Summer in southeast Michigan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to at least one Michigan art fair, but how about four in one weekend?
From July 19-22, 2018, the city of Ann Arbor hosts its annual street art fairs – and all four have a distinct personality and feature fun for the family.
The Original Ann Arbor Street Fair
There’s “The Original” Ann Arbor Street Fair, which will showcase the clay, jewelry, glass, digital, drawing and printmaking pieces from more than 200 artists. Plus, live demos, music and performances.
Kids can get in on the art fun, too, at the Art Activity Zone on Ingalls Mall (11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday). It’s free and open to kids of any age. Kids can make a number of crafts, like lego murals, mixed-media mosaics, pinch pots . and more.
Location: Find this fair at North University Avenue, East Washington Street and down Ingalls Mall.
State Street Art Fair
The annual State Street Art Fair will be happening in downtown Ann Arbor, too, featuring 300 artists working in a variety of mediums including wood, ceramics, leather, jewelry, photography and more.
Location: This one weaves around the streets a bit. It rounds down East Liberty (roughly Division Street to State Street), part of Thompson, down Maynard (from East Liberty to East Jefferson), down a fraction of East William (from Thompson to State Street), up State Street (from East William to East Washington) and jutting into North University until South Thayer.
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
Then, make your way to The Guild’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, with a whopping 375 artists, as will the Carr Center “Artist-in-Training” program.
And, on the corner of Main Street and William, musicians and poets perform on Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Stage nightly.
Location: This fair takes place partially on State Street from Madison to E. William and jumps over a few blocks to South Main Street (East Huron to William) as well as East Liberty from Ashley to Fifth Street.
Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair
And the final of the four art fairs is the Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair, known as a fine arts and crafts fair. Find a ton of mediums represented here, from mixed media 2D and 3D, metal, jewelry, painting, glass, fiber and more from international and local artists. There will be free live music at the main stage, a beer and wine garden on South Church Street – and don’t forget the official souvenirs!
Location: Runs down S. University from State Street to Forest, down East University until Willard, down Church until Willard.
Plan your visit
Admission to all four fairs is free, and all run 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Download a map that outlines the locations of all four fairs here, which will help you get around. Shuttles will be available, taking off from Briarwood Mall, Pioneer High School and Huron High School (additional fees apply; get schedule and cost info here). There’s also mini buses that link the fairs.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.