Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature one of our top 12 reasons to live in Ann Arbor.
- Exceptional Public Schools
- Vibrant Local Culture
- Great Commuting Options
- Job Opportunities
- University of Michigan
- Location, Location, Location
- Eclectic Mix of Restaurants and Bars
- Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
- Healthy Community
#10. Fairs and Festivals
From nationally renowned fairs and festivals to grassroots events, Ann Arbor offers something for everyone all year long.
Ann Arbor Art Fairs
Arguably the most popular event with the most national exposure, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are a group of four award-winning art fairs that take place annually. Over 500,000 visitors, from Ann Arbor and around the world, attend the fairs. The four fairs consist of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original; The State Street Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair. The 2012 art fairs are scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 21.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Held for just over three weeks in late June and early July, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of preforming arts, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival offers dozens of performances, activities, and exhibitions for people of all ages. The 2012 Ann Arbor Summer Festival kicks-off on Friday, June 15.
Ann Arbor Folk Festival
The Ann Arbor Folk Festival is a fundraiser for The Ark, a non-profit club for acoustic music. The two-night event showcases dynamic and different music.
FestiFools & FoolMoon
FestiFools, a non-profit production of the START program at the University of Michigan, bring together students and community volunteers to create unique papier-mâché puppets. On Sunday, April 1st, the enormous puppets (and their makers) will march down the streets of downtown Ann Arbor for everyone to enjoy.
The masterminds who created the beloved FestiFools parade, have expanded their foolishness to include FoolMoon. This sublime moonlit event, scheduled from dusk to midnight on Friday, March 30th, is a kick-off event for FestiFools. The evening will feature an enormous procession of hand-made illuminated sculptures carried through downtown Ann Arbor to Washington Street. This nighttime extravaganza is fun for the entire family.
Ann Arbor Film Festival
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. This six-day festival presents features more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres. The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival kicks-off on Tuesday, March 27th at the Michigan Theater.
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