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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 or June, 2019 date TBA.,

downtown library, 343 S. 5th Ave. [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.-9 p.m. June 1, 2019.

(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. No dates for 2019 with U-M Union renovations,

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

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Four independent fairs with more than 1,000 artists. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original (734-994-5260,, is on Ingalls Mall, North University, and E. Washington. The State Street District 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. Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair (734-663-5300, runs from State St. to the South University business district, with branches on East University and Church. Includes entertainment stages, artist demonstrations, art activities, and food and drink vendors. July 18-21, 2019.

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. 26-31, 2019.,

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. 26 & 27, 2018.,

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 JCC Jewish Film Festival

Films from around the world that explore Jewish culture and identity from a range of historical and modern perspectives, using every conceivable film genre. May 12-16, 2019.,

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty [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. Early August 2019

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 14-July 7, 2019.

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

Annual Marriage Equality Celebration

Celebration of the "Day of Decision," when marriage equality became law. Champagne toast, family-friendly fun, including music, dancing, children's activities, treats, special guests, and more in the courtyard. Free. June 30, 2019. More on Facebook.

319 Braun Ct. [map]

Apples and Honey & Lots, Lots More!

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. Thurs. Sept. 6, 2018, 5-7 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

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, the Henry Ford Museum, and Cinema Detroit. 2019 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. Sponsored by AACTMAD, the Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance. 1:30-6:30 p.m. Labor Day Sunday.,

(734) 786-8380

Dart for Art

This race kicks off the Townie Street Party (see below) before the Ann Arbor Art Fair (see above). Top runners compete for cash awards in the elite division, followed by local athletes, families, and anyone else who wants to enjoy a one-mile run in downtown Ann Arbor. 6 p.m. elite runners; 6:30 p.m. community race. July 15, 2019.

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. 9, 2018.,

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 28, 2019.,

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

Earth Day Festival

Environmental education displays from local-area non-profits, live music, hands-on activities, guided hikes, live-animal presentations, wind-energy demonstrations, and more. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes representing plants and animals. Apr. 28, 2019. Noon-4 p.m.,

Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver


One of North America's premier alternative music festivals, featuring jazz and experimental music at Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., and other locations. Oct. 17-20, 2018.,

(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. 7, 2019. 4-5 p.m.,

(734) 223-2836


Processions carrying hand-made luminary sculptures converge on downtown. Interactive art installations, laser shows, beer tent, DJs, street dancing, and more. Begin at Washington St. and Ashley. Sunset to 11 p.m.. April 5, 2019.,

(734) 223-2836

Green Fair

Downtown exhibits promoting Washtenaw County nonprofits, local environmental groups, products, and 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 14, 2019. 6-9 p.m.,

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

Grillin' for Food Gatherers

This festive barbecue blowout fundraiser features live music, food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, kids' games, and a silent auction of food-related items. Rain or shine. 3-8 p.m. June 2019 dates TBA., (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 20, 2018. Noon-4 p.m.,

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


2019 marks 25 years of the Ann Arbor NAACP's observance of 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. Held on Sat. closest to June 19th annually,

Wheeler Park [map]
(734) 761-9084

Kerrytown BookFest

Author panels, book signings, book exhibitors of all types, from booksellers to book artists and printers. Community Book Award Winner presentation, storytelling by Mother Goose and other kids activities. At the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and the Kerrytown Concert House. Sept. 9, 2018. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Michigan A Cappella Festival (MACFest)

A showcase for all 16 U-M a cappella groups. 2019 fall date TBA.

Rackham Auditorium [map]
(734) 763-1107


The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents concerts featuring internationally known artists and new chamber ensembles. June, 2019.,

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


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. Aug. 15, 2019.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

More than 300 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown. July 12, 2019.,

(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. 2019 dates: June 6-9; 13-16; 20-23.

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. June 2, 2019.,

(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. 23 & 24, 2019.,

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

Townie Street Party

Kick-off event to art fair week in Ann Arbor. Live music, food and drinks, free art activities, and the Youth Art Fair, showcasing the work of artists in grades 4-12. Also includes Community Central, the Art Activity Zone, and the annual Dart for Art. North University between Fletcher and Thayer and Ingalls Mall. July 15, 2019.

(734) 994-5260

Wine, Women, and Song

Local, notable singer-actresses perform songs from musical theater to light opera, including some original numbers. Wine included in admission. Jan. 2019.,

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

Ya'ssoo Greek Festival

Local bands and Greek dance groups, and 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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