FoolMoon + FestiFools 2018 is April 6 + 8! What will you make??

Ann Arbor’s most foolish festivals – FoolMoon and FestiFools – are built by you. They are big zany celebrations where we fill the streets with quirky handmade creations, from glowing sculptures to wild costumes to giant moving puppets.

This is about unorthodox creativity – bad “stick figure drawers” encouraged. People make wonderful and absurd things out of ordinary objects like duct tape, flashlights, cardboard, and wire. The weirder and more unexpected, the better.

Make a zombie swordfish luminary sculpture. Or a cardboard robot suit. Or a duct-tape bow tie with a thrift store mash-up outfit. We hope you’ll join us in making something out of the ordinary. Either way, we’ll see you in downtown Ann Arbor to celebrate!


Illuminated wire + tissue paper sculptures are a staple of FoolMoon. Get ideas and learn to make one at home with simple materials here.


Odd, foolbulous fashion attire isn’t required, but it is highly recommended. Get inspiration for costumes and wearables here.


Make a luminary at one of our free drop-in workshops, where you can get help from an expert or simply get inspired by the person next to you. Find a workshop session here.


Giant, surreal beasts roam the streets at the FestiFools parade. Get started making one in your garage and then become part of the parade on April 8!

This year’s official theme is ‘Fishtafools,’ so we invite you to imagine what’s under the surface and construct aquatic creations/outfits. But following the theme is not a requirement, and often going against the theme is just the type of foolish behavior we commend.

FoolMoon Theme Announcement

Want to make something not listed above? Have an odd talent or creative skill to show off? As long as it’s in the spirit of foolishness, absurdity, and making the ordinary into the extraordinary, bring it on.  We’d love to hear what you have in mind and help out!

OK, now that you’ve made something, get ready to show it off in early April. See event info about FoolMoon and Festifools, including times and locations for FoolMoon luminary processionals.

Note: everyone is encouraged to attend all events, including processionals, whether or not they’ve made something!

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