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8 Things to Do in Ann Arbor This September

September 3, 2018

From local markets and musical performances to football games, check out these events in Ann Arbor this September.

By Eden Lichterman 

2018 Ballet in the City Gala

Sept. 1

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8 p.m.

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor

Ballet in the City, a company that presents the country’s top professional ballet dancers in performances and programs, is bringing a night of beautiful movement and music to Ann Arbor. The performance will include passages of George Balanchine’s “Jewels,” “Who Cares” and “Valse Fantaisie” performed by dancers from the Miami City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem and the baritone of the Boston Pops, Justin Hopkins. Ballet in the City will award a scholarship supporting young dancers at the event. Tickets cost $15 for seniors and students, $30 for adults and $50 for VIP, which includes a pre-show reception and post-show meet-and-greet.

University of Michigan v. Western Michigan Football

Sept. 8

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Michigan Stadium

1201 S. Main St, Ann Arbor

September in Ann Arbor would not be complete without a football game at the Big House. Watch the University of Michigan Wolverines face off against the Western Michigan Broncos amid a sea of maize and blue. Tickets start at $52 on Ticketmaster.

Kerrytown BookFest

Sept. 9

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10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market

315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor

This year marks the 16th annual Kerrytown BookFest, which recognizes local authors and book lovers. The event consists of author panels, workshops, book sales and book arts demonstrations such as wood-engraving and letterpress printing. Some of this year’s authors include Jacqueline Carey, Ashley Shelby and Michael Ferro. Admission is free.

Saline Antiques and Vintage Market

Sept. 9

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9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor

Saline Antiques and Vintage Market is a monthly summer and fall shopping experience featuring furniture, home goods, artwork, jewelry and vintage finds from various vendors. With both indoor and outdoor browsing options, this market provides the perfect Sunday activity regardless of the weather forecast. Admission costs $5.

The Second City

Sept. 14, 15

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8 p.m.

The Ark

316 S. Main St, Ann Arbor

You don’t have to drive to Chicago this September to experience a night of laughs with improvisational comedy group The Second City. The troop is hitting the road for its Made in America (Some Assembly Required) tour, which satirically comments on the state of the nation. General admission tickets cost $36, and students can purchase tickets for $26 in-person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office or The Ark Box Office.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra


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8-10 p.m.

Hill Auditorium

825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor

In celebration of the beginning of its 90th concert season, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will perform Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” featuring Aaron Diehl on piano. Adrian Ward’s visual film choreography will accompany the musical performance. The symphony will also play works by George Gershwin and William Bolcom’s “Ann Arbor Saturday,” which the Ann Arbor resident composed specifically for this event. Tickets start at $20 on a2so.com.

Harvest Festival

Sept. 16

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2-5 p.m.

Sutherland-Wilson Farm

797 W. Textile Road, Ann Arbor

The 10th annual Pittsfield Township Harvest Festival will provide an array of attractions fit for a day of family fun. The event includes live music by the Saline Fiddlers and the Silver Strings Dulcimer Society, art-making, guided tours of the historic Sutherland-Wilson Farmhouse, a petting zoo, hay rides, face painting, a pumpkin patch and a selection of food for sale. Admission costs $5 for adults 16 and up, $3 for children 3-15 and free for children under 2. Visitors can park at Harvest Elementary and ride a free trolley to the farm.

Old West Side Homes Tour

Sept. 23

Noon to 5 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

420 West Liberty St., Ann Arbor  

The Old West Side is a historic Ann Arbor neighborhood known for its 19th century Midwestern American architecture and environment. This year marks the 45th annual Old West Side Homes Tour organized by the Old West Side Association, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the area. Participants will get the chance to explore six homes and one business. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance until 3:30 p.m. the day before the event at Nicola’s Books, The Jefferson Market, Downtown Home & Garden, Argus Farm Stop and Washtenaw Dairy. Tickets cost $12 at the door and $8 for seniors 65 and up.

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