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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales - Week of August 12, 2019

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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Monday


August 2019
 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

Annual UA Block Party: Destination Ann Arbor.

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Live music by the Milwaukee Tool Shed Band, a 14-piece jam band of Milwaukee Tools employees. Also, the 8th Annual UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K race (6:45 p.m., $30 through August 12th at uapprun5k.com), and a "Pub Crawl" (8 p.m.; age 21 & over only; $20 through August 12th, does not include drinks; $45 for 5K and Pub Crawl through August 12th) with proceeds from the race & pub crawl to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Food available from area restaurants, with dining tables in the street.
6-10 p.m., Main St. between Liberty & William. Free. 995-7281.


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Wednesday


August 2019
 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]


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Thursday


August 2019
 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

3rd Thursdays: Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Live music on the mill porch, hay rides, kids activities, live entertainment by street performers such as fire twirlers and belly dancers, artist & vendor market, international food, a business expo, historic tours & open houses, and more.
5-9 p.m., downtown Manchester. Free. 48158.com, (248) 605-0626.


 6:30-8:30 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 10 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes chalk art and (except July 27) an open mike stage. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at 8:30 p.m. (beginning June 13) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies TBA at Main Street Church (320 N. Main).

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June 6: animal magic show by Colors the Clown, area jazz group Fun on the Frets, the the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash is King, the the local indie folk duo Beach Daisy, Ann Arbor Americana singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band Shelter Dogs,and the versatile local 15-piece big band Big Band Theory.

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June 13: Eric the Juggler, the Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts, local acoustic country-folk singer-guitarist Bob Pogue, the Ferndale Americana rock duo Escaping Pavement, the local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies, the local Americana roots duo Potter's Field, the tap duo 2x4, and the jazz vocal trio David C Bloom & Friends.

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June 20: The Face Painting Robot, magic by A Touch of Magic, the Jackson pop-folk singer-songwriter Chey Halliwell, the veteran local country band the Cadillac Cowboys, the Chelsea House Orchestra, local Americana-world music fusion singer-songwriter duo Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke, alt-indie torch songs by the Detroit-based Kate Hinote Duo, and vintage music by the Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band.

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June 27: Alexander the Magician, acoustic rock & blues-rock originals by former Savage Grace singer-guitarist Al Jacquez, stunts by Ring of Steel Action Theater & Stunt Troupe, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, local experimental art-rock band Cat Lung, the acoustic Chelsea Americana trio Mixed Nuts, Ypsilanti monster-themed country band Fangs & Twang, and jazz/blues ensemble Five Miles More.

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July 11: Glitter tattoos by Inflate Your Party, folk/blues singer-songwriter Larry Conklin, Jackson (MI) activist folk trio Ellis, Michael & Muxlow, Nashville (IN) country-roots singer-songwriter duo Cari Ray and the Shaky Legs, Napoleon blues-rock band TC & the Roadmasters, the pop-folk rock duo Delbert Walling & Haley Houtz, Detroit soul-pop singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman, a rock band from the School of Rock Ann Arbor, and a 15-20 minute show by Ballet Chelsea.

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July 18: The Face Painting Robot, local teen singer-songwriters Chelsea Paddock & Sarah Grace Cattle, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, Brooklyn (MI) Americana-Celtic string band Railcar Graffiti, Detroit blues-rock guitarist DownRiver Dan, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, and Traverse City self-styled "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dream.

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July 25: Animal and magic show by Colors the Clown, local chamber folk-pop quintet Joanna & the Jaywalkers, the Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones, Lansing soul-folk singer-songwriter Alex Mendenall, the Dexter blues-rock band The Martindales, and Toledo fusion jazz quintet Box of Sol.

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Aug. 1: The Face Painting Robot, acoustic guitarist & singer Ian Stewart, Detroit bluegrass quartet the Waynewood Boys, the veteran Ann Arbor ska-jazz-funk-punk dance band Hullabaloo, the Allenton (MI)-based BlueTop Blues Band, the 3-piece Grand Rapids alt-rock band Feeding Grizzlies, the Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band Devil Elvis, and local blues-roots band Mo' Easy.

