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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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A2ZERO Week

A chance to learn more, get involved, and have fun while working to achieve carbon neutrality. Virtual and community-wide events; email or visit website for locations. Email to get involved or co-host. May 31st - Jun. 5th, 2022. cschopieray@a2gov.org, sustainability@a2gov.org, a2gov.org/sustainability

Various locations
(734) 794-6430, ext. 43725


AACME: Ann Arbor Creativity and Making Expo

During Covid-19: Events cancelled for 2021. See website for updates. aadl.org/aacme

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, and craft and vendors. First Sat. in June 9 a.m.-8 p.m. June 6, 2020. cwpfestival@gmail.com, a2festival.org


(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 jplatt@provide.net, annarborbookfair.com

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, artfair.org), is on Ingalls Mall, North University, and E. Washington. Ann Arbor's State Street Art Fair (734-646-1500, statestreetdistrict.org) is in the shopping district around State and Liberty. The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair (734-662-3382, theguild.org) has a downtown section on Main and Liberty and campus sections on S. State and S. University. Includes entertainment stages, artist demonstrations, art activities, and food and drink vendors.

Preceded on Mon. Jul. 18, 2022 by the Dart for Art community race (734-994-5260) and the Townie Street Party (towniestreetparty.com), 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. 22-27, 2022. info@aafilmfest.org, aafilmfest.org

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. 28 & 29, 2022. feedback@theark.org, theark.org

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. Nov.-Dec. 2021; see website for exact dates. noemiherzig@jccannarbor.org, jccannarbor.org

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


Ann Arbor Pride

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. Aug. 7, 2021, 10 a.m. During Covid-19: Event is virtual. annarborpride.com




Ann Arbor Summer Festival & Top of the Park

Presents 180+ events over nearly 4 weeks each summer, 90 percent of which are free. The ticked series features performances by marquee talent in music, public radio, circus, dance, and comedy in a variety of venues. The free Top of the Park, 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 Tues.-Sun., starting at 5 p.m. June 10-July 3, 2022. a2sf.org


(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, food, and baked goods for purchase, and more. Apple and honey tasting. Open to all. Sept. 19, 2021. 2-5 p.m. peretzhirshbein@jccannarbor.org, jccannarbor.org

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. Winter. breakfastatstandrews.org/home/benefit-concert

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


Cinetopia International Film Festival (Michigan Theater Foundation)

Ten-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. May 2021. cinetopiafestival.org


(734) 668-8397


Dancing in the Streets

During Covid-19: Event not occurring in 2021. Check website for updates. info@aactmad.org, aactmad.org/dits


(734) 786-8380


Dawn Farm Jamboree

Family-friendly event with activities for all ages: music and entertainment, live and silent auctions, children's games and activities, hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin patch, and local food. All proceeds support Dawn Farm's Scholarship Fund for people with addictions. Free admission. Sept. 12, 2021. donation@dawnfarm.org, dawnfarm.org

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 Scholarship Fund for people with addictions. April 24, 2022. rideforrecovery@dawnfarm.org, dawnfarmrideforrecovery.org

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


Earth Day Festival

Environmental celebration with 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 bring reusable water bottles to this zero-waste event. aaearthday@gmail.com, a2earthday.org

3000 Fuller (Gallup Park) [map]


Edgefest

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. 28-30, 2021. kch@kerrytownconcerthouse.com, kerrytownconcerthouse.com


(734) 769-2999


FestiFools and FoolMoon

FestiFools is a downtown spectacle of larger-than-life puppetry and pageantry, accompanied by musical entertainment, which everyone is invited to help create and operate. Apr. 3, 2022. 4-5 p.m. Preceded 2 days earlier by FoolMoon, a community-created public art celebration featuring hand-made luminary sculptures, interactive art and lighting installations, street art performances, and more. Apr. 1, 2022. wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com, wonderfoolproductions.org

Kerrytown, Main St., and State St. [map]


Grillin' for Food Gatherers

Second Sunday in June. During Covid-19: See website for summer 2022 status. foodgatherers.org (click on get involved/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. csaam@a2gov.org, a2gov.org/hrd

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


Juneteenth

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 18, 2022. wvhamp@comcast.net, a2naacp.org

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. During Covid-19: See website for updates. kerrytown.org/community-events

Ann Arbor Farmers Market


Michigan A Cappella Festival (MACFest)

A showcase for all 15 U-M a cappella groups. 2021 fall date TBA; see website for updates. maccexec.wixsite.com/website

Rackham Auditorium [map]
(734) 763-1107


Rolling Sculpture Car Show

More than 300 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown. July 8, 2022. 2-10 p.m. sandra@mainstreetannarbor.org, mainstreetannarbor.org


(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. mbgna.umich.edu

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. Typically held in June. During Covid-19: Sep. 19, 2021. sandra@mainstreetannarbor.org, mainstreetannarbor.org/taste-of-ann-arbor


(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). February 2022. Check website for dates. feedback@theark.org, theark.org

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


Week After Art Fair Song Fest

During Covid-19: Check website for updates. rodgersjane@hotmail.com, facebook.com/a2fos




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. kch@kerrytownconcerthouse.com, kerrytownconcerthouse.com

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


Ya'ssoo Greek Festival

During Covid-19: See website for updates. annarborgreekfestival.org

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




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