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.

Celebrate Ypsi with us on May 5th!

Free pedicab rides around town courtesy of Boober Tours and First Fridays Ypsilanti! Get a first look at May's line-up here! Maps will be available around town and for download in the first week of May.

22 North
22 N Huron St 7P-10P
Exit 115: Art of the Bluegrass
This is art from, and about, the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. But do not expect horses and bourbon here. Eight Lexington, KY artists, a variety of media and themes.
 
Apple Annies
29 E. Cross St.  5-9P
Local Art Series #1   
Apple Annies Vintage & Jim MacDonalds presents local Depot Town artist, Jenn Goland, from 500 ENGLE CREATIVE LABS. Showcasing one-of-a-kind ceramics and artisan hand-made wearable art.
 
Blackstone Book Store and Cultural Center
214 W. Michigan Ave. 4:30-6P
The Keep Ypsi Black Book Club
The Keep Ypsi Black Book Club is a series of pop-up gatherings that are designed to aggregate creative activity at the Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI.
Participants will be encouraged to explore gender, culture, and representation themes. And recognize existing talent, beauty, materials, + communities of color through active participation and the handling of publications edited, written, or published by black creatives. The Black Stone Bookstore offers titles for sale and rotates a strong collection of literature, art, and goods.
Participants will read select books in advance, and then participate in a facilitated discussion about the literature. Book review and discussion sessions are scheduled for May, July, September, and November, 2017. The sessions will run from 4:30-6pm on the first Fridays of said months.
The Keep Ypsi Black Media Kit: http://bit.ly/KYBMediaKit. Learn more about the Keep Ypsi Black 5-year plan!
 
Bona Sera Restaurant
200 W Michigan Ave 5P-10P
Artist Feature: Humanize the Numbers
Humanize the numbers is an ongoing project put together by students and faculty at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor that connects incarcerated individuals impacted by the criminal justice system in Michigan with those on the outside through creative outlets like photography, drawing, and theatre. The project aims to showcase the creativity of those incarcerated and promote the use of workshops and exercises for inmates within prison facilities that allows them to further express themselves artistically. We also hope to foster discussion between policy makers, activists, and civic leaders about prison reform and change.
Humanizethenumbers.com
Happy Hour from 5-7! Patio is OPEN!
  Bona Sera Underground
200 W. Michigan Ave 9P-1:30A
First Fridays After Party with Stormy Chromer!
Doors: 9p  Show: 10p
Free Show // 18 & up
Stormy Chromer returns to Bona Sera Underground on Friday, May 5th, for the first of this year's legendary First Friday after parties! This time, they are joined Biomassive, a Northern Michigan powerhouse making their maiden voyage to Ypsilanti! The show is free, but donations are encouraged.  
Corner Health Center 47 N. Huron St  6P-8P
Cinco de Mayo at the Corner
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Corner Health Center will present an evening of Mexican heritage through food, music, and fun times. Come enjoy authentic, healthy treats and try your luck at a piñata!
 
Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse
307 N River St 6-10P
Daniel Stine (visual art)/Sam Corbin (live music)
6-8 PM Artist Reception/Daniel Stine Gallery Opening "Expanses of Time"
8-10 PM Live music: Sam Corbin wsg Billy Harrington
 
Dos Hermanos Mkt
412 w Michigan Ave. 9A-9P
Carne Asada Time
Happy Cinqo de Mayo! We have everything for your roast beef on the grill!
 
Encuentro Latino Restaurant
228 W. MI Ave 6-8P
You've Never Had Real Enchiladas....From Guatemala
Incredible - different layers of flavors and textures make this dish unforgettable.
 
FRDM Hall at Riverside Arts Center
76 N. Huron St. Studio 2  6:30-10P
Black Cinema + Open Mic Night
Join Keep Ypsi Black on Friday, May 5, 2017 for a free film screening of "Burning Sands," a story by Gerard, which will be followed by an open mic. #FFY2017
Learn more about @FRDMHALL here: http://bit.ly/frdmhall6.
FRDM HALL is a series of pop-up events that are designed to aggregate creative activity in Washtenaw County. Residents + visitors will be encouraged to recognize existing talent, beauty, materials, + communities of color through active participation.
 
Haab's Restaurant
18 W. MI Ave 6:30-8:30P
Live Music by Dave Keeler
Dave Keeler provides classic folk songs with acoustic guitar accompaniment while you're dining.
 
