Monday, July 16: 5:00 - 9:30PM

North University and Ingalls Mall in Downtown Ann Arbor


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The Townie Street Party, now in its 14th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. Taking place on Monday, July, 16th 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 4 - 12. 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 4th 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 Ingalls Mall.


If you are interested in participating in the Youth Art Fair this summer, please read below.

The Youth Art Fair is a developmental arts program offered to young people in 4th - 12th grades.  The focus of the program is to provide an opportunity, outside of the classroom, where students who are interested in visual arts can exlore their creativity and get a glimpse in to the world of a professional Art Fair artist.  The Youth Art Fair program strives to inspire young artists to expand their idea of art and develop their own voice.  They also learn about the jury process, pricing, customer service, and more.

The program culminates in a Youth Artists’ Market where participants display and sell their work at the Original Street Art Fair’s Townie Street Party being held on July 16, 2018.  The number of participants accepted into this program is limited and young artists must go through a jury process in advance of the Youth Art Fair. 

How to Apply to the Youth Art Fair:

  • Attend ONE drop-in Jury Session.
  • Fill out the Artist Registration online BEFORE attending the jury session. goo.gl/forms/rZffKWhiAbbtOAVx2 
  • Artist should bring 4 to 6 samples of artwork.
  • Artist is required to bring a photo/image of their work to the jury session. (Photo/image will not be returned.)


  • Artists must be in grades 4 - 12 at time of jury and reside in Washtenaw County.
  • All artwork must be original and made by the artist or artist(s).
  • Artist must attend one of the June Informational/Mentoring Meetings after acceptance.

What you need to know about jurying:

  • Artists will meet one-on-one with a pair of jurors for a brief time.
  • Artists should be able to talk about the work they make, about their art interests and how they plan to make enough art to sell at the Fair.
  • Artists will be notified within two weeks if they are selected.

Dates of Drop-in Jury Sessions

  • Wednesday, May 9th between 5 – 7:30PM

  • Saturday, May 12th between 1 – 3:30PM

Location of Drop-in Jury Sessions 

Ann Arbor District Library – Westgate Branch

2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Large Meeting Rooms

*Parking is available in the lot behind the Library.

Other things to know:

  • If invited, participation fee is $15.
  • Only the body of work that was juried into the show may be displayed at the YAF.
  • Artists must personally attend their booths and must be present during the entire selling time (5:00pm-9pm). Representatives, including family members, may not attend in place of the artist. Kids are encouraged to walk around and see the work of their fellow artists during the Fair, but tables cannot be left unattended.
  • All work should be for sale.
  • Sales should be on a “cash and carry” basis.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult during the Youth Art Fair.
  • The following are absolutely prohibited:
    • Use of licensed, trademarked, or copyrighted characters or names
    • Services such as face painting, hair braiding or nail painting
    • The sale of food
    • Games involving prize-winning or raffles
    • Work made from kits or molds


2017 Townie Street Party  - please check back for the 2018 listing

Main Stage


Mr. B's Joybox Express


Fronted by internationally recognized blues and jazz musician Mark “Mr. B” Braun, Mr. B’s Joybox Express is the ultimate fusion of extreme athleticism and artistry.  Mark dreamed of putting a real piano on a bicycle and riding it across the USA.   He created a platform suspended over the rear axel that supports a 350-pound piano and absorbs punishment from the road. Attachments at the rear allow two extra cyclists to push. With three riders, the piano trike is 16 feet long, four feet wide, and weighs roughly 1,200 pounds.
Presented in association with Great Lakes Performing Artists Associates.

RFD Boys


The RFD Boys have been delighting Ann Arbor audiences since 1969 with their fabulous musicianship and sly, exquisitely timed between-song humor. With an appearance on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited, with songs recorded by the likes of the Country Gentlemen, and with performances alongside bluegrass greats like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the RFD Boys are a part of America's bluegrass tradition. One of southeastern Michigan's most durable musical ensembles, they're very much a local tradition, too.

Ben Daniels Band


When Ben Daniels decided he was going to be a musician, it was more than a career choice. A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans Americana, Blues, Jazz, and Rock.

Youth Art Fair

Support Washtenaw County’s young artists as they display and sell their artwork just like artists at the Art Fair. Browse this marketplace full of amazing art!


Art Activity Zone

Presented by:

Explore your creative side with family-friendly activities that you can take home with you.

Hosting organizations:

Goldfish Swim School: 
Water Safety & Custom Frame - Take a moment to explore the water and learn viable water safety tips from the experts at Goldfish Swim School. If you are in more of a creative mood, visit their other table to create a memorable picture frame.

Ann Arbor Art Center:
Summertime Screenprinting - Try your hand at the amazing art of screenprinting! Participants will create their own unique design and use screenprinting techniques to make a fabulous take-away piece of art. This activity is great for both kids and adults!

Ann Arbor Learning Community:
Paint-Press-Print! - 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 masterpiece! All ages are welcome!

Community Day Care Center:
Wild and Wacky Hats - Wacky hates are as much fun to wear as they are to make! Visit this tent, presented to you by Community Day Care Center, 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:
Rainbow Fish - Guests choose their own colors, sequins, and googly eyes and weave together their colorful paper to make bright, beautiful fish. Also, take a moment to learn about our lab studies on how children learn and think about the world around them through fun, interactive games and the Conceptual Development Lab directed by psychologist Dr. Susan G

Hands on Museum:
Shadow Sculptures - Use a variety of materials to form 3D shapes and create relief sculptures. Shine a flashlight at every angle and watch as your shadow sculpture evolves!

Leslie Science and Nature Center:
Live Animals - Visit live animals & owls and then learn about the physical differences of herbivores and carnivores as you inspect scat and replicas of animal skulls.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra:
Instrument Petting Zoo - Hands-on fun with instruments! Trained zookeepers will guide youngsters (and their grownups) how to bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet, and blow a flute! Learn how vibrations become sound, and sound becomes music. 

Clay Work Studio:
Pinch Pot Creations - Participants can make a pinch pot out of clay and decorate it with simple objects such as chopsticks and forks. See what Lee from Clay Work Studio can teach you!

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology:
Suncatchers: Art & Artifacts - Create your own suncatcher inspired by art and artifacts at the Kelsey Museum of Archeology and Jim Cogswell's window exhibition Cosmogonic Tattoos. We invite you to put your own colorful spin on an ancient artifact, create a mash-up of ancient designs, and make something totally new to decorate your windows.

Community Central

Learn what Washtenaw County has to offer. Check out the local and civic organizations that will be represented:

Participating Organizations:

Ann Arbor Derby Dimes
Ann Arbor Women Artists (and a Few Good Men)
Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce
Community Television Network (CTN)
Purple Rose Theatre
U of M Museum of Natural History
The Ann
The Ride
The Sunday Artisan Market
University Musical Society (UMS)

Become a Townie Friend of the Fair!

Get VIP Access

Enjoy access to a private area with complimentary refreshments, premium seating and a taste-style buffet provided by some of Ann Arbor’s leading restaurants. Click here to learn how to become a Townie Friend of the Fair and get exclusive access to The Terrace.

 Ann Arbor Mile - Dart for Art


Rounding out the festivities is an all-inclusive one-mile run/walk which kicks off at 6:00PM and welcomes top runners to compete for cash awards in the Dart for Art Elite Division, as well as local athletes, families, or anyone who wants to enjoy a run or walk in downtown Ann Arbor. There’s even a Team-Work Challenge to see what company is the fastest! Registration is open at www.dartforart.com.



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