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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales - Week of August 2, 2021

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 2021
 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

2021 Cruise Nights: Chelsea Classic Cruisers.

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All invited to bring their classic and vintage autos to display. Awards chosen by the participants.
Arctic Breakaway, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 649-1106. [map]


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Thursday


August 2021
 11 a.m-10 p.m 

24th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Aug. 5-7. Three days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers. Today's headliners are the Xenia (OH) traditional bluegrass & gospel quintet Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (2 & 8 p.m.) and one of the hottest bluegrass bands around, Lonesome River Band (3 & 9 p.m.), an outfit known for its great harmony singing, lickety-split solos, and white-hot ensemble playing. Also, the North Carolina harmonizing bluegrass quintet Deeper Shade of Blue (11 a.m. & 5 p.m.), traditional bluegrass by the Nashville-based band Fast Track (noon & 6 p.m.), and

Nashville country singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse (1 & 7 p.m.). Emcee is bluegrass finger-picker Blake Williams.
11 a.m.-10 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan. Day passes $40 in advance, $45 at the gate ($35 after 5 p.m. on Thurs. & Sat.; on Fri., $45). Three-day pass, $85 in advance; at the gate, $100. MilanBluegrassFestival.com/bluegrass-festival, 439-1076. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Farm Picnic Series: Green Things Farm

Collective.

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Aug. 5 & 12. All invited to bring your own dinner to eat and a blanket to sit on, while socializing with others at this organic farm.
Green Things Farm, 3825 Nixon Rd. Free, but donations suggested. GreenThingsFarm.com. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs., July 1-Aug. 12. Concurrent musical entertainment on 7 stages downtown, as well as children's activities and a "How to Chalk" series with local street artists. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. Tonight: The ethereal, jazzy folk-pop duo Dede Alder & Josh Holcomb, the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble, Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones, local folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, guitarist Al Jacquez, and the Kari Holmes Trio, a country-pop ensemble fronted by the Detroit-bred singer-songwriter Holmes.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 474-9178. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Salty Summer Sounds": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 26. Downtown family-friendly concerts by area bands. Bring your own lawn chairs to sit on. Also, outdoor seating at some restaurants. Dancing. Tonight: The popular teen folk ensemble Saline Fiddlers.
7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. SalineMainStreet.org, 717-7406. [map]


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Friday


August 2021
 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, WaterlooHunt.com/dressage-shows.html. [map]


 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 

24th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Today's headliner is Nashville-based guitarist-singer Jimmy Fortune (8 p.m.), a former member of the popular Statler Brothers country-pop ensemble. Fortune's latest CD, God & Country, is a collection of hymns about people who have fought for America's freedom. Also, the young traditional bluegrass quintet Tennessee Bluegrass Band (11 a.m. & 3 p.m.), ICM 2018 bluegrass album of the year winner Dave Adkins (noon & 4 p.m.), Florida traditional bluegrass singer-songwriter Amanda Cook (1 & 6 p.m.), and the Malpass Brothers (2 & 7 p.m.), a North Carolina-based classic country-inspired duo discovered by Merle Haggard.
11 a.m.-9 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan. Day passes $40 in advance, $45 at the gate ($35 after 5 p.m. on Thurs. & Sat.; on Fri., $45). Three-day pass, $85 in advance; at the gate, $100. MilanBluegrassFestival.com/bluegrass-festival, 439-1076. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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All age 18 & up invited to watch an alligator feeding (7:30 p.m.), followed by a presentation on animals native to Africa, including the Nigerian Pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, macaws, and more. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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Saturday


August 2021
 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, WaterlooHunt.com/dressage-shows.html. [map]


 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. 

"Annual Thunder Over Michigan": Yankee Air Museum.

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Aug. 7 & 8. One of the nation's largest "warbird" events, this great show of WWII-era and later fighter aircraft includes everything from a flyby of the world's largest gathering of 18-20 medium-sized B-25 bombers to the display of the immense Airbus A400M Atlas and the museum's own gleaming B-17 Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady." The air show culminates in a thrilling display of aerobatic maneuvers by some of the nation's leading pilots, performing high speed and low level passes. Also, helicopter rides and a "KidZone" with bouncy houses and rock climbing routes. Concessions. Park your car on the airfield, and bring personal umbrellas, lawn chairs, and snacks; no alcohol, grilling, or pets.
8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (different shows), Willow Run Airport (off I-94), Ypsilanti. Tickets $185 per show, admits 1 vehicle, in advance only at YankeeAirMuseum.org/AirShow.


