Whether you are driving to the users’ conference this year or flying, attending Nexus is a great opportunity to explore some of the best attractions in the area!  If you are looking for something to do on a particular evening (or possibly looking for something to do on the way to the users’ conference or on your way home) here are just a few of the great options available.

With so many wonderful events available the week of the users’ conference, we highly recommend that you consider extending your stay after Nexus to explore the great sights and sounds of the area!

More information on local attractions is also available on our Attractions page of the website.

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  Fiber Expo
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Fiber Expo is a unique trade show for people interested in the fiber arts.  Vendors are onsite that cater to those that love to make things from natural fibers such as wool, alpaca, mohair or angora.  Knitters, weavers, rug hookers, and felters will all find items that they will want to take home with them for their next projects.  
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2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  |  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’
Fisher Theatre  |  Detroit, MI

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and haunting Love Never Dies is touring North America and is stopping in nearby Detroit, Michigan! This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island.
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8:00 p.m.  |   Ludwig & The Kings
Michigan Theater  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Enjoy a relaxing evening of music. Pre-concert lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.  Musical selections include: Beethoven Symphony No. 8, Ellington King Solomon from Three Black Kings, Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody, and Handel Excerpts from Solomon.
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Sunday, October 22

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  |  Fiber Expo
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Fiber Expo is a unique trade show for people interested in the fiber arts.  Vendors are onsite that cater to those that love to make things from natural fibers such as wool, alpaca, mohair or angora.  Knitters, weavers, rug hookers, and felters will all find items that they will want to take home with them for their next projects.  
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12:00 - 4:00 p.m.  |  Nature and Seasonal Displays
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory  |  Fort Wayne, IN

Surround yourself with nature at an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Enjoy lush seasonal displays, four outdoor gardens, the Tropical Garden with orchids, palms and a cascading waterfall and the Sonoran Desert Garden. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop.
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1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  |  Glassblowing Demonstration
Toledo Museum of Ar  t|  Toledo, OH
View some of the great art pieces at the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and get a hands-on demonstration on how to create your own colorful artistic glass pieces. Two one-hour sessions are available.
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2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  |  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’
Fisher Theatre  |  Detroit, MI

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and haunting Love Never Dies is touring North America and is stopping in nearby Detroit, Michigan! This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island.
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Monday, October 23

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  |  Acoustic Mondays
Ann Arbor Brewing Company  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Listen to the pleasant sounds of some great local acoustic music while enjoying some of Ann Arbor’s most famous craft beers.
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Tuesday, October 24

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  |  Various Special Exhibitions
University of Michigan Museum of Art  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Explore some of most vibrant artistic pieces in the area at the University of Michigan Museum of Art .  Special exhibitions planned are planned.  Please check with the museum for more details.
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Wednesday, October 25

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Nature and Seasonal Displays
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory  |  Fort Wayne, IN

Surround yourself with nature at an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Enjoy lush seasonal displays, four outdoor gardens, the Tropical Garden with orchids, palms and a cascading waterfall and the Sonoran Desert Garden. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop.
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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  |  Glassblowing Demonstration
Toledo Museum of Art  |  Toledo, OH
Take in stunning works of art at the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and get a hands-on demonstration on how to create your own colorful artistic glass pieces.
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7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  Trivia Night
Ann Arbor Brewing Company  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Join us for trivia Wednesdays in the lounge with two games at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. while enjoying some of Ann Arbor's best craft betters. Make a night of it and stay for both!
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7:30 p.m.  |   Daniil Trifonov, Piano Recital
Hill Auditorium  |  Ann Arbor, MI

The 26-year old Daniil Trifonov made his debut with the Montreal Symphony in 2016 and returns for a recital with a program that explores Chopin and other composers he inspired.
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8:00 p.m.  |  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’
Fisher Theatre  |  Detroit, MI

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and haunting Love Never Dies is touring North America and is stopping in nearby Detroit, Michigan! This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island.
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Thursday, October 26

Various Times and Locations|  University of Michigan Fall Festival
University of Michigan  |  Ann Arbor, MI

As part of the U of M’s fall festival, activities taking place on Thursday include a-maizing building tours, a student project showcase, bicentennial book stations, and feast of ideas.
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1:00 p.m.  |  DeBrand Fine Chocolates Tours
DeBrand Chocolate Shoppe  |  Fort Wayne, IN

