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.
The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring Black Jake & the Carnies, Drivin’ Sideways, and Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful.
Black Jake & the Carnies
Known for their raw energy and entertainment factor, Black Jake & the Carnies are the perfect blend of carnival spectacle with a healthy dash of punk rock and old-timey music. The band brings a mixture of fast-paced music, traditional instruments, entertaining gimmicks, props, and crowd interaction that everyone is sure to enjoy. The Ypsilanti-based band is comprised of Black Jake (banjo, vocals, songwriting), Gus Wallace (fiddle), Andy Benes (mandolin, backing vocals), Jumpin’ Joe Cooter (bass), Billy “The Kingpin” LaLonde (percussion, backing vocals), and J.C. Miller (accordion, backing vocals). For more information on Black Jake & the Carnies, check out their website,
The Drivin’ Sideways Band has been together, in one form or another, over the course of the last four decades. Playing an eclectic selection of Country, Rockabilly, Blues, R&B, Rock and Popular songs, the band has been a wildly successful community fixture in the realm of Ann Arbor Friday Happy Hour events. Playing “The Frantic Stuff” “The Real Stuff” and “The Good Stuff”, the band consists of: George Bedard (of the Kingpins) on Guitar and Vocals, Jim King on the keyboards and vocals, Pat Prouty (bassist extraordinaire) on the Bass, Mark Newbound (from Stonehenge, England) on the Drums, and fronted by Pontiac Pete Ferguson on Vocals.
Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful
As a contingent of the Michigan indie/folk scene, Misty Lyn pens haunting melodies over simple arrangements that traverse the gothic, literary fringes of American roots music. Pulling from a wealth of vivid, sometimes melancholic subject matter, her songs are cathartic and poetically rich works that stand boldly on their own, but when accompanied by her quartet, the Big Beautiful, realize new potential. While her music also celebrates love and the simple joy of being alive, there is always a common thread of nostalgia for things that are lost and those that are fading. For more information on Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful, check out their website.
Kids’ Art Fair
Support Washtenaw County’s young artists in 3rd-8th grade as they display and sell their artwork just like artists at the Art Fair. Browse this marketplace full of amazing art!
Art Activity Zone
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Explore your creative side with family-friendly activities that you can take home with you. Hosting organizations include:
Progressive Dental: Back by popular demand, choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to make colorful sand art necklaces.
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: Pick from a variety of colorful pasta beads to make a unique piece of jewelry. Look for patterns and fun ways to use all of the colors!
Jewish Community Center: Using reclaimed materials, create your own sculptures. If you can imagine it, you can build it!
Leslie Science and Nature Center: Bringing live animals & owls, LSNC will show kids how to create their own creative mask.
Potters Guild and 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.
Check out cool Washtenaw County, and learn about all the area has to offer. Many local and civic organizations will be represented:
The Ann, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor Women Artists (and a Few Good Men), Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch, Boychoir of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Television Network (CTN), Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Zoological Society, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Metro Parent, Purple Rose Theater, The Sunday Artisan Market, Think Local First, University Musical Society, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), U-M Museum of Natural History, Whole Foods
Get VIP Access
Enjoy access to a private bar with complimentary refreshments and premium seating. Mingle with leaders, local business owners, and other Townie neighbors. Click here to learn how to become a Townie Friend of the Fair and get exclusive access to The Terrace.
|FOOD & DRINK|
Grab dinner or a light snack from other local Townie Party eateries on Washington.