Nine Great Selfie Locations in Downtown Ann Arbor

Looking for that perfect place to snap a selfie in Ann Arbor? Here is a list of some of the more iconic backgrounds ideal to show all your friends all the fun you’re having in AA. 

The Cube! Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The Cube! Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The Cube
Although seemingly massive and immovable, the Cube actually rotates on its axis, given a gentle push. The Cube measures 15 feet wide by 15 feet tall.
Location: Regents’ Plaza, U-M Campus Corner of Maynard and Jefferson

Singing in the Rain mural. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Singing in the Rain mural. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Singing in the Rain Mural
Painted by local artist, David Zinn, the lamp post is part of the streetscape, not within the mural. Hang from the post with Gene Kelly for the perfect picture!
Location: West side of S. Fifth Ave., facing Liberty St.

The sign outside of the Michigan Theater. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The sign outside of the Michigan Theater. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Michigan Theater
The beautifully restored historic theater, once a vaudeville & silent-movie hub now hosts diverse films & cultural events.
Location: Liberty St., just west of State St.

Find the Fairy Doors around Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Find the Fairy Doors around Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Fairy Doors
Sprinkled throughout the downtown area, these little creations are doorways to the imagination!
Locations: The Michigan Theater, The Ark, Peaceable Kingdom, Sweetwaters (W. Washington)

The University of Michgian Law Quad. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The University of Michgian Law Quad. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

University of Michigan Law Quad
With striking Gothic-style buildings, The Law Quad is one of the most awe-inspiring locations on campus — second only to The Big House.
Location: Entrance to the Law Quad via the arch is located off South University

The famous "Big House". Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The famous “Big House”. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Michigan Stadium “The Big House”
Snap a selfie outside these iconic gates or climb to the top of the parking structure at Main and William for a great skyline shot!
Location: Gate 4, the corner of Main and Stadium

The front of Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The front of Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Zingerman’s Delicatessen
This Ann Arbor institution was described by Mario Batali as his “temple of deliciousness.” The Deli is regarded as one of the best in the country.
Location: Corner of Detroit and Kingsley Streets in historic Kerrytown.

Exploring Nickels Arcade. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Exploring Nickels Arcade. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Nickels Arcade
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the very few glass-ceiling urban shopping malls in the country. Grab a coffee, do some shopping, and enjoy a walk through history!
Location: Entrances located on State and Maynard, just north of William.

Kerrytown Bell Tower. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Kerrytown Bell Tower. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Kerrytown Market and Shops
Just a few blocks from the heart of downtown, Kerrytown Market & Shops stands out as the most unique collection of shops in the area. Saturdays, Kerrytown hosts the renowned Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
Location: Corner of Kingsley and Fifth Ave.

Check out VisitAnnArbor.org for more information or to begin planning your next visit to the Ann Arbor area. Share your photos with other Ann Arbor fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VisitAnnArbor.

Pure Michigan September 2015 Events Roundup

September will soon be upon us, and with it, the sights, sounds and smells of fall. From great events like Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize to the ever-popular Detroit Jazz Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the month of September. 

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in September. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

September 1 – 5

Michigan Chicken Wing Festival
September 5 – 6
This festival will feature a wing eating & tasting contest, V.I.P. Beer & Wine Tent, Kids Zone with lots of activities, and a variety of bands–Pop, Soft Rock, Blue, R&b, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Free admission.

Evart Car Cruise & Show
September 4 – 5
Want to go places? Want to see cars in action? Friday’s cruise is the place to be! The Car Show is open and cars are not roped off. This allows spectators the opportunity to get close to the car and to interact with the owner. Food and beverages are available. Cruise and Car Show free to spectators.

Marquette Area Blues Fest
September 4 – 6
The 12th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest will be held over Labor Day weekend 2015 at the beautiful Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. The fest features three days of world class blues music, along with workshops, a dance floor, vendors, and a wide array of food and beverage choices! The Friday show is a free event, while the Saturday/Sunday shows are ticketed events.

Jazz Festival. Photo Courtesy of Jason Vaughn.

Jazz Festival. Photo Courtesy of Jason Vaughn.

Detroit Jazz Festival
September 4 – 7
Come and enjoy the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival which occupies two million square feet of downtown Detroit from Hart Plaza on the riverfront, three blocks north to beautiful Campus Martius Park. Entertainment will be placed on stages throughout the space.

Arts, Beats & Eats
September 4 – 7
The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. Each year international, regional and local attractions at the festival make the City of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend.

September 6 – 12

Antiques on the Bluff
September 6
Antiques on the Bluff is held along tree lined Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan! Located in Lake Bluff Park the show runs from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Rain or shine event.

