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Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 10:45 a.m.

2013 Ann Arbor Art Fair facts: parking, hours, map and more

By Jenn McKee

Full coverage of the Ann Arbor Art Fair


Artist Angela Mia De La Vega cleans off her sculpture of a girl at inside her booth at the 2012 Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.

Angela J. Cesere | file photo

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is actually four fairs, but one big event:

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is located in the streets surrounding Burton Carillon Tower at North University and East Washington connected by Ingalls Mall.

The State Street Area Art Fair is located on State Street, North University, East Liberty, Maynard and William.

The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair has two locations, on Main Street and Liberty plus on State Street (from William to Madison).

Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair fills out the entire South University Avenue area and extends to State Street.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 through Friday, July 19; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. For visitor information call 1-800-888-9487 or visit

Traveling to the fair by shuttle: Air-conditioned park-and-ride shuttles run from four different locations. Shuttle service hours are Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes.

This year's new, north side shuttle stop at Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd., offers 2 different drop-off points: Fletcher and Washington, or South University and Forest. Parking is free, and the round-trip cost is $3. Children 5 and younger ride free.

The Trinity Westside Art Fair Park & Ride Shuttle will pick up passengers from The Maple Village Shopping Center (155 N. Maple Road) at Jackson and Maple Roads, just off M-14. Parking is free, and the round-trip cost is $3. Children 5 and younger ride free. The shuttle stops at Washington and Main, and at Washington and State.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's TheRide will continue to pick up passengers from Pioneer High School, at 601 W. Stadium Blvd., and Briarwood Mall (near Sears) on State and Eisenhower. Parking is free, and the shuttle fare is $3 round trip, or $1.50 one-way for adults; $.75 one-way for students and AATA Fare Deal cardholders; and children 5 and younger ride free. The Main Street route will drop riders off in downtown Ann Arbor, at Main and William, while the South University route will drop off passengers near State St. Buses return to both parking locations from either shuttle bus stop.


Artist Molly Barnes polishes her glass works at her boot in the 2012 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

Angela J. Cesere | file photo

Parking and traffic: If the shuttle isn't your thing, know that you're facing lots of congestion and slow traffic. Check out conditions online using the Google traffic map for Ann Arbor.

Many downtown streets will be closed, including Main Street; see the PDF map linked to below (all blocks shown in color will be closed). Closures start Tuesday morning for setup.

City parking structures, which often fill quickly, will have all-day rates, and U-M parking decks will have evening and weekend parking. (Visitors may also try the library lot, with entrances on S. Division and Fifth Ave., which is open for business during Art Fair.) Rates are $12 per day, $6 after 5 p.m. Of course, organizations and private entrepreneurs will offer parking throughout the central city at varying rates; in general, the closer you are, the more you'll pay.

Special parking hints: The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has a system for keeping track of available parking spaces in all the downtown parking structures. Use it online or by phone at 734-761-9477. You may also reserve an all-day parking spot in one of the downtown Republic Parking structures in advance via the Park n Party website.

Bus detours: Regular Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus schedules will be affected by the fairs. Full details on the AATA website.

The coolest way to fair-hop: Renovated, air-conditioned A2 Art Trolleys will travel a loop between all four art fairs (with 8 stops) and run from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Trolley rides cost $1 per person per day (riders will get wristbands).

Wheelchairs/walkers:Wright & Filippis will provide wheelchairs on Main at William or State Street at Madison. For complete information, or to make a reservation, call 734-975-6800. University of Michigan Health System's Home Care Services will also provide wheelchairs. For info, call 734-975-3077 or send a message to

Weather: The Ann Arbor Art Fair is known for heat and, often, a nasty thunderstorm or two. Keep on top of conditions and forecasts with the weather page.

Art Fair app: A free iPhone application is available via Apple’s iTunes store. It was developed by Southfield-based jacAPPS and includes an interactive map of the fair (with geo-location, so users can see their current location in relationship to specific artists), with information about local businesses; AAAF events; the trolley; food; information booths; music stages; parking; and a comprehensive list of artists, with sample images of their work.

Food and drink: A variety of food options are available at the fairs' food courts, located on Liberty Street west of Main; on Ingalls Mall outside the Michigan League; and at the Michigan Union, South State Street at South University Avenue.

The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., will be open from noon-8 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and noon-6 p.m. on Saturday for fairgoers looking for a cool seat and a bite to eat. Grilled bratwurst and hot dogs, signature Michigan Theater popcorn, soft drinks, and bottled water will be available for purchase, as well as beer and wine for customers with valid ID (no membership needed). Guests can choose to enjoy their snacks at tables in the air-conditioned Grand Foyer or on patio seating in front of the theater.

In addition, many restaurants will be serving outside their establishments.

For the kids: The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original will host the Art Activity Zone, with hands-on projects for adults and children, on Ingalls Mall off Washington St. between Thayer and Fletcher, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Other Activities: Safari Adventures will be on-site at the Kalahari Resorts booth on State Street at South University for wildlife visits on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cooling off: Kalahari Resorts and Conventions presents a misting station, on State St. at South University, highlighting water features found in Africa and translated at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers in Sandusky. Stop by, cool down and view the beautiful display.

