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Get to know Ypsi!

Fun things to do in historic Ypsilanti

How to pronounce: “Ypsilanti” (ip-suh-lan-tee)

Say it like a local: “Ypsi” (ip-see)

Learn more about Ypsilanti

First and foremost, Ypsi has character. You can see it not only in the beautiful, historic architecture, but by the attitude of the people as well. Ypsilanti is a smaller town where one can bike from downtown to Depot Town, get to know local business owners, and truly take pride and enjoyment in where you live.

Ford Motor Company built a plant in Willow Run which was converted to an assembly line during World War II with B-24 Bombers, whom the Bomber restaurant in Ypsi is based off of. One can also stand over the Underground Railroad at Stone and Spoon, head to the Freighthouse in Depot Town for events and to see trains pass by. Stop by the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum and the Yankee Air Museum to see classic cars and aircraft.

Weekly events

  • Ypsilanti Farmers Markets - Tuesday’s 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Flea Market and Swap - Sunday’s at Ypsilanti Freighthouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Monthly events

  • First Fridays: Check out Ypsilanti businesses the first Friday of each month for special deals, art, food and fun.

Yearly events

  • Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

  • Michigan ElvisFest

  • Ypsi Jazz Fest

Local small businesses to check out

  • World of Rocks
  • The Rocket
  • Unicorn Feed and Supply
  • Evenstar’s Chalice
  • Gentle Vibes Vintage

Coffee shops

  • Cross Street Coffee
  • Sweetwater's
  • Hyperion
  • Bridge Community Cafe
  • Cafe Liv

Health resources

More about Ypsilanti history

  • Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum: See classic cars!

  • Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum: See firetrucks from the earliest days to present times!

  • The Bomber: Inspired by the work of Ypsilantians making Bomber planes during World War II. 

  • Ypsi Freighthouse: Come see the train or attend a local event!

  • Ypsilanti Historical Society: Learn about Ypsi’s history.