Save the date for these 11 major events and festivals!
Ann Arbor and surrounding destinations like Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, and more host action-pack events fit for all ages and interests. Don't miss these upcoming special events nearby.

Ann Arbor Bicentennial | 2024   

chalk art at Ann Arbor bicentennial celebrationAnn Arbor celebrates 200 years with exciting ways to participate! Attend once-in-a-lifetime events, take self-guided tours, try the ultimate Ann Arbor quiz, and discover how legacy projects will shape the city's future. Various locations, Ann Arbor. 

Rolling Sculpture Car Show | July 12 

Rolling Sculpture Car ShowYou're invited to the Rolling Sculpture Car Show on Main Street! This family friendly, free car show features timeless designs and classic cars, from elegant vintage models to muscle cars. Free, downtown Ann Arbor. 

Michigan Celtic Festival | July 12 & 13  

michigan celtic festivalThe Michigan Celtic Festival celebrates Celtic heritage and cultural connection to Sister City, Brecon, Wales through dance, food, crafts, and all ages fun.  $5-$75, Washtenaw Council Farm Grounds.  

Ann Arbor Art Fair | July 18-20  

ann arbor art fairThe nation's largest juried art fair, the Ann Arbor Art Fair presented by Eli Lilly, fills the streets of downtown Ann Arbor! We have you covered for what to know before you go. All ages welcome. Free, downtown Ann Arbor.  

71st  Manchester Chicken Broil | July 20  

Be a part of Manchester tradition at the 71st  Manchester Chicken Broil, serving the best chicken dinner by caring volunteers. Expect on-site dining with live music, kids’ area, and more. Drive-thru pickup available. $15, Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester.  

Thunder Over Michigan | July 20 & 21  

thunder over michigan, guests visit aircraftFeel the thunder with two full days of family fun at Thunder Over Michigan. See inside of historic aircraft, take flight on a UH-1 Huey Greyhound, and watch jets and other aircraft take off. Book your hotel today. Free - $320, Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti. 

Sounds & Sights Festival | July 26 & 27  

Sounds & Sights Festival ChelseaPlan for the annual Sounds & Sights Festival nearby in Chelsea, Michigan. This weekend of family fun includes an art market, chalk art competition, farmers market, food court, and more all in charming downtown Chelsea. Free, The Social Commons.  

Ann Arbor Pride | August 3  

Ann Arbor PrideThis year's Ann Arbor Pride features Sasha Colby, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15. Expect live entertainment on two stages, 100+ LGBTQ-friendly vendors, and free activities. Free, Main & Liberty Street, Downtown Ann Arbor.  

Paint Dexter Plein Air | August 12-17  

Explore Dexter's serene landscapes during the award-winning Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival. Watch paintings come to life as over 75 artists paint en plein air. Paintings will be available for purchase. Free, downtown Dexter.  

Live from Tolan Square | July – September  

downtown milanMilan is a short drive from Ann Arbor and well worth the visit! Live from Tolan Square is a lively yet low-key, free summer music festival taking place in a brick plaza off of Milan's beautiful Main Street. Explore before the show to make the most of your visit. Free, Milan's Main Street. 

John E Lawrence Summer Jazz Series | July 5 – August 23   

John E Lawrence Summer Jazz SeriesExperience jazz at its finest at the John E Lawrence Summer Jazz Series. Dance to top musicians from metro Detroit and beyond every Friday near Ypsilanti. Bring your friends for these fun-filled concerts. Free-$10, Ford Lake Park.  

These are just a handful of exciting festivals and events coming up. Click here to view our complete events calendar.


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