Ann Arbor Upcoming Events Thru April

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At First Street Garden Inn, we know the special people on your gift list can sometimes be difficult to buy for. They need something special, something planned with just them in mind. We’ve got just the ticket.

Who wouldn’t love a getaway trip to the biggest little city in Michigan? Whether it’s a romantic getaway or an arts lover’s dream that would suit your loved ones, you can find an event in the list below. Then call us to book a stay while in town for the event. If you pay for your reservation in advance, we’ll include a customized gift certificate sent to you or your loved ones (For Christmas gifts, call by Dec. 15). Find the perfect event your loved ones would like in the list. Many are within walking distance of the inn.

And share this information with your friends and loved ones so they can take care of the people on their list, too. You can download the list as a pdf file here.

Note:  All event information in this resource has been gathered from outside sources and may not be current. Before going to any locations listed here, please call or email to confirm hours and locations. First Street Garden Inn is providing this information as a service to our guests and cannot be held responsible for incorrect or changing information.  (Information courtesy of PureMichigan, YpsiReal, Ann Arbor Visitors Bureau, and others.)

Upcoming Events in the Greater Ann Arbor Area

Through April 2017

Downtown Ann Arbor Parking Link to Ann Arbor Parking Map from Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.

AATA – The Ride ~ City Bus

November 2016

Nov 30 ~ The 13th Annual Wine Cellar – 6:30pm

At Bona Sera, 200 W Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI.  Unified – HIV Health And Beyond invites the community to the 13th Annual Wine Cellar Wine Tasting and Raffle in support of the care, prevention, and outreach services provided to adults and youth living with or affected by HIV in Southeast Michigan. Join us for an evening of music, a tasting of the season’s best wines courtesy of everyday wines, delicious hearty appetizers from bona sera café and hand-crafted chocolates and confections by sweet gem confections. At the heart of the event is a raffle filled with an impressive array of wine donated by celebrities, wine collectors, bon vivants and chefs. Over 50 bottles of wine go to one lucky winner – an instant wine cellar! Back again this year is the lightning fast live auction and terry’s trivia! For more information contact Development Dir., Chris McMullen 734.572.9355, ext. 261 or

December 2016

Dec 2  ~  Midnight Madness

7 PM – 9 PM  Main Street, Ann Arbor  A Holiday Tradition in Downtown Ann Arbor!  Stores open late! Holiday Sales! Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County will be roaming the sidewalks, along with various outdoor entertainers and performances.  Don’t miss these great holiday deals from your favorite downtown businesses!!

Dec 2, 2016 ~ 3rd Annual Art Off The Wall    6:00 – 9:00 pm

The Ann Arbor Art Center 117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Art off the Wall, two floors of unique gifts, artwork by over 200 artists, all price ranges, supporting local artists. Art Off The Wall, our biggest Holiday Exhibition & Shopping event ever, where our first and second floors are joined together creating one giant shopping space where you will find unique artwork by local artists. Come find the perfect – one of a kind – gift!

Dec 2-4 ~ Novi Equestrian Expo 

At  Suburban Collection Showplace  248.348.5600.  The 22nd Annual Novi Equestrian Expo is thrilled to welcome nationally renowned equine clinicians Stacey Westfall and Ken McNabb! The Expo features exciting riding exhibitions and breed demonstrations– plus an extensive shopping area.

Dec 9 ~ Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra ~ Holiday Pops  8:00 pm

at Hill Auditorium  734.994.4801 Featuring your holiday favorites! Special guests: Measure for Measure, Pioneer, Huron and Saline H.S. Choruses.  Start your weekend with a festive mix of orchestra and voice.

December 10 -11   Holiday Home Tour

If you’ve never experienced the Ypsilanti Holiday Homes Tour, this is the year to step over the threshold of some of the most striking homes & buildings in the Ypsilanti area.

Dec 10 & 11 ~ D.I.Ypsi Indie Holiday Art Fair @ Riverside Arts Center

Holiday art market at the Riverside Arts Center. On Dec 10, 11am-7pm and Dec 11, 12-6pm. Check out the best indie artists our region has to offer for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. Bring your appetite, and get ready for some tasty food and drinks while you shop.

