Winter is in full swing, and that means some of the best festivals of the year will be coming to Ann Arbor. February features a truly unique schedule of events, including an ice carving competition, a storytelling series that blends music with spoken word, and a chance to learn more about the history of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. All of these festivals are hosted by local organizations and feature entertainment for all ages. Our REALTORS® are ready for winter fun, and we've got the inside scoop on three exciting local festivals coming to Ann Arbor this February.
Winter Fun Fest: Ice Carving Festival at Washtenaw County Parks & Rec. – 2230 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | Feb. 9
It's easy to make the most of winter around Ann Arbor homes for sale, thanks to great local events like the Winter Fun Fest: Ice Carving Festival. Ice carving has a rich history throughout Michigan, and the Ice Carving Festival brings together college ice carving teams from around the state for a full day of competition. If you've never seen an ice sculpture created, you may be surprised by some of the tools involved. These teams will be using chainsaws, traditional tools, and even flamethrowers to create their works of art! You'll be amazed by the creations on display and the talent of the teams involved. This is a free event for the whole family, with refreshments available and plenty of fun activities for kids throughout the day.
33rd Annual Storytelling Festival at the Ark – 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | Feb. 22
What could be better than getting comfortable at a beloved local venue on a cool February evening, and listening to stories from nationally known storytellers? The 33rd Annual Storytelling Festival at the Ark is organized by the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild and features award-winning storytellers bringing their best to the stage. Storytellers Antonio Rocha, Anne Rutherford, Norm Brecke, and Barbara Schutzgruber will be taking the stage to share their captivating stories with the audience. Many of the stories blend spoken word and music to weave tales that will keep you entertained from the first moment to the last.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival at Washtenaw Community College – 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 | Feb. 29
Have you ever wondered about the many stories lurking in the depths of the Great Lakes? The annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival, held at Washtenaw Community College, is dedicated to bringing those stories to life. There will be fascinating presentations all evening long, on a wide range of topics. Learn about the efforts to mark shipwrecks with buoys so that scuba divers have easy access to study them, then discover lost tales of rescue and survival from wrecks throughout history.
There will also be a special presentation on the Great Storm of 1913, which was one of the most damaging storms that the Great Lakes have seen. This storm severely disrupted the shipping industry, and lead to many shipwrecks. This presentation focuses on two forgotten steamer ships that sank during the storm, and the stories of the people on board.
When you live in Ann Arbor, there are fun festivals that you can look forward to every month of the year. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Ann Arbor, MI area.