Directions & Parking
We know that parking in downtown Ann Arbor can be difficult and take longer than expected. Due to traffic, we recommend patrons allocate an additional 20 minutes to park and arrive before the performance begins. Parking is available in the following U of M and city structures:
Fletcher Street (at Power Center)
Entrance off Fletcher Street at Washington. $5 event parking begins two hours before ticketed events or 5 pm M-F, 3 pm Sat-Sun.
Thayer Street (near Hill Auditorium)
Entrance off Thayer Street between Washington & North University Ave. $5 event parking begins two hours before ticketed events or 5 pm M-F, 3 pm Sat-Sun.
Maynard Street (downtown Ann Arbor)
Entrances off Maynard and Thompson between William and Liberty. $1.20 per hr, free on Sunday.
Palmer Drive (near Power Center)
Entrance off Washtenaw Avenue adjacent to Palmer Commons; $5 event parking begins two hours before ticketed events or 5 pm M-F, 3 pm Sat-Sun. Accessible to U-M blue and gold permit holders with an AVI device.
Liberty Square (near Top of the Park)
Entrance off Washington between State Street and Division; $3 flat rate after 3 pm, Monday-Friday and all day Saturday, free on Sunday.
For additional surrounding parking options by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, please see this map.
City Parking: Downtown Development Authority
I-94 Eastbound (from Jackson, Grand Rapids, and Chicago)
Take I-94 East to Exit 172, Jackson Road. Jackson Road becomes Huron. Continue on Huron to State Street. Turn right on State Street, then turn either left or right onto Washington Street (parking lots are located in both directions). See map for exact parking locations.
I-94 Westbound (from Detroit)
Take I-94 West to Exit 177, State Street. Turn right (north) on State Street. Continue on State Street to the U-M campus. Turn either left or right from State Street onto Washington Street (parking lots are located in both directions).
US-23 Northbound and Southbound
Take US-23 to Exit 37 B, Washtenaw Avenue (to Ann Arbor). Go west on Washtenaw (from the Northbound exit you will automatically go west; from the Southbound exit turn right at the end of the exit ramp). Continue on Washtenaw until it forks. Veer to the right at the fork. Washtenaw becomes Huron. From Huron, turn left at the light on Fletcher.
M-14 Westbound (from Plymouth or Livonia)
Take M-14 West to Exit 3, Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street. Continue on Main Street. Turn left on Washington.
I-96 Eastbound (from Lansing)
Take I-96 East to US-23 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.
I-696/I96 Westbound (from suburban Detroit)
Take I-696 or I-96 West to I-275 South to M-14 West. Follow directions for M-14 Westbound.
Cabs can get you around Ann Arbor, but keep in mind that we are not a big city where you can hail a taxi at every corner. It is best to call ahead in order to make sure that you arrive at your destination on time.
- Amazing Blue Taxi
- Blue Cab Co.
- Michigan Green Cab
- Veteran’s Cab
- Ann Arbor Pedicab
- Campus Cab
- Tree Town Pedicab Co.
- Yellow Cab
- Ann Arbor Taxi
- Golden Limousine
- University Taxi
Bus & Ride Sharing
University of MI buses are free to all riders as a service of the University. If you would like to “Park & Ride”, numerous parking lots in the North Campus and Fuller Road areas are serviced directly by U of MI buses. Commuter route buses also service the University Hospital areas. For all University of MI bus and parking details, visit: UM Parking & Transportation Services.
The “magic bus link” allows passengers to see in real time the location of the bus they are currently waiting on.
The city of Ann Arbor public bus systems (check schedules and prices) include:
- A-Ride (Paratransit)
- Ride-sharing: AATA RideShare
- Car-sharing: ZipCar
- Uber Ann Arbor
- Ride-sharing: Lyft Ann Arbor
Bicycling is very popular in Ann Arbor and on the campus of the University of Michigan. We highly recommend riding your bike to our events in order to support greening efforts and save you from the hassles of limited parking. There are numerous places to park and lock you bike all around our site.
Get Ann Arbor biking maps, resources and suggestions from the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition and see specific bike friendly routes using Google maps and the “bike” icon as noted in red in this attachment.
For transportation options and resources in and around Ann Arbor, click here.
Taking the train is an easy way to start your trip before you even arrive in Ann Arbor. Amtrak can drop you off right in Ann Arbor at 325 Depot Street. It is easy to get around the city on any of the other methods once you get there. You can arrive relaxed and refreshed in time to start enjoying all the festivities with three round trips a day in and out of Ann Arbor from as far away as Chicago. Amtrak always allows children 2-12 for ½ off and seniors, military and students get great deals.
Ann Arbor is a walking town and we encourage you to walk to the festival. If you’re coming from Main Street/downtown, head east on Washington Street just past Thayer Street to enter near Rackham Stage and The Grove beverage garden. If you’re coming from the South U area, cross the Diag and head north. Top of the Park begins just beyond North University Street. Look for the colorful signs!