December 2016 ~ The Ark ~ Shows And Events

1 THURSDAY        Jen Cass & The Lucky Nows, 8:00 Pm, $15

2 FRIDAY               Enter The Haggis, 8:00 Pm, $20

3 SATURDAY        Jeffrey Foucault – 8:00 Pm, $20

4 SUNDAY             Carrie Newcomer 7:30 Pm, $20

8 THURSDAY        The Ragbirds Present: The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show 8:00 pm, $20

9 FRIDAY               The Ragbirds Present: The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show 8:00 pm, VIP $50, $32 Reserved, $25 GA

10 SATURDAY      The Ragbirds Present: The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show  8:00 pm, VIP $50, $32 Reserved, $25 GA. Doors Open: 7:30 pm  Genre: Contemporary Songwriters & Groups

11 SUNDAY           Delbert McClinton with Opener:  Brian Dunne   7:30 pm, $50

17 SATURDAY      Blackthorn        8:00 pm, $20

Dec 19 ~ Cocktail Classes with Tammy’s Tastings

Better with Bubbles at The Last Word, 301 West Huron, Ann Arbor 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Survey Classes feature drinks make from a wide variety of ingredients and are the most casual. Spirits-Focused Classes are a bit more educational, focus on one kind of spirit, and include spirit tastings along with cocktails. Lab Classes have a lot of spirit tastings and are the most structured, as each person develops their own recipe. Check out the topics on the events page on Tammy’s Tastings website for descriptions and tickets.

Thru Dec. 17 ~ Morning After Grace at The Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea

Thurs-Sat at 8 pm ~ Regular performances~ 2 pm matinees Sundays. 3 pm matinees Wed & Sat. The Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. For info or reservations, call the box office at (734)433-7673 or visit them online.  Review by Hugh Gallagher.  Morning After Grace Is a Hilarious and Sensitive Comic Drama.  Growing old can be hell but it can also be hilarious, as proven by the Purple Rose Theatre Company’s World Premiere presentation of playwright Carey Crim’s Morning After Grace. Crim’s meditation on aging, marriage, and sexual frustration is in the superb hands of director Guy Sanville. A three-actor cast handles the unforced and sparkling humor with the precision of a well-disciplined string quartet while also letting it all out when the humor turns to a cathartic sadness.

Dec 9-11 Ypsi-Ann Arbor Winter Art Tour

Ann Arbor Art Center~Art Off The Wall 117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor

Fri, Dec 9, 6:00-9:00pm      Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am-6:00pm      Sun, Dec 11,  10:00am-5:00pm Two Floors of Unique Gifts, Artwork, Supporting Local Artists. All Price Ranges. Our Biggest Holiday Exhibition & Shopping Event ever. Our first & second floors are joined together creating one giant shopping space where you will find unique artwork by local artists. Come find the perfect – one of a kind – gift!

Kate Tremel And Friends Art Studios  627 Gott St.   734.327.3727

Sat, Dec 10, 2016 12:00pm-5:00pm

Ypsi Alloy Studios   564 South Mansfield Street, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197

December 10 & 11, 2016 12:00pm  7:00pm

Yourist Studio Gallery  1133 Broadway Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

Fri, Dec 9   5:00-8:00pm      Sat, Dec 10  10:00am-6:00pm    Sun, Dec 11  10:00am-5:00pm

Clay Work Studio 2763 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

Fri, Dec 9  6:00-8:00pm     Sat, Dec 10  9:00am-6:00pm  Sun, Dec 11  12:00- 5:00pm

Front Porch Textiles    1219 Traver Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

December 10 & 11, 2016  10:00am  5:00pm

Art On Adare!     1510 Kearney Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

December 10 & 11   11:00am  5:00pm

Tiny Expo   Ann Arbor Downtown Library, 343 South 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor

Saturday, December 10    11:00am  5:30pm

Thru Jan 29, 2017 ~ Europe on Paper: The Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection

at University of Michigan Museum of Art   734.764.3731  intersection of South State St. & South University Ave.    Visually stunning, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging, the Collection features 47 works on paper drawings, prints, and watercolors from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Thru Jan 29, 2017 ~ Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater

from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art at University of Michigan Museum of Art, intersection of South State St. & South University Ave. 734. 764.3731   Kabuki actors were superstars in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japan. They were admired by passionate fans with an insatiable appetite for images of them, fed by a publishing industry that mass-produced colorful woodblock prints.

