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Uh-oh, Art Fair time

15. July 2008 • Matt Hampel
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The various Art Fairs run this Wednesday – Friday (10am – 9pm) and Saturday (10am – 6pm). Map here (original PDF here).

Extreme caution is advised.

Realtime updates on parking spot availability are provided by the DDA. The AATA reports on route changes:

During the four-day Art Fairs, the above routes will be on detour, along with Routes 5 – Packard, 6 – Ellsworth, 7 – South Main-East, 8 – Pauline, 12B – Liberty-Miller, 15 – Scio Church-West Stadium and 16 – Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Details

The 2007 Art Fair Bingo card is still quite valid — no 2008 version is readily available.

Photo: by Coldspire on Flickr, used with a creative commons license.



  1. And thats why im evacuating in 50 minutes.

    (And if I had a brain I would have used a 3rd vacation day)


       —NUXI    Jul. 16 '08 - 07:13PM    #
  2. I’d add a “no bicycle parking” to the Art Fair Bingo – lots of those signs up in places I don’t remember seeing them before.


       —Edward Vielmetti    Jul. 17 '08 - 01:20AM    #
  3. I looked for the county evacuation route maps to post but I couldn’t find them.


       —Matt Hampel    Jul. 17 '08 - 05:51PM    #
  4. Oh grump, grump, grump. I think it is fun living somewhere that has an event like Art Fair. It is interesting talking to the artists and people-watching. It brings a lot of money into the city and helps support the arts here year-round. Even downtown, most restaurants and stores aren’t that crowded and the shuttle buses and park-and-rides keep the traffic manageable. I love it.

    Of course, if you are bound to get out of town, go to the Manchester Chicken Broil tonight (open until 8:00). That is another fun long-time area event.


       —Juliew    Jul. 17 '08 - 08:07PM    #
  5. Another way to look at it, Julie: when grumpy locals leave town or at least avoid downtown (if they go there at all), the concentration of us happy folks is even higher. :-)


       —Steve Bean    Jul. 17 '08 - 09:20PM    #
  6. Farmer’s Market and the food coop were noticably quieter; a lot of vendors weren’t there, and the cafe had open seats where it usually doesn’t.

    I did talk briefly to a farmer who was interested in the solar collectors and controller at the market – he wondered if something like that might make sense for his farm.


       —Edward Vielmetti    Jul. 19 '08 - 07:01PM    #
  7. Farmer’s Market was quiet this weekend, but it actually seemed livelier than last weekend, which was noticeably less crowded. So I’m not sure how much can be attributed to Art Fair and how much just to vacations and a natural slowdown after the spring vendors with lots of bedding plants stop coming and before the summer vendors with lots of vegetables start arriving.


       —Juliew    Jul. 20 '08 - 10:55PM    #