FestiFools April 7, 2019 4:00pm-5:00pm on Main St.


FestiFools is one of Ann Arbor’s cultural treasures. It is a HUGE-mongous public art spectacular, created by members of the community and U of M students. Magnificent, colorful, bizarre, human-powered papier-mâché puppets join thousands of Foolish friends frolicking about downtown for one fun-filled hour!

These events are possible through the generosity and creativity of our artists, sponsors, volunteers, local businesses, city departments, and individual donors.  So thank YOU for all that you do.

Would you like to get involved in FestiFools—as an artist, business partner, volunteer, sponsor, blind-folded trapeze artist, or underwater speed painter? Check out how to build a puppet, sign-up to volunteer or drop us a line below!

Dear Fellow FOOLs (esp. those of us who haven’t moved south yet!),

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when those of us trying to escape the winter doldrums are taking refuge in the warmth and conviviality of the FestiFOOLs Studio most Saturdays between now and April 7th– when our 13th Annual FestiFOOLs 2019 will take over Main Street!

Please come join us as we’ll attempt, once again, to bring FOOLish Mayhem and Frivolity in the form of over-sized garish, and unseemly PUPPETS to the streets of Ann Arbor!

If you’re interested in getting your hands sticky with glue and your hair stuck in the paint again, please RSVP to our FestiFOOLs studio assistant, Mitchel Dipzinski (heathmd@umich.edu)– first come first served. Please indicate which dates and shifts (am/pm) you are interested in coming and we’ll forward to seeing you in the FestiFOOLs studio soon!

Available Dates: Saturdays, AM 10:00-1:00 or PM 1:00-4:00; Feb. 23, Mar. 16, 23, 30.

There is a disability drop off on Liberty off of Ashley. There will be a barricade staffer on Ashley and Liberty who will move the barricade for you and you can be dropped off close to Main Street. You will need to have a driver because we will not be able to offer parking onsite.
There will be handicap seating marked in cones on the West side of Main St between Liberty and William (near the Ark). The show starts at 4 but we recommend getting there at least a half hour early to settle into your spot.

Check-out photos by Myra Klarman from FestiFools 2018!

A BIG Thank You to our Generous Sponsors: