It’s that time of year again — the Ann Arbor Art Fairs are running Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22, with set up on Wednesday afternoon and evening. More than 1200 artists set up throughout the streets of Ann Arbor, attracting more than 500,000 people each year. Parking may be difficult for clients, visitors, and staff members from Wednesday, July 18 on.
Parking at the East Washington structure (adjacent to our 500 E. Washington office) will change from an hourly charge to a per-entry fee of $15 during the fairs. After 5 p.m., the rate drops to $7 per entry. The garage typically fills up quickly during the fairs. Other parking structures will likely be busier than usual and may charge entry fees rather than hourly rates. Several of the AATA and U-M campus bus routes are also affected, due to road closures and fair traffic. Alternately, TheRide is offering a variety of shuttles to bring people to the fairs for a reduced fee.
GetDowntown has also assembled a handy Art Fairs transportation guide to help visitors and commuters find their way.
We understand that this may present additional challenges in getting to your appointment on time; please plan accordingly and consider visiting one of the fairs before or after your appointment or business at MARI.