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8 Things to Do in Metro Detroit During Labor Day Weekend

Metro Detroit is a great place to live year-round. It offers thousands of events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy throughout the year. Here are some events that you can enjoy this Labor Day weekend.

  1. The largest free jazz festival in the world, Detroit Jazz Festival, is returning to the city virtually over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6. More than 35 artists will join headliners and take to the stages over the long weekend, including headliners Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, Abdullah Ibrahim, Anat Cohen, Sean Jones, Kenny Garrett, and Gregory Porter. Learn more about the festival.
  2. Enjoy the Michigan State Fair in Novi, Michigan, Sept. 2-6. After a year of full virtual programming, the fair will be open on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fair will feature a variety of attractions, including baking contests, a beer garden, animal nursery exhibits, a blood drive, contests, crafts, dog performances, horse and livestock shows, and live music. For a full list of attractions, click here. Fair admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children, and free for children under 2 years old. The circus and carnival rides will require separate tickets. For a full list of prices, click here.

    Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

  3. Get a taste of local foods and enjoy local artists during Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats in Downtown Royal Oak, Sept. 3-6. Friday through Sunday, the event will last from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Monday, it will end early, going from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The end-of-summer celebration will feature 200 musical performances, a juried fine art show, and 50 food booths. On Friday, the festival is free to enter until 5 p.m.; after, it is $10. Admission to the festival Saturday through Monday is $5 before 3 p.m. and $10 after 3 p.m. Children under 3 years old are always free. Learn more about Arts, Beats & Eats.
  4. Spend your weekend in the park. Thanks to DTE Energy, visitors can get into all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks for free from  Sept. 3-6. If you go to Lake St. Clair Metropark on Sunday, Sept. 5, you will also be able to enjoy live music at the last concert of the Lake St. Clair Summer Concert Series. The Jeff Trudell Band will play swing music from 6:30-9 p.m.
  5. Stock up on fresh peaches and treats at the 90th Anniversary of the Romeo Peach Festival, Thursday, Sept. 2-6. The festival will feature art exhibits, apple and sunflower picking, basketball tournaments, craft shows, a 5K/10K run, book sale, carnival rides, wine tasting, fireworks, live music, and more. View the entire schedule of events here.
  6. Join in the fun festivities as the Detroit Month of Design kicks off on Sept. [missing date] Until the end of the month, many businesses and artists will be hosting various events and art exhibits around the city. Many are opening Sept. 1, right in time for Labor Day weekend, so choose one or a few to enjoy. View the entire schedule for Detroit Month of Design here.

  7. Spend time with your family at Detroit’s SW Fest, a free large-scale music festival, on Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Senate Theater in Southwest Detroit. The outdoor festival will be from 2-7 p.m. and will transition into an evening concert from 8-11 p.m. The festival will feature performances by local artists, vendors, food, and resources. View the festival artist lineup here.
  8. Stroll through a field of sunflowers at the Inaugural Sunflower Festival at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, Sept. 4-6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. During the festival, you will be able to indulge in sunflower-inspired treats, shop from an open-air artisan market featuring more than 100 local artists, take pictures by a sunflower field, buy freshly cut sunflowers and assorted wildflowers, listen to live music, and more. Festival admission is $7 per person, and children 10 and under can enter for free.
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