Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is This Weekend

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is this weekend – Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17 at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. The Festival is open from noon-8:30p on Friday, 10a-8:30p on Saturday, and 11a-6p on Sunday. Attendance at the Festival is FREE.

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Parade is at 10a on Saturday, August 16. We always enjoy the parade and seeing all of the community groups that are involved. We love attending the parade and then walking to the festival.

The Family Entertainment Stage will have family friendly performances from 1-7p on Friday, 11a-6p on Saturday, and noon-4p on Sunday. Friday’s performances include Colors the Clown at 4p and Charlotte’s Web Puppet Show at 7p. Saturday’s performances include Charlotte’s Web puppet Show at 11a, Gemini at 12:30p, and a 5p Family Dance Party with special guests Batman and Spiderman. Sunday’s performances will include the Toddler Talent Show (ages 2-5) at noon and the Kids Talent Show (ages 6-16) at 2:30p.

The Cueter Kid’s Corner will feature activities with local groups such as Girl Scouts (4-6p Friday), Fly Art Center (10a-2p Saturday, Growing Hope 2-6p, Ypsilanti District Library noon-5p Sunday).  The EMU Science Corner will be held from 2-6p on Saturday and noon-4p on Sunday.

The Time Machine area will feature a Pioneer Village with Kids dress-up and activities on Friday and Sunday. Saturday will feature Rosie the Riveter: Life in Willow Run Village. Sunday will include a Vintage Baseball Game.


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Noise Permit! for Teens will be held on Saturday, August 16 on Frog Island Park. I have found the event listed as both noon-6:30p (the Noise Permit! page) and 4:30-7:30p (main schedule) on the Festival website, so I am not sure which is correct.

I also recommend participating in the Kiwanis Duck Race which is held on Sunday at 5p. Last year was the first time that we participated or even watched the race. My daughter had a lot of fun watching the ducks make their way down the river.

Last year we attended the parade and festival on Saturday and my daughter and I returned for the duck race and had a great time – even though we didn’t win.

We definitely recommend the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival as a fun family outing.

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