Summer festivals are mandatory for a great summer. Whether its music, film, or art, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Recently, Underground Printing received information from various store locations about summer festivals in their area. Here are just a few of Underground Printing’s favorite summer festivals:
Minneapolis, MN: Fringe Fest
The Minnesota Fringe Film Festival is an eleven-day long film and performing arts festival from August 1st through the 11th that features over 170 shows in 16 venues. One special aspect of Fringe Fest that sets them apart from all other performing arts events is that all the shows featured were selected at random. The lineup is selected in February by placing all submissions into a bingo page and pulling them out one-by-one. The reasoning for this is that Fringe believes that everyone is capable of making great art, regardless of the size of their resume. For more information, visit http://www.fringefestival.org/.
Ann Arbor, MI: Art Fairs, Summer Fest, and Top of the Park
For over fifty years, Ann Arbor art fairs have been hosting some of the best artists’ work during the month of July. This year, the festival runs from July 17th through the 20th. This event is made up of four separate fairs: the Ann Arbor street art fair, the original, the Ann Arbor summer art fair, the State street area art fair, and South University’s art fair. Together these four fairs makeup one extraordinary experience that cannot be missed. For more information: http://artfairs.visitannarbor.org/ .
Ann Arbor’s Summer Fest and Top of the Park run from June 14th through July 7th. The events at this phenomenal three-week event include music performances, film, theater, comedy, and dance. There are indoor and outdoor performances to be enjoyed. Noteworthy musical performances include Django Django (must be checked out, if you haven’t heard of them), The Dunwells, The Saints of Soul, Wild Belle, and many others including DJ performances. For comedy and film, Grease, Life of Pi, and Rocky Horror Picture Show will be amongst others screened. There are even live reading opportunities for local writers and journalists. Summer Fest and Top of the Park have something for everyone, even kids, and cannot be missed! For more information: http://a2sf.org/
Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Pride and Island Festival
Kalamazoo Pride takes place June 14th through the 16th in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This event features entertainers such as Manila Luzon, JC, a TV/film/ and now music performer, Brody Ray, and several others. There will be various DJs performing; there will be contests, speakers, and even a recovery brunch on the last day. Kalamazoo Pride is a prime summer festival to celebrate who you are all the while having a fantastic time. For more information: kglrc.org/pride.
Island Festival, which also takes place in Kalamazoo, and is a three daylong reggae festival, taking place June 20th through the 22nd. It attracts over 15,000 reggae fans each year. It takes place at Club Soda, in Kalamazoo, and guarantees a good time with lots of food, drink, dancing, and amazing music. For more information: www.islandfestkalamazoo.com.
Milwaukee, WI: Summerfest (featuring Timeflies)
Summerfest takes place over 11 days (June 26-30, July 2-7) and features over 800 acts and 1,000 performances. Every year nearly 900,000 people attend this music festival in Milwaukee. The music performances range from country to hip hop to rock n’ roll. Noteworthy performances this year include Violent Femmes, FUN., Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Billy Idol, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, and Timeflies, a band that UGP prints for. Summerfest began in 1968, playing in over thirty locations around the city, and has been a summertime favorite ever since. For more information: http://www.summerfest.com/.