Nov 1 thru Jan 15, 2017 ~ In Focus: Paul Klee

at University of Michigan Museum of Art, South State St. & South University Ave.   734. 764.3731    The Swiss-born artist and theorist Paul Klee (1879–1940) created works of art with a universal appeal, often with a humor and whimsy akin to the naïve drawings of children. This installation features an evocative oil and watercolor painting recently donated to UMMA, Das Paar in der Dämmerung (The Couple at Dusk) which shows Klee operating at the height of his powers and embodies his inventive imagery and expressive use of color. Dating from the years that Klee taught at the influential Bauhaus art school in Weimar, Germany, this work reflects one of the artist’s signature creative processes: the transfer of an existing drawing to a new sheet of paper, which is then augmented with watercolor.

Thru Jan 22, 2017 ~ Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask

at University of Michigan Museum of Art, South State St. & South University Ave. 734.764.3731    The Traces exhibition focuses on one artwork from the Museum’s African holdings: A Chokwe mask that was collected in 1905 near the Angolan city of Dundo by the German explorer Leo Frobenius.

Thru Mar 12 ~ The Aesthetic Movement: Artists of the Photo-Secession

at University of Michigan Museum of Art 734.764.3731. Pictorialism was the first truly international photography movement & its practitioners, among them Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen & Gertrude Kasebier, sought to position photography as a legitimate aesthetic art form.

Nov 26, 2016 thru Apr 2, 2017 Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers

from the MacLean Collection at University of Michigan Museum of Art  734.764.3731.  The first major exhibition to examine the subject of Tibetan book covers. For Tibetan Buddhists, books are a divine presence in which the Buddha lives & reveals himself and they are venerated & handled with the utmost respect. Exhibition features thirty-three book covers dating from the 11th to the 18th century that represent the glorious iconographic array & non-figural decoration typical of these sacred items. The majority of Exhibition covers are Tibetan Buddhist, but the exhibition also includes a rare Bon-religion cover & two covers from Mongolia, as well as an important pair of covers produced circa 1411 for the Chinese Ming emperor Yongle. Protecting Wisdom presents a stunning visual display that illuminates a virtually unknown type of art, one that will charm & intrigue both those familiar & unfamiliar with Tibetan art.

Thurs, Dec 15 ~ WXW Merry Mingling  – 4:00-6:30 pm

At Babs’ Underground, Ann Arbor, MI   Ring in the season with other women business leaders at WXW’s annual holiday mixer. Relax and enjoy an informal evening to connect with local women business leaders and reconnect with women in the WXW community! This event offers non-stop networking, savory hors d’oeuvres, and tasty wine & beer. At 5:30 pm we will offer a celebratory toast to our attendees’ accomplishments in 2016. We will be supporting the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. If you would like to participate, please bring a donation for the Women’s Center. Information about ways to support Women’s Center.

Sun, Dec 18 ~ Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Holiday Open House 1:00-3:00 pm

110 W Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI, Michigan Firehouse Museum. Visitors can experience the museum decorated for the holidays and see all the entries in the gingerbread firehouse contest. There will be crafts for the kids; holiday fire safety information, and a chance to visit with Santa. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for adults and $3 for children for non-members. This event is sponsored by the Washtenaw Federal Credit Union.

Every Tues – Dec 20th ~ Ypsilanti Winter Farmers Market  3:00-7:00 pm
16 S Washington Street, Ypsilanti, Mi at the back of the lot through the double green doors. The Ypsilanti Farmers Market has moved indoors for the season, inside the Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace, a building currently under renovation by growing hope. The winter Ypsilanti Farmers Market will feature a large variety of vendors, including some familiar faces from the current market season. Shoppers can expect to find winter crops, baked goods, meat, eggs, honey and syrup, spices and oils, cheese, coffee, soaps and lotions, handmade goods, and much, much more! The market will also offer prepared foods, including food from Beezy’s Cafe!

Dec 2 ~ Metal Art By Cherie Opening Reception – 6:00-9:00 Pm

At Mix Ypsilanti, 130 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI

Mix is excited to host the work of Ann Arbor based artist Cherie Haney for our December exhibit. Under the studio name “Metal Art by Cherie”, she has created a collection for this show of aluminum and mixed media wall art inspired by several artists, including the aerial landscape photography of Emmet Gowins “changing earth series 1987-2012”. Cherie builds mixed media backgrounds for her wall sculptures inspired by Gowins with earthy leather, patina on copper, stencil painted aluminum and sgraffito – a technique of scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color. Cut aluminum forms inspired by grafitti and the environmental work of Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser hover over the mixed media background.

