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Best Times to Visit Ann Arbor

The best time to visit Ann Arbor is between May and September, when temperatures rest comfortably in the 70s and 80s and activities abound. It is the perfect time to get outside and experience Ann Arbor's beloved outdoor spaces, like the Huron River and Matthaei Botanical Gardens. If a fall or winter trip tickles your fancy, you will still find plenty to do. College football season runs from September to November, so that's a great time to visit if you'd like to catch a game at Michigan Stadium. In the colder months, spend time in Ann Arbor's many indoor museums or enjoying special holiday events, like KindleFest. Just remember to pack several layers of clothing for the bone-chilling temperatures of early spring – especially if you plan to spend time outdoors.

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Weather in Ann Arbor

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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May-September

The best time to visit Ann Arbor is between May and September. Ann Arbor comes alive in the summertime, with tons of festivals and events and great weather for outdoor activities like paddling down the Huron River Water Trail. Festivals vary widely and offer something for everyone. A particular favorite is the American Downtown Festival which celebrates the Historic Black Business District with food, crafts, art and music. Precipitation is somewhat evenly dispersed throughout the year, but May through September do see the most rainfall on average (3.4 to 3.7 inches).

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October-December

Fall and early winter bring two exciting changes: bright orange foliage and college football. If you're planning a trip for this time of year, get ready to bundle up and cheer on the Michigan Wolverines with a warm drink in hand. If football isn't quite your style, not to worry; there's plenty of activities and events to keep yourself busy. You can expect comfortable highs around 60 degrees in October, but a steep decline to the 40s and 30s over the next two months. In December, lows can dip into the 20s, and Ann Arbor gets an average of 13 inches of snow this month.

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January-April

Winter and early spring in Ann Arbor are not for the weak of heart: average daily lows between January and April range from 18 to 38 degrees. Additionally, January sees about 16 inches of snowfall; the most of the year. Still, the show must go on – and that it does with the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Daytime temperatures in April start to warm up to about 60 degrees – just in time for FestiFools, a quirky festival complete with giant puppets, costumes and jugglers that aims to bring the community together through performance art. 

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