The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original is the granddaddy of the three concurrent and contiguous fairs that transform central Ann Arbor into a massive outdoor art gallery each July. Established in 1960, the Original Fair is produced by Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization with a mission of increasing public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts. Over the past 62 years, the Original Fair has continued to focus on the art, the artists and the art buyers.
Known for its consistently high quality, all original work, the Ann Arbor Original Art Fair takes place on the streets surrounding the historic Burton Bell Tower, and the tree-lined central campus of the University of Michigan and does not host sidewalk sales or vendor booths. The Original Fair was voted one of the “Top Ten Best Art Festivals” in the country in a USA TODAY Reader’s Poll and is consistently in Art Fair Calendar's “Top Ten Best Art Fairs," Art Fair Source Book's “Elite 25”, and in the top 20 in Sunshine Artist’s “Top 100 Fine Art Shows” poll.