Arbor Annie's Father's Day Weekend Picks - June 14-16

Arbor Annie’s End of School & Father’s Day Weekend Picks June 14-16

Today is the real start to summer with the last day of school for the 2018-2019 school year. It’s also the start of Top of the Park. It is finally strawberry season. Sunday is Father’s Day and the start of Japan Week. Check out all of Arbor Annie’s Picks for the weekend.

Arbor Annie's Father's Day Weekend Picks - June 14-16

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

The big event this weekend is the start of Top of the Park which runs through July 7. The event kicks off with music and fun KidZone tents on Friday and Saturday and the first movie (Frozen) of the season on Sunday. Check out our Kids Guide for all the activities and our tips for attending.

Ann Arbor 2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide

Other Friday highlights are Saline’s Mini Mastodon, Zingerman’s Sundae Social and the Mayor’s Green Fair on Main Street. Friday is also the last day for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week – a great lunch or dinner option to celebrate the last day of school.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Summer 2019

Our top event pick for Saturday is the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival with activities at the Downtown Library, Vault of Midnight, Robot Supply, & the Ann Arbor Art Center. Other Saturday events are Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day at Rolling Hills and The Third Annual GrieveWell Kite Festival, but the weather might not cooperate.


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After a cool, wet spring it is finally strawberry picking season. Be sure to check out the options for strawberry picking.
Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking

Have you checked out the Peony Garden yet? It is a gorgeous spot to visit with all the peonies currently in bloom.

Arb Peony Garden

The weather continues to be iffy for pools – a high of 70 on Saturday with a chance of rain and a high of 75 on Sunday with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. If the weather improves, check out our list of local pools, water parks, and spray grounds.

Ann Arbor Swimming Pools & Other Places to Get Wet

This is also a big week for carnivals. Beyond the Ann Arbor area, there is Belleville Strawberry FestivalCanton Liberty Fest, and Hamburg Fun Fest. Then on Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival starts.

Ann Arbor Carnivals and Fairs

Both Canton Liberty Fest (Saturday) and Hamburg Fun Fest (Friday and Saturday) have fireworks this weekend.

Ann Arbor Fireworks Displays

And now I need to issue an apology to all the great dads out there. For Mother’s Day we had an article on all the special activities. There are not as many activities planned for Father’s Day. With the end of school, there just are not the same level of activities around town. Here are some Father’s Day activity ideas.

Happy Father's Day Activity Ideas


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Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 10:00am-10:00pm Belleville Strawberry Festival at Downtown Belleville
  • 1:00pm-11:00pm Canton Liberty Fest at Heritage Park
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Mini Mastodon at Mill Pond Park
  • 7:30pm-9:00pm Friday Family Fun Night at USA Hockey Arena
  • Saturday Picks

  • 9:00am-11:00am Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day at Rolling Hills County Park
  • 9:30am-9:00pm Motor Muster at Greenfield Village
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Amazing Amphibians at Hudson Mills Metropark
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Belleville Strawberry Festival at Downtown Belleville
  • 10:00am-11:00pm Canton Liberty Fest at Heritage Park
  • 10:00am-3:00pm Community Open House at Growing Hope Urban Farm
  • 11:00am-8:00pm Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) 2019 at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm #GetOutsideDay at Rolling Hills County Park
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm The Third Annual GrieveWell Kite Festival at Pioneer High School
  • 5:00pm-11:00pm Top of the Park Music at Top of the Park
  • Sunday Picks

  • 9:00am-8:00pm Belleville Strawberry Festival at Downtown Belleville
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) 2019 at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle at Leslie Science & Nature Center

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    Movies

    New this weekend is Men in Black International. My daughter enjoyed watching the previous movies in the series, but it’s a busy summer movie season.

    Last weekend’s new releases Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix are still in theaters. I still want to see Aladdin, but with our busy schedule and more movies arriving, it may have to wait for a summer weekday matinee once school is out.

    Disney's Aladdin - Aladdin & the Magic Lamp

    We discussed seeing a movie this weekend, but my daughter prioritized the Comic Arts Festival when we talked about our weekend plans.

    If you haven’t seen Avengers Endgame, it now includes a post-credit scene that is basically a trailer for Spider-Man Far From Home.

