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/
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance, reflection, and expressing gratitude for our veterans and our country. It’s also a time to spend with family, watch parades, and attend events honoring those that have fought for our freedom and to teach our youth the true meaning of Memorial Day. There are many great events happening in the Ann Arbor area to help celebrate the holiday.
Saturday, May 28th
- Post Open House & Military Memorabilia Display. 10am-5pm. Located at the VFW Post 423 at 3230 S. Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor. Items from the military museum will be on display.
- Celebrate Memorial Day at Your Museum. 12-4pm at the Washtenaw County Historical Museum at 500 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. Learn more about ‘Decoration Day’ and make a traditional wreath or a card to send to a vet.
- Pops on Broadway. 2-4pm. Free outdoor concert at Riverside Park in Depot Town. The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra will be performing ‘A Salute to Broadway’ with a picnic immediately following. Bring a lawn chair and be ready for a great time. Continue reading
Sunday, April 3rd from 4-5pm on Main Street
Come join the fun and excitement at the 5th anniversary of the FestiFools parade in downtown Ann Arbor. FestiFools is a high-energy, whimsical parade of giant papier-mâché puppets that are handcrafted by students and the community alike. Created by Mark Tucker, a professor of art at the University of Michigan’s Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, and former LHSP student Shoshanan Hurand, the main goal of this event is to bring non-art students and community members together to create and showcase art in public places. This annual parade is a huge success and has gained the support of the city of Ann Arbor, the community, and the University of Michigan who recently gave the event a permanent, 2500 square foot studio and 2 art classes devoted specifically to the event.
Want to get involved? Public help is welcomed and encouraged! You can make and enter your own puppet and add to the diversity of this unique parade. This year, local Girl Scouts have created 4 puppets that represent Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. Volunteers are always welcome to help with making the puppets, from January to April, and on the day of the parade to don a mask and hype up the crowd, animate a puppet, set-up beforehand, or clean-up afterward.
This annual parade is definitely an Ann Arbor favorite for all ages, so mark your calendar and come out for the fun. It all happens right on Main Street, between Washington and William from 4-5pm. We hope to see you there! And as always, should you have any Washtenaw County real estate needs, be sure to give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.