Guide to Southeast Michigan 2012 Labor Day Family Fun
Concerts, art fairs and family fun are in store for the big extended weekend! Celebrate at one of these annual festivals in southeast Michigan.
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Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012
- Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
- Time: 8 a.m.-midnight
- Cost: $25/adults, $20/children
Michigan's tradition returns! See livestock exhibits (8 a.m.-9 p.m.), agriculture and indoor vendor booths with a made in Michigan focus (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), an entertainment tent, beer garden and outdoor venues (11 a.m.-midnight), midway (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) and circus (at noon and 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.).
- Address: Downtown Royal Oak
- Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Cost: $3/before 5 p.m., $5/after 5 p.m., free/under age 3, $10/16 food tickets, $2.50-$3.75/ride, fees apply/parking
The 15th annual features lots of great food samples, a juried fine arts show, 200-plus bands on 10 stages and rides (10 are for kids ages 3-13; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.). On the Oakland County Parks Kids Stage, catch Magic with Randy (5 p.m.), the Splash-Tastic Musical Revue (7:30 p.m.) and more; this Kids Zone area also has crafts and activities. The main stage features The Guess Who at 9:30 p.m.
- Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius
- Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
- Cost: Free
Swing by to see 23 great jazz acts take to the five stages, including the Pat Metheny Unity Band and Wayne Shorter Quartet.
- Address: Downtown Hamtramck, between Caniff and Carpenter streets
- Time: Noon-10 p.m. (opens at 11 a.m. for polka mass)
- Cost: Free, $5/parking at the city lot at Mitchell and Caniff streets, fees apply/rides
Swing by Ham-town for an art fair (noon-10 p.m.), carnival midway (noon-9 p.m.) and music and fun on two stages (noon-10 p.m.). The local music highlights include The Sights and Polish Muslims.
- Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, Downtown New Baltimore
- Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Cost: Free
This two-day fine arts and crafts show has Lake St. Clair as its backdrop. Browse through the work of more than 100 artists, sample food from local restaurants and hear live music.
- Address: Old St. Patrick Catholic Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor
- Time: noon-11 p.m.
- Cost: Free
Kids' activities include a petting zoo, face painting, a rock climbing wall and inflatables. Also enjoy live stage performances, a country store, used bookstore and silent raffle. There's a chicken dinner tonight – and a few cool raffles today.
- Address: Downtown Romeo
- Time: 7 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Cost: Free, some fees apply for ride wristbands
Today there's a Festival of Cars Show (7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) and parade (7 p.m.), plus Bed Races with a "Bedtime Snacks" theme (7 p.m.) and a Night Parade (9 p.m.). Also enjoy the rides (noon-11 p.m.) and craft show (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) – plus a framers' breakfast (7 a.m.-1 p.m.) and grilled chicken dinner (3-8 p.m.).
- Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
- Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Cost: $20.95/adults, $18.95/students and seniors, $11.95/kids
The 16th comes to life, from the scenery to the clothing, at this annual festival – extended to a special three-day weekend with a "High Seas Adventure" theme. Live armored jousting, a children's "realm," live entertainment and food are some of the highlights. New this year, check out Merbellas Live Mermaids, too.
- Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
- When: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, Free/ages 10 and under, $18/ride armbands (or $1 per ticket for rides)
Kick off your Sunday with a 10 a.m. compact tractor pulling. The Taste of Agriculture happens noon-2 p.m. The rides open for business at 1 p.m. There's also the USA Auto Enduro Derby (add $5 at track) at 6 p.m.