Art Around Town

Explore local arts events!

Ann Arbor and U-M have a vibrant art scene with a constant array of arts events. Check out this page for weekly recommendations of our 5 Picks of the Week that we think you shouldn’t miss and resources on how to find and attend events.

5 Picks of the Week

  • Dance Performance Studio Theatre
  • Dec. 8-10th
The Nutcracker(ish)


Enjoy a night of dance theatre with a reimagining of The Nutcracker with elements of the Wizard of Oz, featuring BIPOC-centric dancers!

Learn more!

  • Lydia Medlessohn
  • Dec. 7-10th


The Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be performing Ruddigore, a tale of a witch's curse passed down for 22 generations.

U-M students can attend this event (and others like it!) for FREE using the Passport to the Arts!

Learn more!

  • Duderstadt Center
  • Dec. 8th, 6pm
Look What's Here


Join the Interarts students for a night of multi-media art! There will be four performances, from dancing to live painting!

Check it out!

  • UMMA
  • Dec. 9 & 10th
UMMA Study Days


Prepare for your exams while enjoying art at UMMA! There will be activities throughout the day whenever you need a brain break, including performances by SMTD students and art making projects.

Learn more!

  • Michigan Union
  • Anderson Rooms A-B; December 9


Check out this exhibition presented by Warp, featuring artwork by queer POC artists. The event will feature artwork, food, photo ops, and more!

Check it out!

Additional Resources

Arts Info

Sign up for Arts Info to receive weekly recommendations of arts events to check out, plus other helpful resources, student arts opportunities, and more!

Passport to the Arts

Pick up a new Passport ticket voucher every two weeks, and exchange it for a FREE or DISCOUNTED ticket to a great selection of events!

Ticket Deals

See a list of spots around Ann Arbor that offer discounted tickets for students.


Our [art]seen writers review arts events on and around campus, sharing their thoughts and experiences on live music, film screenings, dance performances, theatre productions, and art exhibitions.

Downtown Ann Arbor Walking Tour

This self-guided art tour will welcome you to the rich arts culture that the downtown area has to offer. We highlight places we think you should know about and give you some hints for fun things to spot along the way!