 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

24th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Today's headliner is the veteran country-influenced bluegrass outfit Steve Thomas & the Time Machine (3 & 8 p.m.), whose frontman Thomas is known for his steady vocals and his use of a range of string instruments from guitar and mandolin to fiddle. Also, singer-songwriter Larry Stephenson (11 a.m. & 5 p.m.), the youthful traditional bluegrass quintet High Fidelity (noon & 6 p.m.), the Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass (1 & 7 p.m.), and former IBMA Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent (2 & 8 p.m.).
KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan. Day passes $40 in advance, $45 at the gate ($35 after 5 p.m. on Thurs. & Sat.; on Fri., $45). Three-day pass, $85 in advance; at the gate, $100. MilanBluegrassFestival.com/bluegrass-festival, 439-1076. [map]


 10 a.m.-evening time TBA.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Pride: Jim Toy Community Center.

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Annual LGBTQ community celebration, online for the 2nd year in a row, with livestreamed music, drag and burlesque performances, & more. Headliner is VINCINT, a queer L.A.-based pop singer-songwriter known for his dynamic and charismatic performances that range in style from gospel-backed belting to the soft croon of a whispery falsetto. In 2018, he rose to prominence after finishing as a finalist on season 1 of the singing competition The Four, and his 2020 debut album There Will Be Tears has been praised for its emotional honesty by MetroWeekly.com reviewer Sean Maunier. Also, performances by Out Loud Chorus, Nashville pop singer-guitarist Brody Ray, young Detroit singer-songwriter Rēdi Choi, the local duo Drew De Four & Kin Curran, and others.
10 a.m.-evening time TBA. Online at AnnArborPride.com. Free. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
SUMMER HOURS: 2:00-8:00 PM
Readers~Healers~Shopping
Admission: $3 at the door = FREE gift, FREE snacks, FREE parking
Readings & Energy Work: $2/minute (15-minute minimum)
Cash & credit/debit accepted
READERS for AUGUST 7:
NEW to the PARTY: Monique Peralta - Intuitive Tarot "Bruja"
Michelle Michael - Psychic Medium & Channel
Shaila Solshine - The Generational Gypsy & Medium
RETURNING to the PARTY: DaVida Ross - Spiritual Counselor & Card Reader
ENERGY HEALERS for AUGUST 7:
LORI IRVIN - Medical Intuitive Healer, Holy Fire Reiki Master
AMY FEGER - Visionary Energy Healing & Soul Retrieval
SPECIAL VENDOR for AUGUST 7:
Kitchen Bruja Botanica - Offering inspired sprays, oils, and other locally-made products for your spiritual protection, cleansing, & rituals.
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. amy@enlightenedsoulcenter.com https://www.enlightenedsoulcenter.com/psychic-saturday-party [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"9th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza": River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

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Kelsee Vandervall, R4's new music director, leads this Tecumseh-based 13-piece orchestra in "Return to Ragtime," a program featuring music by 20th-century composers Will Tyers, Cora Salisbury, Felix Arndt, Grace LeBoy, and others. Tonight is also the premiere of many tunes, including the orchestra's namesake rag composed by Pulitzer-winning local composer Bill Bolcolm and R4 music director emeritus William Hayes. Cash bar. Rain or shine.
Washtenaw County Fairgrounds Building B, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (includes 1 drink) in advance at RagTimeBand.org or at the gate. (630) 715-5910, info@r4ragtime.org. [map]


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Sunday


August 2021
 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, WaterlooHunt.com/dressage-shows.html. [map]


 8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. 

"Annual Thunder Over Michigan": Yankee Air Museum.

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Aug. 7 & 8. One of the nation's largest "warbird" events, this great show of WWII-era and later fighter aircraft includes everything from a flyby of the world's largest gathering of 18-20 medium-sized B-25 bombers to the display of the immense Airbus A400M Atlas and the museum's own gleaming B-17 Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady." The air show culminates in a thrilling display of aerobatic maneuvers by some of the nation's leading pilots, performing high speed and low level passes. Also, helicopter rides and a "KidZone" with bouncy houses and rock climbing routes. Concessions. Park your car on the airfield, and bring personal umbrellas, lawn chairs, and snacks; no alcohol, grilling, or pets.
8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (different shows), Willow Run Airport (off I-94), Ypsilanti. Tickets $185 per show, admits 1 vehicle, in advance only at YankeeAirMuseum.org/AirShow.


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]






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