Five Tips for Attending Ann Arbor’s Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Art Fair hits downtown Ann Arbor this July 16th-19th. With the work of 1,000 artists on display, there is a lot of ground to cover if you want to see it all! Today, Maricat Eggenberger provides some helpful tips for navigating the fair. 

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Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

This July 16-19, the Ann Arbor downtown will be transformed with over 1,000 juried artists featuring their artwork from all over the country. If you have ever attended the Ann Arbor Fair, you understand the diversity of art work represented and the lively atmosphere of Ann Arbor’s downtown and campus streets.  If you haven’t attended before, we hope you’ll make a trip to see what the Ann Arbor Art Fair is all about. We’ve crafted a list of our top 5 insider tips for before and during your visit to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the United States.

Getting to the Fair & Parking: Parking for the Art Fair is very easy and inexpensive if you choose to use the Park and Ride Options available. Simply park at Huron High School, Maple Village Shopping Center, Pioneer High School or Briarwood Mall.  There are shuttles that will take you right downtown to the fair! For more information on the pick-up locations and ticket costs, check out the Art Fair Parking and Shuttle page.  Getting to Ann Arbor during the next few months may be met with navigational challenges if you don’t plan ahead. Orange construction barrels can be seen along most area roads indicating lane closures, and in some cases complex detours. Our local news outlet, the Ann Arbor News, has been doing an excellent job of keeping us up-to-date, but you can also check out Michigan’s Department of Transportation site for a detailed map including current and future construction plans.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Navigating the Fair: The best way to navigate the fair is to make sure you are armed with an Art Fair map.  Maps can be found on the Art Fair website. In addition, Art Fair guides are available at all welcome booths found throughout the fair.

Engage with the Fair: This year you have the opportunity to engage with the fair through Social Media!  Follow the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and then through your engagement you could be the winner of some great Art Fair throwback gear! Use the hashtag #ArtFairTBT when sharing your old photos from your trips to the Art Fair to enter. During your visit be sure to share your photos of your awesome art finds, delicious dining excursions and fun adventures using the hashtags #AnnArborArtFair and #VisitAnnArbor!

Ann Arbor Art Fair - Social MediaExperience the Art Fair Entertainment: In addition to the streets of booths to enjoy, the Art Fair also has live entertainment scheduled for during and after fair hours! Also, don’t forget to check out the Cooling Misting Station and the Art Activity Zones!  For more details on the musical performances and fun activities, check out the full schedule.

Plan Ahead: July in Ann Arbor can reach high temperatures, plan ahead with water bottles, cool and light clothing and watch the forecast for chances of rain.

Maricat EggenbergerMaricat Eggenberger is the Communications Manager for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She’s a proud Michigander that loves traveling, anything eco-friendly and the little adventures in life.

The 2013 Ann Arbor Art Fair: 1,100 Artists, 1,100 Stories, and One Big Michigan Tradition

For more than 50 years artists with amazing talents and unsurpassed skills have come to the streets of downtown Ann Arbor to exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. This year, artists will display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers from July 17 – 20. 

Daniel Cherrin who works with the team behind this award-winning event is here to fill us in on what to expect this year. Read from him below and learn more about The Ann Arbor Art Fair by visiting michigan.org.

Tradition is important in Michigan and some will even tell you that tradition began in Ann Arbor. In fact, every July 1,100 artists from all over the world submit their artwork to a jury of their peers waiting for the honor and privilege of exhibiting in The Ann Arbor Art Fair.  The Ann Arbor Art Fair is not just one fair – it is four major art fairs in one big event.

For four days, from July 17-20, 2013, art collectors, people watchers and those that just enjoy being a part of tradition will come to Ann Arbor to walk the 30 city blocks of pop-up retail before these artisans pack up their crafts and move on to other locations.  It is the time of year when friends meet up and where parents take a day off of work to spend it with their children.

Every year brings new artists and brand new art. Whether it is experimenting with a new medium – from mixed media to digital media, from wood to metal, jewelry to fiber and fabric – The Ann Arbor Art Fair has something for everyone, making it one of the top art fairs in the nation.

