One of Michigan’s Finest Summer Traditions Continues  Thursday, July 21- Sunday, July 24, 2016


ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation.  Each year, thousands of artists compete for a limited number of spaces in one of the four art fairs that make up The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

For the first time in the 57-year history of The Ann Arbor Art Fair, the art fair will open on a Thursday (July 21) and end on a Sunday (July 24).

“Over the years the art fair has evolved into one of Michigan’s greatest summer traditions and expanded to over 1,000 competitively juried artists covering 30 city blocks,” said Karen Delhey art fair spokesperson.  “To help leverage its popularity and to accommodate the crowds, we have moved the date.”

More than 500,000 people are expected to visit Ann Arbor over the four-day event to enjoy and purchase a wide range of media including painting, drawing, glass, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and more, not to mention the chance to enjoy Ann Arbor in the summer time.  Visitors will be treated to artist’s demonstrations throughout the event, art activities for all ages, and three-stages full of music and dance performances.

This year’s featured artists include:

   Cherie Haney, Ann Arbor South University Art Fair

   Mike Maydak, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

   Jenny Pope, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original

*The State Street Art Fair did not select a featured artist as of press time.

With the art fair extending over the weekend, various restaurants, clubs and shops are staying open late on Saturday July 23 and many will have drink and other specials,

For four days in July, the streets of Ann Arbor transform into an art lover’s paradise to experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of shops featuring sidewalk sales. From July 21-24, 2016, thousands of art enthusiasts will turn out and enjoy engaging with these artists, experiencing their artwork, and embracing the chance to enhance or start their own collection.

Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sunday Noon.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Ann Arbor.  For more information, visit, on twitter  Festival apps also are available for iPhone and GooglePlay.

Quick Facts:

  • When: Thursday July 21, 2016 to Saturday July 23, 2016, 10am-9pm, Sunday July 24, 2016, Noon-6pm
  • Where: Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Cost: Free admission

For more information, maps, to download the event guide, find the latest information on art activities, artist demonstrations, concert information, parking options, in addition to downloading the Ann Arbor Art Fair apps on iPhone and GooglePlay, visit