Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 5, 2013

Highlights of a busy weekend at U-M

The U-M men's basketball Final Four game against Syracuse likely will command the attention of many on Saturday night. But there are several major events involving U-M that are occurring around Ann Arbor this weekend.

Here are some highlights:

FoolMoon and Festifools (Free) — A celebration of April foolery gets under way Friday evening with the third annual FoolMoon, featuring a prominade of glowing luminaries that set off at dusk (around 8 p.m.) from three locations and converge near Washington and South Main streets.

Then on Sunday, the seventh annual FestiFools celebration brings to life a legion of giant papier-mache puppets crafted by U-M students and community members. The party runs from 4-5 p.m. on South Main Street between Williams and Washington streets.

Read more about the role of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design in FestiFools.

Dance for Mother Earth Powwow (Admission charged) — Returning to Crisler Center this year, the 41st annual powwow will host 200 dancers, 10 drums and more than 40 vendors and artisans to celebrate Native American cultures and languages, traditions and foods from around the U.S. and Canada.

Highlights of the 2013 Powwow include dance specials for the traditional men's category, in which participants connect to the traditional ways through movement. Everyone in attendance will be invited to join the noncompetitive, informal two-step social dance special.

Hosted by the U-M Native American Student Association, the event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dance Marathon (Donations accepted) — Dance Marathon at U-M is the largest student-run, non-profit organization in the state. Participants dance for 30 hours to raise money for pediatric therapies at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Beaumont Hospital in Detroit.

The 2013 marathon, the 16th annual version of the event, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Indoor Track and Field Building. The public can register to "Stand With Us" on Sunday, or stop by during Saturday visiting hours: 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Check out the U-M Events calendar for information about these and other university events this weekend.