The 2012 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival comes to Michigan in August
August 5, 2012 by Sarah
The Ypsilanti community organizers are preparing for their 34th annual event, the 2012 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.
The event is scheduled for August 17-19 with varying hours throughout the weekend. Friday’s activities begin at noon and close at 8 pm with the beer garden open until midnight on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Parade kicks off the fun-filled day at 10 am, and the festival ends at 8 pm. Then on Sunday, the hours are 11 am to 6 pm. The festival takes place in Riverside Park, which is located about 30 minutes from Lansing in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Some of the most exciting features of the festival include arts and crafts, carnival food, pancake breakfast, games, museum tours, Italian dinner, beer garden, live entertainment, and a parade.
All these favorite activities will return this year, along with some significant improvements like increased festival safety, family entertainment, and focus on history. A living history display by the Native Youth Alliance will present educational talks and traditions of Native American dancers and drummers within the living encampment.
Live entertainment will be featured near the Riverside Beer Garden with the following local bands: The Ben Miller Band, Third Coast Kings, George Bedard, and Laith Al Saadi. The local breweries, Wolverine State Brewing and Arbor Brewing, will contribute the beer for the first time in the event’s history.