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Entertainment, Cultural Activities, and Shopping

Including the history of Ann Arbor and local events, the City of Ann Arbor web site contains a wealth of information to help get acquainted with what the city has to offer.

Since Ann Arbor has a handful of first-run movie theatres and two art house movie theatres, there are always a lot of options any day of the week. Check the local movie listings for Ann Arbor at Yahoo! Movie Guide.


The Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and U-M libraries offers books, magazines, audio books, music CDs, videos, and access to computers with Internet service.

Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI (main branch)
734.327.4200 (for all locations)
Other branches are located around the Ann Arbor area:

3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI (Malletts Creek Branch)

2713 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI (Northeast Branch)

2503 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI (West Branch)

2359 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI (Pittsfield Branch)
Ypsilanti District Library (two branches)
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI

229 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI
U-M Library System
U-M operates a large number of libraries in the Ann Arbor area and beyond. Please refer to the library's list to see the various locations. A non-student may obtain a “guest borrower” card for a fee. Pass is good at most U-M libraries; some restrictions apply.

Arts and Cultural Activities

Entertainment, such as theater, dance and music, can be found year-round in Ann Arbor. For an excellent overview of both campus and Ann Arbor, look at Arborweb. Here are some highlights of what the University of Michigan has to offer:

University Musical Society (UMS)
Burton Memorial Tower
881 North University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI
This organization programs top international orchestras, avant-garde performing groups, soloists and more. Most performances are held at Hill Auditorium, Power Center, and Rackham Auditorium.
University of Michigan School of Music
E.V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI
Presents drama, dance, opera, and musical theater productions. Most performances are held at Lydia Mendolssohn Theater (Michigan League), TrueBlood Theater (Frieze Building) and Power Center.
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State
Ann Arbor, MI
African, American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern and modern and contemporary collections. Also, often have special exhibitions.


A useful directory of local shopping, including malls, groceries, international food markets, discount stores, resale shops, and more is contained in the U-M International Center's Shopping in Ann Arbor guide.

Last reviewed: 06/15