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7 Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in Metro Detroit

August 26, 2018

Looking for things to do this Labor Day weekend? Check out these festivals, fairs and performances around Metro Detroit.

By Eden Lichterman 

Michigan State Fair

Aug. 30 – Sept. 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitPhoto via Michigan State Fair Flickr

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sept. 3

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Interior Exhibition Hall closes at 5 p.m.)

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave., Novi

From dog performances and carnival rides to food contests and live music, the Michigan State Fair will deliver a Labor Day weekend filled with family fun. Attendees can look forward to the Detroit Shrine Circus, an arts and crafts showcase, a baby animal exhibit and cooking demos. The ultimate wristband costs $30 and includes fair entry, unlimited carnival rides and circus performances. If you purchase the wristband online before Aug. 28 at noon, it costs $25. General fair admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for kids and does not include carnival rides or circus performances. Tickets for the circus will be available at the tent entrance and cost $17 each in cash. Tickets are available here.

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitPhoto via Arts, Beats & Eats Facebook

Aug. 31 – Sept. 2

11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sept. 3

11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Royal Oak

Between Lincoln Road and W. Eleven Mile Road

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with an art fair, live music and a smorgasbord of cuisine at the 21st annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats. On the Michigan Lottery National Stage, festival-goers can look forward to performances by Eddie Money, AWOLNATION, Ben Folds and Chris Janson. Performances on the eight other stages range in genre from alternative and country to jazz and rock, with the Detroit Institute of Arts stage dedicated to kid-friendly acts. The weekend-long event also includes the Juried Fine Arts Show, which features artists from around the country. For some good eats, check out stations from over 40 local restaurants and caterers, like Cafe Muse, Imperial Ferndale and Treat Dreams. Admission costs $3 before 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Visit artsbeatseats.com/ for more information.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitPhoto via Detroit Jazz Festival Facebook

Philip A. Hart Plaza

1 Hart Plaza, Detroit

This year marks the 39th annual Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Quicken Loans, which the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation dubs the world’s largest free jazz festival. The musical weekend will feature performances from over 30 arts including artist-in-residence Chick Corea and resident ensemble Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. Headlining acts expected to blend traditional jazz tones with modern elements include Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, Sasha Masakowski and Marcus Miller. In addition to the resident ensemble and Masakowski, some of the women headliners include Cecile McLorin Salvant, Tia Fuller and the all-female group Straight Ahead. For the full performance schedule click here.  Admission is free.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 1 – 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitPhoto via Hamtramck Labor Day Festival Facebook

Noon to 10 p.m.

Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck

The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival was originally created to bring joy to a city devastated by the closure of the Dodge Main factory. Thirty-nine years later, the festival continues to brighten the days of both Hamtramck residents and citizens from all over Metro Detroit. The weekend-long event includes carnival games and rides, live music, a Polish Parade and the Hamtramck Yacht Club push-cart races. For the full musical line-up click here. Admission is free.

Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run

Sept. 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitPhoto via Paint Creek Trail Facebook

Registration starts at 8 a.m. Event runs 9-11:30 a.m.

Rochester Municipal Park – Kiwanis Pavilion

400 6th St., Rochester

Kick off your Labor Day with a two-mile round-trip walk or a 10k round-trip walk and run on the Paint Creek Trail. The 13th annual event includes donuts, face-painting and a $500 Rochester Bike Shop gift card drawing. Participants can pre-register online or check in the morning of the event. Admission is free and donations are welcomed for Paint Creek Trail restoration.

Franklin’s Art in the Village

Sept. 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitCourtesy Art in the Village

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Franklin Village Green

Franklin Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile Roads, Franklin

This year marks the 38th annual Art in the Village, an art fair featuring works in glass, pottery, fiber, painting, watercolor, wood, sculpture and metal. The selection will also include jewelry, furniture and photography. Over 80 artists will present art pieces at the event. Musical performances will occur throughout the day. Admission is free.

Franklin Round Up

Sept. 3

Labor Day Weekend in Metro DetroitCourtesy Franklin Round Up

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Franklin

Franklin Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile Roads, Franklin

For a Labor Day filled with pony rides, a petting zoo, games, inflatables, rock climbing and sweet treats, check out the 74th annual Franklin Round Up. This end-of-summer celebration will also include a raffle, magician, jugglers, classic car show, pet adoption, LEGO city, musical performances and a Labor Day parade at noon. Admission is free. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Franklin Cider Mill, which opens for the season over the holiday weekend.

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