Summer is fully here, and for Ann Arbor residents and visitors alike, the best part of the season is all the street fairs and festivals. These are an exciting way to get a taste of the community in Ann Arbor, as well as see a thrilling live music act or enjoy art you might not have been aware of before. You may be interested in checking out Ann Arbor’s festivals, but not sure how to plan your trip. You may even already be in Ann Arbor, simply wondering what’s going on in town. Here are our recommendations of Ann Arbor street fairs and festivals this summer:

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Ann Arbor’s summer festival is an annual “world-class celebration of arts and entertainment.” It’s located both indoors and outdoors throughout the University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor. Here you’ll find live music, theater, comedy, and even dance. There are workshops and kids activities and celebrations of a variety of cultures. Perhaps the most exciting part of the festival is the Mainstage event, Top of the Park, where you can see a variety of musical acts, including this year’s headliner, Melissa Etheridge, a rock legend with a career spanning over 30 years. We’re so excited about the upcoming concert, in fact, that we’re offering 10% off at University Inn if you can show us your ticket stub.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival begins in mid-June and stretches out through July 7 for plenty of fun for all ages throughout the summer.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Running from July 19-22nd is one of the largest and most exciting outdoor art festivals in the country. It’s a massive street fair where you can walk through and find beautiful art pieces from vendors throughout Ann Arbor and the country itself. You may even find musicians as you pass through. Though this started as one art fair, it’s now a combination of four: the Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, State Street Art Fair, and South University Art Fair. With such a vast coverage, there’s sure to be something for art lovers of all types.

Ann Arbor Pride

Pride month may be in June, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. Ann Arbor’s annual Pride event takes place in August. It’s a parade and a celebration of the local LGBTQ community. Here you’ll also find live music and dancing, good food, and places to chill out if it all gets a little overwhelming. Pride isn’t just for the adults, either. There are family friendly events so the kids can have fun at the same time, and connection to vital resources for those who need them.

Personally, we’re pretty excited for the Melissa Etheridge concert this year, but we’d vouch for these summer festivals and many more. And don’t forget that besides the discount for attendees of the Melissa Etheridge concert, we offer 10% discounts to families and students visiting University of Michigan. Contact us today for more information.

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