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During Covid-19: Some of these events are canceled. Please see websites.

Highlights of Ann Arbor's yearly calendar. For comprehensive current events, use the Observer Daily Calendar link below.

NOTE: This listing spans two years--always check the year as well as the date.

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AACME: Ann Arbor Creativity and Making Expo

Free family-friendly showcase of local invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Exhibits include robotics, radio, rocketry, machines, tools, STEAM & STEM projects, whimsical creations, participatory activities & more. Volunteers welcome. May, 2020 date TBA.

343 S. 5th Ave., Downtown library [map]

African American Downtown Festival

Crafts, merchandise, food, and kids' activities at N. Fourth Ave. and E. Ann St. Musical, theatrical, and dance performances. First Sat. in June 9 a.m.-8 p.m. June 6, 2020.

(734) 858-9121

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair

Forty antiquarian book dealers sell 1st editions, old and collectible books, children's books, Americana, prints, and more. Sun. Oct. 17, 2021,

Michigan Union ballroom, 530 S. State [map]
Jay Platt, (734) 995-1891

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Three independent fairs with close to 1,000 artists. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original (734-994-5260,, is on Ingalls Mall, North University, and E. Washington. The Ann Arbor's State Street Art Fair (734-646-1500, is in the shopping districts around State and Liberty. The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair (734-662-3382, has a downtown section on Main and Liberty and a campus section on S. State and S. University through the business district. Includes entertainment stages, artist demonstrations, art activities, and food and drink vendors.

Summer 2021 Dates: No Townie Street Party this summer and three days rather than four. July 15-17, 2021. Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Summer 2022 Dates: Preceded on Mon. Jul. 18, 2022 by the Dart for Art community race (734-994-5260) and the Townie Street Party (, with free live music and art activities, a Youth Art Fair, and food and drinks for sale. Art Fair Dates and Times: Jul. 21-24, 2022, Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.

Ann Arbor Film Festival

The longest-running independent and experimental film series in North America celebrates film as art with screenings of all lengths and genres over six days in March. Also panels, workshops, multimedia installations, and parties. Mar. 24-29, 2020.,

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty; office: 230 Collingwood, #160B [map]
(734) 995-5356

Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Two concerts of roots and acoustic music to benefit The Ark. Features well-known acts along with musicians on the rise. Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2020.,

Hill Auditorium, 825 North University [map]
(734) 761-1800. Tickets: (734) 763-8587

Ann Arbor JCC Book and Arts Festival

Brings in authors and other forms of artistic expression. Movies, music, and visual arts plus author talks. Some events are off-site. Each November,

Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow [map]
(734) 971-0990

Ann Arbor Pride

Kerrytown District. Celebrates the diversity of gender identity, sexual orientation, and the LGBTQ community. All are welcome. Live music, dancing, food, substance-free spaces and events, family-friendly programming, resource connecting, and other events. Follow Jim Toy Center on Facebook for more information. August 1st. & 2nd., 2020

Ann Arbor Summer Festival & Top of the Park

Presents 170+ events over nearly 4 weeks each summer, 90 percent of which are admission-free. The Mainstage ticketed series features performances by marquee talent in music, public radio, circus, dance, and comedy in a variety of venues. The admission-free Top of the Park series, held outdoors on Ingalls Mall at 915 E. Washington St., offers concerts, movies, kids activities, wellness classes, and open-air spectacles with local food vendors. Top of the Park takes place 6 nights a week (except Mondays) starting at 5 p.m. June 12-July 5, 2020.

(734) 994-5999. Tickets: (734) 764-2538

Apples and Honey

Annual family event celebrating the Jewish fall holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simcah Torah. Hands-on crafts, games, inflatables, snacks and food for purchase, baked goods for purchase, and more. Apple and honey tasting. Open to all. Sun. Sept. 22, 2019, 3-5 p.m.,

Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow [map]
(734) 971-0990

Benefit Concert for The Breakfast Program at St. Andrews

Local and top name musical entertainment to benefit St. Andrews daily meal program. March.

316 S. Main, The Ark [map]
(734) 761-1800

Cinetopia International Film Festival

Starting 2019, partnered with the Jewish Film Festival in Ann Arbor. Eleven-day festival with feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world's top film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes. Screenings at the Michigan Theatre, the State Theatre, the Detroit Film Theatre, and other Detroit metro locations. 2020 May dates TBA.

