Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park

The 41st annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (YpsiFest) returns with live entertainment, kids' fun and a new name, Aug. 23-25, 2019.

Man on old-school bike
Photo courtesy of Real Ypsi

Bring the family to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park to enjoy the annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, now formally known as YpsiFest, Aug. 23-25, 2019 – and see all there is to see in the historic town.

Find everything from live entertainment and music to car displays and delicious barbecue eats for the whole family; plus insane amounts of entertainment for the kids.

On Friday, grown-ups can kick off your festival with some food right off the frill during the Ypsi BBQ Fest and competition. This fest will feature the top recipes from some of the area’s best barbecue eateries, so be sure to come hungry.

Also on Friday, find helicopter rides and live country music performances by Steppin Out, and don’t forget to hit up the UV Paint Party at the River Theater Beer Garden.

Come back on Saturday at 10 a.m. to for the Classic Car Show. It’s set up in the heart of the festival and features rare and classic rides on display. And be sure to stick around until dusk for another installment of the UV Paint Party along with liver performances by Tall Cool and Fifty Amp Fuse.

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Sunday offers even more fun in the form of rubber ducky races and you’ll also find Ring of Steel shows and plenty of bounce houses, pony rides and other kids activities 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 downtown Ypsilanti, mainly in Riverside Park from 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 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 August festivals and things to do this weekend, in the Metro Parent calendar.

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

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