The Townie Street Party, now in its 11th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. Taking place on Monday, July, 13th from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., the Townie Party celebrates all things local and is our way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for so graciously hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year. The Townie Party offers a fun-filled evening for the whole family where visitors can enjoy terrific music by some of the area’s most well-known bands; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub; or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair, which showcases the work of young artists in grades 3 - 8. Community Central features cool things to do in Washtenaw County and the Art Activity Zone offers a chance to explore your artistic side. Adding to the festivities is the 2nd Annual Ann Arbor Mile - Dart for Art, a competitive fun run with divisions for elite runners and the general public. The Party takes place on N. University between Thayer and Fletcher and on south Ingalls Mall.
Proceeds from the Townie Street Party support the educational and community outreach activities of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair – the Original, a 501(3) non-profit arts organization.
Kids’ Art Fair
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Community Day Care Center: Create a wild and wacky hat. They are as much fun to wear as they are to make! Visit this tent brought to you by Community Day Care to pick out the materials for your very own paper bag hat creation.
Dr. Susan Gelmen’s Conceptual Development Lab at the University of Michigan: Create your own pop-art wall art! Who would’ve thought you could create a stylish pop-art masterpiece out of a paper plate and scraps of yarn.
Humane Society Huron Valley: Back by popular demand; create your own tie-dye bandana for your pooch-puppy or meow-meow. Your pet will look fashionable and in-style with his/her very own owner-created bandana fashion accessory.
Ann Arbor Art Center: TBA
Leslie Science and Nature Center: Bringing live animals & owls, LSNC will show kids how to create their own creative mask.
Lee Studio: Two clay-based activities will be available to party-goers. The first project is a Make and Take, for those who want to get their hands dirty, build something from your imagination and take it home. The second option is a Majolica tile, for those who prefer a longer lasting keepsake. Paint a white tile with color using Majolica technique. Lee will fire it for you and you can pick it up at his brand new studio a week later. Pick whichever one appeals to your sensibilities.
Ann Arbor Learning Community: Use your creativity, felt & other soft materials, and the sewing skills of activity volunteers to decorate your own jute burlap bag. Sew on head & tail of an animal. Add the roots and shoots of a plant. Make a fantastic creature. Activity’s felt is made of recycled plastic bottles and jute burlap bags are made of natural fiber (compostable!). Come make a creative "green" bag.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Instrument petting zoo.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology: TBA
Rounding out the festivities is an all-inclusive one-mile run/walk which kicks off at 6:00PM and welcomes top runners to compete for cash awards in the Dart for Art Elite Division, as well as local athletes, families, or anyone who wnats to enjoy a run or walk in downtown Ann Arbor. There’s even a corporate team division to see what company is the fastest! Registration is open at www.AnnArborMile.com.
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|FOOD & DRINK|
Grab dinner or a light snack from other local Townie Party eateries on North University.