    Avengers Endgame - Team walks through compound

    Over Memorial Day weekend we saw Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) reminds me of a G-rated Deadpool.

    Godzilla King of the Monsters is also still in theaters.


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    Upcoming Family Friendly movies are (updated from earlier this month since Disney/Fox/Marvel changed some dates after their merger):

    • June 21 – Toy Story 4
    • July 2 – Spider-Man Far From Home
    • July 19 – The Lion King
    • August 2 – Dora and the Lost City of Gold
    • August 16 – The Angry Birds Movie 2
    • April 3, 2020 – The New Mutants (was August 2, 2019)
    • May 29, 2020 – Artemis Fowl (was August 9, 2019 )

    Quality 16Cinemark, and Emagine kick off their discounted Summer Movie series. Be sure to check out all the details.

    Summer Movie Clubhouse - Dollar Movies at Cinemark

     


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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    With school out there are plenty of great events all week. Top of the Park continues (except for Monday), AADL starts their awesome summer events, AAHOM kicks off a summer of fun activities and extra workshops, and much more.

    Date/Time Event
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    06/17/2019
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    Japan Week: Japanese Video Games
    at James & Anne Duderstadt Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/17/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Family Night
    at Dexter A&W, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/19/2019
    8:00pm
    On the March - Ann Arbor Civic Band
    at West Park Band Shell, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/22/2019
    10:00am-12:00pm

    A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo


    at Ypsilanti Farmers Market – Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michian
    The Ann Arbor Symphony believes that farmers markets help foster healthy communities, and we believe that “feeding the soul” through the arts is part of building strong, healthy, livable communities. They will be at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market on June 22. Bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet,...Read More
    💙🆓
    06/22/2019
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Big Trucks & Emergency Vehicle Day
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/22/2019
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Michigan Pez Convention - Free General Public Show
    at Wyndham Garden, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/22/2019
    10:00am-3:00pm
    Mommy & Me Day on the Farm
    at Fusilier Farms, Chelsea Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/22/2019
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Open House
    at Washtenaw County Sheriff Office, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/22/2019
    7:00pm

    Movie Night - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


    at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Movie Night returns to Michigan Stadium. Get all the details on the date, pre-show activities, and how to get tickets.
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    06/23/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Wings & Wheels


    at Yankee Air Museum, Belleville Michigan
    Join Yankee Air Museum for their classic car show - with historic planes mixed in.
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    06/23/2019
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Light Up the Park
    at Ann Arbor Skate Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/23/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Hunters of the Sky
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, June 14, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    06/14/2019
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Belleville Strawberry Festival
    at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
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    06/14/2019
    1:00pm-11:00pm
    Canton Liberty Fest
    at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
    06/14/2019
    1:00pm-11:30pm
    Hamburg Fun Fest
    at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    06/14/2019
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Mini Mastodon
    at Mill Pond Park, Saline Michigan
    💙
    06/14/2019
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    Friday Family Fun Night
    at USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth Michigan

    Saturday, June 15, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    🎟
    06/15/2019
    8:00am-11:00am
    Liberty Run
    at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
    💙
    06/15/2019
    9:00am-11:00am
    Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙
    06/15/2019
    9:30am-9:00pm
    Motor Muster
    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/15/2019
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Amazing Amphibians
    at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/15/2019
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Belleville Strawberry Festival
    at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/15/2019
    10:00am-11:00pm
    Canton Liberty Fest
    at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2019
    10:00am-3:00pm
    Community Open House
    at Growing Hope Urban Farm, Ypsilanti Michigan
    06/15/2019
    10:00am-11:30pm
    Hamburg Fun Fest
    at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2019
    11:00am-8:00pm
    Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) 2019
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    06/15/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
    at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/15/2019
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    #GetOutsideDay
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    06/15/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    The Third Annual GrieveWell Kite Festival
    at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2019
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    💙🎟
    06/16/2019
    9:00am-8:00pm
    Belleville Strawberry Festival
    at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2019
    12:30pm-5:30pm
    Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) 2019
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2019
    6:30pm-8:00pm

    Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle


    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    All ages – FREE! Enjoy a campfire with LSNC one Sunday night a month. THey'll provide the campfire and marshmallows. Bring your family, camp chairs, and the other fixings for s'mores. The program is free and no registration is needed. Fireside Fun Schedule:

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