Mark your calendar! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair presented by Eli Lilly takes place July 18-20, 2024 

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or planning your annual trip, we have you covered for art fair info! Keep this guide handy for all you need to know before you go.  

What to Know  

The Ann Arbor Art Fair, the nation’s largest of its kind, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to downtown Ann Arbor. Artists span across 30 blocks showcasing their artwork, connecting with enthusiasts and the community to celebrate creativity.  

Fun Fact: The fair is made up of three individual fairs all bringing something unique to this collective event. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original | The Guild’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair | Ann Arbor State Street District Art Fair

Book your Stay 

Ready to book your trip? Area hotels offer exclusive discounts and only a short drive from downtown Ann Arbor. View hotel promotions here

What to Bring 

Keep cool and bring the essentials! Check the weather then check these items off your list: Water bottle, reusable bag, comfortable shoes, your phone, hat, sunblock, and a mini fan for hotter days.  

Ann Arbor art fair

Getting to & Around the Art Fair  

Plan ahead! Try these top choices for getting to and around the art fair: 
  • Downtown structures and lots: $18 per day; $9 after 5PM. 
  • Park & Ride: Shuttle to downtown: Free parking, roundtrip $8. 
  • TheRide: Public bus transportation system. 
  • Art-Go-Round: Free autonomous car service by May Mobility. 
  • Cycling: Experienced cyclists can take designated bike lanes.  

View the complete guide to getting around the art fair.  

Accessible Amenities 

Event organizers are committed to enhancing accessibility features to improve the experience for as many attendees as possible.  
  • Wheelchair rentals: Free wheelchair rentals at two locations. 
  • Accessible restrooms: ADA-Accessible port-a-john stations.
  • Park & Ride: Free off-site parking with $8 shuttle to the fair. 
  ​• Emergency Text Alerts: Visitors are encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications during your stay. 

View the official Art Fair information Map.  

The Artists  

The Ann Arbor Art Fair draws nearly 1,000 skilled artists using mediums of all kinds. Who will be there this year? View the full list of exhibiting artists.  

Ann Arbor art fair artist poses for picture

Events & Activities 

From inspiring art programming to live music stages, find free and fun activities including: 
  • Chalk the Walk with David Zinn 
  • Music Stage on Main: Summer Sounds 
  • Art Activity Zone  & Creative District

View the full events lineup


Is admission free?  
Yes! Free admission, though the art is for sale. All are welcome to the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  

Are dogs allowed?  
The pavement can be excessively hot in July. You’re encouraged to leave dogs at home and bring them a special treat from the fair.  

Is the art fair kid-friendly?  
Yes! Expect family-friendly programming and things to do including an art activity zone. 

Will there be food at the fair?  
Attendees are encouraged to visit Ann Arbor restaurants, but some food vendors will also at the fair. for food and drinks to go. 

Are downtown shops and restaurants open during the art fair?  
Yes! Browse eclectic Ann Arbor shops and make your dinner reservations for downtown dining. Participating restaurants also provide extended street patios.

ann arbor art fair


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