The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is a four-week celebration of performing arts and outdoor entertainment with a special emphasis on community pride. Originally founded in 1984 as a partnership between the city of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, early festivals focused on classical music and theater but have since added more musical genres, comedy performances, street art, and even circus-style performances.
A family-friendly event, the festival is an opportunity for the Ann Arbor community and visitors to see world-class artists perform without having to go too far. Still growing in its 34th year, the festival offers over 175 performances across the University of Michigan campus and attracts more than 80,000 attendees.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Dates and Location
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan from June 6 to July 2, 2017.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Lineup
Diana Krall, Pink Martini, Rhiannon Giddens, Ira Glass and the combination of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are a just a few of the headliners. For a full look at the lineup check out the official’s site’s calendar.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Tickets
The festival offers two levels of program: Indoor ticketed events, including the headline acts, and outdoor free events open to all. Tickets for headline events can be purchased online and range from $15-65. Check out the calendar for the full lineup of outdoor events. Special ticket packages for festival goers looking to maximize their experience are also available.
Student Ticket Program – High school and college students with a valid school ID may access one headline event for only $20. Tickets expire April 23.
Good Neighbor Ticket Program – This program provides free tickets to social services programs in greater Washtenaw county so that the programs can distribute tickets to people who may not have the financial means to attend the headline events. Organizations interested in participating must submit an application before May 1.
Top of the Park Drink Tickets – These tickets are distributed to local businesses and community organizers to give out to employees. If the business purchases 50 tickets for headline events, they will receive these drink tickets for use at the Top of the Park venue.
Multiple Event Purchases – Buying three show tickets will give you a 10 percent discount. Four tickets means 15 percent off and five means 20 percent off.
Festival YP Club
Designed to connect young professionals (25-40) in the community, this club offers discounted tickets, drink tickets (two drinks of your choice per ticket), VIP event access to mingle with the performers after their performances and insider updates on festival announcements before they go public. Signup for the Ann Arbour YP Club is quick and commitment-free. This is just one way to get the most out of the event. For more inside advice check out the Ann Arbor Pro Tips Guide.
Getting to and From the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Air – The closest major airport is Detroit’s Wayne County Airport.
Bus – Upon arrival, festival goers can use the University of Michigan’s bus service for free to get around the campus.
Car – The festival’s official website offers directions to the campus as well as links to Ann Arbor ride-sharing, Lyft and Uber options.
Bike – The campus and its surrounding neighborhood are both bike-friendly. For maps and route suggestions, check out the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition’s website
Walking – Ann Arbor is pedestrian-friendly and the festival official page offers suggestions for walking routes to the events.
Where to Stay for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
The official website recommends the Kensington Hotel, a three-star establishment that offers rooms starting at $144 per night. Just three miles from campus, this hotel is a convenient option.
Another winner for convenience is the Ann Arbor Holiday Inn. Rooms start at $130 per night and it’s just a few blocks from campus.
This Ann Arbor condo Airbnb offers a bed, breakfast and a door-to-door car service provided by the hosts. A solid five-star review after more than 100 reviews makes this room a standout. The room goes for $101 per night.
Couchsurfing is another option in the Ann Arbor area. With 49 active hosts in the area, you have plenty of options.
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