Guide to Top of the Park

Top of the Park is one of our favorite Ann Arbor summer traditions. Top of the Park is the free, outdoor portion of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Top of the Park includes nightly outdoor music, KidZone activities, and weeknight movies. Top of the Park runs every night except Mondays starting on Friday, June 10 and running through Fourth of July Weekend (Sunday, July 3).

Top of the Park

I love that Top of the Park brings out people from all over Ann Arbor. We hardly ever attend Top of the Park without running into people we know – work colleagues, school mates, former classmates, etc.

Top of the Park Location

This year, Top of the Park returns to their location on Washington Street in front of the Rackham Graduate Building. I much prefer this location to the temporary location last year on North University because of the large grassy mall available for spectators. 

Parking is available in several nearby University Garages which charge a nominal entry fee unless you have a university parking permit. You can find free parking on the street and in university lots a little further away.


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Music & Performances at Top of the Park

Music & performances is the major component of Top of the Park. My family is not musical, so we don’t really base our attendance on the musical acts. Ann Arbor District Library sponsors Kids Rock on Sunday nights with a kid-friendly band headlining the night.

KidZone Tents at Top of the Park

Each night various local businesses and organizations will be providing kids activities in the KidZone Tent from 5-8p. My daughter has loved the KidZone tent in past years. Over the years she has tried instruments, made butterfly wings, played with robots, and much more. There are some great KidZone tents planned for this year as well.

2016 Top of the Park KidZone

Movies at Top of the Park

In recent years, my daughter and I have really enjoyed staying to watch movies. Last year, I took her to see Back to the Future for it’s 30th anniversary. The previous year, we watch Harry Potter, Despicable Me 2, and Wizard of Oz. Sometimes we’ve left before the movie ends, but as she gets older, I hope we are able to make more movies. Unfortunately this year with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival starting before school lets out, we will have to wait for the second week for movies. I also wish they would have movies on weekend nights. Then my husband would be willing to stay for the movies with us.

2016 Top of the Park Movie Lineup

Some family-friendly movies this year are Minions, Jurassic World, Labyrinth, and The Sandlot. For older tweens and teens, there is also Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Clueless.

Food & Beverage at Top of the Park

Culinary Row provides a selection of food from various local restaurants available for purchase. Culinary Row also helps to support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and keep Top of the Park free. We will often stop in during the early evening for dinner, some music, and for the KidZone tent activities. Even when we show up late for a movie, we still patronize Culinary Row by buying popcorn, desserts, or beverages.

New this year, Slow’s will be bringing their barbecue from Detroit. My husband is a huge BBQ fan, and he considers Slow’s worth the drive to Detroit. He’s already planning on dinner at Slow’s on our first trip to Top of the Park. Other options for dinner include:

  • Ray’s Red Hots
  • Pizza House
  • Oasis Grill
  • Noodles & Company
  • Hut-K Chaats
  • Chela’s.

Even if you don’t want a full meal, there are options for snacks and drinks:

  • Stucchi’s for Ice Cream
  • Sugar Shack for popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones
  • Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea for hot and iced beverages and desserts 

Family Friendly Top of the Park Events

Friday, June 10, 2016

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06/10/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/11/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Goldfish Swim School Water Safety
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/12/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Hands-On Biology with UM Scientists
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/12/2016
9:10pm
Cinema Circus
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/12/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Minions: Top of the Park Movie
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/14/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Kelsey Museum of Archeology
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06/14/2016
5:45pm
Saurus
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06/14/2016
7:30pm
Saurus
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06/14/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/15/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: UM Museum of Natural History Prehistoric Puppets
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06/15/2016
5:45pm
Saurus
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06/15/2016
7:30pm
Saurus
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06/15/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
The Martian: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/16/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: AFC
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06/16/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Brooklyn: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, June 17, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/17/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Fancy Bugs with Scrap Box
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/18/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: FLY Children's Art Center
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/19/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: AFS Intercultural Pgrms & Ctr for Japanese Studies
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/19/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Labyrinth - 30th Anniversary Screening: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/21/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Ann Arbor Civic Band Instrument Petting Zoo
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/21/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Imitation Game: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/22/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Keith Hefner's Karate
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/22/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Rear Window: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/23/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Wild Swan Theater
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/25/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Fly a Kite with Summers-Knoll School
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/26/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/26/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
The Sandlot: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/28/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: UM Center for Language and Literacy
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/28/2016
5:45pm
Water Balloon Gladiators
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06/28/2016
7:30pm
Water Balloon Gladiators
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06/28/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Top of the Park Movie
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/29/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/29/2016
5:45pm
Water Balloon Gladiators
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/29/2016
7:30pm
Water Balloon Gladiators
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/29/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Clueless: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Date/Time Event
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06/30/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: UM Museum of Natural History
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/30/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
Jurassic World: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, July 1, 2016

Date/Time Event
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07/01/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Leslie Science & Nature Center
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Date/Time Event
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07/02/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Ann Arbor YMCA
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/02/2016
8:15pm
Environmental Encroachment
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Date/Time Event
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07/03/2016
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: UM Psychology Department
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/03/2016
10:00pm-11:59pm
West Side Story: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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