LONG CONSIDERED AN ARTISTIC OASIS AND A HOME TO THE COUNTERCULTURE, Ann Arbor is the Midwest’s cultural nexus.  The AABF street fair is held in idyllic downtown Ann Arbor, a bustling community where the independent book store still thrives.  Join like-minded bibliophiles as they set up shop along a beautiful stretch between the University of Michigan and downtown Ann Arbor.  This daylong event will gather authors, libraries and literacy groups, publishers, artisans and writers groups and will include dynamic programming.  The day’s events will culminate in the last evening of the popular Moonlight Book Crawl, in which authors and poets gather at local restaurants, bars, bookstores and shops to read from their latest works.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: Noon-5pm (Free and open to the public)

Location: Washington Street between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave.

Featuring: local vendors, readings, spoken word performances, as well as one-on-one experiences with local authors, booksellers, and small presses!

Programming

The Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair is back, and it’s getting bigger and better! Join in on the fun on Saturday, June 18 from noon-5pm and celebrate the many ways books and the written and spoken word make a difference in peoples’ lives.

The 2016 Street Fair includes local and regional authors, publishers, artists, non-profit organizations and independent bookstores. There will also be author readings, storytelling, live music and a chance to craft bookmark collages! Satisfy your food cravings with a refreshing treat from Shredderz Food Truck or Fairytale Baked Goods. The day’s events will culminate in the last evening of the popular Moonlight Book Crawl, in which authors and poets gather at local restaurants, bars, bookstores and shops to read from their latest works.

You can also pick up your game piece to start playing Make a Date with a Bookstore, which runs through the end of June!

Entertainment Schedule

12:00-5:00p.m.: Face Painting by Megan Dooley of Doodlebug Ink

12:30-2p.m.: Drum 4 Wellness

2:30-4:30p.m.: Three Generations Twisters Balloon Art

2:30-4:30p.m.: FLY Children’s Art Center

2:45-3:15 p.m.: Storytime reading of Don’t Push the Button!, written and illustrated by Bill Cotter. Join Angie Oehrli, University of Michigan Children’s Literature Librarian, as she engages kids in the colorful story of what happens to Larry when he breaks that one rule — He pushes the button!

3:30p.m.: Discussion with TJ O’Connor

4:15p.m.: Children’s storytime and play with Shutta Crum

Exhibitor Information

The Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair is designed to celebrate the literary culture of our region by connecting the community with resources that support the written word. We seek to present a diverse and dynamic sampling of programs, organizations, authors and others who are passionate about the value of books, writing, and reading in our lives and society.

Exhibitor spots are now full! Thanks to all who applied.

If you have any questions, please email exhibitors@aabookfestival.org

Driving Directions

I-94 Eastbound (from Jackson and Chicago)
Take I-94 East to Exit 172, Jackson Road. Turn left (east) on Jackson Road. Jackson Road becomes Huron. Continue on Huron to State Street. Turn Right on State Street. For the Street Festival, turn either left or right from State Street onto Washington Street (parking lots are located in both directions). See map for exact parking locations.

I-94 Westbound (from Detroit)
Take I-94 West to Exit 177, State Street. Turn right (north) on State Street. Continue on State Street to the U-M campus. For the Street Festival, turn either left or right from State Street onto Washington Street (parking lots are located in both directions).

US-23 Northbound and Southbound (from Toledo or Flint)
Take US-23 to Exit 37 B, Washtenaw Avenue (to Ann Arbor). Go west on Washtenaw. Continue on Washtenaw until it forks. For the Street Festival, veer to the right when Washtenaw forks. Washtenaw becomes Huron. From Huron, turn left onto Thayer or State. See map for exact parking locations.

M-14 Westbound (from Plymouth or Livonia)
Take M-14 West to Exit 3, Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street. Continue on Main Street. For the Street Festival, turn left on Washington. See map for exact parking locations.

I-96 Eastbound (from Lansing)
Take I-96 East to US-23 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.

I-696/I96 Westbound (from suburban Detroit)
Take I-696 or I-96 West to I-275 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.

Parking

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1. Rackham Auditorium
2. Power Center
3. Michigan Theater
4. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
5. Hill Auditorium
6. Michigan Union Ballroom
7. U-M Sports Coliseum

Hotels

Visitors interested in overnight accommodations while attending the festival can consult the Ann Arbor Area Visitors and Convention Bureau at visitannarbor.org

or toll free at (800) 888-9487.

Getting Around Ann Arbor

In addition to the many taxi services available in Ann Arbor, the local bus service is another great way to get around town. Check out the bus schedules for The Ride at theride.org. All buses stop at the Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor, located at 328 S. Fifth Ave.