33rd Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.
Aug. 17-19. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, open houses at several museums and historic buildings, an arts & crafts fair, a Living History Native American Encampment, and the “Riverside Beer Garden” with a casino. Lots of food and drinks available. Related events include the Ypsilanti Garden Club 13th Annual Garden Walk (Aug. 18, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations listed at ypsilantigardenclub.org, Norton’s Flowers and Gifts in Ann Arbor, and on the day of the tour 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Towner House, 206 N. Huron, 320-0233) and the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation Historic Home Tour (Aug. 19, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations and Downtown Home & Garden, $12 on the day of the tour in front of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum), a self-guided tour of 8 Ypsilanti properties, highlighted by the Wolverine Grill and 3 new loft apartments in an 1850s building. New this year: “Chautauqua at the Riverside” (see Aug. 18 listing). For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:
At the Riverside Beer Garden: Gas for Less (4 p.m.), a local alt-country honky-tonk and rockabilly band led by singer-songwriter Ryan Racine. Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter Dave Boutette (5:25 p.m.). The local rockabilly, blues, rock ’n’ roll, and honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins (6:50 p.m.). Local Motown and R&B band Motor City Beat (8:15 p.m.). Local ska and 80s-style pop quintet Hullabaloo (9:40 p.m.). Local rock & blues singer-guitarist Laith Al-Saadi (11 p.m.).
At the Gazebo: WCC Dance Group (2 p.m.). Ypsilanti High School Jazz Band (3 p.m.). Vocalist-guitarist Mike Currier who goes by the stage name MGC (5 p.m.). Local Americana rock band led by singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas (6:30 p.m.).
In the Family Entertainment Village: Colors the Clown (4 p.m.) and performances by young Ypsilanti actors.
4 p.m.-midnight, Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.