When it comes to larger-than-life fun with an artistic edge, Tree Town is the place to be every early April. That’s when a couple awe-inspiring Ann Arbor arts festivals with wacky, kid-friendly themes wend their way throughout the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.
For year 10, big, bold, colorful, zany puppets sounds are heading out for an evening and day out the town. Don’t miss out on the “public art spectacular” that is FoolMoon, set for Friday, April 1, 2016 – and the hallmark FestiFools in Ann Arbor on Sunday April 3, 2016.
How cool would it be to see a lit up fire-breathing dragon at night? Or maybe some glowing fish swimming in the air? Families can first brighten up their weekend at FoolMoon – this year’s theme is “Metamor-FOOL-sis” – with a moonlit event featuring illuminated sculptures.
Almost every kid has some sort of fascination with things that glow in the dark – even if it’s a nightlight to keep the scary stuff away. But watch their fascination grow when they see gigantic, lit up sculptures lighting up the nighttime sky!
Make your own luminary or puppet for the special event by attending a workshop or making one at home. Get the details here.
After recovering from the nightly fun, get a day’s rest and then come back for an hour long of daytime fun on Sunday, at FestiFools in Ann Arbor. This year’s theme is Rev-FOOL-ution. Sunday’s event is when ginormous people-powered papier-mache puppets take over the streets!
Never experienced the excitement before? What are you waiting for? Year 10 is sure to excite all ages.
FoolMoon is Friday, April 1, 2016 and runs from dusk until midnight. Plan to meet up with the crowd between 7:45 and 8 p.m. at one of three starting points: the farmers market at Kerrytown, the U-M Museum of Art or Slauson Middle School. Routes are available for viewing online.
FestiFools in Ann Arbor is Sunday, April 3, 2015 and runs 4-5 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to stake out the best spots. The location is Main Street between Washington and William streets, and parking is free.
Both of these Ann Arbor arts festivals are free of charge, so don’t miss out. For more information on FoolMoon on April 1 and FestiFools April 3 in downtown Ann Arbor, check out the Metro Parent calendar listings.