith & the After Party (5-7 p.m.), and Dragon Wagon (7-9 p.m.), the highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey."

July 27: DJ Danny Boy spins at various times (noon-6 p.m.). Also, local pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer (3-5 p.m.), Detroit classic country group Austin Scott Band (1-3 p.m.), and The Sax Maniacs (4-6 p.m.), a Detroit quintet that plays upbeat sax-driven blues.

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5-9 p.m. (July 26) & 1-6 p.m. (July 27). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (July 26) & $35 (July 27) in advance at michiganbrewersguild.org, $35 (July 26) & $40 (July 27) at the gate (if available). The price of admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. michiganbrewersguild.org.
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Saturday


July 2013
 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival: Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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July 25-27. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m.). On July 26 & 27 only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower, a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).

Also, live music and other entertainment on July 25 at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing), a classic car show (3-8 p.m.) on July 26, and a pet parade (10 a.m.) and a guided historic downtown walking tour (1-3 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) on July 27.

Social tent music schedule: Dragon Wagon (July 25), a highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey," with opening sets by the Downriver bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. and the popular Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey. Whitey Morgan & the 78s (July 26), a Detroit classic country, honky-tonk, and retro rock band, with an opening set by Annabelle Road, a suburban Detroit pop-country band. 50 Amp Fuse, (July 27), a popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band, with an opening set by Third Coast Kings, a local horn-driven retro funk octet.

Complete schedule available at chelseafestivals.com.

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5-11 p.m. (July 25) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (July 26 & 27), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5. 474-9178.
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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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 1-6 p.m. 

16th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival: Michigan Brewers Guild.

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July 26 & 27. Around 3,000 people are expected at this festival that offers a chance to taste-test any of more than 600 different beers from more than 65 different Michigan breweries. Food available. Also, live music

July 26: DJ Lewis spins at various times (4-9 p.m.). Also, Belleville country singer-songwriter Jen Lawson (6-8 p.m.), Detroit rock quartet Reggie Smith & the After Party (5-7 p.m.), and Dragon Wagon (7-9 p.m.), the highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey."

July 27: DJ Danny Boy spins at various times (noon-6 p.m.). Also, local pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer (3-5 p.m.), Detroit classic country group Austin Scott Band (1-3 p.m.), and The Sax Maniacs (4-6 p.m.), a Detroit quintet that plays upbeat sax-driven blues.

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5-9 p.m. (July 26) & 1-6 p.m. (July 27). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (July 26) & $35 (July 27) in advance at michiganbrewersguild.org, $35 (July 26) & $40 (July 27) at the gate (if available). The price of admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. michiganbrewersguild.org.
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 4-11 p.m. 

German Park Picnic.

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Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $7-$10) with wine, beer, pop, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German and American music by Die Dorfmusikanten (June 29), a band TBA (July 27), and Enzian aus Detroit (Aug. 31).
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail (7 miles north of Ann Arbor; look for the banners and signs marking the entrance). $5 (children 12 & under, free). No one under 21 admitted without parent or legal guardian. No pets. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]
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Sunday


July 2013
 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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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
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