When people want to have a great time in Southeast Michigan while supporting a great cause, they head for the annual Dawn Farm Jamboree. The Jamboree is a family event held on the second Sunday of September every year. Admission and activities for all ages are FREE, including great live music all day by a popular local band, hayrides, animals to pet, pony rides, lots of games and activities for children, a rock climbing wall, tours of the 74 acre farm, and live and silent auctions and a gift table with a variety of donated goods and services, many at bargain prices! Dawn Farm welcomes all to join us and share in celebrating the tremendous power of hope, recovery and community in the lives of individuals, families, and our entire community - and have great fun and find terrific bargains in the process! Funds raised from teh auctions help defray treatment costs for individuals who have no other resources.
There's ample free parking, and the site is easily accessible from major highways.
The Michigan Theater is a beautiful old movie theater that also occasionally holds concerts and other events. I usually like to watch a flick from the balcony. They also use real butter on their popcorn. Yum!
The best in acoustical bluegrass music. The Greencards will be at The Ark on Saturday, July 14th, 8:00pm. Great music!! I have seen them 3 times before and they never fail to entertain the fans. Don't miss this great show!
If you are in Ann Arbor during football season, you must attend a football game at Michigan Stadium which is commonly known as "The Big House". It is the largest American football stadium in the world. Built in 1927, it has an official capacity of 107,501, though football game attendance often exceeds 111,000 when bands, stadium staff, and other people are added. They are working on expanding the bleachers and adding luxury boxes to fit even more people (there is much debate over whether or not this renovation should take place).
During home games, the town of Ann Arbor is like a ghost town. Everyone will be at the game. The student section is a mass of blue and maize and it’s not unusual to see people being tossed in the air after every touchdown.
The University of Michigan's sports teams are called the Wolverines, after the state's nickname. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan's football program is among the most storied and successful in college football history. Michigan won the first Rose Bowl game in 1902, has won an NCAA-record 849 games through the 2005 season, and has an all-time winning percentage of .745, also an NCAA record. The Wolverine football program claims 11 national titles: 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1947, 1948 and 1997. Most recently, Uof M football has produced three Heisman Trophy winners including Charles Woodson, the only primarily defensive player to win the award.
Nicholas Arboretum, lovingly known as "the Arb" is a great place to enjoy a summer day. It 123 acres of nature trails and gardens. If you're unfimiliar with the Arb make sure to check the map at the entrance, it's huge and very easy to get lost.
A small museum which contains artifacts excavated at the university's Mediterranean and Near Eastern digs. Go and check the mummy ; it'll probably only take 10 minutes out of your day to visit.
Tuesday - Friday 9-4 Sat-Sunday 1-4
If you're traveling in Ann Arbor with children make sure to stop off at the Hands-On Museum. It has four floors featuring displays on the human body, the natural world and technology. Open Tues-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. Admission $5, children under 12 $3.
If interested in the college's sports and teams past and present, be sure to visit the University of Michigan Margaret Dow Towsley Sports Museum. It has a lot of exhibits and will leave you knowing more than you (or at least I) ever wanted to know about the Univeristy's athletes.
It's really wonderful to walk about the stately buildings and beautiful landscape. Excellent shopping and dining available at adjacent State St and S University areas. UM Museum of Art, Kelsey Museum (archaeology) and UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History provide impressive collections, and all are within a short walking distance of each other.
While the game itself may or may not be so interesting, the neighborhood surrounding the stadium is transformed into a big festival and outdoor barbeque. And win or lose, the people really make the most of the atmosphere and fellowship.
Adjacent Pioneer Hiigh School becomes a sea of campers the night before a game. Tents, and children playing and thousands of cars overtake sections of the nearby university golf course. As the stadium capacity (107,501) is nearly the population of the city, be prepared for some traffic before and after the game.
The University of Michigan's huge campus makes up a large part of Ann Arbor. The campus is pretty historic and beautiful. You can take a campus tour of the university and its buildings. There are actually three campuses: Central Campus, North Campus, and Athletic Campus. The Michigan Stadium is where the football games are played, and Michigan has an excellent football team.
Football!!! The Big House seats more people that any other venue in the world. Every other saturday in the fall the city's population triples as fans stream in to cheer on the Wolverines.
Ann Arbor has very nice architecture, as far as I noticed there isn't any tall buildings and the downtown is really pleasant. Also you can find lots of old houses, churches, cafes etc.