Original and eclectic are the norm here, and the amazing, uncompromising spirit of Ypsilanti is best captured through events all the events around town.
Ypsilanti does things a little bit differently and always has a whole lot of fun when it comes to art programming. Events each year like First Fridays Ypsilanti are put on by the community, for the community. First Fridays is a monthly art and culture walk where art lovers and area visitors alike experience a variety of art forms, discover new artists, and enjoy live music at venues and eat some great food.
Ypsi Pride, a local celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, unite the people of Ypsilanti and reaffirm the visibility and inclusivity across the community. Local establishments often host Drag Queen Bingo events, burlesque shows, fundraisers for causes important to our LGBTQ+ community.
Summer is the time to celebrate history, Ypsi-style. Motorcycles more your speed? The Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival takes over Corner Brewery each year to showcase old, new, and custom motorcycles for the whole family, all while listening to a great selection of live music! Catch classic car shows like the Orphan Car Show, Depot Town Cruise Nights, and plenty more.
Ypsilanti’s rich programming doesn’t stop there, most museums host annual events, like the Thunder Over Michigan air show at Yankee Air Museum or the Fire Truck Muster, put on by the Michigan Firehouse Museum!
An Ypsilanti gem, presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild, is the Michigan Summer Beer Festival, highlighting the immense selection of craft beer Michigan offers. "Beer Fest" is tremendously popular. Here you’ll find over 100 breweries and over 1000 different beers to sample. You'll love the selections from all around the state, as well as hyper-local picks from Washtenaw County. Rarely do you find the opportunity to try so many styles of beer in one place.