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 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’s entertainment:
At the Riverside Beer Garden: The energetic local Irish music band Y-Town Hoolies (2 p.m.). The popular local neopsychedelic rock ’n’ roll quartet Sixteen More Miles (3:25 p.m.). The popular local Grateful Dead cover band Deep Space Six (4:50 p.m.). Local funk-soul band Noteworthy (6:15 p.m.). A band TBA (7:40 p.m.). Ben Miller Band See review. (9:05 p.m.), a self-styled “Ozark stomp” trio from Joplin (MO) whose music is a carnivalesque blend of blues and old-time music. Instrumentation includes slide guitar, washtub bass, washboard, drums, and trombone. The local horn-driven retro funk band Third Coast Kings (10:40 p.m.).
At the Gazebo: Local Christian pop-rock band Oh, Glory (11:30 a.m.). Local indie pop band Hush, Love (1 p.m.). Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute artist Devil Elvis (2:30 p.m.). Local jazz guitarist John Lawrence leads a WCC band (4 p.m.). Local blues & rock band Blues Infusion (5:30 p.m.).
In the Family Entertainment Village: The popular local acoustic duo Gemini (12:30 p.m.). Local kids music band the Kerfuffles (2 p.m.). Magician Jeff Boyer (5 p.m.).
Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.