Hinton Real Estate
36 N. Washington St 6-7:30
Urban Art by Bubby Wade
 
Massage Mechanics
13 E. Cross St. 6-9P
The Art of Massage: The Client/Therapist Relationship
https://www.facebook.com/events/631906250330494/
Massage Mechanics will be providing information and complimentary massages about a variety of topics relating to the 'art' of massage this First Fridays Ypsilanti season. May's topic is the client/therapist relationship, including free hand massages.
 
MIX
130 W. Michigan Ave. 6-9P
Spring Group Show
MIX Gallery is honored to host a Spring Group Show for the month of May 2017. This show will feature a variety of 2D media, with a broad range of styles and subjects.The wealth of talent in our area means that even with unexpected changes in our exhibit calander, the need is met with enthusiasm and exciting works. This show will feature art Sue Balk, Barbara Boyce, Judy Enright, Liz Fiero, Nancy Flannagan, Madhurima Ganguly, Erik Maurer Irene Mokra, Monica Prince, and Aruna Rao.
 
Puffer Red’s Inc.
113 W. MI Ave.  10A-8P
Ra Chris Worthy
Christopher Worthy IV is a Producer/DJ who hails from Detroit Michigan, USA. Chris started producing at the tender age of 11. He says the style of music he produces has changed over
the years while his signature Detroit sound remains evident.
Growing up, Chris listened to a wide variety of music. From Hip Hop, Techno, House, R&B, some rock, to a lot of Jazz. Some of the artists, he listened to included; J Dilla, Juan Atkins, Keiko Matsui, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, James Brown, Derrick May, N.E.R.D, Dennis Ferrer, Ben Sims, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin and Eddie Fowlkes to name just a few.
 
Riverside Arts Center   
76 N. Huron 5P-7P
Opening Reception for Ypsilanti Community Schools Exhibit
The featured artwork is from students attending Ypsilanti Community Schools in grades ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The YCS art teachers choose the best artwork from their classes to be showcased in the RAC Gallery for their final student art exhibit. The opening reception is a special night for the students and their family members with refreshments, picture taking, and interaction with the art instructors.

The Rocket
122 W Michigan Ave 11A – 8P
The official spot to grab your FFY tee shirts, stickers, water bottle & mugs!
www.therocketypsi.com
 
The Hair Station
48 E. Cross St. 6-8P
A Splash, A Braid, A Pony
Please stop in for a splash of temporary color, a sassy braid or a fun ponytail. Maybe try all three?! All retail will be offered at an additional 20% off too!
 
The Tap Room
201 W. Michigan Ave Tap Room 9P-1A
Free Concert: WCC Jazz Ensemble plays the hits!
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.
This month's performances will include music by the Washtenaw Community College Jazz Ensemble and other special guests. Steven Somers, accomplished local guitarist and WCC jazz faculty, will be leading the band. Performances will include jazz standards and pop hits that everyone will remember and enjoy dancing to.
 
The Thrift Shop of Ypsilanti
14 S. Washington 10A-8P
May Flowers
May flowers are in bloom on May 5 at the Ypsi Thrift Shop, and all items with flowers on them will be 20% off all day!  Between 4 and 8 PM, we'd like you to help us spread a little spring cheer!  Stop in and make a spring greeting card to be delivered to Ypsi Meals on Wheels clients with their meals!  Bring the kids and let them draw to their hearts' content!  Have fun and make someone's day at the same time.

Unity Vibration: Triple Goddess Tasting Room
93 Ecorse 6-9P
Cinco de Mayo celebration
Mindful Dynasty is a unique and stunning mix of progressive funky sound, hoop performance and dance. Don't miss this one. The duo will transfix you. Pilars tamales will be on hand! Come hungry.
 
Ypsilanti Food Co-Op
312 N. River 6- 8P
Jazz Music Night
Steve Somers and Friends featuring jazz guitarist Steve Somers with friends, students from WCC, poets and other guest musicians.
 
YpsiPlanti
16 S Washington 4-7P
Love Mother Earth + Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace Food Truck Rally  
Artist Karly Meneses will exhibit her paintings celebrating Mother Earth and will be painting a new work on site. Celebrate your love of Mother Earth at YpsiPlanti, Growing Hope's little but mighty plant and garden store. View the work of local artist Karly Meneses  "luvhermeneses" nestled in the greenery of YpsiPlanti's  garden room. Meet Karly and watch her work on a new piece of art. Enter a our sweepstakes drawing for your choice of 10 free 3 inch vegetable seedlings. Check out the" food truck rally" in our Ypsilanti Farmers Market lot surrounding the store.    

Please join us for our 2017 events!

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