Cherie’s aluminum wall tiles have an intimate interaction between shape, shadow and reflective surface. The use of positive and negative shapes within the intricately cut designs cast alluring shadows that interact with the piece itself. An interest in vintage medical illustrations and industrial decay have affected the work for this exhibit, allowing the artist to assemble a collection of metal and mixed media wall tiles that are both abstracted and inviting. Nibbles & bubbly will be served.

Dec 3 ~  Moving Image: Landscape– 11:00 am

525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Mi.  Moving Image: Landscape explores traditional notions of landscape through four very different time-based works by artists Jim Campbell, Antti Laitinen, Joanie Lemercier, and Rick Silva.

Campbell’s recent body of work, including seal rock, presents pixilated images of landscapes created with grids of LEDs. The low-resolution LEDs create a tension between representation and abstraction, provoking viewers to interpret visual information on their own. In the three-channel video It’s My Island, Laitinen builds his own island in the Baltic Sea by dragging two hundred sand bags into the water over a period of three months. The work explores ideas of nationality, citizenship, and identity as the artist creates his own single-citizen micro-nation. Lemercier’s computer-generated print landforms uses patterns of black dots and projected light to create the illusion of three-dimensionality and movement when seen from a distance. The effects are more realistic than a still image, but still unsettlingly artificial. Silva’s Render Garden explores the digitized landscape, including remix and glitch aesthetics, through software that endlessly generates new plant combinations.

Dec 4 ~ Baker’s Holiday Showcase – 1:00-5:00 Pm

At Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace Hall, 16 S Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI  Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace Hall hosts the holiday baker’s showcase with your favorite farmers market and area artisan bakers. A one stop shop for unique cakes, cookies, breads and pastries for the holidays. Buy baked goods on site or order for the holidays! Get your holiday pre-orders in before everyone else by finding your favorite local area bakers at the showcase! Some of our bakers will offer options for those who are vegan, gluten free, and have other dietary restrictions.

Dec 6 & 7 ~ The Nutcracker: A Jazz Suite – 8:00 Pm

Yellow Barn Theatre, 410 W Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI.  The Saline Big Band and Lighthouse Dance Company present the Nutcracker Suite! In 1960, the Duke Ellington Orchestra performed Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged by Billy Strayhorn, for 17-piece big band for the first time. This ballet performance includes music and dance under the direction of Leer Sobie (Music Director) and Delle Clair (Choreographer).

A remarkable twist on a beloved classic with traditional ballet and modern jazz. Tickets are available for $15 through the Yellow Barn Box Office. Sales at the door will be $20 each. Purchase Tickets

Dec 9 ~ Winter Wonderland Daddy/Daughter Dance – 6:00-8:00 pm

Ages: 5-12.  Pre-registration required by Dec 7.  701 W. Ellsworth, Ypsilanti, MI at Pittsfield Township Community Center  fee: $40 ($10/each additional child)   Pitts: $35 ($10/each additional child)  Join us for an enchanted evening with your little “princess.” A winter wonderland evening filled with music, dancing and refreshments. Daughters will receive a special gift and an opportunity to purchase a keepsake photo with dad, grandpa, uncle or special family member. No moms, grandmas or aunts, please.

January 2017

Jan 15-20 ~ Ann Arbor Restaurant Week   11:00 am  Ann Arbor & Ypsi

A local celebration of dining in our community. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Restaurants offer fixed pricing for lunch and dinner with extraordinary menus tailored to the event. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy old favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants.

THE ARK ~ JANUARY 2017 Shows And Events

3 TUESDAY            50 First Jokes   8:00 pm, $10

6 FRIDAY                Crossroads Ceili    7:30 pm, $20

7 SATURDAY        The Yellow Room Gang   8:00 pm, $20

8 SUNDAY              Nathan Bell    7:30 pm, $15

10 TUESDAY          Bill Bynum & Co.    8:00 pm, $15

12 THURSDAY      The Sweet Water Warblers    8:00 pm, $20

13 FRIDAY              Kiana June Weber    8:00 pm, $15

14 SATURDAY      Jill Jack Birthday Bash    8:00 pm, $20

15 SUNDAY            The Hot Club of Cowtown  7:30 pm, $25

16 MONDAY          Dom Flemons    8:00 pm, $15

18 WEDNESDAY  The Alash Ensemble   8:00 pm, $20

19 THURSDAY      Red Tail Ring   8:00 pm, $15

21 SATURDAY      Sideline    8:00 pm, $20

22 SUNDAY            Sara Watkins   WITH Opener: Liz Longley   7:30 pm, $25

27 FRIDAY              40th Ann Arbor Folk Festival – Night One   At Hill Auditorium 6:30 pm, $37.50 – $200 one night; $67.50 – $360

