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NOTE: For 2017 dates and details, please visit the Events Calendar here for Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities. 


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.  For a complete calendar of events with the latest dates and details, click here


Rat Fest, Brewing, January


Enjoy a taste test or two during Ann Arbor Restaurant Week and more throughout Washtenaw County.
Highlights: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, Ann Arbor Folk Festival 


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 


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


Festifools and FoolMoon swing into Ann Arbor in April.
Highlights: First Fridays Ypsilanti 


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

May Events, Ypsilanti Color Run


June brings in Depot Town Cruise Nights every Thursday through September.
Highlights: The Color Run Eastside 


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


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 Festival, Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week, Fire Truck Muster, DIYpsi Indie Art Fair


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 Show, Ghoultide Gathering, Thunder Over Michigan Airshow


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


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 & Migration, Wine Women & Shopping 

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 Fair, Holiday Home Tour