Ann Arbor Community Events and Entertainment for May

May has arrived and there is something for everyone here in Ann Arbor. Take a look at a few of the events happening around town this month!


May. 04, 2012 – May. 05, 2012

2012 Ann Arbor Juggling Festival

The Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival is put on by the Wide World of Sports and the Ann Arbor Juggling Club. Please join them for a day of:

  • Games
  • Lessons
  • Workshops
  • Prop Vendors
  • Open juggling for all

Questions? Email [email protected] or call Micah Tessler at (248) 990-8084.

Interested in organizing a workshop? Email Paul Wolberg (pswolberg, at comcast dot net).

You can also sign up for our juggling festival announcements email list.

Wide World Sports, 2140 Oak Valley Drive Ann Arbor
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When: Saturday, 10am-5 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $2. Free admission for children under 12 years of age.


May. 12, 2012 – May. 13, 2012

Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale & Fundraiser at Matthai Botanical Garden

A large selection of hanging baskets and containers—perfect for mom!—filled with a variety of colors and textures and grown and designed by Matthaei-Nichols staff and volunteers in-house. Plus, Mother’s Day and nature-themed items in the Garden Store at Matthaei. All proceeds benefit U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road Ann Arbor, MI
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When: Sat. & Sun., 10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: This is a free event.


May. 18, 2012 – May. 19, 2012

33rd Annual Walk & Wag and Run with Humane Society of Huron Valley

This year’s Walk & Wag kicks off with a 5k run for the first time ever, followed by a one-mile walk at Rolling Hills Park. As always, there will be our $1000 grand prize raffle drawing, fun performances, interactive canine games, contests, vendor tables, kids’ activities and more. Register today for our best Walk & Wag yet! Why? To raise money to support the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community.

Walk & Wag is HSHV’s largest fundraiser of the year and we couldn’t do it without you! The success of the event is based on one person at a time saying “Yes, I want to help.” Your efforts move this thermometer in the right direction helping us meet our goal. All proceeds directly support homeless and abused animals in our community.

Rolling Hills Park, 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti Township, MI
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When: Saturday, May 19, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Cost: Registration fees apply (see web link ‘register today’ above)


May. 18, 2012 – May. 20, 2012

Ann Arbor Antiques Market

In 2012, the Ann Arbor Antiques Market will continue its tradition as a mainstay in the field of antiques and select collectibles. The Market offers the public a vast selection of quality antiques in the comfortable surroundings of seven buildings and numerous tent canopies.

For 44 years the Ann Arbor Antiques Market has offered a wide range of quality antiques and collectibles to buyers throughout the United States and Canada.
Exhibitors have sucessfully offered for sale every type of antique imaginable from early Americana to Art Deco. The large crowds at each show have provided dealers with knowledgeable customers and have given an economic boost to the entire field of diversified collecting throughout the years.

Washtenaw County Farm Council Fairgrounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI
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When: To Be Announced
Cost: To Be Announced


May 19, 2012

Mayfly – Leslie Science & Nature Center’s Annual Fundraising Event

Please join us for Mayfly and an evening of owls as we watch our endearing barn owl fly around Ann Arbor’s own Leslie Science & Nature Center! Our annual spring fundraising event benefits Leslie Science & Nature Center’s operations and our nature based environmental education programs. Join us to celebrate our natural world, mingle with wonderful people, and to enjoy great food, drink, and light jazz.

6:00 Drinks
Stroll Leslie Science & Nature Center’s Beautiful grounds, socialize with our staff and live animals, enjoy light jazz, and bid on our silent auction items.

7:00 Barn Owl Free Flight
Enjoy our own barn owl’s silent power as he flies overhead.

7:30 Celebration Dinner
Savor eclectic food, drinks, dessert and the wonderful evening air.

1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor
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When: Saturday May 19, 2012 ; 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Admission $100


May 20, 2012

34th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair

First Editions – Rare Books – Americana – Fine Printing. Good used books in all areas.

Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Booksellers Association. A benefit for the William L. Clements Library.

Michigan Union Ballroon (2nd Floor), 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
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When: Sunday May 20, 2012; 11-5pm
Cost: $5


Above was a sampling of the activities occurring in our community during the month of April. Please be sure to check out one of the many events being held during the month and have a good time!

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