Every artist has a story to tell, and in Ann Arbor you will have the chance to hear their stories and then the opportunity to re-tell it when you share their art with friends and family.

For example, talk to celebrities such as Barbara Lazaroff or Dustin Hoffman and they will tell you about their private collection of works by Sondra Wampler, a California surfer turn photographic artist, whose works also appear in the corporate collections of the Four Seasons, Scottsdale Quarter, Kaiser Permanente and others.

Work from Darrin Hoover

Speaking of celebrities, have you seen artist Ayala Naphtali’s works on NBC’s Parenthood or how about the works of Armando Pedroso on Chicago Fire or Cougar Town?

Most artists have interesting stories to tell about how they became an artist.  Take Darrin Hoover, always known as “the kid that could draw,” is now a well-known artist who has created a unique style of aging new wood to create something we can all connect to.

So this July, come to Ann Arbor to celebrate, collaborate and create with our 1,100 artists, spanning over 30 city blocks, from 38 states and four countries, for the 54th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 17-20, 2013.,Each one has a story to tell and it is your opportunity to develop new relationships, build on old ones and enjoy a right of summer, one of Michigan’s best traditions and an event that is Pure Michigan. It’s a great time to also take part in the many art demonstrations, children’s activities, musical entertainment, shopping and to enjoy all the wonderful restaurants Ann Arbor has to offer. For more information, please visit TheAnnArborArtFair.com.

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Daniel Cherrin is an attorney practicing public relations, crisis management and public affairs. He is the former Communications Director for the City of Detroit and Press Secretary to the Mayor of Detroit. He is a co-founder of M10 Marketing, an integrated brand + advertising + marketing + agency, providing organizations the opportunity to expand and build their brand. The Ann Arbor Art Fair is an M10 client.

Pure Michigan July 2013 Events Roundup

Summer will have officially arrived by July in Pure Michigan, and there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy what our state has to offer! Whether it’s an art fair, an outdoor concert or a fireworks display, July has something to offer for everyone.

Below is a roundup of a few of the many events going on around the state in July. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing of things to do across the state.

Week of June 30

National Cherry Festival 2013
June 29–July 6, 2013, Traverse City                                                           Get your planner out and write down the dates for a great week or family fun when you attend the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City on June 29–July 6. There will be colorful parades, marching bands, music shows, sporting events, amusement rides along with carnival games on the midway and food items, pie eating contests and loads of luscious cherries prepared every way you can think of. For more information, visit the website link or call the Cherry Festival office at (800) 968-3380.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2013
July 3-7, 2013, Battle Creek
Get ready for five action-packed days at the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. Daily hot-air balloon launches, night balloon illumes, a dazzling fireworks display, twilight and night pyro air show featuring a jet-powered school bus. Top civilian air show performers will have you amazed! A carnival, crafters, souvenir booths and special displays and an array of food vendors will only enhance spectator’s experience. Visit the website for more information.

Blue Water SandFest
July 4-7, 2013, Port Huron
The Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light will be holding the inaugural “Blue Water SandFest” on July 4 – 7, 2013, at the Fort Gratiot Light Station grounds. The event will feature master sand sculptors from across the country, in this first-event-of-its-kind in Michigan. This four day event will have a variety of family and adult activities including vendors, demonstrations, music, sculpting classes and sand sculpting competitions. For more information, visit the website link or call (810) 982-0891.

Cadillac Freedom Festival
July 4-7, 2013, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park with evening live entertainment. There will be the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and a full day of events including Thunder on the LakeShore Motorcycle Show, Wrestling Extravaganza, children’s bounce houses, food & merchandise vendors, dunk tank, hot air balloon rides, community photo, ‘better than a water park’ event, and evening finale with the fireworks. For more information, click here or call (231) 775-0657.

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 5-6, 2013, Muskegon
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon and in Hackley Park. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and a Michigan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere. For additional information, visit the website or contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at (231) 722-3751.

