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Welcome to the
Downtown Association of Ypsilanti!

The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti (DAY)  is a 501(c6) organization with a mission to promote the common economic interests of the Downtown Ypsilanti businesses through activities which contribute to the public safety, marketing, growth, culture, entertainment and vitality of the community.

Events and activities which are organized and hosted by DAY include:

  • DAYFest, a summer music festival and open marketplace,

  • Halloween Trick or Treating for the children of Ypsilanti,

  • Christmas tree lightings and Santa Visit at Library Plaza,

  • An annual Downtown Christmas dinner,

  • A weekly radio show featuring positive stories about Ypsilanti and its businesses and people.

DAY meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:15PM at Spark East on the 200 block of West Michigan Avenue.  All members and interested parties are invited to attend.

DAY has representation on Ypsilanti's Community Policing Action Council (CoPac) and members regularly attend meetings of the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority and the Ypsilanti City Council to monitor and provide feedback and insights on the Downtown.  DAY is not a political organization and thus takes no political positions.



The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti
Summer Festival

DAYFest is the new name for the Ypsilanti's historic Downtown's Summer Festival.  DAYFest was formerly called Crossroads, the name for which did not properly reflect the wonderful Downtown location on North Washington Street, just to the north of the West Michigan Avenue intersection.  DAYFest is entering its 8th season this summer with an exciting entertainment schedule that blends blasts from the past with a variety of new acts which we think everyone will enjoy.

The first three weeks will be held at Library Plaza on the 200 block of West Michigan

June 14: 6:00PM  Cirque Amongus with Unicycle
                             Stunts and Balancing Acts

June 21: 6:00PM  Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra
                             Student Jazz Ensemble

June 28:  6:00PM Los Gatos with its
                            Afro-Cuban Rhythms

The next five weeks will be held at our traditional location on the North Washington Street stage, just to the north of the intersection with West Michigan Ave.

July 12:   7:00PM  Devil Elvis Show
               8:45PM  The Martindales

July 19:   7:00PM  T.B.A.
               8:45PM  40 Stitches Later

July 26:   7:00PM 
                Gospel Fest w/ Strong Tower Ministries
                - Youth & Adult Choirs
                - Gospel Band 4-Word
                - RonSher Brooks & the cast of the hit
                  stage play "Give Me 1 Reason"
                - ARIA Musical Trio
                - Taco &  Jac
                - Gospel Comedian/MC Hollywood
                - Other special guests

Aug 2:     7:00PM  White Ravens
               8:45PM  Vibra-Trons

Aug 9:     7:00PM  Foundation of Funk
               8:20PM  Camo appearance by
                             Dymond Harding
               8:45PM  Lady Sunshine and the X Band



Downtown Association of Ypsilanti on the Lucy Ann Lance Show

Starting in June of 2010, DAY has been a contributor to the Lucy Ann Lance Showon AM1290, WLBY, every Friday morning at about 9:30AM featuring a different Ypsilanti business, organization, or person(s).  Haabs Restaurant has been the generous advertising sponsor for this show.  The show can be listened to live on AM1290 or online at www.lucyannlance.com or www.1290wlby.com.

Some of the recent guests include:

  • Cafe Ollie & Michigan General Store

  • Ypsilanti Food Co-Op

  • EMU College of Technology

  • Ypsilanti Community Choir

  • Friends of the Rutherford Pool

  • Ypsilanti Community Library

  • Wolverine Grill

  • Lavonte Davis of YHS

  • Washtenaw Camp Placement

  • Ypsilanti City Planning - Shape Ypsi

  • Ypsilanti Jaycees

  • 350.org

  • Lindsay Hall Photography

  • Hamilton Crossing & EMU

  • Ypsilanti Kiwanis

  • EMU Marketing & Communications



Downtown Association of Ypsilanti 2013