Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park

The 38th annual Washtenaw County festival will feature a children's tent, string instrument petting zoo, crafts and more for kids Aug. 26-28, 2016.

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Bring the family to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park to enjoy the annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Aug. 26-28, 2016 – and see all there is to see in the historic town!

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Find everything from live entertainment, art displays, a pancake breakfast and a History of Old Ypsilanti walking tour. Plus, the Starkweather Chapel at Highland Cemetery, auto, firehouse and historical museums will be open.

But this event is truly a kid paradise! On all three days, the children’s tent will be in full swing.

From noon-3:30 p.m. Friday there will be the Pet-A-Dino event where the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will bring in dinosaur specimens for kids to see and touch. Plus, they’ll be able to participate in a make-and-take craft.

From 3:30-5 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m., the Boy Scouts of America will be hosting the drinking straw “rockets” and other activities.

And don’t miss the Lincoln High School drama group’s performance of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham at 5 p.m. (they’ll also perform it again on Saturday, same time).

Then come back 10 a.m.-noon Saturday when kids can make survival bracelets with an Eagle Scout. Throughout the day, enjoy the string instrument petting zoo, and Musikgarten, which is a musical story time. Get your fill of art activities from 2-4 p.m. with Fly Art Center.

Next up, from 6-7 p.m., is Boyer the Magic Guy. Prepare to be amazed!

On Sunday, the Ypsilanti District Library will be sponsoring make-and-take crafts for elementary children and coloring for preschoolers.

There are plenty of other activities going on at the festival as well, such as a bouncy complex, Touch-a-Truck and the reunion tent with an all-day DJ, so come check it out.

Everything is free. The festival takes place in Riverside Park and will go noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. No minors will be admitted without an adult.

Get more information on this year’s Ypsilanti Heritage Festival in Riverside Park in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016.

Photo courtesy of visitypsinow.com

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