Live Art Throw Down!

Live Art Throw Down!

The Festival of the Pollinators (formerly Festival of the Honeybee) is in its 10th year!!! We have established a tradition of hosting a live art throw-down every year.  Artists will be paid $50 for two hours of their time, supplies will be provided if you need (including canvas, easel, water, a selection of acrylic paints, and we have some brushes too).  The THEME is Pollinator-Related.  Given that the name is changing this year, bring your best butterflies, wasps, bats, etc. We can’t wait to see it!

This year, the Live Art Throw-Down will take place at the Ypsilanti Maker’s Market – which takes over the Farmer’s Marketplace Parking lot and driveway.

The grand prize will include FOTP and FFY Swag, local gift cards and gifts. The winner will be announced at the Rumble of the Bumble in Depot Town about 8 pm. Your creations will either be yours to take home with you, or you can donate them to First Fridays to be auctioned off at a later time.

We will be doing electronic voting, so please submit your bio, a picture of you, a few pictures of your work, and any website, social media tags below. Here are the details:

When:    Friday September 2 from 5 – 7 pm
Where:   Ypsilanti Farmer’s Marketplace, 16 S Washington Street, Ypsilanti MI

Please fill out the form below to participate! 

Rumble of the Bumble

Rumble of the Bumble

This, That & Odder Things presents the Rumble of the Bumble

The Rumble of the Bumble is being held in conjunction with the First Friday’s Festival of the Pollinators. This even celebrates the 2 year anniversary of This, That & Odder Things, and supports local businesses, artists, performers, athletes, and dancers.


  • BRUCE BUZZBEE vs. GUY PHOSATE take it on in the wrestling ring at 7:45 (or so)
  • Wrestling Exhibition MC’d by Casey Miller


  • Curtis Wallace (Bee Creative Studio) & Robin Trevino Geiseman (Street Artist) – large interactive HoneyComb piece which is sponsored by ACE hard ware and Sprig’s Hideaway
  • Poppet – Living Statue and her student who I don’t know her name but she does head standing and agility
  • The Amazing Flec – Liquid crystal ball
  • Casey Miller – M/C for the event
  • Zach Lang/Dr. BeeGood – funny bone doctor prescribing delight and joy
  • Sybil/the Mad Pharmacist – whooping up some joy and giving answers out of the funk
  • A2 Breakdance – keep it real through body positivity and movement
  • Sophia Von Stardust – multi-talented and gifted burlesque and artist at 8:35 PM
  • Special Illuminated Dance party with love from ypsiGLOW from 9-10 PM


  • Spin the Wheel – win prizes from all the Depot Town establishments Wax, 734, Aubrees, Maiz, Thompson and Co, Sidetracks and many other Ypsi establishments including Stardust Studio and Unicorn Feed and Supply.
  • Plinko – Win prizes from This That 7 the ODDer things win shot glasses, Gift Chips and more!
  • PLucK -A- DuCk – WIn Mystery wrapped prizes, Candy, Gift Cards, Ducks and more!
  • Kids Bags will replace any adult prize won but there are LOTS for kids
  • Dr.Bee Good and his silly apprentice Sabrina the Mad Pharmacist will be prescribing up some JOY!
  • Costume Contest – Wear a costume of any pollinator or flowering sort and enter into our Festival of the Honeybee/Rumble of the Bumble costume contest at 8:10 PM.


  • DJ Scotty D (4:30-7:00 pm)
  • DJ E.L.Y (7:30-10 PM)


Festival of the Pollinator

Festival of the Pollinator

The Festival of the Pollinator is hosting several events at N. Washington St.

BOOK READING by local author, Jenna Dawson & Asala Kimaada of Blackstone Bookstore



  • Hinton Real Estate Group
  • We Adore Flowers
  • Bee Present Honey
  • Betty Greene Salon
  • Garden Juju Collective
  • Taylor Honey


    • Antenna Craft Table by First Friday
    • Open Family Day Painting by Tipsy Ypsi Paint & Pour
    • Info Booth for First Friday Ypsilanti
You Bee-long in Ypsi

You Bee-long in Ypsi

Come see us on Washington Street at the Festival of the Pollinator! We will be giving away free backpacks, school supplies, candy, AND we have a raffle for a Pollinator-themed gift basket.

Downtown Ypsilanti Maker Market

Downtown Ypsilanti Maker Market

In collaboration with Growing Hope and Stardust Ypsilanti, this event features local artists, makers, and more!

Vendor List:

  • Batty Books – Used books, mainly social, politics, & history.
  • Birdie Bows Mi – Hand crafted dog bows and accessories.
  • Clever Creations by Amy – Fairy garden goodies.
  • Eric Fine – Ypsi swag.
  • Fabled Bath and Body – Handcrafted Soap, Bath Bombs, & Shower Steamers.
  • Get Us Poppin – Detox baths, organic soaps, handmade home decor and knickknacks, handmade jewelry, & yoni steam herbs
  • Glitter Gato – Resin art, jewelry & décor
  • Infinite Glow Candle Co. – Soy wax candles & melts.
  • Kacee Yons – Mixed media jewelry, upcycled vintage jewelry, fine metal jewelry, jewelry making kits, mixed media accessories, & mixed media sculpture/décor.
  • Ken MacGregor, Author – Books (Dark, Speculative Fiction).
  • KG Design & Décor (formerly Resin Art by Katie) – Functional home décor such as coasters, incense burners, jewelry dishes, trays, jewelry boxes, suncatchers, ring holders, magnets, side tables, wall art, bookmarks, some jewelry, & hair clips.
  • Maid in Detroit – Keychains, art prints, mugs, stickers.
  • Mood Lifters – We will offer many works of the late Michigan glass artist Donald Schneider, donated by his family to in support of their ongoing efforts to provide affordable mental health skills training. All proceeds will be directed to Mood Lifters programs.
  • Prof Pemberton’s Wands – Magic wands.
  • Punky Tarot Handmade – Resin art (wall hangings, keychains, trays, magnets), canvas bags, pins/buttons, & crochet items.
  • Razor Sharp Ruse – Oils & stickers.
  • Revived Jewels – Jewelry, backpack charms, crocheted items, & painted rocks.
  • Sable & Slate – Laser cut stationery and home décor: journals, kitchen boards and trivets, plant accessories, suncatchers, keychains, puzzles, bracelets, & coin purses.
  • Sage River Design – Copper & stainless steel gemstone jewelry
  • Steve-O-Lution Studios – Ypsilanti themed cartoons & digital designs – including prints, buttons, stickers & greeting cards.
  • The Magicians Nook –  Candles, jewelry, & woodwork.
  • The Planted Life – Plants, moss poles, custom potting mix, hand paint pots, & glass globe terrariums
  • Wyrd Byrd – Vinyl records, books, zines, and role-playing games are all stocked with an eye toward the psychedelic, strange & fantastic.

Located at the The Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace on Washington street.