Entertainment & Activities

In addition to all of high-quality artists, you can experience a variety of free entertainment during your visit ranging from live music to family-friendly activities tand performance artists.


  • Fountain Stage - located on Ingalls Mall, between East Washington and N. University View the lineup
  • Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Stage - located in the Palio Parking lot, corner of Main & William View the lineup


The Art Activity Zone -  is located on Ingalls Mall, Near E. Washington between Thayer and Fletcher. The area is open Thurs.-Sat. 11am-6pm. Sunday 12pm-6pm. 

The following family-friendly art projects are open to all ages and free to the public:

  • Simple Adornments – Detroit Institute of Arts, An adornment is any type of accessory, ornament, or jewelry worn by someone to enhance their beauty or status. They can be worn to define cultural, social or religious status, or to embellish, enhance or distinguish the wearer. Adornment items have also been used by warriors and military members to show achievement or rank. These items are usually colorful and designed to attract attention. Create and take home your own.
  • Clay, Play, Create – Clay Work Studio, Ceramic art is a term used to describe decorative objects made out of clay or similar natural materials. In some cases, these objects may be functional such as tiles, cups, bowls, and tea pots. Experiment with clay and build anything you wish from a pinch pot to an animal shape while experienced instructors help you through the creative process. Clay donated by Rovin Ceramics.
  • CAPS! Community Awareness Plastic Solutions – University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Eighty percent of the plastic debris polluting our waterways, originated on land. Plastic trash gets picked up by the wind or washes out to sea from our beaches, streets and highways.  This is a participatory art mural. Participants will help to create a large mural from recycled materials that will emphasize the issue of plastic in our waterways. The mural will be displayed at the museum in November.

Chalk Talk with David Zinn - located on Liberty and Fifth Ave - Ann Arbor’s own David Zinn will be creating his original temporary work at Liberty and 5th Avenue. You can catch him sketching his globally-known chalk characters on Thursday, July 18th and Sunday, July 21st from 1-3pm.

The Demo Zone - Peek into the creative process as our artists demonstrate how they develop their unique works of art.  The Art Demo Zone is located under the big maples on N. University near Hill Auditorium. View the schedule.