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Ann Arbor FoolMoon 2024 & Ann Arbor FestiFools 2023 - Photo from Festifools parade includes large woman puppet, bird, and the mad-Hatters hat.

Have a Foolish Time at FoolMoon & FestiFools 2024

It’s Foolish Time Ann Arbor! Yes, it is time for FoolMoon and FestiFools. Ann Arbor FestiFools first foolishly paraded on Ann Arbor streets in 2007, and quickly become an Ann Arbor tradition! FoolMoon was added in 2011.

Ann Arbor FoolMoon 2024 is on Friday April 5 with processions across downtown Ann Arbor. FestiFools Ann Arbor 2024 returns to Main Street this year.

FoolMoon Ann Arbor 2024

FoolMoon is a nighttime spectacle. In addition to the luminaries, there are laser shows, public art interactive installations, DJs, live dance, and more. We love the amazing displays by local artists and community partners. The Ann Arbor FoolMoon community really puts on a show!

Ann Arbor FoolMoon 2024 is on Friday, April 4 from 7-10p. The 2024 Ann Arbor FoolMoon theme is FoolBloom! Luminary processions will “launch” from UMMA, Slauson Middle School, and Kerrytown Farmers Market at 8p. They will head to Washington St between Ashley and Main for a party about 8:15p

Adding to the Community Glow project with light markers - FoolMoon 2022

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For years, I wanted to go to Fool Moon Ann Arbor. But,it always seemed to conflict with our spring break travel plans, other committments, or have bad weather. Finally, in 2022 the stars aligned and we made it for FoolMoon Friday!

The 2022 FoolMoon theme was Alice in WonderFools. Even though it was our first year, I didn’t want to just observe. I wanted to participate in at least a small way.

I was inspired by the Red Queen’s minions – the playing cards. A lantern, tissue paper, and about 20 minutes and I was done!

Ann Arbor FoolMoon - Lantern themed for 2022.

Our family had a great time even though we were a couple blocks behind the procession that left from Nickels Arcade. We did get to see some of the installations around town and merry making activities at the Farmers Market. Graffiti Alley behind the Michigan Theater was a fun time with installations and music. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum had dancing light boxes.

Next time, we will have dinner downtown. We had plans to get dessert, but waited until 10p and almost all the local businesses were closed. Next time, we will be sure to make time earlier.

We had a great time in 2022. But unfortunately, FoolMoon conflicts with the Robotics State Championship.

Activities like Ann Arbor Fool Moon Festival are certainly something that makes Ann Arbor, MI a place to visit!



Ann Arbor FestiFools 2024 – FestiFables

FestiFools is a one hour street parade featuring giant handmade papier-mΓ’chΓ© puppets. Community members including UM student groups make their own puppets.Β Anyone is welcome to make their own creation to join in or to simply watch from the sidelines. After a year break in 2023 and an alternate 2022 location, FestiFools returns to Main Street for 2024!

The 2024 FestiFools Theme is FestiFables.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t relive the fun of past years. Check out our 2015 FestiFools Parade Review and video.

Ann Arbor Fool Moon Workshops

If you want to do more than watch from the sidelines, there are several workshops scheduled to help you get involved. Unlike past years, the library is not hosting events to prepare for FestiFools.

Date/TimeEvent
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03/03/2024
10:00am-4:00pm
Fool U Luminary Workshops
at Hathaway’s Hideaway, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/10/2024
10:00am-4:00pm
Fool U Luminary Workshops
at Hathaway’s Hideaway, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/17/2024
10:00am-4:00pm
Fool U Luminary Workshops
at Hathaway’s Hideaway, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/24/2024
10:00am-4:00pm
Fool U Luminary Workshops
at Hathaway’s Hideaway, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/31/2024
10:00am-4:00pm
Fool U Luminary Workshops
at Hathaway’s Hideaway, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/05/2024
8:00pm-11:30pm
FoolMoon 2024: FoolBloom!
at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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04/07/2024
4:00pm-5:00pm
FestiFools 2024: FestiFables
at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI

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2 thoughts on “Have a Foolish Time at FoolMoon & FestiFools 2024”

  1. Hi, Sunday is the 8th this year. I’m fairly new to Ann Arbor so I wasn’t sure if the parade would be Sunday or it’s Monday (4/9).
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

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