The 2016 Townie Street Party, now in its 12th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. Taking place on Monday, July, 18th 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 Washtenaw County 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 3rd 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
Explore your creative side with family-friendly activities that you can take home with you.
Hosting organizations include:
Goldfish Swim School: TBA
Ann Arbor Art Center: See what interesting designs and textures you can make as you try out the ancient technique of engraving on copper. Once you’re done, you an hang your creation anywhere, inside or out!
Ann Arbor Learning Community: Paint - Roll Explore the intriguing world of Monoprints as you design and print from easy material around your home. Learn two techniques that can be used over and over to create your personal materpiece!
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: Bubbles at the Townie Party! Design simple wire bubble wands decorated with beads or create a more complex star, heart, or flower shape. All ages are encouraged to participate! Bubble solution will be provided to try out your creation.
Hands on Museum: TBA
Leslie Science and Nature Center: Visit live animals & owls and then learn about the physical differences of herbivores and carnivores as you inspect scat and replicas of animal sculls.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Hands-on fun with instruments! Children have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. Instrument Petting Zoos inhabit It’s a fun and educational program, suitable for pre-K through 5th grade. With trained “zookeepers, help youngsters bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz an trumpet and blow a flute. Learn how vibrations become sound, and sound becomes music.
Clay Work Studio: Participants will be provided with a glazed tile on which ceramics colors can be painted on. Any design could be painted on as you challenge your creative mind. It is a fun and colorful way to express yourself.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology: Frescoes are an ancient art form that really stuck around! The Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians created beautiful paintings on wet plaster (called fresco) that survived thousands of years. Create your own painting on dry plaster (known as fresco-secco) inspired by ancient art. Limit to one fresco per participant.
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Grab dinner or a light snack from other local Townie Party eateries on North University.
The Terrace Catering Sponsors