 

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze.

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze.

Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
September 7
Join thousands of walkers and make the five mile trek across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge! Walkers can begin walking at 7 a.m. and can start up until 11 a.m. Walkers begin in St. Ignace at the north end of the Bridge and walk south. The walk is one-way, and bus transportation is available to return you to St. Ignace until 2:30 p.m. You can also park your vehicle in the parking lot of the Little Bear East Arena and be shuttled to and from the start line for the bridge walk.

Downtown Art Walk
September 11
The Downtown Art Walk is a local favorite and will showcase art exhibits throughout Downtown Traverse City. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food, and music on a self-guided tour throughout Downtown Traverse City. Walking maps are available at each participating location and the Downtown Traverse City office.

Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival
September 11 – 12
Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival highlights the Kansas City BBQ State of Michigan Championship Cook-Off and delicious apples of all varieties. Festival also includes Amateur BBQ Competition, apple pie contest, arts & crafts show, Apple A Day 5K Fun Run/Walk, classic vehicle & dune buggy show, kid’s activities, live music, delicious food and much more.

Frankenmuth Auto Fest 2015
September 11 – 13
Over 2500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars are featured. Come and enjoy a weekend of fun and entertainment for all ages. Friday night Big Block Party on Main Street from 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday view the classic cars in Heritage Park. Oldies fest dance in the Harvey Kern Pavilion on Saturday from 7-midnight.

September 13 -19

 

Photo courtesy of Jennie Miller

Photo courtesy of Jennie Miller

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo
September 13
Join thousands of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, September 13, 2015! The event includes 5K and 10K runs, the Too Wild! Walkers follow a course past award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.

Paddle Antrim Festival
September 18 – 19
This is a non-competitive two-day sea kayak event. The Paddle Antrim Festival includes a two-day kayak paddle through Northern Michigan’ Chain of Lakes. The first day begins in Ellsworth continuing through Central Lake to Bellaire, meandering through numerous small lakes. The second day will continue from Bellaire, ending in Elk Rapids, passing through Torch Lake, Michigan’s longest inland lake. This 40+ mile paddle event highlights the wonderful natural resources-based activities available in Northern Michigan. Along the route, local communities including Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire, and Elk Rapids will host other events, illustrating what wonderful opportunities the communities have to offer.

Harbor Springs Cycling Classic
September 18 – 20
This classic ride is a favorite of cyclists from all over the state. The semiannual ride, held in spring and fall, has three distance routes to choose from, great refreshment stops, and a great lunch at the finish. Cycle 20-, 45-, or 60-miles. Each route includes one of Michigan’s most scenic roadways known as the “Tunnel of Trees.”

Big Truck Show & Parade of Lights
September 18 – 20
Big Rigs and Detroit’s “Mobsteel” roll into St. Ignace for the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show. St. Ignace will become the epicenter for all things truck related all weekend long. Take a closer look at these big rigs, customized cabs, one-of-a-kind paint jobs and neon lighting. This and more surprises are in store for those who like their auto show ramped up and super-sized. New this year — Joining the big rigs in St. Ignace will be the team from Mobsteel – a custom car company that specializes in turning Detroit’s finest vintage cars into modern day street machines. Mobsteel is currently featured on their own Sunday night television series airing on NBCSN sports network. Don’t miss the parade of sheer horsepower on display across the Mackinac Bridge on Sept. 19, 2015, when the 20th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Show hosts a twilight convoy of more than 120 semi-trucks. This is a family friendly event. Come out and meet Miss NAST 2015, Erika Lynn, and have your picture taken with her.

Bangor Apple Festival
September 19
Bangor, Michigan, 37th Annual Apple Festival is a family-friendly event including a farmers market, kids’ activities, classic car show, various vendors, live entertainment, and so much more!

Detroit Rockin Hot Fest
September 19
The Detroit Rockin’ Hot Fest will be an all day concert with some of Michigan’s hottest bands, cook off, pin up girl contest, and expo to honor veterans and their families. All ages are welcome at this event. There will be a kid’s area, photo booth, and other activities to keep everyone entertained all day into the night.

September 20 -26

ArtPrize 2015
September 23 – October 11
ArtPrize is an international and the world’s largest art competition open to any artist and decided by public vote. Take 19 days to explore the work of thousands of artists exhibiting at venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids and vote for the entries you think should win.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Farmers Market Association.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Farmers Market Association.

