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Major annual events are a huge part of Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County, and are a big reason why visitors keep on coming back for more – from cruise nights and music festivals to art shows and air shows. Ypsilanti alone is home to Michigan ElvisFest, Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Fest, The Color Run Michigan Eastside, Camaro Superfest, Thunder Over Michigan, the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen car show… and that’s just scratching the surface. Dive in and discover major annual events throughout Ypsilanti and greater Ann Arbor.


Rat Fest, Brewing, January


Enjoy a taste test or two during Ann Arbor Restaurant Week and more throughout Washtenaw County.
Highlights: Ann Arbor Restaurant WeekAnn Arbor Folk Festival [view all]


If Valentine’s Day is your thing there’s plenty of opportunities to share some #ypsilove with your special someone. Also, you don’t want to miss out on a Chocolate Extravaganza!
Highlights: Chocolate Extravaganza [view all]


The ever popular Ann Arbor Film Festival returns. In addition, enjoy a barrel of laughs at the Michigan Firehouse Comedy Jam.
Highlights: Big 400 Maple Syrup Festival
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Festifools and FoolMoon swing into Ann Arbor in April.
Highlights: First Fridays Ypsilanti [view all]


The kickoff of cars, cars, and more car’s begins. Plus, a flurry of books, parades, and much more!
Highlights: Show and Shine Car ShowMichigan Vintage Volkswagen Car Show[view all] 

May Events, Ypsilanti Color Run


The “Happiest 5k on the Planet” returns to Ypsilanti. June also brings in Depot Town Cruise Nights every Thursday through September.
Highlights: The Color Run Eastside [view all]


Beer lovers rejoice! The Michigan Summer Beer Festival features hundreds of different samples from more than 80 local breweries.
Highlights: MI. Summer Beer FestivalElvis Fest, Camaro Superfest, and the famous Ann Arbor Art Fair too. [view all]


The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival helps celebrate Ypsilanti and all the great things it has to offer. Bluegrass, fire trucks, and more do a great job of wrapping up the summer events throughout Washtenaw County.
Highlights: The Ypsilanti Heritage FestivalYpsi-Arbor Beer Week, Fire Truck MusterDIYpsi Indie Art Fair, Thunder Over Michigan Airshow,
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The fall season rolls in, it’s time to enjoy one of Ypsilanti’s largest car shows featuring hundreds of now defunct cars and trucks from throughout the region.
Highlights: Orphan Car ShowGhoultide Gathering[view all]


When the weather gets chilly, the mulled cider comes out! This fall, visit the Chelsea area to see the Sandhill cranes gather before their migration south at Cranes, Colors & Cabernet (and cider too!).
Highlights: Cranes, Colors, & Cabernet [view all]


Everyone loves a little turkey in November, but what about book festivals, shopping sprees, concerts and more? Yes, you’ll love those too!
Highlights: Cranes Gathering & MigrationWine Women & Shopping [view all] 

December Events, Mitten Fest, Ypsi


Get in the holiday spirit with numerous events including D.I.Ypsi Indie Art Fair and the Holiday Home Tour. Both of which keep the Ypsilanti area buzzing in December.
Highlights: D.I.Ypsi Indie Art FairHoliday Home Tour [view all]