Monday, July 13: 5:00 - 9:30PM


North University and Ingalls Mall in Downtown Ann Arbor



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The Townie Street Party, now in its 16th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. Taking place on Monday, July, 13th 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.


2019 Main Stage Schedule

5:30 - 6:00PM - Morris Murphy Project

6:20 - 7:05PM - Syd Burnham Band

7:30 - 9:00PM - Laith Al-Saadi



Laith Al-Saadi

Ann Arbor's own Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan School of Music, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Paul Rodgers and recently opened for Bob Seger on his farewell tour in January, 2019. 

Guitar World Magazine has called Laith Al-Saadi a cross between "Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best  and Maroon 5 frontman and ‘The Voice’ coach Adam Levine said, “Laith is one of the most diverse talents we have.” “Incredible guitar player, incredible singer.” Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.” 

It is sure to be a special evening when Laith kicks out the jams for the hometown crowd. 


Syd Burnham Band

Syd Burnham is an 18 year singer-songwriter from Brighton, Michigan with a passion for blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll. For the past four years, she has traveled all over the state of Michigan with her two bands, the Syd Burnham Band and Red Herring playing over 200 shows. With inspiration ranging from bluesy rock to 90's metal and country folk, this young singer-songwriter and guitarist is out to show an audience a good time. Though still young, Syd Burnham has played many Michigan festivals, breweries, and the Ark, solo and backed by a band. She is a musician on the rise. Look for originals alongside a few covers of modern female rockers like Grace Potter and Janis Joplin along with many dude rockers like Muddy Waters and Foo Fighters.

Morris Murphy Project

Morris Murphy Project is a power-pop trio of hometown boys that have been playing together for nearly 40 years. Local media has compared Morris Murphy to the likes of The Guess Who, Van Halen and .38 Special. Their sets cover a wide spectrum of classic rock, motown, R&B and original numbers that have proven time and again to get an audience on their feet and in a partying mood.
Mike & Steve Morris and Jeff Murphy have been in the lineups of many local acts including M-16, Metro and Jarod. Currently playing a mix of classics from the Beatles to the Police; The Doors to The Who; the Allman Brothers to the Temptations, The Morris Murphy Project offers something for everyone.

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 about how you can become a Townie Friend of the Fair.

Youth Art Fair

We're excited to welcome our 2019 Youth Art Fair artists! Come support Washtenaw County's young artists. Participants in 4th - 12th grade display and sell their own artwork, just like artists at the Art Fair! Shop this marketplace full of amazing work!

Art Activity Zone

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

2019 Hosting organizations:

Ann Arbor Art Center:


Easy, Breezy Summertime Pinwheels

Come make a simple pinwheel that you can use in the summer breeze


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra:


Instrument Petting Zoo

Hands-on fun with instruments! Trained “zookeepers” will guide youngsters (and their grownups!) on how to bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet and blow a flute.  Learn how vibrations become sound, and sound becomes music.


The Potters Guild:


Clay Creations

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


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


Paper Fish

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


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum:


Salad Spinner Art!

Use centrifugal forces to create your own, one-of-a-kind design. Join us as we make spinning rainbows of color and learn about force, motion, and color theory. 


Community Day Care Center & the Scrap Box


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!


Leslie Science and Nature Center:

The World of Wildlife

Learn how creatures great and small survive and thrive in Michigan and beyond. Meet live animals up close, examine different wildlife specimens, and make your own wild creations by creating owl masks and sweet pea crowns. 


Kelsey Museum of Archaeology:


Egyptian Fans

Almost 100 years ago, archaeologists from the University of Michigan discovered fascinating fans. Woven from palm fiber, these fans were created with different patterns to both look cool and stay cool! Weave and decorate your own fantastic fan with paper and use it during the Art Fair!


Recycle Ann Arbor:

Recycled Craft with Recycle Ann Arbor and the Scrap Box

Recycle Ann Arbor has partnered with the Scrap Box to show kids how to create art from material scraps, often materials from manufacturing. Stop by and have fun while helping protect the planet by keeping materials out of the landfill. 

Community Central

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

2019 Participating Organizations:


Ann Arbor Mile - Dart for Art

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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.