Tours begin with a video presentation, sampling and a peek into the DeBrand Kitchens, and end in the elegant DeBrand Chocolate Shoppe. Visit DeBrand’s beautiful corporate headquarters to see their chocolatiers in action!
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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  |  Glassblowing Demonstration
Toledo Museum of Art  |  Toledo, OH
View some of the great art pieces at the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and get a hands-on demonstration how to create colorful artistic glass pieces.
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8:00 p.m.  |  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’
Fisher Theatre  |  Detroit, MI

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and haunting Love Never Dies is touring North America and is stopping in nearby Detroit, Michigan! This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island.
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Friday, October 27

Various Times and Locations|  University of Michigan Fall Festival
University of Michigan  |  Ann Arbor, MI

As part of the U of M’s continued fall festival, activities include a tree planting ceremony, a time capsule project discussion, Carillon bell concert, a-maizing building tours, and third century expo.
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6:00 p.m.  |  Wine Glass Painting Class
The Painted Glass  |  Redford, MI

Express yourself through art while having fun with friends! Absolutely no experience necessary!
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8:00 p.m.  |  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’
Fisher Theatre  |  Detroit, MI

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and haunting Love Never Dies is touring North America and is stopping in nearby Detroit, Michigan! This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island.
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Saturday, October 28

12:00 p.m.  |  University of Michigan Homecoming Football Game
University of Michigan  |  Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan Fall Festival concludes as the Wolverines play Rutgers University, with a bicentennial halftime show by the Michigan Marching Band.
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Also Available from Saturday, October 21 – Saturday, October 28

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Visit the Henry Ford Museum
Henry Ford Museum  |  Dearborn, MI

Prepare to be astounded at the museum’s 250 acres of innovation, 300 years of history, and over 26 million artifacts. At The Henry Ford Museum, you’ll discover America — its culture, inventions, people and can-do spirit — and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it.
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7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  |  The Grandmother Tree Walk
Matthaei Botanical Gardens’s Nichols Arboretum  |  Ann Arbor, MI

A tree’s-eye view of the bicentennial. The Grandmother Tree Walk is a self-guided tour of 12 trees in Nichols Arboretum. The trees are historically or horticulturally important and their stories are told alongside key moments in U-M’s history. Maps will be available at the Arboretum visitor center, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and on-line beginning in April. Free. Part of the University of Michigan Bicentennial celebrations. The Arboretum is free and open from sunrise to sunset.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Dinosaurs Around The World
Imagination Station  |  Toledo, OH

Become a globe trotting explorer on this one-of-a kind adventure and discover the amazing diversity of prehistoric monsters during the Age of the Dinosaurs from the fierce plains of Africa to the tropical beaches of Antarctica.
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Various Times|  See Movie at the Historic Michigan Theater
Michigan Theater  |  Ann Arbor, MI

Take a step back in time and see a movie at Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater. Wide selections of movies are typically available.  Please check with the theater for film availability and show times.
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Various Hours (Depending on Day)  |  Wiard's Orchard
Apple Picking, Cider Mill, and Country Store| 
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Michigan has a proud history of beautiful apple orchards.  The historic Wiard's Orchard currently offers the following types of apples: McIntosh, Jonathan, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Cameo and Ruby Jon. Also available from their famous cider mill is some delicious locally made apple cider and a selection of items from their country store.
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Various Hours (Depending on the Day)  |  Art at the DIA
Detroit Institute of the Arts  |  Detroit, MI

The DIA, first founded in 1885 and their building designed by Paul Cret, has two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s. The museum had a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.  Come and explore their art collection that is a cultural gem of the Detroit area.
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Various Hours (Depending on the Day)  |  Explore MiSci
Michigan Science Center  |  Detroit, MI

Explore the fascinating world of science at Detroit’s renown Michigan Science Center. With live stage shows, an IMAX® Dome Theatre, a Planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities, special exhibits and more, there always something new to discover at MiSci!
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Various Hours (Depending on Day)  |  Solanus Casey Center
Solanus Casey Center  |  Detroit, MI

Make a pilgrimage to visit recently beautified Father Solanus Casey in nearby Detroit, MI.  Come discover the beauty and peace of the Solanus Casey Center and much more.
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7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Mondays)  |  On the Rise Bakery Café
On the Rise Bakery Café  |  Detroit, MI

While en route to your next destination, consider stopping by to pick up a delicious baked good.  All bakers are committed to changing their lives and giving back to their community and making miracles happen in the minds and hearts of others.
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