Ann Arbor Art Fair Entertainment

Entertainment & Activities

JOIN US ON JULY 18-20, 2024

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 and performance artists. Three live entertainment stages will add to the artsy atmosphere of Ann Arbor during the fair to fill the streets with the sounds of local musical talent.


The Stage on Main: Summer Sounds

The Stage on Main is presented by DTE, and features one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark, a non-profit organization presenting the best of traditional and contemporary live music in downtown Ann Arbor for over 300 nights each year. We’re excited to bring live music each evening of the fair to the Stage on Main - Summer Sounds at the corner of Main and William in the parking lot next to Palio restaurant.

Performance Schedule - The Ark


  • 6:00pm - Natalie Mae
  • 7:30-8:30pm - Sons of the Never Wrong


  • 6:00pm - Ki5
  • 7:30-8:30pm - Jeffrey Martin w/ Anna Tivel


  • 6:00-8pm - Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective and Blueshouse

Additional Entertainment


Elevate the Mic: Performers Uniting for Social Progress with Prison Creative Arts Project

  • 11:00am - Youth Arts Alliance & Staying Power
  • 12:00pm - Voices of the Underheard with Laitr
  • 1:00pm - MI Citizens for Prison Reform
  • 2:00pm - AFSC Band
  • 3:00pm - In and On Our Own Terms


Amplify and WCC Stage Takeover

  • 11:00am - Lauren Blackford
  • 11:30am - Tailen Toliver
  • 12:00pm - Entrepreneurship Center Lightning Round
  • 12:30pm - DJ Roxx
  • 1:00pm - Graham Rockwood
  • 1:30pm - DJ Roxx
  • 2:00pm - Mekhi Mitchell and The WTMC Music Society
  • 2:30pm - Entrepreneurship Center Final Round
  • 3:00pm - Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra
  • 4:30-5:30pm - Out Loud Chorus


The William Street Stage

The William Street Stage will be located in the State Street Art Fair at the Maynard and William intersection. The stage will be operating all 3 days of the fair, July 20-22.


The Fountain Stage

The Fountain Stage features continuous performances during the days of the Fair, July 20-22, 2023; creating an intimate and inviting sense of community and complementing the exceptional visual art at the Street Art Fair, The Original. The stage is located on Ingalls Mall, between E. Washington Street and N. University.


  • 11:00 AM - Sam Olive 
  • Noon - Kathy Wieland & Lauren Crane 
  • 1:00 - Adam Labeaux 
  • 2:00 - WCC Artists 
  • 3:00 - Ceolsige 
  • 4:00 - Jim Smith & Dave Keeney 
  • 5:00 - Danny Kline 
  • 6:00 - Tim Monger wsg Carol Catherine 
  • 7:00 - Kevin Brown of Corn Daddy


  • 11:00am - Rebecca Cameron
  • 12:00pm - Angela Predhomme
  • 1:00pm - Young People's Theatre Musical Theatre Show Choir  
  • 2:00pm - John D. Lamb 
  • 3:00pm - Warehouse Cloggers 
  • 4:00pm - Michelle Held
  • 5:00pm - Rochelle Clark 
  • 6:00pm - Billy King 


  • 11:00am - Amy Grace
  • 12:00pm - Lilly MacPhee 
  • 1:00pm - Matt Truman Acoustic
  • 2:00pm - Annie & Rod Capps 
  • 3:00pm - Laura Russeau 
  • 4:00pm - Indie Rock Royalty 
  • 5:00pm - Shannon Lee Trio 
  • 6:00pm - Phoebe Holmes of Keynote Sisters


Art Activities


Chalk the Walk features Ann Arbor’s own world-renown Artist David Zinn. Recognized globally for his clever and improvised chalk street art, Zinn will be creating his original temporary chalk work live during the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair event.

Sidewalk chalk will be available so that fairgoers can join in on the creativity and add their own mark on this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair.

ZINN HOURS: Thursday & Saturday 1-3PM (Friday if rains on Thursday/Saturday)
LOCATION: Near the corner of Liberty and Fifth Ave. in front of the Post office.



Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Artist Kacey McCreery and her team will blow LIVE art glass daily 1 pm to 4 pm at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original! Come see these brilliant artists at work and meet "The Baby Dragon" (the pet name of the Toledo Museum of Art’s mobile glassblowing furnace). Watch as they create glass sculptures right before your eyes with TMA's fantastic Glass Blowing Mobile Truck in the background. You will be amazed!

HOURS: 1PM TO 4PM each day of the fair
LOCATION: East Washington and Ingalls Mall, University of Michigan Campus



The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is excited to partner with The Prison Creative Arts Project once again this year to bring another impactful exhibition to this year's fair, Humanize the Numbers. Humanize the Numbers presents the perspectives of men in Michigan prisons, lifting up the voices of those who have been silenced by the criminal legal system. This exhibit reveals the faces and stories of those in prison, as they reclaim their humanity through the freedom not normally allowed in prison.

Exhibition conceptualizer and UofM professor, Isaac Wingfield, was recently awarded the 2023 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize for his work on this exhibit.

LOCATION: Corner of Liberty and Main Street



For 64 years now, The Ann Arbor Potters Guild has joined the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original to give ceramic demonstrations of wheel thrown pottery! Watch as they create ceramic works of art each day of the fair!

LOCATION: Hill Auditorium Lawn - North University - University of Michigan Campus