The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.
The Townie Street Party, now in its 9th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor and a fundraising event for the educational and community outreach activities of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Taking place on Monday, July, 15th 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 ArtZone offers a chance to explore your artistic side. The Party takes place on East Washington Street between Thayer and Fletcher and on Ingalls Mall.