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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales - Week of August 19, 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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Tuesday


August 2019
 10am 

82nd Annual Chelsea Community Fair: Chelsea Fairgrounds.

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Fair rides and concessions (Tues., 5-10 p.m., & Wed.-Sat., 3-10 p.m.) and a bingo tent, along with livestock shows, chainsaw wood-carving demos, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and "Nature's Creation of Life," an exhibit of calves, piglets, lambs, and chicks, some likely to be born during the fair. The fair officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Tues. with a Children's Parade for kids ages 3-12 on decorated bikes & wagons or on foot from the municipal lot behind Common Grill to the fairgrounds, and the Chelsea Fair Parade (begins at 1 p.m. on Sat.), heading west on E. Middle St. (at S. East St.) to Main St., then south on Main to Old US-12 to Old Manchester Rd. Also on Sat., "Run for the Rolls" (tentative). Complete schedule available at chelseafair.org.
10 a.m.-10 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. $8 daily admission; $30 5-day pass (middle and high school students & seniors 65 & older, $20). Free admission for seniors age 65 & over on Thurs. before 5 p.m. $5 day pass for women on Fri. before 11 a.m. 323-7085 before fair; 475-1270 during fair week. Parents with questions about the children's parade, call Sam Vogel at 478-6272.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

2019 Cruise Nights: Chelsea Classic Cruisers.

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All invited to bring their classic and vintage autos to display. Weekly awards chosen by the participants. Also, games on the 3rd Tuesday of the month: Bean Bag Toss (June 18), "Movin' On Up" (July 16), & "Wet T-Shirt Toss" (Aug. 20).
5-8 p.m., Wendy's parking lot, Brown Dr. at Commerce Park (west of M-52), Chelsea. Free. 649-1106.


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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
 5-10 p.m.  Free! 

13th Annual Nashbash: Kerrytown District Association.

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This mini country music festival is headlined by Jerry Vandiver (8:30 p.m.), a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who's written songs for Tim McGraw and has several CDs of songs about camping, canoeing, and the outdoors. Beer & wine, barbecue, and other food available. Openers: local alt-country singer-songwriter Kevin Brown (5 p.m.), the classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo The Whiskey Charmers (5:40 p.m.), veteran local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards (6:25 p.m.), Plymouth acoustic roots music trio Cold Tone Harvest (7 p.m.), the local country-folk quartet The Judy Banker Band (7:45 p.m.), and the noir-flavored alt-country band Hoodang (9:20 p.m.).
5-10 p.m., Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free admission. 769-2999. [map]


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Friday


August 2019
 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Fabric By The Pound Sale": SCRAP Box.

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Join us every fourth weekend of the month for a select Fabric by-the-pound sale! $2 per pound for all kinds of choice material. New fabric will be added each month and each day of the sale!
Sale runs Friday through Sunday 10am-6pm.
Join us and get your SCRAP fabric crafting on!
SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free admission. 7342185620. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 2 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

YpsiFest.

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Aug. 23-25. The rebranded Ypsilanti Heritage Festival features live entertainment, helicopter rides, food vendors, a BBQ competition, a classic car show (Sat. & Sun.), the Tribute Rosie Troupe, a rubber ducky race (Sun., 5 p.m.), and more. Also, a kids area with bounce houses, pony rides, crafts, games, and more.
2 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 10 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). Ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. [map]


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Saturday


August 2019
 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]


 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

47th Annual Bonsai Show: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Aug. 24 & 25. Display of more than 100 bonsai grown by club members. Also, voting for a People's Choice Award, bonsai demos, expert advice, and a sale of bonsai materials and accessories.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Admission $3 (tentative; age 12 & under, free). Metered parking. aabonsaisociety@gmail.com, 647-7600. [map]


 10 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

YpsiFest.

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Aug. 23-25. The rebranded Ypsilanti Heritage Festival features live entertainment, helicopter rides, food vendors, a BBQ competition, a classic car show (Sat. & Sun.), the Tribute Rosie Troupe, a rubber ducky race (Sun., 5 p.m.), and more. Also, a kids area with bounce houses, pony rides, crafts, games, and more.
2 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 10 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). Ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. [map]


 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

DIYpsi Summer Festival.

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Aug. 24 & 25. Thousands attend this annual show and sale of works by more than 90 Midwest artists. Food, beer, and coffee available. Live music by local bands runs noon-8 p.m. on Sat. and noon-6 p.m. on Sun., with headliner Little Traps (Sat., 6 p.m.), a local pop-folk sextet.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. $1 donation. Diypsi.com. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

DIYpsi Summer Festival.

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Aug. 24 & 25. Thousands attend this annual show and sale of works by more than 90 Midwest artists. Food, beer, and coffee available. Live music by local bands runs noon-8 p.m. on Sat. and noon-6 p.m. on Sun., with headliner Little Traps (Sat., 6 p.m.), a local pop-folk sextet.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. $1 donation. Diypsi.com. [map]


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Sunday


August 2019
 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

47th Annual Bonsai Show: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Aug. 24 & 25. Display of more than 100 bonsai grown by club members. Also, voting for a People's Choice Award, bonsai demos, expert advice, and a sale of bonsai materials and accessories.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Admission $3 (tentative; age 12 & under, free). Metered parking. aabonsaisociety@gmail.com, 647-7600. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

YpsiFest.

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Aug. 23-25. The rebranded Ypsilanti Heritage Festival features live entertainment, helicopter rides, food vendors, a BBQ competition, a classic car show (Sat. & Sun.), the Tribute Rosie Troupe, a rubber ducky race (Sun., 5 p.m.), and more. Also, a kids area with bounce houses, pony rides, crafts, games, and more.
2 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 10 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). Ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. [map]


 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]


 3:30-5 p.m. 

Neighborhood Gathering at Garden Homes Park.

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Get (re)acquainted with neighbors and relax in the park. Kona Shaved Ice Truck planning to come with treats for purchase.
Garden Homes Park, 1800 Franklin St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. gardenhomesgathering@gmail.com [map]






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