28 SATURDAY      40th Ann Arbor Folk Festival – Night Two At Hill Auditorium 6:30 pm, $37.50 – $200 one night; $67.50 – $360

Jan. 27-29 ~ Wine, Women, and Song

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

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

Michigan A Cappella Festival (MACFest)

2016-2017 performances tba    (734) 763-1107
Rackham Auditorium.  A showcase for all 16 U-M a cappella groups.

Jan 11 & 23 ~ Cocktail Classes with Tammy’s Tastings

Classes tagged survey feature drinks make from a wide variety of ingredients and are the most casual. Classes with the spirits-focused tag are a bit more educational, focus on one kind of spirit, and include spirit tastings along with cocktails. Classes tagged lab have a lot of spirit tastings and are the most structured, as each person develops their own recipe. Upcoming & New Cocktail Classes Check out the topics below. Visit the events page on Tammy’s Tastings website for descriptions and tickets.
January 11           Stirred, Not Shaken, at Antietam, 1428 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI, 48207   7:00-8:30 ~ Learn why James Bond was wrong as you explore modern & classic stirred cocktails
January 23         Sour Power at The Last Word 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Exploring citrus in             cocktails, from the traditional to the unusual.

February 2017

Feb. 3 & 4 ~ Wine, Women, and Song at Kerrytown Concert House

415 N. Fourth Ave. (734) 769-2999

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

Feb 10  ~  Artini      7:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm

Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Feb. 17-19, 2017 Dawn Dance Weekend

(734) 476-4650  A Nonstop Weekend Of Traditional And Folk Dancing To Live Music Provided By National Bands, Plus Workshops On Different Dance Styles And Choreography, Group Singing, And Music Jams.

Feb. 6 & 20 ~ Cocktail Classes with Tammy’s Tastings

Survey Classes feature drinks make from a wide variety of ingredients and are the most casual. Spirits-Focused Classes are a bit more educational, focus on one kind of spirit, and include spirit tastings along with cocktails. Lab Classes have a lot of spirit tastings and are the most structured, as each person develops their own recipe. Check out the topics on the events page on Tammy’s Tastings website for descriptions and tickets.

February 6           Serious Tiki Drinks at The Last Word, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – A serious exploration of rum as expressed through tiki
February 20         Black Bartenders Matter at The Last Word, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – With guest speaker Amas Muhammad, in honor of Black History Month

March 2017

Mar 13 & 27 ~ Cocktail Classes with Tammy’s Tastings

Survey Classes feature drinks make from a wide variety of ingredients and are the most casual. Spirits-Focused Classes are a bit more educational, focus on one kind of spirit, and include spirit tastings along with cocktails. Lab Classes have a lot of spirit tastings and are the most structured, as each person develops their own recipe. Check out the topics on the events page on Tammy’s Tastings website for descriptions and tickets.

March 13             Pink Drinks that Don’t Suck at The Last Word, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
March 27             Brandy is Dandy at The Last Word, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

THE ARK ~ Shows And Events

1 WEDNESDAY            California Guitar Trio       8:00 pm, $25

Lake Street Dive with Special Guest: Joey Dosik

At Michigan Theater 8:00 pm, $35-$40

2 THURSDAY                Vishtèn   8:00 pm, $15

3 FRIDAY                       Rose Cousins    8:00 pm, $20

8 WEDNESDAY            Fred Eaglesmith   8:00 pm, $20

9 THURSDAY                San, Emily & Jacob    8:00 pm, $15

12 SUNDAY                   Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies   7:30 pm, $50 Gold Circle,

$37 reserved, $30 GA

13 MONDAY                 Glen Phllips    8:00 pm, $20

14 TUESDAY                 Téada   8:00 pm, $20

15 WEDNESDAY          Willie Nile  8:00 pm, $20

16 THURSDAY              Aladair Fraser & Natalie Haas    8:00 pm, $20

22 WEDNESDAY          Mark O’Connor    8:00 pm, $25

30 THURSDAY              Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers   8:00 pm, $15

31 FRIDAY                     Agnes Obel   8:00 pm, $20

Mar. 21-26 ~ Ann Arbor Film Festival

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor ~  Office, 217 N. First 734.995.5356.   Started in 1963, the longest-running independent and experimental film series in North America; exhibits 6 days of screening films of all lengths and genres celebrating film as art. Includes panels, workshops, multimedia installations, and parties.

