With the warmer weather comes an abundance of Ann Arbor summer events to attend. This town (and the surrounding area) is great for having family friendly events or fun evenings out with the adults. Since I haven’t lived here in six years, I don’t remember all the things that go on, so I’ve put together a list of happenings that I didn’t know about to help me (and YOU) explore our own city. Or if you’re not a local, maybe make a little road trip out of it and create your own adventure!
Nature’s Tank the Turtle
June 9 from 2pm-3pm
Naturalist Tom Hodgson will introduce you to Michigan’s turtles with several live specimens for you to observe. Learn about turtle biology and life cycles as well as what to do when turtles are encountered in the wild. Please register in advance $2 individual or $5 for a family. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea.
Kids Read Comics 2013
June 22 from 10am-6pm
A full day of activities including a drawing workshop to teach kids how to create their own comic characters, how to write a mini-comic, artists demonstrations, and Q & A with the artists. The event is free and takes place at 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Superhero Exhibit
June 28-30 from 9:45pm-11:45pm
Created by Spanish arts collective Wildbytes, Superhero is an interactive projection mapping experience in which participants are transformed into superheroes using Kinect cameras and customized software. A digital art exhibition at Top of the Park over multiple nights, festival-goers will be able to fly over the historic facade of the Burton Memorial Tower while enjoying a number of super powers, which they can control with natural gestures. These powers included throwing light balls, becoming gigantic or tiny, and, of course, flying.
Until July 7th, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is hosting a series of events around the arts. Many of them are family friendly or would just make a really fun date day/night. To see the full list of events check out their website: http://a2sf.org/
Ann Arbor Jaycee’s Summer Carnival
This will be their 62nd annual carnival. There will be rides, games, food, and much more! Free admission before 9pm (no admittance after 10pm). Pioneer High School 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor.
The world-renowned Michigan Elvisfest began in 2000 in Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Historic Depot Town. Beautiful Riverside Park is the place where Elvis fans flock by the thousands every July to pay homage to the King of Rock & Roll and to hear the most award-winning professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other talented Legend Tribute Artists. July 1st is the deadline for pre-order tickets.