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What to Do This Weekend: Elvis-spotting in Ypsilanti, Michigan

This year’s Michigan Elvisfest, the event’s 12th year of hip-gyrating, lip-curling action, happens this weekend in Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Riverside Park on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9…

Tribute artists will take you back in time at Michigan’s 12th annual Elvisfest in Ypsilanti
Tribute artists will take you back in time at Michigan’s 12th annual Elvisfest in Ypsilanti
 

The King and You

This year’s Michigan Elvisfest, the event’s 12th year of hip-gyrating, lip-curling action, happens this weekend in Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Riverside Park on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9. Eleven tribute artists are scheduled to perform, and the fest also features stage acts by entertainers paying homage to Ricky Nelson, The Blues Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Frank Sinatra, and Tom Jones. On Saturday, kids can get in on the fun from noon to 6 p.m. with an all-day bounce house, face painting, a stilt walker, and Elvis storytelling. And, of course, there’s food, drink, a car show, and merchandise galore. Tickets at the gate are $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday, or $30 for both days; children 12 years old and under are free.

GO 7/8 and 7/9 in Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan; mielvisfest.org.

Where to stay: Chelsea House Victorian Inn (118 E. Middle St., Chelsea; 877-618-4935, chelseahouseinn.com is a five-room bed and breakfast, west of Ann Arbor and about a half-hour drive to downtown Ypsilanti; rates range from $120 to $195.

Where to dine: Hana Korean & Japanese Restaurant (1346 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-483-2455) serves authentic Korean food. Temptations (2876 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti; 734-434-4709, mitempt.com offers Indian cuisine on white tablecloths and a lunch buffet.

 

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