April 2017

THE ARK ~ Shows And Events

5 WEDNESDAY            Tift Merritt     8:00 pm, $20

7 FRIDAY                       Shawn Mullins   8:00 pm, $25

11 TUESDAY                 Shane Koyczan   8:00 pm, $20

12 WEDNESDAY          Morgan James   with Special Guest:  Andy Allo  8:00 pm, $20

20 THURSDAY              Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer  8:00 pm, $15

23 SUNDAY                   Paula Cole   7:30 pm, $25

Apr 8 ~ University Of Michigan Bicentennial 7 P.M. At Hill Auditorium.

U-M Alumnus James Earl Jones + More Celebs Coming for U-M Bicentennial

April 23 ~ Earth Day Festival  12:00pm to 4:00pm  Free for All ages

Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver, Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee, a coalition of local environmental nonprofits and agencies, and held at Leslie Science & Nature Center. This free, family-friendly event features displays from 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; live entertainment; green building & commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more. New this year – earth day learning presentations, which will be featured in the nature house every half hour beginning at 12:30.

Apr 7  ~  FoolMoon  734.763.7550 On Washington St. dusk to midnight.

Procession of participants carrying hand-made luminary sculptures with food, live music, shadow puppets, and film projections.

Apr. 9  ~ Festifools       4-5 p.m.   734.763.7550

A downtown spectacle of larger-than-life puppetry and pageantry accompanied by musical entertainment which everyone is invited to help create and operate.

Apr 30 ~ Dawn Farm Ride For Recovery – 08:00 am – 2:00 pm

6633 Stony Creek Road (Dawn Farm), Ypsilanti Township, MI 48197   On-site registration open 7:00-10:30 am. All events begin & end at Dawn Farm   Breakfast: 7:00-9:00 am. Recovery celebration lunch (with hot food) 11:00am-1:30 pm.   The ride for recovery is a family-fun fitness event that will help to provide critical support to Dawn Farm by raising funds for our continuum of services to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery.

Schedule:  bike rides: (helmets are mandatory for all riders)  100k metric century “serenity” ride starts 8:00 am. 40 mile “honesty” ride starts 8:00 am.
25 mile “openness” ride – starts 9:00 am.  10k “willingness” ride – starts 10:00 am.
Run/walk: * 5k/10k “stony creek shuffle” walk/run starts 10:30 am.
* (roads will be closed to through traffic during the run/walk)

Sun, Apr 9 ~ Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra ~ Peter and the Wolf

04:00 pm at Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ypsilanti, MI  Pre-concert activities: 2:30 – 3:30 pm   Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra   Platypus Theatre brings Prokofiev’s masterpiece to life with spirited choreography, colorful sets and larger-than-life masks.  Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (4th movement).  Schumann: “Traumerei” from Kinderszenen.  Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1.  Beethoven: Prometheus Overture.  Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee.  Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf


We’re sure we missed many events ~ there’s just so many! If you’d like your event added to the list for the new year, email the information to us at and we’ll do our best to get you on our next guide.

Links to online event calendars you can search.

Ann Arbor Observer Calendar of Events

The Arts & Culture Alliance Southeastern Michigan

Discover Our Town ~ Ann Arbor Restaurants

Ann Arbor Arts Alliance

Ann Arbor Area Convention And Visitor’s Bureau


Ypsi Real Local Events Calendar

Wikido.Com — Things To Do In Ypsi Area

Eventbrite Ypsilanti Events–ypsilanti/events/?crt=regular&sort=date

Yelp Ypsilanti Area Events

City Of Ypsilanti Calendar Of Events,

Washtenaw County Local Events Ecalendars,

Washtenaw County Parks And Recreation

Washtenaw County Government Calendar Of Events;jsessionid=74C5D24FEE5386FFDCFC06C34E672489


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