This weekend holds the promise of blue skies and sunshine, so get outside and enjoy our city. Washtenaw County is hopping with Elvis Fest, the Saline Celtic Festival, and even a class on pickling green beans! With so many events to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’s close to your Ann Arbor home. Enjoy a peanut butter, bacon (or tofu-bacon) and banana sandwich, in honor of the King of Rock and Roll, while you check out these ideas of fun things to do this weekend around town.
Saturday, July 11
Class: Pickling green beans
The author of the blog motherskitchen.blogspot.com, Cynthia, will teach marketgoers at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market how to pickle green beans. This is a great opportunity to learn a technique that can be used to preserve all sorts of delicious vegetables that are fresh right now. Stop by market between 8 and 10 a.m. to join in the fun. The demonstration will be taking place near the market office.
10th Annual Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association
Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by performances by 10 professional Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including Ontario singer Stephen Kabakos, English singer Mario Kombou, 12-year-old female singer Demi Downing, and others. They are backed by the Change of Habit Tribute Band. Imitators of Elton John, Tom Jones, and Ricky Nelson will also perform. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, door prizes, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. A gospel hour (2-3 p.m.), a candlelight vigil (time TBA, BYOC) that commemorates the 32nd anniversary of Elvis's death, and kids activities (noon-6 p.m.), including face painting, clowns, stilt walkers, a costume contest, and more. Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 at the gate. Kids age 12 & younger, free. 483-4444, 544-3800.
13th Annual Saline Celtic Festival: City of Saline
Saline's celebration of its sister city, Brecon, Wales starts with competitive Highland dance (9:30 a.m.) and the North American Full-Contact Jousting Championship (noon). Children's events: a "Wee Folks" area with games, crafts, music, and a kids' parade (4 p.m.). Musical events: 3 different stages feature Celtic song and dance. This year's headliner is Tartanic (3:30, 6:30, & 8:30 p.m.), a kilt-clad Houston band that plays pop, rock, and traditional Celtic tunes on Highland bagpipes and drums. Also, many other local and visiting Celtic music bands, pipe and drum bands, and dance ensembles, plus local favorites the Chelsea House Orchestra and Saline's Fiddlers ReStrung. Other features: a Viking encampment, historical reenactment troupes, jousting by knights in full armor, demonstrations by the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a birds of prey demo, and a display of shaggy Highland cattle and Celtic canines. Food tents, beer tents, clan tents, sale of imported and handmade crafts, and a parade from Liberty School to Mill Pond Park at 10 a.m. No pets. 9:30 a.m.-midnight, Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $15 at the gate. Children 12 & under with adult admitted free. 944-2810.
57th Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees
July 9-12. Carnival games, adult & kid rides, a wing eating contest, and a petting farm. Food concessions. Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission. 1-11 p.m. 913-9629.
Sunday, July 12
"29th Annual Gallup Gallop": Ann Arbor Track Club
A 5-km run and 3-mile fitness walk around Gallup Park and a 1-mile run along the Gallup Park bike path. Medal to overall male and female winners of each race, and awards to top 3 finishers in the 5-km run in various age divisions. T-shirts (guaranteed for advance registrants only). (mile run) & 9 a.m. (3-mile walk & 5 km run), Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.), $25 (5-km run) & $20 (walk & mile run). 8:30 a.m. 332-9129.
29th Annual Huron River Day: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
This popular annual festival features lots of family-oriented nature activities, including educational exhibits on the Huron River and its history, the Huron-Clinton Metropark traveling nature center, displays of live river animals, storytelling and other activities for kids, fishing, a show of classic small boats, music by WCC jazz bands, and more. Barbecue available from Smoke House Blues. $5 canoe and kayak rentals. Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd. (both sides of Huron Pkwy.). Free admission. Noon-4 p.m.
57th Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees
July 9-12. Carnival games, adult & kid rides, a wing eating contest, and a petting farm. Food concessions. Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission. Noon-6 p.m. 913-9629.
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