COVID-19 Impact

Updated on Friday, May 1 at 9am

For 36 years, we have come together each summer with our neighbors for a celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. We plan to do that again this year, but sadly it won’t be at Top of the Park. We have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel our traditional, free outdoor events this summer, originally scheduled for June 12 – July 5. This follows our decision in late March to cancel our indoor ticketed performances.

Each summer, over 80,000 people participate in the festival: artists, local businesses, and community organizations join an audience from around the county and beyond to celebrate the summer and make memories together. The Festival means so much to all of us; it will be difficult to recreate the specialness of Top of the Park, but our team has been hard at work developing activities for this moment including digital offerings, collaborative art projects, and live music reimagined.

In the coming weeks, we will share elements of an adapted season with you that will bring us all together in new and creative ways. We have envisioned plans for various environments, and look forward to presenting as many of them as possible – such as drive-in concerts and movies.

You can participate in the first of our new programs, Kooky Kreatures, a community art project presented with the Ann Arbor District Library’s Bummer Game.

When our community can safely come together in-person again, the Festival will be there to make this happen. Please stay connected with us, share your ideas, and learn how you can help the Ann Arbor Summer Festival during this unprecedented time.


After closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and consulting with our partners, the Festival has decided to cancel this summer’s indoor, ticketed events including:

  • Machine de Cirque’s La Galerie, June 13-14
  • Black Violin (co-presented with The Ark), June 18
  • Scott Silven’s Wonders at Dusk, June 21-26
  • Kristin Chenoweth, June 24
  • Pink Martini, June 25
  • Indigo Girls (co-presented with The Ark), June 30
  • The Capitol Steps, July 4

While we are disappointed that we can’t share this special season with you, we take the safety of our community very seriously. The production process and significant financial investment required doesn’t allow us to delay a decision further. Our hope is to reschedule many of these artists for future seasons.

If you purchased a ticket to a canceled show, please use this form to request a refund or turn your ticket into a donation to support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Top of the Park, our free outdoor series, is an important part of our civic life and the next one may be more important than ever. We are committed to delivering a festival of some kind, within the parameters of what’s safe, as soon as possible. As we continue to work with all our partners we will share updates with you as we have them.

In the meantime, please stay safe, healthy, and practice social distancing so that we all can #flattenthecurve. If there are ways that we can support you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@a2sf.org.

Updates, including further changes or cancelations to the season, will be sent out in an email to our subscribers, posted on our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Sign up for our email list here.


A2SF COVID-19 GENERAL FAQS

Will the 2020 season take place?

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel both the traditional Top of the Park series and the indoor ticketed performances, scheduled for June 12 – July 5.

The Festival plans to present new, adapted activities this summer including digital offerings, collaborative art projects, and live music reimagined. We have envisioned plans for various environments, and look forward to presenting as many of them as possible.  Sign up for our enews list for the latest announcements and program offerings.

I purchased a ticket to a show that is now canceled. Will I receive a refund?

Yes, if you request one. Please use this form to request a refund or turn your ticket into a donation to support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

The patron services team is working with reduced staff remotely (per Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order) and is experiencing tremendous call volume. It will take up to two weeks to receive a call back. We ask that you fill out the above form by May 31 and the box office will follow-up with you to complete the transaction. If we do not hear from you by May 31 your ticket will be processed as a donation.

Please visit our Ticketing Information page for more details.

What can I do to help?

The best way to help is to stay safe, healthy, and practice social distancing so that we can #flattenthecurve.

The Festival relies on a generous community of supporters to produce 200+ free events each year. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the future of our work.  Now more than ever, your support is vital to sustaining this organization through this moment and into the future. Please consider making a donation today.

We recognize that many in our community right now are in great need and we’re grateful for your support wherever you can give it – small business, non-profits, service sector employees, gig workers, and of course, artists and those in the creative industries.

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