Test drive: Stop by the Chrysler display on Church St. to test drive a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, RAM 1500, Dodge Dart, Chrysler 300S, or Fiat 500L. Test drive the RAM 1500 and you can ‘Listen and Win’ prizes.

Entertainment schedules: There are three full-blown stages for live entertainment: The Fountain Stage located at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, at Ingalls Mall; Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair will host the 107.1 Main Stage, at Church and Willard streets; and the The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair’s iSPY Magazine performance stage will be on Liberty, between Main and Ashley. Full schedules available in a separate article.

Art-in-the-making: Artist demonstrations take place at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair in a tent under the big oaks on North University; and more demonstrations take place at Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and the State Street Area Art Fair. And look for the emerging artists areas in the South University Art Fair and the "New Art, New Artists" tent at the Street Art Fair, The Original, plus the Arts League of Michigan, an artist mentorship program, on State Street in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.

Ann Arbor Art Fair map and guide to download: Download the official Art Fair map here: A2artfairmap2013.pdf

Dowload the full Art Fair guide listing all artists at the Ann Arbor Area CVB website.


pj notes

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 12:32 a.m.

FYI, the AATA shuttle from Pioneer HS is NOT free for seniors. Seniors must have an active AATA A-ride card. Otherwise, the fare is $3.00 roundtrip, same as younger adults.

Jenn McKee

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 2:34 p.m.

Thanks for this information. We've made the correction.


Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 8:38 p.m.

"The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has a system for keeping track of available parking spaces in all the downtown parking structures." The link doesn't work.

Jenn McKee

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 2:35 p.m.

Thanks for letting us know. We've got a better link now. Let us know if it's still giving you problems - and thanks again!

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

While I was touring the setup Tuesday afternoon the misting station was not yet at State Street and South U -- but there was a special drinking water station to refill water bottles that had been set up by the City of Ann Arbor.


Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 8:55 p.m.

Did the construction on 4th between Huron and Liberty get finished in time? Last week it was still unfinished with the entire stretch of 4th unsurfaced.

Sara White

Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 12:19 a.m.

It is open, but doesn't look 100% finished. They probably did bare minimum to get it open for the fair.

Local Yocal

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 9:30 p.m.


Sara White

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

The more useful AATA link is You'd think that they would have a link right on their main page for Art Fair detours for those of us who have to still get to work downtown. Took a little digging to find the page with the actual detour information.

Sara White

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 6:41 p.m.

Just kidding, they did finally update it on their main page. I missed it!

Nicholas Urfe

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

Where are all the stations to refill your water bottle or get water? There should be a bunch of them.

peg dash fab

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 11:10 p.m.

I saw one in front of Nat. Sci. on N. University.

Fat Bill

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 3:06 p.m.

There are lots of open parking spots near fire hydrants. The best part is that a nice guy in a big truck will move your car for you if you park unwisely, and lock it away nice and safe...

John of Saline

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 2:58 p.m.

At least some of the parking lots have empty-space counters on them now.


Sat, Jul 13, 2013 : 4:13 a.m.

Messed up comment link, oh well...


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 6:22 p.m.

Remember that Red Cross First Aid will be available at Liberty Plaza.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 4:48 p.m.

Is there a new bingo card for this year or should we just keep using the old ones?

Jenn McKee

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

What would you include on an Art Fair bingo card? In published my own list at the end of last year's preview for the event:

Bob Zuruncol

Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 4:43 p.m.

Nothing says "juried art" like Chrysler display on Church St.

Lyn Barron

Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 12:23 p.m.

I am grateful for the shuttles.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 12:10 p.m.

Don't forget to bring your dog.

Nicholas Urfe

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 : 5:13 p.m.

"A super-size umbrella" My umbrella is attached to my 5 wide stroller. Of course I don't have kids in it, just 5 dogs.


Sun, Jul 14, 2013 : 10:21 p.m.

Also, if you come across a friend, stop and have a conversation so you can block all the pedestrian traffic.


Sat, Jul 13, 2013 : 4:09 a.m.

A lot of seasoned pros on board here, I see, go art fair!!


Sat, Jul 13, 2013 : 2:51 a.m.

Actually, to someone who might actually bring a dog, bring a container that your dog can drink out of and either bring water or plan to get water for your dog.

Holy Cow

Sat, Jul 13, 2013 : 12:58 a.m.

And don't forget to buy your thing on a stick so you can poke more people in the eye.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 8:37 p.m.

A super-size umbrella - stay shady and maybe dry, all the while poking the eyes of passers by .

Bob Zuruncol

Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 4:40 p.m.

Is there a "one dog limit" this year?


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

Bicycle with the kid cart on the back as well.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 12:53 p.m.

And triple-wide stroller.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 11:33 a.m.

All I can say to the visitors is good luck trying to do anything other than shuttles...driving downtown like trying to negotiate the stupidity @ state and ellsworth is not worth the time and effort...


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

I have the (dis)pleasure of working at State and Ellsworth so negotiating that traffic is something I must do (at a minimum) x2/day. It's a nightmare that seems will never end!