Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park

The 40th annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival returns with live entertainment, kids' fun and a new name, Aug. 24-26, 2018.


Bring the family to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park to enjoy the annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, now YpsiFest, Aug. 24-26, 2018 – and see all there is to see in the historic town.

Find everything from live entertainment and historical tours, to live music and delicious Italian eats for the whole family; plus insane amounts of entertainment for the kids.

On Friday, grown-ups can kick off their festival festivities with a concert by local rockers, Your Generation at 7 p.m. Also on Friday, show off your baby or fur-baby in the Beautiful Baby/Captivating Critter competition and after, get your fill of pasta and other Italian delicacies with the First United Methodist Church.

Come back on Saturday at 10 a.m. to take the Magical History Tour of the area or to check out the Touch-A-Truck event on Cross Street. And be sure to stick around until dusk when the Illumination @YpsiFest lighted parade takes over the streets.

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On Sunday, the day starts with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. and features a variety of live musical entertainment throughout the day. You’ll also find plenty of other kid-friendly activities and family fun throughout the area, so keep your eyes peeled.

Admission and most of the programming is free but some events require a small fee. The festival takes place in Riverside Park and will go 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight 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; plus other Ann Arbor and Detroit Festivals and things to do this weekend, in the Metro Parent calendar.

Photo courtesy of Real Ypsi

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated regularly.