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2023 Huron River Day is Sunday, M​ay 21

Enjoy the beautiful Huron River with free, family-friendly river activities during the Huron River Day festival. This event will be at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, Sunday, May 21, noon-4 p.m. Learn, explore and have fun celebrating Ann Arbor's wonderful freshwater with discounted boat rentals, children's activities, river exhibits, music, food trucks/carts and more.

Special guest speaker and live music

  • Noon Hullabaloo
  • 1:15 p.m. Welcome Comments, Rebecca Esselman
  • 1:30 p.m. Ogichidakwewak Singers, Detroit Area Women’s Hand Drum Group
  • 2:15 p.m. Gemini
  • 3:30 p.m. Wicked Cricket, Neutral Zone 

​Have fun on the Huron River

  • Paddle a boat with $5 canoe and kayak rentals OR ride your bike and your boat is free!​
  • Outdoor scavenger hunt for kids.
  • Dirt Doctor with water squirting lessons.
  • Live animals with Leslie Science & Nature Center.
  • The Huron-Clinton Metroparks will have its mobile learning center onsite featuring the river’s natural history and the Huron-Wyandot Native Americans that once called Oakwoods Metropark home.
  • Karen Burr will be discussing the Huron River Flute Circle and giving flute demonstrations.
  • ​University of Michigan Stream Table exhibit.​​
  • Listen to live music under a tent next to the river.
  • Fishing fun - poles, bait and instruction included.​​​
  • University of Michigan Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE)​ will be onsite with kayaks and fishing gear.
  • ​Thirty minute nature walks (starting at the information tent at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.) by Natural Area Preservation. 

Exhib​​itors

  • City of Ann Arbor - Office of Emergency Management 
  • City of Ann Arbor - Office of Sustainability and Innovations
  • City of Ann Arbor - Forestry/Elizabeth Dean Fund Committee
  • City of Ann Arbor - Natural Area Preservation
  • City of Ann Arbor - GIVE365
  • City of Ann Arbor - Police Department​
  • City of Ann Arbor - Water Services
  • DTE
  • Huron River Watershed Council
  • Schultz Outfitters
  • Washtenaw Audubon Society
  • Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
  • Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative/B2B Trail
  • Ecology Center
  • Michigan Geocaching Organization 
  • Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby
  • Torno Boatworks; Torno Woodworks
  • Ann Arbor Rowing Club
  • Sustainable Energy Delivery (SEND)
  • Project Grow & Michigan Master Composters of Washtenaw County
  • Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition (WBWC)
  • Huron Clinton Metroparks Mobile Learning Center
  • Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center​​

Food trucks/carts

  • Petey's Donuts
  • Hello! Ice cream
  • El Taco Mariachi Loco​
  • Pizza Pazza
  • Humus Falafil

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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, and the Huron River Watershed Council.


​Huron River Day hist​​ory

Huron River Day began 43 years ago. This event encourages partnerships among government, private and non-profit organizations and educates citizens about water quality and Huron River preservation. For ​more information about Huron River Day, call 734.794.6240. 

Huron River Day is a day of celebrating our community's unique and special resource. The Huron River flows through our city and provides so many benefits to our community and our environment. This scenic river is a source for drinking water, a home for the wildlife and a place for recreation, including kayaking and fishing.​​

Huron River Day merchan​​dise​

We've designed a few t-shirts and a tote bag in honor of Huron River Day. Place an order in advance of the event and sport your purchase on Sunday, May 21! Visit the website​ to make a purchase.
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