Events



Our 4th Season is finally here! We are so excited to present venues we know and love, along with a whole lot of new First Fridays stops!

Join us for our next FFY Event on October 6th, 2017!


22 North
22 N. Huron St. 6P-10P
OUTRAGE: The Art of Protest
Sixteen area artists respond to the political situation in America. Adult language and themes.

A2Vintage
109 W. Mich Ave. 12-7P
FALL INTO SAVINGS
Fall into savings with great First Friday deals at a2vintage.

Bank of Ann Arbor
7 W. Michigan Ave 9A-6P
www.bankofannarbor.com
FFY’s official sponsor! Stop in to pick up maps and learn more about the services we offer!

Betty Green Organic Beauty
10 N. Washington St. 6-8P
Magical Millinery: A Pop-Up Hat Shop
We invite you to join us for an evening of decadent toppers presented by Lush Lapel. Play make believe with us and try on a few hats while enjoying tasty treats! We will also have warm cider for you to enjoy. Happy First Fridays Ypsilanti!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County
11 W. Michigan Ave 6-8P
Creative Costume Craft Night!
In the spirit of Halloween and fun, please join Big Brothers Big Sister for our Creative Costume Craft Night! We will be making fun hats, masks and other costume accessories. We will also have Bingo and other fun games to play! This event is fun for all ages so be sure to bring the family! There will be light snacks and refreshments, as well.

Bona Sera Restaurant
200 W Michigan Ave 5P-10P
Artist Feature: Jess Sheeran’s Cool Critters!
Cool Critters are back at Bona Sera right on time for Halloween! Check out all the adorable hand-stitched little monsters crawling up the wall and take one home for yourself! Happy hour from 5-7pm!

Bona Sera Underground
200 W Michigan Ave 9P-2A
Stormy Chromer & The Bees Trees from Youngstown, Ohio
Free live music in the underground! Jam out the Bees Trees, and Stormy Chromer! 21+
Doors: 9pm
Show: 10pm
Last Call: 1:30am

Cross Street Coffee
317 W. Cross 5-8P
Cider Fest
We will be featuring the artwork of Hannah Lilly and live music by Nadim Azzam. We will also be serving special cider drinks and donuts!

Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse
307 N. River St. 7:30-9:30P
NTG 3rd Annual Monologue Competition
Join us for the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Theater Group Monologue Competition, held at Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse. Participants will have 3 minutes to perform an original piece & will compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes.

DAPCO Community Center
127 N. Washington 12-8P
Expressions of Art - Painting with Pizzazz
Painting with Pizzazz is a family oriented event, where children and adults can create with paint on canvas together or alone, under the guidance of a bonafide artist. We will also offer a bake sale, talented vendors, tours of the bldg. and free popcorn.

Evenstar's Chalice
36 N. Huron St. 6-8P
Pick a Card Any Card!
Free mini one-card readings with the fabulous Jeanne Adwani!

The Eyrie
50 E. Cross St. 5-8P
Getting EERIE at the Eyrie!
Join us for a magical evening of festivity and fun at the Eyrie, as we celebrate the arrival of Autumn and First Fridays Ypsilanti October! Tarot readings, henna body artistry, and fire-wielding entertainers await, as well as yummy fall refreshments and artwork from over 200 local artists! Try on fascinators and spooky bling, make a good-intentions necklace at our DIY station and shop for magical candles and other mystical goodies!

Haab's Restaurant
18 W. MI Ave 6:30-8:30P
Live Music by Dave Keeler
Classic folk songs with acoustic guitar accompaniment while you're dining.

Hinton Real Estate
36 N. Washington St. 6:30--8:30P
Fresh
Fine art and pop culture collide in this collection by local Ypsilanti artist, Stacey Hogan. Bright colors, detailed portraits, and graffiti techniques provide a fresh and humorous look at street life.

Pearl Street Studios
108 Pearl St. 6-10P
The Quatrain Project - Don Werthmann
In the literary world, the quatrain is a style of poetry limited to four-line stanzas of any kind; rhymed, metered, or otherwise. Here, this style of poetry takes the form of photographic constructions. Removed from its original context, an image is made part of a visually flowing sequence to create a new whole — a mélange of subject matter, formal properties, intention, and potential meaning. My twenty-four year career in photography met forces that sparked this project’s inception in October 2010, and over the last seven years it has evolved from an exclusive blog presence, Thinking Outloud, to the website, Quatrain ƒotographic. The Quatrain Project premieres in unique print and interactive formats at Ypsi First Fridays, in Pearl Street Studios, on 06 October 2017.