Escanaba Sesquicentennial 150 Celebration
July 5-13, 2013, Escanaba
Escanaba will celebrate its 150th birthday with concerts, water ski shows, displays, logrolling, races, and parades! Each day’s activities highlight our rich history. The event is held at Ludington Park with shuttles to/from the fairgrounds where some activities will be held. For event information, visit the website link or call (906) 786-0631.

Week of July 7

Lowell Riverwalk Festival
July 11-13, 2013, Lowell
This three-day event includes many activities for families to enjoy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including concerts, Arts & Crafts & Re-found Treasures show, From the Heart Parade and Rumble the Riverwalk (motorcycles), Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Kidz Zone, pontoon rides, kayak and canoe race, food booths, and street entertainers. More information is available here.

Cheboygan Waterways Festival
July 11-14, 2013, Cheboygan
Formerly known as the Riverfest, this festival highlights Cheboygan and the inland waterways. Events include Kids Day, The Waterways Parade, The World Championship Wanigan Race, Kayak Sprint, Back on Black Kayak Odyssey, men’s fast-pitch softball tournament, art show, antique show, community breakfast, live entertainment, food, cold beverages and much more. For more information on this event call (800) 968-3302 or visit the website link.

Tall Ship Celebration
July 11-14, 2013, Bay City
This July, Bay City is proud to host the largest gathering of tall ships in the state of Michigan. Join us for the ONLY official Michigan stop on the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013. Majestic tall ships will line both sides of the Saginaw River the way they did more than a hundred years ago. Guaranteed to take your breath away, you’ll be inspired by the sights and sounds of Bay City’s award-winning Maritime Festival. Activities include interactive deck tours, grand arrival of Tall Ships, maritime music, Tall Ship excursions, art show, and free shuttle service. Learn more here.

Blissfest 2013
July 12-14, 2013, Harbor Springs
Blissfest is 100% Pure Music! The festival includes jazz, folk & roots music from terrific artists. The event also includes crafts, dancing, workshops and more. This is a great family weekend! Call (231) 348-7047 or visit the website for a schedule and/or ticket price options. The fun is going on at Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd, Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Detroit APBA Gold Cup
July 12-14, 2013, Detroit
The APBA Gold Cup, officially named the APBA Challenge Cup, is among the most prestigious of motor sport trophies, in part because it is the oldest active trophy in all of motor sports. The trophy was first awarded in 1904. See Unlimited Hydroplanes race at speeds near 200 miles per hour! Our event covers a large area on the Detroit River, so there are many different viewing areas and ticket plans. For additional information (ticket, seating, schedule), please call (586) 774-0980 or visit the website.

Week of July 14

Ann Arbor Art Fair
July 17-20, 2013, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a group of four award-winning art fairs that take place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 2013 Art Fair will take place July 17-20, 2013. Artists display their latest work and engage the imaginations of more than 500,000 annual fairgoers. The varied parts of the fair fit together to form an amazing impression – full of sound, color, mystery and drama. The concurrent Ann Arbor fairs include the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, South University Art Fair, and the State Street Area Art Fair. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (800) 888-9487.

Beaver Island Music Festival
July 18-20, 2013, Beaver Island
Come to this three day music festival set in a unique wooded venue offering free campsites. The Beaver Island Music Festival is a rich mix of music, art and nature. For a time and space, everyone comes together to share in the important things: song and dance, art and laughter, and a light-hearted peace that’s worth its weight in gold. Admission ticket required. Children 12 and under are free. Visit the website for this year’s line-up and for ticket prices.

Muskegon Bike Time
July 18-21, 2013, Muskegon
Muskegon Bike Time is America’s fastest growing motorcycle event, full of fun, food, music and motorcycles. Each year Western Avenue, in downtown Muskegon, is converted into a 10-block long “Steel Horse Alley” where bikers can show off their rides. Don’t miss all of the fun, including musical entertainment by national artists and blessing of the bikes. Learn more on the website.

