It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, one of them at least. I’m talking about The Ann Arbor Art Fair. The city will fill up for a four-day block in mid July, as over 300 artists' line the vibrant streets of U-M’s campus and the downtown Ann Arbor area. In addition to its fine merchant displays, The Ann Arbor Fair will have your taste buds in a frenzy from the savory deliciousness of visiting food vendors from across the nation. Enjoy the live music and performances, global assortment of foods, bargain shopping, and whimsical art!
With its cutting edge, reality-bending, and traditional creations, The Ann Arbor Art Fair has been known to attract an eclectic crowd of over 500,000 attendees. Whether you are a traditional art lover or have an eye for the abstract, anyone who frequents the four award-winning fairs will surely be in for a treat! But wait...there’s more! Not only is the fair an extravaganza for the art lovers, but it is also the perfect opportunity for bargain shoppers to stock up on the latest trends. Visiting independent boutiques, as well as local merchants, is one of the most anticipated blowout sales of the year with prices that can’t be beat.
Dating back to its inception in 1960, The Ann Arbor Art Fair has upheld its mission to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation for the fine arts and crafts by creating a space that fosters the connection of the artists within the Ann Arbor community and around the world, as well as the general public. For more information about The Ann Arbor Art Fair and this year’s featured artists, visit their website listed at the end of the article. In the past, the UM Bioartography booth has showcased Michigan research. See how science and art come together!
Parts of State Street, East Liberty, North University, and South University will close for portions of the week as booths and street vendors show display their works.
Out of town visitors can park just two blocks from the original fair in the Maynard Street Parking Structure or at the University of Michigan parking garage on Thayer and Washington. Many downtown city structures and lots cost $12 a day ($6 after 5 PM). Neighborhood parking is available all along State St. north of Washington at schools, churches, and apartment buildings but for a fee. Park and Ride Shuttles are also offered from Pioneer High School and the Briarwood Mall. For more information about parking and transportation, including maps, visit http://www.artfair.org/main/main.jsp?id=8.
Whether you’ve been passionate about art for years, or you’re simply passing through the Ann Arbor area, the Art Fair has something for everybody. The event’s unique culture and atmosphere simply cannot be missed! For complete and the most up-to-date information about this year's fair, please visit: http://www.artfair.org/.