Corn Mazes Around Ann Arbor
Get lost in the crisp air and falling leaves with a trip to a local corn maze! Here are some of our picks for meandering family fun in the Ann Arbor area.
Blast Corn Maze
Hours: Friday, 5pm – 10pm; Saturday, 11am – 10pm; and Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Address: 6175 Daly Road, Dexter, MI, 48130
Interesting Information: There’s a maze for everyone at Blast, with short, medium, and full mazes spanning 10 acres and 3.5 miles. Kids can play in the corn box or straw mountain, and everyone can pick their own pumpkin in the U-Pick Pumpkin Patch.
Things to Do this Fall in the Ann Arbor Area
Autumn has arrived! Although the temperatures are cooling down, this is still a great time to get outside and enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature before the snowflakes start to fall. We’ve included some options for great fall festivals, farms with apple and pumpkin picking, and (of course) football below.
Take in some history and satisfy your sweet tooth at the Dexter Cider Mill. They are the oldest continuously operated cider mill in Michigan, and they are now open with fall hours, Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm. In addition to natural cider, the Mill also offers a variety of delicious baked goods and weekend entertainment. Visit them at 3685 Central Street in Dexter.
A2 Restaurant Week, January 20-25, 2013
Is there a new restaurant you’ve been waiting to try or an old favorite that you’ve been missing? Grab your family or a friend and get out to enjoy our wonderful local cuisine because Ann Arbor Restaurant week is here again! Typically, each restaurant offers a special fixed price menu of 1-3 course meals with a few offering 2 for 1 deals. Lunches are $15 and Dinners are $28. Participating establishments are listed below along with a link to their restaurant week menus and specials.
Restaurants in Downtown Ann Arbor:
What To Do Around Ann Arbor this Holiday Season
‘Tis the season for jolly good fun and spending time with loved ones.Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are just a few of the events and activities in and around Ann Arbor this month.
Saturday, December 8
- 19th Annual Cookie Walk. First United Methodist Church. 120 S. State St., Downtown Ann Arbor. 9-11am. Homemade cookies available for sale. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international missions. Free parking & admission.
- Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market. Kerrytown, 315 Detroit St, Downtown Ann Arbor. 7am-3pm. Find the perfect, locally made holiday gifts from a wide array of artisans.
- Santa Visits Kerrytown. Kerrytown Markets and Shops, Downtown Ann Arbor. 10am-1pm. Free.
- 3rd Annual Cookie Walk. First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti. 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. 9am-noon. Hundreds of homemade cookies for purchase. Sit down for coffee & cookies and enter the raffle for a gingerbread house. $1/person and homemade cookies are $7/pound.
Memorial Day & Weekend Parades & Activities
Memorial Day is more than just a day off of work and school for Americans. It’s the perfect time to attend some of these great activities and honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to teach our youth what it really means. Following is a list of some events going on in the Ann Arbor area.
Saturday, May 26th
- Annual Riverside Park Pops Concert. Free concert by the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra. 3:30pm. Taking place at Riverside Park in Depot Town. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this annual event.
- VFW Annual Open House & Memorabilia Display. 10am-5pm. Free. Located at VFW Graf-O’Hara Post 423: 3230 S. Wagner, Ann Arbor. View one of the largest private collections in the Midwest, including uniforms, weapons, field gear, personal items, and more from the Spanish-American War until the present.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week January 15-20, 2012
Calling all foodies and those who like a good value – Ann Arbor Restaurant Week begins this Sunday! If you didn’t get your fill of fantastic food over the holidays, you have one last chance without feeling the guilt. Local chefs are putting together special menus to highlight their best culinary skills during this week long celebration. Prices have remained the same as last year, with $12 lunches and $25 dinners. These fixed priced menus generally offer 3 course meals, with a choice of items, and a select few will be offering 2 for 1 deals. Here is a list of participants:
Downtown Ann Arbor Restaurants:
Ann Arbor Holiday Activities and Things to Do
The holiday season is here and promises to be bigger and better than ever in Ann Arbor. There are plenty of holiday activities and unique, local shopping experiences in and around town. Here are a few of the things going on in the month of December.
