Sip cocktails and shop for art at Ann Arbor’s 2nd-annual Artoberfest

ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor art lovers will have the chance to sip cocktails and shop for pieces at the second-annual Artoberfest in early October.

The A2 Artoberfest Fine Art Fair, Hosted by The Guild of Artists and Artisans, takes place Oct. 8-9 in downtown Ann Arbor and will feature a variety of art, live entertainment, food vendors and craft cocktails from local makers.

The fair includes roughly 100 juried artists across a range of mediums, including jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass, photography and fibers. Artists include Ann Arbor printmaker Jesse Richard and Ypsilanti jeweler Kristin Perkins. Visitors are also invited to explore the Gutman Gallery, 118 N. Fourth Ave., and its current exhibition, “Folkore.”

Artoberfest was launched in 2021 as a way to celebrate the arts in a smaller venue and highlight the Kerrytown area. The festival takes place on Fourth Avenue between Huron and Catherine Streets and on Ann Street between Main Street and Fifth Avenue.

Fairgoers are welcome to walk the entire event with their alcoholic beverages, an option that is new this year. Craft cocktails, mead, wine and beer will be available from vendors like the Ann Arbor Distilling Co., Bløm Meadworks, Riboli Family Wines, Rivers Edge Brewing Co., Brew Detroit and Drafting Table Brewing Co.

Live entertainment will be provided by Reverie, DJ Batz and Ann Arbor School of Rock, with activities and creative projects sponsored by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Teahaus and Mindo Chocolate Makers.

The A2 Artoberfest Fine Art Fair runs from 10 am to 7 pm Saturday, Oct. 8, and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, Oct. 9.

For more information on the event or to see a complete list of attending artists, find The Guild of Artists and Artisans online, on social media or by phone at 734-662-3382.

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