Detroiters know this – once Labor Day rolls around, it’s time to breathe in all the excitement the Motor City has to offer. Whether you’re visiting Detroit or have made the city your home, there are a few outdoor activities and festivals you just can’t miss come Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day in Detroit offers no shortage of major festivals. Our top five picks are family-friendly and known for their sights, sounds and thrills.
Arts, Beats & Eats
Founded to highlight arts and culture in Oakland County, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino, celebrates 22 years this Labor Day weekend. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 in the heart of downtown Royal Oak. The massive event brings together a kid’s zone, juried art show, food by an array of restaurants and more than 200 performances on nine stages.
In its 40th year, Detroit Jazz Festival is known as the largest free jazz festival in the world. Presented this year by Quicken Loans, it brings together an exciting array of more than 100 performers featuring jazz, blues and soul from Aug.30 – Sept. 3 to Hart Plaza on the Detroit riverfront.
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
The corner of Main Street and Jos. Campau will transform this Labor Day weekend, playing host to some of the best local music, food and entertainment around. Admission is free, so stop by Aug. 31- Sept. 1.
Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo
Romeo is home to the only state-wide festival that combines a Peach Festival Fun Run, 5K or 10K races with everything from carnival rides to a classic car show, a corn maze, craft show, floral parade, book sale and even a Beers Around the World tasting. Meet the Peach Queen and her court. The Michigan Peach Festival was founded in 1931 to promote economic growth and carries on its traditions today. It is held Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 in Washington Township and Romeo.
Carrying on beloved traditions that date back to 1849, today’s Michigan State Fair is a privately-run entity with a strong commitment to the support of small business, agriculture and entertainment. The event offers Shrine Circus performances; livestock exhibitions, a carnival midway, live music and more. Pay a visit to the state fair Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.
Bank more Beach Time
Sneak in more time on your favorite sandy beach. While the Great Lakes make fantastic getaways too, don’t forget these sights for Detroiters sticking close to the city.
Check out a beach volleyball game, bike, hike or lounge along the RiverWalk, with its sweeping views of the Detroit River and Windsor, Ontario.
Find yourself a nature trail, soak up sun on the shores or paddle away while kayaking the Detroit River from the Riverside Kayak Connection’s Flynn Pavilion launch. It’s all available on the city’s only island park, Belle Isle.
From Circle the Lake Tours to restaurants that lake offer unparalleled sunset views, boat owners know how to make the most of this holiday. Brownie’s on the Lake welcome crowds – by boat, bike or car.