Riverside Arts Center
76 N. River St. 3-8P
Go Figure and RAC Lounge Session
20 Years of Drop-in Figure Drawing Sessions at EMU and and come experience strange and entertaining art and artists.

Riverside Arts Center Off Center
64 N. Huron St. 5-8P
Get That Healthy Glow
Riverside Arts Center's FLY Creativity Lab and Bright Futures will be hosting a creative art workshop.

The Rocket
122 W Michigan Ave 11A – 8P
The official spot to grab your FFY tee shirts, stickers, and water bottles!
www.therocketypsi.com

Salt City Antiques
115 W. Michigan Ave. 5-8P
Flavors of Fall
Sip cider and munch on donuts while you peruse our large selection of vintage, midcentury modern and antique furniture, housewares, clothing and accessories.

Silver Spoon Antiques
42 N. Huron St. 5-8P
20% off everything!

The Tap Room
201 W. Michigan Ave Tap Room 9P-1A
Early Halloween Costume Party and live music concert!
Halloween is everybody's favorite holiday, so let's kick off the fun early in the month!
Put on your costume and come hang out and dance.
All in one night, all on one stage:
Fangs n Twang, Gruesome Twosome, Mercury Salad Sandwich
Join us for this excellent free show featuring some great local musicmakers as part of the First Fridays Ypsi culture walk!
FREE entertainment, no cover, cheap drinks, great food, and great times.

Featuring (in order of appearance):
9:00ish
Mercury Salad Sandwich bring the acoustifunk and folkjazz to help you dance, get thirstly and drink more beer. www.mercurysalad.com
10:00ish
The Gruesome Twosome rock the house with super-fun retro-styled garage rock tunes, featuring drums and guitar and dual vocals!
Now with the added bonus of saxophone, making this a Greasome Threesome!
https://www.facebook.com/YpsiGruesomeTwosome/
11:00ish
Local favorites Fangs and Twang escort you through the witching hour with roots rock about MONSTERS!
www.fangsandtwang.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/377807029305804/?ref=br_rs
The Thrift Shop of Ypsilanti
14 S. Washington 4-8P
Let's Get Spooky!
Show up at the Thrift Shop wearing a costume or mask between 4 and 8 PM , buy one item and receive a second item of equal or lesser value for free!

Unity Vibration: Triple Goddess Tasting Room
93 Ecorse 8-11P
Improv jams & Art!
Palette Scratches will be playing improv jams and come check out new spooky and fun art for October!

Ypsi Alehouse
124 Pearl St. 7-9P
Amy Grace at the Ypsi Alehouse
Wash down Ypsi Alehouse brews and food with some acoustic sounds by Amy Grace!

Ypsi Food Co/Op
312 N. River St. 6-8P
Steve Somers and Friends
Live jazz music with guitarist Steve Somers (with friends, students and alumni from WCC and YYO). Latin jazz, swing and blues.

Ypsilanti Freighthouse
100 Market Place 6-9P
SHOPtober
Come out, meet your neighbors, and support local entrepreneurs! Part of the First Fridays Ypsilanti art walk, listen to some local artists and support small business owners from Metro Detroit. Get a $5 chair massage and free makeup tutorial!

Ypsi Studio
208 W. Michigan Ave 6-9P
Fall in Love with Sseko Designs!
Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion company (aka slow and sustainable fashion) company that has an amazing mission and beautiful handmade products: handbags, sandals, jewelry and more recently apparel. The women who make the products live in Uganda, are academically gifted and have just finished secondary school (high school) and are headed to University. They work for nine months, must save 50% of their earnings and Sseko Designs doubles it with matching funds so they have University tuition!

Ziggys
206 W. Michigan Ave. 7-10P
DJ Team Ray Parker Sr. Return
Coming off their gigs as one-half of the kraut-rockin' group Hydropark, DJs Jason Lymangrover and Chad Pratt continue their First Fridays residency at Ziggy's under the name Ray Parker Sr. Expect '80s hits, near-hits, and obscurities, and feel free to dance, vogue, play pinball, or just lean back. Hyperion coffee, pie, plus all the usual Ziggy's treats will make it all the better.

Please join us for our 2017 dates:

April 7
May 5
June 2
July 7
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 3
December 1


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Thank you to our premier sponsor: Bank of Ann Arbor And to our community partners: City of Ypsilanti, United Sonz Business Solutions