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Aug. 8: Alexander the Magician, the country trio the Bowdish Brothers, Detroit classic country band Otter River, the local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, Detroit rock singer-songwriter Kevin B. Kline, the local blues and blues-rock quintet The Bluesmatics, and the local Americana duo Athens Creek.

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Aug. 15: Eric the Juggler, rock-n-roll singer-songwriter John Latini, the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band Bill Bynum & Co., the Detroit acoustic roots-rock and alt-country trio Bus Stop Poets, the Detroit roots/boogie pianist Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, swing band the Cellar Cats, the Plymouth jazz-fusion trio Doctor Pizza, and the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. chelseafestivals.com. 475-1145, 474-9178. [map]


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Friday


August 2019
 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival."

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Local and visiting artists independently paint outdoors throughout Dexter Aug. 12-15, followed by a 2-day exhibit and sale at Monument Park of the works they created. Also, art workshops for kids and adults (see paintdexter.org/timeline-of-events). Aug. 16: Spectators welcome at a "Quick Draw Competition" (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) among participating artists. Also, sale of festival work (2-9 p.m.), award ceremony (5 p.m.), and a meet-the-artists beer & wine reception (4:30-8:30 p.m.). Aug. 17: Children's chalk art (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a beer and wine reception (3-8 p.m.), live music in the tent gallery (6-8 p.m.), and an art sale (9 a.m.-8 p.m.).
Daylight hours beginning 11 a.m. Mon. through Thurs.), 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri.), & 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), Monument Park, Dexter. Free admission. paintdexter.org, 358-1744.


 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival: The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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Aug. 16-18. Performances by many area and touring blues bands. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Friday: The Allman Betts Band, led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts (sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, respectively), gritty and soulful singer-guitarist Bernard Allison (son of the late Luther Allison, a longtime Ann Arbor favorite), Detroit Etta James-style R&B vocalist Thornetta Davis, and guitarist Alex Johnson.

Saturday: Respected veteran electric bassist Benny Turner, veteran Mississippi-bred Chicago blues singer-songwriter and slide guitarist John Primer, acclaimed Florida saxophonist Mindi Abair and her band the Boneshakers, Halifax blues-rock drummer Lindsay Beaver, Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay & his band, Detroit blues-rock vocalist Eliza Neals and her band The Narcotics, Australian singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Kara Grainger, and New Baltimore jump blues and barroom swing quartet Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones.

Sunday: veteran local singer-songwriter Laith al-Saadi, Kansas City singer-bassist Danielle Nicole, blues-funk-soul saxophonist Vanessa Collier, Grass Lake-based blues-rock band Harper & the Midwest Kind, Milwaukee-based quintet the Altered Five Blues Band, local student band the Ann Arbor Music Center All-Stars.

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Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (2-day pass, $75; 3-day pass, $110) in advance at a2bluesfestival.com/tickets; $50 (2-day pass, $90; 3-day pass, $135) at the gate.info@a2bluesfestival.com, 219-5960. [map]


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Saturday


August 2019
 7 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Centennial Celebration.

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The market celebrates its hundredth birthday with an instrument petting zoo for kids (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), a performance by a reed trio of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians (noon & 1 p.m.), free ice cream, and more. Wear an old Farmers Market T-shirt, if you have one.
7 a.m.-3 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 794-6255.


 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]


 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival."

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Local and visiting artists independently paint outdoors throughout Dexter Aug. 12-15, followed by a 2-day exhibit and sale at Monument Park of the works they created. Also, art workshops for kids and adults (see paintdexter.org/timeline-of-events). Aug. 16: Spectators welcome at a "Quick Draw Competition" (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) among participating artists. Also, sale of festival work (2-9 p.m.), award ceremony (5 p.m.), and a meet-the-artists beer & wine reception (4:30-8:30 p.m.). Aug. 17: Children's chalk art (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a beer and wine reception (3-8 p.m.), live music in the tent gallery (6-8 p.m.), and an art sale (9 a.m.-8 p.m.).
Daylight hours beginning 11 a.m. Mon. through Thurs.), 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri.), & 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), Monument Park, Dexter. Free admission. paintdexter.org, 358-1744.


