7 Things to Experience at the Ann Arbor Art Fair

Spanning four exhilarating days, from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24, The Ann Arbor Art Fair is an art lover’s destination filled with original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of shops featuring sidewalk sales. Art enthusiasts by the hundreds of thousands will turn out to enhance or start their own collection — discovering a vibrant downtown full of world-class restaurants and eclectic shops.

Here are 7 things for you to experience while visiting the area during The Ann Arbor Art Fair:

1. The Art. Pure and Simple.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair features more than 1,000 competitively juried artists from all over the world, exhibiting incredible creative talents for others to appreciate and purchase. Throughout 30 city blocks, you’ll discover countless styles and materials including: painting, drawing, glass, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, fiber and furniture.

2. The Food. Ann Arbor is a Food Town.

There are many reasons why Ann Arbor is known as one of the best food towns in the United States. Around the downtown and close to campus you will find more than 300 unique restaurants to choose from while exploring 30 blocks of the fair.

Zingerman's is as iconic as any restaurant in Ann Arbor

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3. The Art Fair, After Hours.

New this year is that The Ann Arbor Art Fair will run through Sunday, so the fun continues after fair hours on Saturday. VisitAnnArbor.org invites you to stay after the fair closes on Saturday, July 23 and discover your Ann Arbor. Several local businesses will have drink and meal specials and there will be lots of music and entertainment to choose from. 

4. The Beer & Cocktails.

The Ann Arbor area is not only known for its exceptional foodie offerings, it’s a haven for wine lovers, craft beer aficionados and those who appreciate handcrafted spirits. Stick around after fair hours to appreciate the artistry of our local mixologists and brewers.

Ann Arbor has established itself as a food and beer mecca in Michigan

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5. The Outdoors. 

Ann Arbor is also known as “Tree Town” for its numerous parks and verdant landscapes. In addition to enjoying the open-air Ann Arbor Art Fair, explore the urban oasis that surrounds it with a kayaking or canoe trip along the Huron River, a stroll through Nichols Arboretum, or star counting in the Big 400.

6. The Shops.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions, with infinite treasures at artist booths. You’ll also uncover great finds in Ann Arbor’s shops. From trendy boutiques to specialty bookstores — take home something from an artist and a local shop owner.

There's so much shopping to discover when visiting Ann Arbor

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7. The City Itself.

Don’t just take our word for it! Ann Arbor took the #1 spot on the “Best College Cities and Towns in America” list; Esquire recently named Ann Arbor as a “U.S. Town Most Worthy of a Day Trip;” and Livability ranks Ann Arbor #8 on its “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list. Come check it out for yourself!

For more information, visit TheAnnArborArtFair.com or on Twitter @AnnArborArtFair. Start planning your trip today at VisitAnnArbor.org.

Schedule Your Tee Time at These 5 Ann Arbor Courses

Forbes recently identified Ann Arbor as a destination with “great golf and great food.” Such high praise has golf enthusiasts looking at the area with renewed interest for their own game. As the Ann Arbor area prepares to host the Volvik LPGA Championship from May 23-29, VisitAnnArbor.org shares information about some of the local greens.

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One of the more scenic courses in the Ann Arbor area is Eagle Crest Golf Club, designed by golf architect Karl Litten. Nestled along Ford Lake, the stunning waterfront par 72 course is a delight to experience and the 16th hole has been named one of the toughest in Michigan. With a four-star rating from Golf Digest, golfers vying for one of two qualifying positions will tee off at Eagle Crest for the 2016 LPGA Volvik Local Qualifier. Nearby dining recommendations: Check out the great dining in downtown Ypsilanti including Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, Sidetrack, and Haab’s.

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Another nationally ranked course is The University of Michigan Golf Course. Designed by world renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie, it is recognized as one of the most fun courses in America. Built in 1931, this course just recently opened to public play and attracts golfers from across the globe to experience this classic course widely considered one of the best of all college layouts (not to mention the amazing view of the Big House!). Nearby dining recommendations: Stick with the university theme and dine downtown at The Pretzel Bell on Main Street or Pizza House on Church Street.

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Stonebridge Golf Club is a great destination for golfers looking for a more affordable championship course and driving range. Designed in 1991 by Arthur Hills, a renowned golf course architect and University of Michigan alum, the meticulous course is surrounded by natural beauty. Stonebridge also offers a practice putting green, driving range with bent grass tees, and a large chipping bunker. Nearby dining recommendations: Head into Saline for great food and craft beer at Salt Springs Brewery or the fresh catch at Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack.

Leslie Park, Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

If you’re looking for a more casual golf outing, there are a number of options that will suit your needs including Huron Hills and Leslie Park Golf Courses. These two municipal courses are all located very close to downtown Ann Arbor, perfect for a weekend of golf and dining! Nearby dining recommendations: Zingerman’s Deli is always a hole-in-one. For a lighter dining option, consider tapas and sangria to share at Aventura.

To start planning your trip, go to VisitAnnArbor.org for a full listing of Ann Arbor area golf courses and more information about nearby attractions, restaurants, and events.

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.