Farmers Market at the Capitol
September 24
Experience this one of a kind event held on the East Lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan Farmers Market Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of hosting Farmers Markets at the Capitol. The event features over 60 unique vendors from across the state who sell Michigan-grown and produced products. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and prepared foods. Shoppers can enjoy entertainment such as music and dancing, physical activities and cooking demos.

Birmingham House Tour
September 24
Event takes place on Thursday, September 24 and features seven unique homes ranging in style from traditional to contemporary. The tour hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Lunch will be served at The Community House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ($55 in advance/$60 day of- includes lunch and tour).

Alpena Book Festival
September 26
Downtown Alpena will come alive with book lovers of all ages. The first ever Alpena Book Festival will delight readers and benefit READ, the library’s adult literacy program. More than 20 authors are slated to attend the Festival, and they will join readers in celebrating, discussing, and promoting books and reading. Children’s events will be hosted by the library in the morning and events for young adult readers will take place in the afternoon. There are lots of freebies and prizes, some for the clever and others for those who are just plain lucky.

Great Lakes Bat Festival
September 26
Come celebrate the unique role that bats play throughout Michigan! Discover why bats are important to the Great Lakes and learn how they keep us healthy. Explore techniques you can use in your own backyard to help the environment and bats at the same time. You will look at bats in a way like never before!

September 27 – 30

Harvest Fest
September 27
Join us at Castle Farms as we celebrate nature’s bounty and autumn’s glory at our annual Harvest Festival! Visit the Mini Farmer’s Market’, with vendors exhibiting and selling homemade items, including maple syrup and caramel popcorn. Take home a snapshot from the photo booth!

Armed Forces Open Disc Golf Tournament
September 27
Disc golf tournament hosted by Black Ace Disc Golf, focused on active, reserve and veteran military personnel.

 

26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
September 30-October 4
If experiencing a Pure Michigan fall adventure in the comfort of your own RV sounds awesome, attending the26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, September 30-October 4, should definitely be your first stop. With multiple Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) RV dealers and campgrounds represented at the show, attendees can peruse hundreds of new 2016 makes and models and take advantage of big savings on 2015 models.

Which events do you plan to check out in September? Leave your favorite events in September below in the comments!

Six Reasons to Run the Mighty Mac in September

On September 26, runners, walkers and Michigan adventure seekers can literally run to St. Ignace to take part in an annual pilgrimage across the Mackinac Bridge – better known as the Mighty Mac Bridge Race. Today, guest blogger Mindy Rutgers shares six reasons why you should keep this race on your calendar and lace up on Sept. 26.

1. The Eye-Candy:

Aside from the bragging rights of crossing the infamous Michigan Bridge by foot, you’ll have 11 kilometers to enjoy the stunning picturesque scenes that the route encompasses.  From a view of the Straits of Mackinac at sunrise to the awe-inspiring bridge itself – there’s plenty of  scenic beauty to enjoy. After crossing the bridge, the course takes runners through Straits State Park for more beautiful Michigan landscape.

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Photo courtesy of David Kunze

2. The Bragging Rights

The Mackinac Bridge is one of Michigan’s most notable landmarks and the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. For runners, this is a unique spot to cross off a destination bucket list and remember for years to come.

3. The prize!

Awards will be given to the overall fastest male and female runners, in addition to the top three finishers in all age groups. Aside from the top awards given to 15 different age groupings for each gender, all finishers will receive a medal, T-shirt and post-race refreshments.

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze.

Photo courtesy of David Kunze

4. The Perks from the Top

Besides the awesome race swag, each runner will receive a “time to the top” photo of themselves on the bridge, which is perhaps the coolest souvenir ever. Maybe you will frame it or use it formulate the perfect post for Facebook or Instagram, making your friends wish they were there with you! Don’t worry; they can join you in 2016!

5. The After Party

Afterward, it’s time to celebrate a great race and who better to party with than our sponsors – the Boston Beer Company/Sam Adams. Enjoy refreshments at the post-race gathering between 10am – 5pm. A free shuttle will be available to transport runners around St. Ignace after the race.

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze.

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze

6. The Fall Colors in the Upper Peninsula

Make plans to enjoy the fall foliage in and around St. Ignace before and after the race. Consider staying an extra day and take a drive to the Tahquamenon Falls, which are absolutely stunning surrounded by autumn leaves.

Take your first steps toward the Mighty Mac Bridge Race by visiting stignace.com for registration information and lodging options. Have more questions? Call our office at (800) 338-6660.

About the Author: Mindy Rutgers is an Upper Peninsula native and the Executive Director of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau. She has worked in Michigan’s tourism & hospitality industry since 1996. Like so many U.P. residents, the Mackinac Bridge has served as a symbol of home for her for as long as she can remember.