 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Fire Truck Muster: Michigan Firehouse Museum.

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A big display of historic and contemporary fire trucks that includes pumping demonstrations. Kids can work a hand pump, drive a fire truck pedal car, climb on a vintage fire truck, and learn fire safety tips.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. 547-0663.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Salem Area Historical Society Arts & Crafts Fair.

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Show and sale of works by local artists and crafters. Also, a chance to view the historic stone school. Food & drinks available.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial at Curtis, Salem Twp. Free admission. (248) 486-5515. [map]


 Noon-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival: The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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Aug. 16-18. Performances by many area and touring blues bands. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Friday: The Allman Betts Band, led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts (sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, respectively), gritty and soulful singer-guitarist Bernard Allison (son of the late Luther Allison, a longtime Ann Arbor favorite), Detroit Etta James-style R&B vocalist Thornetta Davis, and guitarist Alex Johnson.

Saturday: Respected veteran electric bassist Benny Turner, veteran Mississippi-bred Chicago blues singer-songwriter and slide guitarist John Primer, acclaimed Florida saxophonist Mindi Abair and her band the Boneshakers, Halifax blues-rock drummer Lindsay Beaver, Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay & his band, Detroit blues-rock vocalist Eliza Neals and her band The Narcotics, Australian singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Kara Grainger, and New Baltimore jump blues and barroom swing quartet Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones.

Sunday: veteran local singer-songwriter Laith al-Saadi, Kansas City singer-bassist Danielle Nicole, blues-funk-soul saxophonist Vanessa Collier, Grass Lake-based blues-rock band Harper & the Midwest Kind, Milwaukee-based quintet the Altered Five Blues Band, local student band the Ann Arbor Music Center All-Stars.

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Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (2-day pass, $75; 3-day pass, $110) in advance at a2bluesfestival.com/tickets; $50 (2-day pass, $90; 3-day pass, $135) at the gate.info@a2bluesfestival.com, 219-5960. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Homegrown Harvest Festival: Nature & Nurture.

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Guided farm tours, heirloom tomatoes tasting, kids activities, live music, a seed giveaway, a bonfire, and more. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck dinner (6 p.m.).
4 p.m.-midnight or later, 1100 Marshall Rd., Dexter. $15 suggested donation. 929-0802. [map]


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Sunday


August 2019
 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, usually with artist demos. Also, Serendipity Artistry artists Beth Connolly and Gigi Diaz demonstrate a paper flower arrangement (Aug. 18). On Aug. 25, a free drawing for artwork (sign-up available any Sunday in August).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 Noon-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival: The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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Aug. 16-18. Performances by many area and touring blues bands. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Friday: The Allman Betts Band, led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts (sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, respectively), gritty and soulful singer-guitarist Bernard Allison (son of the late Luther Allison, a longtime Ann Arbor favorite), Detroit Etta James-style R&B vocalist Thornetta Davis, and guitarist Alex Johnson.

Saturday: Respected veteran electric bassist Benny Turner, veteran Mississippi-bred Chicago blues singer-songwriter and slide guitarist John Primer, acclaimed Florida saxophonist Mindi Abair and her band the Boneshakers, Halifax blues-rock drummer Lindsay Beaver, Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay & his band, Detroit blues-rock vocalist Eliza Neals and her band The Narcotics, Australian singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Kara Grainger, and New Baltimore jump blues and barroom swing quartet Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones.

Sunday: veteran local singer-songwriter Laith al-Saadi, Kansas City singer-bassist Danielle Nicole, blues-funk-soul saxophonist Vanessa Collier, Grass Lake-based blues-rock band Harper & the Midwest Kind, Milwaukee-based quintet the Altered Five Blues Band, local student band the Ann Arbor Music Center All-Stars.

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Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (2-day pass, $75; 3-day pass, $110) in advance at a2bluesfestival.com/tickets; $50 (2-day pass, $90; 3-day pass, $135) at the gate.info@a2bluesfestival.com, 219-5960. [map]






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