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.

Main Stage


Who FUBAR are can expand and contract, but at its core is Andy Adamson, Dan Bennett, Jim Carey, Dave Cavender, Kim French, Sophia Hanifi and Randy Tessier.  FUBAR is a sort of post-modern, psychedelic sixties top-forty band.  Their eclecticism is at the heart of their interpretation of obscure pop-rock songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.  A favorite at Ann Abor's Happy Hour @ LIVE, these accomplished muscians have been playing in bands locally and nationally since the 1970's.

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

One of Ann Arbor’s favorite bands,Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers’music takes you on a multi-instrumental journey thru Motown, Americana, and deep into the soul of funk.  The band is well known for their spectacular live performances.  "The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming," says Hertler.

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

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

Hosting organizations:

Ann Arbor Art Center:

Ann Arbor Learning Community:

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!

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:

Hands on Museum:

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology:

Recycle Ann Arbor:

Stone School Cooperative Preschool:

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