Ann Arbor Art Fair and other happenings this weekend in metro Detroit

Posted at 5:11 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 08:24:27-04
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Artists from around the country are gearing up for the free event that is technically four art fairs in one and takes up 30 city blocks.
It takes organizers months in advance to plan, just ask Spokesperson Karen Delhey.
“We’re already talking about next year,” she said. 
If there was an artist you like last year, chances are they’ll be back this year.

But about a third of the tents you’ll check out will be of artists who’ve never displayed their work at this event before.

“It’s, honestly, never the same show twice.”

You will find sculptures, paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery and fibers. 
Organizers say the Ann Arbor Art Fair is an event for the whole family.

“There’s also an art activity zone for kids of all ages. We like the adults to get in there too and get their hands dirty and try being an artist for a day,” said Delhey. 
Other events taking place this weekend, include:
Friday, July 20th
  • Palazzo di Bocce 2018 Bocce Invitational, featuring the best of the best players invited from 8 different countries, 9am in Lake Orion


  • The Wellness Plan Medical Centers will host four Family Fun Days at its locations throughout Metro Detroit throughout the summer aimed at offering the resources local children need to be healthy and succeed, 12pm in Oak Park


Saturday, July 21st
  • Tennis legend Brad Gilbert will be making an exclusive visit to the Birmingham Athletic Club over the weekend of July 20-22, 2018. Brad will be participating in a variety of activities over the course of the weekend including multiple adult and youth tennis clinics



  • Open Streets Detroit: Rouge Park will temporarily turn three miles of road in Detroit's Rouge Park into a safe, open and car-free zone for local families and community members to run, bike, skate, shop and play together, with the route making a three-mile loop inside the park along Spinoza, Outer, and Rouge Park drives



  • The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition continues with their "Tours After Dark" series. Visitors learn about ghosts and spirits that may still inhabit Historic Fort Wayne. That starts at 6:30pm
Sunday, July 22nd
  • Day at Zoo Supports Dystonia Research for a Cure: 5th Annual Detroit Zoo Walk is July 22; Brain Disorder is Little-Known But Surprisingly Common, 8:30am
  • The Michigan Humane Society will showcase 50 adoptable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies for thousands of Eastern Market shoppers starting at 10am