By Andria Kadell
Taking classes over the summer? Does your lease go through August? Do you want to see a whole new side of Ann Arbor? Read on for reasons to stick around campus this summer!
Ann Arbor Summer Festival:
Where else will you find Feist, Al Green, and Rufus Wainwright? Not at home: these and many others are coming to Ann Arbor for the Summer Festival June 15th through July 8th! The festival is broken down into two programs: The Mainstage and Top of the Park. The former consists of ticketed indoor performances of a range of artistic mediums. The latter offers free outdoor spectacles and movies for audiences of all ages. Creativity and community spirit are the motivating forces that drive this annual event which has been hosted now for 29 years. Stick around campus to take in the cultural celebration, you won’t want to miss all this! (Tickets on sale April 9th online or by phone/in person through the Michigan League Ticket Office: (734) 764-2538)
Ann Arbor Art Fair:
If you’re in town for the later part of July be sure to check out this amazing display of creative energy that takes over the streets of Ann Arbor. From July 18th through the 21st take a walk along Main Street, State Street or South University and see some of the nation’s best artistic work display right here on campus. The Ann Arbor Art Fair is actually comprised of four fairs that happen in and around the University of Michigan’s Central Campus. Convenient and entertaining, the fairs will keep you walking, ooing and awing all the days of the event. Browse the many artists’ tents from 10:00AM to 9:00PM Wednesday through Friday and 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Saturday. For a brief historical review and more of the event’s details see the Fair’s website.
Gallup Canoe Livery:
When the weather warms up in Ann Arbor (yes, it does happen eventually) the one thing you want to do is be near the water. So get cool and float down the Huron River by renting a canoe or kayak from the Gallup Canoe Livery. The park is currently open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM for river trips or still-water paddles around the park, but they will be open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM starting May 26th. If you need a break from the water, the Perk and Paddle Cafe offers Zingerman’s goods, so no need to worry about getting hungry! For more information or to make a reservation call (734) 794-6240.
Though you may not have the chance during the school year to go for a bike ride, Ann Arbor was been rated the 14th most bike-friendly city in America in 2012; summer will be the perfect time to take advantage of the opportunity that you can only get in Ann Arbor. Get yourself a helmet and get going on some of the cities well-kept road or trail maps here. Biking is a fun, fast, and healthy way to explore this city that you might usually only have the time to glimpse.
If you’re of age and stick around for the summer, Ann Arbor’s bars will beckon! When the sun finally shines in Southeast Michigan and you don’t have to worry about homework or group projects, when you finally have free time, make your way to Dominick’s and to South University for a relaxing dinner with friends, or a night on the town. But don’t get comfortable with the same bars you frequent in the fall and wander to during the winter! You don’t have to worry about braving the cold when you’re ready to head home at this time of year, so take a chance and venture somewhere new. AnnArbor.com provides a very comprehensive list if ever you feel the need to depart from the classics.
Hopefully you’ll give these things a try if you manage to stay around campus for the summer. Now all you’ve got to do is convince your parents that Ann Arbor over the summer is part of your continuing education … because it will be.