Get Out of Townie

. July 21, 2016.

Ann Arbor Art Fair week is a mixed bag for locals. Of course we can’t complain about visitors checking out our bustling little-big city; everyone should get a chance to experience this strange, amazing, eclectic community.  Ann Arbor hosts one of the greatest universities in the world, our population is made up of artists, entrepreneurs, educators and growing minds, and we’re a unique liberal pocket that welcomes all races, genders, sexual orientations, creeds….and political beliefs.

Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the traffic, maybe it’s the hoards of out-of-towners clogging our quaint downtown streets. The bottom line: townies sometimes need a reprieve from the Art Fair.

Here’s a few of our suggestions for those readers who will be making alternative plans this weekend.

If you haven’t heard, A2’s newest sports phenomenon, AFC Ann Arbor, made it to the National Premier Soccer League Midwest Region playoffs. They take the field Friday night in Grand Rapids to play Great Lakes East Division Champs, AFC Cleveland. Head west to cheer on the Mighty Oak in their first postseason matchup.

Looking for a shorter commute? Ypsilanti is hosting the 2016 Michigan Summer Beer Festival on Friday and Saturday. The 19th annual summer beer Fest boasts over 100 Michigan breweries pouring close to 1,000 different types of craft beers. Craft beer, need we say more?

It’s not far from the fair, but if you prefer to engage with art without a price tag, check out UMMA’s Engaging with Art Guided Tours this Sunday. Museum docents will lead several individually themed tours, offer unique perspectives of the University’s extensive collection.

The Michigan Glass Project is also happening this weekend in Detroit. The charity event brings the biggest names in functional glass to Michigan for a weekend. The event features vendors, music and demonstrations. Proceeds benefit Art Road Detroit, a nonprofit focused on providing art education to children.

Or just go to art fair. We aren’t here to dissuade you, just offering alternatives, because having options is what make life great. Wherever you end up this weekend, have fun, be safe and keep it cool.

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