Ann Arbor Art Fair, The Original
721 E Huron St, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Started in 1960, the original Ann Arbor Art Fair was started in 1960 and is now comprised of four simultaneous art fairs in the area including The State Street Area Art Fair, The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and the Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair.
Attracting more than 500,000 art lovers from all over the country and the world, it’s consistently rated as one of the best art fairs in the US. The bulk of the fair is located on North University Avenue and on U-M campus.
Geoffrey Harris is this year’s featured artist. He worked for General Motors in Detroit and received no formal training in art. His work combines his love of antique toys and digital painting. Visit his booth on N. University.
Dates: July 17-20, 2013
Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 10 am-9 pm, Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
Things To Do
- Take in the beauty and maybe even buy some art from more than 1000 artists
- Listen to music and watch performers on 3 entertainment stages
- Participate in artists’ demonstrations and kid-friendly activities
- Enjoy amazing food from more than 150 restaurants and 4 outdoor food courts
- Visit the CBS 62 and CW50 booth
CBS 62 & CW50 Personalities
Visit with Jim Madaus and Karen Carter on Friday and Saturday. Get your picture with Jim or Karen and share it with the world on CBSDetroit.com and CW50Detroit.com. The CW50 Street Team will be out and about Wednesday and Thursday shooting video and photos. Who knows. You might end up on TV!
Jim Madaus is scheduled to appear on Friday, 1pm – 5pm and Karen Carter is scheduled to appear on Friday, 10am – 1pm. Dates and times may be added or change so check this page frequently.
(see map for locations)
The art fair vendors are vetted by an experienced jury. Rest assured that if they made the cut, their stuff is the real deal. Buy art that you still love after circling back two hours later and you can’t go wrong. Most of the artists take credit cards so you won’t need to bring lots of cash.
Thinking of buying some art for a friend, but aren’t sure what to get? Get them a gift card at the artfair.org website.
Things To Bring
Being properly dressed is key. Check 7-day forecast by the First Forecast team to be prepared.
Since the fair happens during the hottest part of the summer, guess what, it’s most assuredly going to be sweltering. Protect yourself from the elements by wearing sunscreen, a hat and think about bringing an umbrella since it will undoubtedly rain for some portion of the event.
A small amount of cash is a must since you’ll need to pay for a shuttle, trolley, food or souvenirs.
Coming And Going
The trolley will get you around the fair and connects all four events. Ride all day for $1. Kids 5 and under ride free.
Shuttles located at Pioneer High School and Briarwood Mall will take you to the grounds. Parking is usually free here and the shuttle will cost you $1.50 per person one way. Again, kids five and under ride free. The shuttles pick up every 10-15 minutes and run Wed-Fri 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Leave spot at home though. Pets aren’t allowed on the shuttle.
(See map for detailed routes & stops)
Downtown parking structures and lots will cost around $12 per day and $6 after 5 p.m. Don’t count on any spaces being available between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Your best bet is the shuttle.
(See the art fair brochure for more parking details and lots more info)
George Fox is a Spartan, a Michigander, and Web Producer for CBS 62/CW50 in Detroit. When I’m not working on content for the CBS Local websites, I’m probably hanging out on the boat, at deer camp or spending quality time with the fam. Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeJFox.