Ring in the new year with these family-friendly events in Ann Arbor.
By Taylor Morris
New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
315 Braun Ct., Ann Arbor
What a better way to start off the new year than by having a huge, delicious brunch? Aut Bar in Ann Arbor is hosting a New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch. Grab your friends and head over to eat delicious food with other hungover, party people.
50 First Jokes
8 – 10:30 p.m.
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
On Jan. 2, 50 comedians will take the stage to share their first jokes of the year. Tickets are $10 and can be found here.
Puppies and Pints!
6 – 8 p.m.
Hyatt Place Ann Arbor
3223 S. State St., Ann Arbor
Puppies and beer? The best combo ever! The Hyatt Place will host Puppies and Pints on Jan. 10. Guests can enjoy a sneak peek of the new Wolverine State Brewing Co. beers, all while petting (adoptable) pups! Craft beers and appetizers will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $35 and can be found here. Tickets include a tasting flight of four Wolverine State Brewing Co. beers, a complimentary pint of your choice, Hyatt Place Gallery menu food pairings, tours of the hotel, a parting gift and play time with the puppies from The Devoted Barn. Ticket proceeds benefit The Devoted Barn of Newport.
Coloring with Cats
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center
5245 Jackson Road, Suite A1, Ann Arbor
Who knew petting cats while coloring could be a way to relax? Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center is hosting Coloring with Cats to help people zen and de-stress. The event also helps homeless cats from the community. Coloring sheets and supplies are provided, and the event is open for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $10 per person and include popcorn, coloring sheets, soft drinks and use of supplies.
Zingerman’s Coffee Company
3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
8 – 11 a.m.
Chef Kieron Hales from Zingerman’s Cornman Farms will be popping up at the Zingerman’s Coffee Company to flip his signature pancakes. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $8 and can be found here. If you can’t make this date, don’t worry because Chef Hales will be there every second Saturday of the month until June.
7 – 9 p.m.
Ann Arbor Distilling Company
220 Felch St., Ann Arbor
Learn how to create the perfect succulent garden at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company workshop. Succulents make great gifts for any occasion and are easy to take care of. The workshop will include an assortment of succulents, stones, soil, moss, guided instruction and light refreshments. The workshop also includes a crafted floral cocktail from the distilling company. Tickets start at $48 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Women’s March Ann Arbor 2019
2 – 4 p.m.
Grab all the special women in your life and march at the annual Women’s March in Ann Arbor. Women will be marching in solidarity all over the country. Women’s March Ann Arbor is an all-volunteer, grassroots group and is not affiliated with the state or national Women’s March organizations. This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome.
42nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival
825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
The annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, will take place at Hill Auditorium this January. For two nights, enjoy a unique line-up of folk musical artists. The Folk Festival will celebrate its 42nd year with a selection of traditional and contemporary performers. Each night includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing visitors with an opportunity to hear artists you know and love. For more information visit events.umich.edu.
Bouquets to Art
7 – 9 p.m.
University Flower Shop
7 Nickels Arcade., Ann Arbor
University Flower Shop and local mixed-media artists are teaming up to bring a night of flowers and fun. University Flower Shop owner Dani Vignos will help lead the class to make the perfect simple hand-tied bouquet. Local artist Renee Mueller will teach participants how to transition your bouquet from its three-dimensional form to a two-dimensional work of art by using water-colors and other materials. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.