Townie Street Party Marks Start Of Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week

Jul 16, 2018

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It's a special week in Ann Arbor.  It's Art Fair week which kicks off tonight with a special gathering for residents with the "Townie Street Party."

This is the 14th year for the Townie Street Party, which is a way to thank Ann Arbor families for "graciously hosting" the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year.

It runs from 5 until 9:30 tonight on N. University between Thayer and Fletcher and on Ingalls Mall.  There will be live music, a youth art fair, and an "art activity zone' for families, as well as food and other area arts representatives.

Rounding out the festivities is an all-inclusive one-mile run/walk which kicks off at 6:00PM called the "Dart for Art" and is open to anyone who might enjoy a run or walk in downtown Ann Arbor.

Some one thousand artists will show and sell their work during the four-day art festival, which begins Thursday, July 19th and runs through the following Sunday.

Technically, there are four separate art fairs set up around downtown Ann Arbor, including on the University of Michigan campus, thus the name "four fairs…one event."

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