It is that kind of weekend in Ann Arbor. Farmer’s Market is back in full swing, the weather should be lovely, and there are lots of things to do. Here are some highlights:
Ann Arbor Pow Wow
The 36th Annual Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow is this weekend at Crisler Arena. Doors open at 10:30am Saturday and Sunday with Grand Entries at noon both days (and also at 7:00pm Saturday). This is the largest pow wow in the Midwest, with over 1,000 participants and 10,000 visitors. There will be intertribal dancing and dancing contests in full regalia, drumming groups, Native artists and craftspeople from around the country, and traditional foods. It is definitely worth seeing.
These days the Hash Bash seems to attract mostly aging hippies from across the country or kids from the Detroit ‘burbs who need an excuse to drink, smoke, and wear tie-dyed shirts, but it is still is a defining event in Ann Arbor. Supposedly the Diag already has an event scheduled and the Hash Bash does not have a permit to be there, plus the Diag is being torn up for graduation preparations so we’ll see what happens. Either way, you can always head over to the Monroe Street Fair, have some sangria at Dominicks, buy something hemp from a vendor, and relive the good ole’ days.
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The 2nd Annual Festifools parade is Sunday from 4:00-5:00pm (and they do start promptly at 4:00!) on Main Street from Washington to William. It is hard to explain just what Festifools is. The closest I can come is that it is a colorful, energetic, loud, exhilarating pagan celebration of spring. Last year this was one of the best events all season. Hopefully year two will be just as fun. Everyone is invited to watch and/or participate. If you have kids from preschool through fifth grade, head to the Downtown Library from 2-3:30pm on Sunday to make a “wacky noisemaker” and join in the Festifools parade at 4:00.