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​​CANCELLED: 40th Huron River Day Festival - Sunday May 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus we're sorry to report we have to cancel the 2020 Huron River Day Festival. However, the DTE Foundation will continue to support this annual event and we plan to reschedule HRD for May 2021.

Come out to discover and have fun on the Huron River:

  • Ann Arbor's Mayor Christopher Taylor Kick-Offs the festival at 12 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  
  • Participate in the Enviro-Challenge to earn a prize
  • Antique/Classic Boat Show
  • Live animals from the Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • Eat delicious local food provided by food trucks
  • Nature Hikes by Natural Area Preservation at 1 and 3 p.m. 
  • Fishing fun
  • River critters with the Huron River Watershed Council
  • Stream activity with the University of Michigan Natural History Museum

Anniversary Logo Design Contest

Huron River Day is an annual and popular event hosted every year in Gallup Park. This year marks the 40th celebration of the event. We’re seeking a local artist to create an anniversary logo we can use on promotional materials (print and social media). Show us what the Huron River means to you in the design. Be sure to include the words Huron River AND the number 40. Click here​ for details then use the template​ we have posted to record your design using up to three colors. Then, by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2020, either email your final design to or mail it to Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation, 301 E Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI.

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.

Washtenaw County’s Parker Mill County Park

Will be offering tours of the historic Pioneer Grist Mill May 19 from 12 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the Huron River.

City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant

To celebrate drinking water month and the Huron River the City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant will have an open house earlier in May.

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

Forty 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.