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Summer Has Arrived in Ann Arbor

Summer has arrived in Ann Arbor

Peony Garden at the Arb, Ann Arbor MI. Photo by Andy Piper

Peony Garden at the Arb is a great place for friends and families to enjoy a relaxing moment. Photo by Andy Piper

If you are new to Ann Arbor, or maybe even if you have lived here for a while, here are few unique June activities I am sure you will enjoy and are part of what makes Ann Arbor a great town. The weather is hot! The student population is down and it’s easier to park, so its the perfect time to take a breather and explore these Ann Arbor events.

Shakespeare in the Arb

Coming up soon at the Nichols Arboretum is their annual Shakespeare in the Arb play; this year, they will be mounting a production of Romeo + Juliet. The play is performed throughout the arboretum and moves to different locations scene by scene! Bring a blanket or chair to get to see this unique interpretation of a beloved classic. Performed by U of M student and other community performers, it will be directed by Kate Mendeloff of the U of M Residential College, Carol Gray, and Graham Atkin. Performances are available on Thursdays through Sundays, June 7-10; 14-17; & 21-24, and last about 2.5 hours.

Shakespeare in the Arb’s “Romeo and Juliet”

The Peony Gardens

The Peony Gardens are a special place. THANK YOU to all the people that work so hard at the gardens so I can come out a couple of times in early June and take in this beauty! Did you know, over half of the herbaceous cultivars in the Peony Garden are rare or no longer in the trade? Some are likely extinct other than the individuals here.

This weekend will be the best opportunity to enjoy the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum at its peak! According to the Peony Bloom Countdown Peony Garden on June 1, 2018: The garden today is nearly at peak bloom with what looks like about 60% in bloom.

They will be in bloom until June 10th, don’t miss this great chance for a lush taste of spring beauty.

Peonies blooming at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor

Peonies blooming at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. Photo by Andy Piper

Summer Festival

Also coming soon is the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which involves many free events! Movies that will be shown include Wonder Woman, Lion, Kubo and The Two Strings (one of the best-animated movies made in the last ten years), Remember The Titans, The Sting, and Mary Poppins (just in time to see again before the sequel coming out this December!). There is also a huge variety of culinary, music, dance, comedy and wellness events. Check out their calendar for a full list of events!

Children and families watching a movie at A2SF

The Mayor’s Green Fair

The City of Ann Arbor mayor’s office is hosting the 18th annual Mayor’s Green Fair on Main Street Friday, June 8, 2018, from 6–9 p.m. to celebrate our community’s environmental leadership as exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government, and businesses.

Main Street will be closed to through traffic from Huron to William, remaining open to pedestrians and displays of environmental information, “green” products, live music and general enjoyment of the urban outdoor environment. Information, entertainment, and hands-on activities for all ages will be provided.  What a great chance to explore the “urban jungle” of downtown A2.

Thousands of people fill the street during the Mayors Green Fair on Main Street.
Jeffrey Smith |

Green Fair activities include:

  • Environmental leaders showcasing environmental nonprofit organizations, government agencies and participating businesses that have earned the “Environmental Excellence” partners and/or Community Partners for Clean Streams designation from Washtenaw County.
  • hands-on activities for all ages, such as live birds of prey demonstrations.
  • Live music will be performed by Paul’s Big Radio.
  • Displays of alternative fuel vehicles,
  • Demonstrations of green building materials, solar energy installations, renewable energy installations and more!

Contact us with any questions about what to do in Ann Arbor this summer!

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