Free Events Around Ann Arbor in September

Friday, Sep. 1

First Fridays Ypsilanti

September is the Festival of the Pollinators in Ypsilanti. Visitors and residents alike are invited to explore area businesses to shop exclusive discounts, attend pop-up events and galleries featuring artists and performers in Ypsilanti, as well as experience the arts scene in all its forms during the First Fridays Ypsilanti arts and culture tour.

Saturday, Sep. 2

Read and Look

Join The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for Read and Look in the museum galleries on the first Saturday of the month. Read a book about the ancient world together, then explore related artifacts and art on display.

434 South State St, Ann Arbor.

Saturday, Sep. 9

Depot Day
Celebrate South Lyon’s 150th birthday with many activities for kids of all ages.

300 Dorothy St, South Lyon.

Movies in the Park

A family event with playground games begins at 8 p.m. The movie is followed by a 20-foot screen showing a current family-friendly film. Pack your picnic blanket, snacks, and coolers. No alcohol is allowed. 

8795 MacArthur Blvd, Ypsilanti.

Wednesday, Sep. 13

Family Maker Night: Calder Mobiles
They look complex, but are easy! It’s all about balance. Make your own Alexander Calder-inspired hanging mobile. All supplies provided. Kids, bring an adult to help with the hot glue. Registration is required. 

1015 Congress St, Ypsilanti.

Friday, Sep. 15

WRAP Movie Night in the Park
Movies will begin at dusk with the latest titles showing, or some of your favorites, along with free popcorn, candy and soda. 

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

Saturday, Sep. 16

For Families slapslap Performance + Music Making

What do you get when you cross DEVO with The Wiggles? Join in a musical and theatrical adventure provided by the unique electric bassoon and percussion quartet slapslap, which brings together up-tempo dance, music, storytelling, and creative play in a unique interactive event just for families. Register online

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

Friday, Sep. 22

Victorian Festival

The Victorian Festival is a three-day celebration that opens with the Victorian Parade on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday with some of the festival’s most popular features, including live music, theatrical performances, Victorian-era reenactors, educational presentations, craft vendors, duck races and much more.

Main St, Northville. 

Saturday, Sep. 23

Jazz Storytime
Bassist Kurt Krahnke joins in for a jazz-themed storytime with movement, songs, and a book.

5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti.

Sunday, Sep. 24

Fall River Day
Enjoy fall on the Huron River at Ypsi Fall River Day at Frog Island Park. There will be first-come – first-served kayak trips and family-friendly activities, including an educational program on river wildlife. 

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

Saturday, Sep. 30

For Families Moving to the Beat: West African Dance and Visual Art

Get ready to feel the heat, listen to the beat, and move your feet. Created especially for families, participants in this workshop will experience traditional West African Dance as well as contemporary Afrobeat dance moves. Register online. 

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.