Monday, July 15: 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 Youth 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.


Main Stage


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.


Youth Art Fair

Open to young artists from Washtenaw County in grades 4 - 12 at time of application.  Jury sessions will be held May 18th and 21st. For more information click here.

Art Activity Zone

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

2018 Hosting organizations:

Ann Arbor Art Center:


Paul Klee Inspired Printmaking

Come! Create a unique, hand printed design inspired by the shapes and composition of Paul Klee’s paintings.  Each participant will be able to take home their creation.  This activity is perfect for all ages, including 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!


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 an trumpet and blow a flute.  Learn how vibrations become sound, and sound becomes music.

Clay Work Studio:


Clay Creations

Experiment with clay and build anything you dream while experienced instructors help you through the creative process. Clay donated by Rovin Ceramics.

Community Day Care Center:


Crazy Cool Paper Hats

Make a one-of-a-kind paper bag hat to wear and enjoy at the Townie Party. Customize your hat with goodies such as ribbons, fake flowers, colored paper, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Dr. Susan Gelmen’s Conceptual Development Lab at the University of Michigan:


Paper Bowl Jellyfish

Think underwater as you dive into the depths of making jellyfish.  These intriguing creatures can be yours to hang after creation.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum:


Summer Science Fest

Create your own “stained glass” window as you hang out with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Summer Science fest.  Mix colors and shapes for a beautiful design and watch the sun shine through.

Leslie Science and Nature Center:

Animals and Art

Visit live animals and specimens to discover more about wildlife diversity. Then, try your hat at some animal-themed crafts.

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology:


Ancient Amulets 

Create your own amulets out of polymer clay using hieroglyph stamps and ancient Egyptian designs.

Recycle Ann Arbor:


Recycled T-shirt Bags

Help prevent plastic bag pollution by replacing your plastic bags with a reusable t-shirt bag.  Bring your favorite old t-shirt or select from our colorful collection, and we’ll help you create your very own no-sew bag. 

Stone School Cooperative Preschool:


Toolbox Art

Use everyday household items to make beautiful jewelry and fun keepsakes!


Community Central

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

2018 Participating Organizations:


  • Ann Arbor Derby Dimes

  • Ann Arbor Women Artists (and a Few Good Men)

  • Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Community Television Network (CTN)

  • U of M Museum of Natural History

  • Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide)

  • The Sunday Artisan Market

  • University Musical Society (UMS)

  • Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition

  • AFS International Programs USA

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.


We proudly serve craft beer brewed by

Grab dinner or a light snack from local Townie Party eateries on North University.