38th Huron River Day 2018
NEW DATE: Sunday, May 20, 1-5 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful Huron River with free, family-friendly river activities during the Huron River Day celebration at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, on Sunday, May 20, 1-5 p.m.
Come out and experience everything the Huron River has to offer:
- Ann Arbor's Mayor Christopher Taylor Kick-Offs the festival at 1 p.m.
- Paddle a boat with $5 canoe and kayak rentals
- Ride your bike and your boat is free!
- Bike tune-ups from Common Cycle volunteers
- Try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
- Presentations by Dirt Doctors at 2 and 4 p.m.
- Live music by Neutral Zone 1:15 p.m., Hullabaloo 2:30 p.m., and Joe Reilly 3:45 p.m.
- Participate in the Enviro-Challenge to earn a prize
- Antique/Classic Boat Show
- Butterfly house from the Michigan Native Butterfly Farm
- Live animals from the Leslie Science & Nature Center
- Watch Jillian Hopper Live Dance performances "As the Rolling Hills Pass By"
- Kids, with their wings, join an interactive community dance performance 2:15 p.m.
- Eat delicious local food by EJ's Gourmet, Pilar's Tamales, Humus Falafel and Petey's Donuts
- Nature Hikes by Natural Area Preservation at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
- Fishing fun
- River critters with the Huron River Watershed Council
- Stream activity with the University of Michigan Natural History Museum
The Washtenaw County’s Parker Mill County Park will also be offering tours of the historic Pioneer Grist Mill from 12 to 4 p.m.
Classic Small Boat Show
Enjoy a display of handcrafted, restored and preserved small boats powered by oars, paddles, or sails. Hosted by the Traditional Small Craft Association
and the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association
, members will be on hand to “show and tell” these special watercraft and share the traditions surrounding work and pleasure boats whose origins predate the marine gasoline engine and the heritage behind wooden canoes.
The Huron River Day Celebration is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support provided by Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation, the City of Ann Arbor, the Huron River Watershed Council, the Washtenaw Stormwater Advisory Group and the Middle Huron Stormwater Advisory Group.
Huron River Day History
More than 30 years ago, the Huron River Day celebration began as a way to encourage partnerships among government, private and non-profit organizations and to educate citizens about the importance of water quality and Huron River preservation. Each year, this event draws approximately 2,500 people from the Ann Arbor community to celebrate the Huron River.
For more information about Huron River Day, call 734.794.6240.