Ann Arbor Art Fairs Festival
Bring the family to experience this popular fest July 18-21, 2012. With four fairs and numerous exhibits, this is one of America's best art events!
An Ann Arbor staple for nearly 50 years, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are sure to impress fairgoers again this year. Whether you're a regular to the attraction or an art fair newbie, this year's event is not to be missed! It all runs July 18-21, 2012. The hours of the festival are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
More than 500,000 people are expected to visit the fairs this year, making it one of Michigan's most highly anticipated art festivals. This free and fun attraction includes four fairs: The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (aka "The Original"), The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, The State Street Area Art Fair, and Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair celebrates its 53rd anniversary. This original fair was named the No. 1 art fair in the country by AmericanStyle Magazine in 2004 – and has consistently ranked in the top 10 every year since. It's located on North University Avenue, on the University of Michigan's Central Campus. Surrounded by elegant architecture and beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways, it's a truly picturesque location, too!
The "Summer" is definitely worth a visit, too. With locations on State Street from South University to William Street – and another location on Main Street from Huron and Liberty streets stretching all the way to Ashley Street and Fifth Avenue – this fair promises a wide range of interesting wares. Nearby attractions include the iSPY Performance Stage and the Main Street Area Food Court.
The "State Street Area" is at the heart of the fest. This year, an estimated 325 artists are expected to showcase their works here. Exhibits will include ceramics, digital art, glass, metal, painting, sculptures and plenty more. With more than 150 restaurants and three outdoor food courts in the area, this is an ideal location to experience all that Ann Arbor has to offer.
And finally, the "South University" – located on the avenue of the same name – rounds off the quartet. Art on display promises a pairing of tradition and "cutting edge" – and past meeting future. This fair will surely appeal to the entire family.
Due to the high number of expected visitors, organizers advise checking out parking, trolley and ride opportunities in downtown Ann Arbor before you arrive.
Check out the Metro Parent listing for more details on the 2012 Ann Arbor Art Fairs festival.