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Guide to Southeast Michigan 2013 Labor Day Family Fun

Festivals and other fun events and activities are happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Wind down summer vacation with the kids!

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Pretty soon packed lunches, books and school busses will be the norm – so make this last short stretch of vacation count. Fill your Labor Day weekend with festivals, art fairs, carnivals and concerts – heck, even free admission to the Henry Ford Museum (don't miss out on that treat!). Here's a roundup of some of the coolest summer kiss-offs before the academic year kicks back in.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
  • Times: noon-9 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, free/ages 10 and under, $18/ride armbands (or $1 per ticket for rides)
  • Phone: 734-429-1131

Thursday is Preschool Day! Kids ages 2-plus get in for only $5 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) and enjoy kiddy rides and activities with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Regular admission and rides pick up at 2 p.m. Don't miss the livestock auction and SJO Motorcross, both at 7 p.m. Friday is Ladies' Day, when gals ages 11-plus get in for $5 (until 1 p.m.). On Saturday, check out the Super Stock, Modifieds and Tractor Pullers at 7 p.m. (costs additional $5), and local music faves Fiddlers ReStrung play at 7:30 p.m. On Labor Day, everyone gets in free – and there's an antique cement slab tractor pull at 9 a.m., and the midway opens at 1 p.m.

Michigan Peach Festival

Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Address: downtown Romeo
  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m., 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-midnight Monday
  • Cost: free/general, $20/ride wristbands
  • Phone: 586-752-6543

This five-day annual event is a truly peachy affair. The North American Midway Carnival runs all weekend. Thursday has the 22nd annual 5K/10K fun run and 5K walk. Friday highlights include Romeo Idol and a baby and pet photo contests, plus the RWB Peach Jam Skateboard Clinic and St. Clement of Rome K of C's pasta dinner. Bring kids ages 14 and under Saturday for KidFest, featuring Rosco the Clown, races, games, a petting zoo, crafts, moonwalk, Dan Dan the Choo-Choo man and more (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). On Sunday, there's a Festival of Cars Show, bed races with a "tooth fairy" theme and night parade. And Monday promises the annual children's parade (with a "heroes and villains" theme), daytime floral parade, Frontier Town Craft Show and more.

Fifth Third Michigan State Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
  • Cost, with rides and one circus show: advance: $25/adults and kids 36 inches or taller $10/toddler wristband for kids 35 inches and under; gate: $30/ultimate, $10/toddler
  • Cost, fair only: advance: $6/ages 12-plus, $5/ages 11 and under; gate: $8/ages 12-plus, $6/ages 11 and under
  • Parking: $5
  • Phone: 248-348-6942

Michigan's tradition returns, complete with daily Detroit Shrine Circus performances featuring cameos by the world-renowned Flying Wallendas stunt family, a life-size butter cow and racing pigs. Also swing by for all your fair favorites, including livestock exhibits, agriculture and indoor vendor booths with a made in Michigan focus, an entertainment tent, beer garden, outdoor venues and midway. (Check out the Metro Parent listing for details on times!)

Arts, Beats & Eats

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013

  • Address: downtown Royal Oak
  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: free/before 5 p.m. (Friday only), $3/before 5 p.m. and $5/after 5 p.m., free/under age 3, $10/16 food tickets, $2.50-$3.75/ride, fees apply/parking
  • Phone: 248-334-4600

The 16th annual features lots of great food samples, a juried fine arts show and 200-plus bands on 10 stages. Plus, shoot some hoops at the Metro PCS USA Basketball Dream Tour 5-7 p.m. on Friday and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday – and hit the daily Kid Zone for a petting farm and more.

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