National Baby Food Festival
July 17-20, 2013, Fremont
The National Baby Food Festival is gearing up for its 23rd annual celebration of children and families, July 17-20, 2013. Family fun is the key component in the National Baby Food Festival in Fremont, Michigan. Children’s activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts show, 5 and 10K run, and more. Don’t miss the Annual National Baby Food Festival! For More information visit the website link, or call (231) 924-0770

AuSable River Festival
July 20-28, 2013, Grayling
The festival includes fun filled events like a car show, parade, arts and crafts, children’s day, canoe races, food, a 10k run and 120 mile Bike Tour. This event centers around the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon. For more information contact (989) 348-2921 or click on the website link.

Week of July 21

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2013
July 26 – August 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The Coast Guard Festival is a unique, premier ten day national military festival, whose purpose is to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Come and enjoy activities for the whole family with a community picnic, a huge arts & crafts show in Central Park, a midway, water ski show, sporting events and more. Visit the link or call the Coast Guard Festival office for more details at (888) 207-2434 or (616) 846-5940.

Stevensville Summer Fest
July 26-28, 2013, St. Ignace
The Stevensville Summer Fest offers plenty of fun for everyone. The event includes an outdoor movie showing, 5K run, motorcycle ride, children’s entertainment, beer and wine tent, and craft and vendor booths. Come out and join the fun and discover Stevensville Michigan!

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair
July 25-27, 2013, Sterling Heights
The 2013 Sterlingfest schedule of events features a variety of great music to keep visitors entertained, including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment. Plus, free fun activities for the kids allow mom and dad to take their time in the arts & crafts fair. Visit the website for more information.

Sounds & Sights Festival
July 25-27, 2013, Chelsea
This annual event features juried arts and crafts, fine arts display, free entertainment, beer garden, children’s activities, merchant sales, car show, specialty foods and more. For more information visit the website or call (734) 474-9178.

Saugatuck Venetian Festival
July 26 – 29, 2013, Saugatuck
The Festival includes music, a kids fun area with activities, car show, boat parade & fireworks at dusk, and food vendors at Coughlin Park and downtown Saugatuck. For more information, visit the website link or call (616) 886-1162.

Week of July 28

Nautical City Festival
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Rogers City
The Nautical City Festival is a safe, fun filled, family event that promotes community pride in Rogers City with its nautical heritage. Make it to town for the kiddie parade, grand parade, lumberjack shows, parasailing, softball tournaments, and much, much, more. Click here for more information.

Traverse City Film Festival 2013
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Traverse City
Founded in 2005 this festival presents an outstanding selection of independent films as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held in or near downtown Traverse City and there are free family movies each night at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay. For more information visit the website or call (231) 392-1134.

Harbor Days 2013 – Elk Rapids
July 31 – August 3, 2013, Elk Rapids
Get ready to come and enjoy some summer fun when the downtown Elk Rapids area becomes the fun place to be with midway rides and games in a carnival atmosphere, a grand parade on Saturday at noon on River Street and fireworks that night at 10:30pm over the bay. For more information call (800) 626-7328 or visit the website.

Pickford Hay Days
July 31 – August 4, 2013, Pickford
This event is celebrated in Pickford, just a few miles north of Cedarville. The Pickford community rolls out five days of activities. Draft horse pulls, hay bale races, parades, a 2K, 5K & 10K walk/run, teen dance and guitar hero contest, petting zoo, lawn tractor pull, turkey shoot, chicken bbq and much, much more will be offered at this event. Visit the Hay Days website below for a detailed list of activities, plus a downloadable schedule of events. For more information, call (906) 647-9395 or visit the website here.

Imlay City Blueberry Festival 2013
August 2-3 2013, Imlay City
Enjoy hospitality, entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts display, pie, pickle and pizza eating contests, food court vendors and beer tent or the Outhouse Bed Races. Pony rides for the young, car show on the lawn, annual parade on Saturday and fresh blueberries and pies. For more information contact (810) 724-1361 or visit the website.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.