Saturday, December 3
- 40th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale. Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness St, Dexter. 9am-3pm. Hand-made gift items for sale, baked goods, raffle, and a visit from Santa between 10:30-Noon.
- Christmas at the Mansion. Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd, Dexter. Noon-6pm. Donation of $1/child and $5/adult. Stroll through the mansion, beautifully decorated by Dexter local businesses along with 6th grade classes, while enjoying cookies, cider, a live holiday ensemble, and a visit by Santa.
- Saline Holiday Parade. Downtown Saline at 5:30. Annual parade featuring marching bands, floats, horses and more, followed by the arrival of Santa.
- All the Trimmings Holiday Show. Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12. Free entry and refreshments. A wide array of offerings from jewelry to fiber arts to wood carvings, holiday greens and more.
- 24th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday. Downtown Chelsea, various locations. A fun-filled weekend holiday celebration that begins Friday evening with Santa’s arrival to light the Christmas Tree at Pierce Park at 6pm, followed by many activities and entertainment until Sunday evening. Visit chelseafestivals.com for a complete schedule.
- Santa Visits Kerrytown. 407 N. Fifth Ave. 10am-1pm. Visit with Santa and enjoy live musical performances from local musicians, schools, and groups.
There’s a Lot to Do in Ann Arbor
Fall is one of the most beautiful times in Michigan and always reminds us of why this is a great place to live. The Ann Arbor area has so many fun activities planned to keep you entertained until the holidays arrive. So get out and enjoy the crisp air, sunny days, and gorgeous fall colors. Here are some of the local events planned through Halloween.
Labor Day Weekend Activities 2011
If you aren’t already planning on heading up north, as us Michiganders like to do, and are looking for some fun this Labor Day weekend, there are plenty of things happening in Ann Arbor and the greater Detroit area. From community fairs to performances to football, there is something going on for everyone.
Saturday, September 3
- University of Michigan Football vs. Western Michigan University. 3:30pm at The Big House, Downtown Ann Arbor.
- Eastern Michigan University Football vs. Howard University. 7pm at Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti.
- Saline Community Fair. 9am-late evening at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Fair rides, food, and fun with animals, tractor pulls, motocross, a parade, and much more.
- Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival. Noon-11pm at 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd, Ann Arbor. Free event. Enjoy live music, a petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, cake walk, Vegas tent, silent auction, Corvette car show, and much more. Pulled pork dinner on Saturday and Chicken dinner on Sunday.
- Detroit International Jazz Festival. Downtown Detroit. Free event. 5 stages of live music that showcases the best in Jazz, poetry slams, kids bop, and art. Saturday fireworks.
- Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Downtown Hamtramck. Carnival rides, Art Fair, 5k race, live music, Canoe race in the street, parades, polka, food, pub crawl, and much more.
- Arts, Beats, & Eats Festival. Downtown Royal Oak. Featuring over 250 live performances including many big named musicians, over 70 restaurants showcasing their best food, a fine art show, puppet show & kid’s activities, and more.
Washtenaw County Events – August 2011
With summer in full swing, the local activities heat up and offer a little something for everyone in the Ann Arbor area. From Dexter Daze to the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival to the Chelsea and Saline Fairs, the final month of summer will keep Ann Arbor families entertained until the first day of school. Here are some of the local fairs and events throughout the month of August.
Wednesday, August 3
- Fiddlers and Fast Cars. 6-10pm. Downtown Ann Arbor on Main Street between William and Liberty. Free. Features classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods with musical performances by the award winning Saline Fiddlers.
Friday, August 5
- Michigan Roots Jamboree. 3pm-midnight. Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. $15/day or $50/weekend pass, includes camping at Frog Island. Music on 2 stages, kids tent, local artist displays, local food and national brewed beers. For schedule, visit http://www.rootsjamboree.com/.
- Saline Summerfest. 5-11pm. Downtown Saline. Live music, craft/art show, kid’s activities, beer & wine tent, charity ‘Casino Night’, limbo contest. http://salinesummerfest.org/
- Dance Party in the Park. 7pm. Carr Park in Downtown Manchester. $15 or $25 includes dinner. Dance to live Cajun music led by Al Berard, world renowned Cajun fiddler, Louisiana style dinner, cash bar, and silent auction. http://riverfolkfestival.org/