(734) 668-8397

Dancing in the Streets

An afternoon of dancing to live music, including swing, square, contra & more, as well as concerts, performance dance groups, and children's activities. Held outdoors at the corner of Main & Washington. Sponsored by AACTMAD, the Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance. 1:30-6:30 p.m. Labor Day Sunday.,

(734) 786-8380

Dawn Farm Jamboree

Family-friendly event with activities for all ages: music and entertainment, live and silent auctions, a gift table, a children's tent and midway, hayrides, farm animals, food and beverages. All proceeds support Dawn Farm's care for people with addictions. Free admission. Sept. 8, 2019.,

6633 Stony Creek Rd. [map]
(734) 485-8725

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery

Family fun and fitness event with four bike rides to choose from, a run/walk, and a Recovery Celebration lunch. All proceeds support Dawn Farm's care for people with addictions. April 26, 2020.,

6633 Stony Creek Rd. [map]
(734) 485-8725

Earth Day Festival

2020 is the 50th anniversary. Celebration with environmental education displays from local-area non-profits, live music, hands-on activities, guided hikes, live-animal presentations, wind-energy demonstrations, learning presentations, and more. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes representing plants and animals. Apr. 19, 2020. Noon-4 p.m.,

Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver


One of North America's premier alternative music festivals, featuring jazz and experimental new music. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., and other locations. Oct. 2021.,

(734) 769-2999


A downtown spectacle of larger-than-life puppetry and pageantry, accompanied by musical entertainment, which everyone is invited to help create and operate. Apr. 5, 2020. 4-5 p.m. At Fool Moon, two days earlier, processions carrying hand-made luminary sculptures converge on Washington and Ashley streets downtown for interactive art installations, laser shows, beer tent, DJs, street dancing, and more. Dusk to 10 p.m. April 3, 2020.,

Green Fair

Downtown exhibits promoting Washtenaw County nonprofits, local environmental groups, products, and sustainability issues. Clean energy, alternative fuel vehicles, energy saving appliances & green building materials. Green commute/alternative transportation, live music, organic fare, live birds of prey, and activities for children. June 12, 2020. 6-9 p.m.,

Main Street from William to Huron
(734) 794-6161, ext. 41602

Grillin' for Food Gatherers

During Covid-19: Event is canceled for 2021. See website for updates. (click on events)

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline [map]
(734) 761-2796

Huron River Day

River exhibits, discounted canoe and kayak rentals, live music, food vendors, fishing, and a children's activity tent. May 22, 2022. Noon-4 p.m.,

Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller [map]
(734) 794-6240


Commemorates the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas and the Southwest on June 19, 1865. Performances by local talent, games, health and nonprofit information, food concessions, vendors, cake walk and a children's area. June 20, 2020,

Wheeler Park [map]
(734) 761-9084

Kerrytown NashBash

Outdoor concert featuring musicians from Ann Arbor and Nashville. Beer, wine, barbecue & food truck offerings. 5-9:30 p.m. Open-mic afterparty at Braun Court, 9:30-11 p.m. Third Thurs. in Aug. Aug. 20, 2020.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Michigan A Cappella Festival (MACFest)

A showcase for all 15 U-M a cappella groups. 2019 fall date TBA.

Rackham Auditorium [map]
(734) 763-1107

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

More than 300 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown. July 10, 2020. 2-10 p.m.,

(734) 668-7112

Shakespeare in the Arb

University students and local actors in an alfresco production of a Shakespeare play that moves through various settings in Nichols Arboretum. 2022 dates: June 5-8; 12-15; 19-22; 26-29.

1610 Washington Hts. [map]
(734) 647-7600

Taste of Ann Arbor

Bite-sized samples from local restaurants and cafes, live music, and children's activities. Downtown. May 31, 2020.,

(734) 668-7112

The Ark's Storytelling Festival

International, national, and regional storytellers. Sat. 7:30 p.m. (aimed at adults) and Sun. 1 p.m. (aimed at kids). Feb. 22 & 23, 2020.,

316 S. Main [map]
(734) 761-1800

Week After Art Fair Song Fest

During Covid-19: Event canceled for 2021. Check website for updates.,

Wine, Women, and Song

Local, notable singer-actresses perform songs from musical theater to light opera, including some original numbers. Wine included in admission. Winter 2022.,

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. [map]
(734) 769-2999

Ya'ssoo Greek Festival

Live Greek music, St. Nicholas Dancers, Agora Marketplace, bookstore, church presentations, raffle, homemade Greek food and pastries. June 7-9, 2019.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church [map]
(734) 332-8200

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