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Guide to Southeast Michigan 2014 Labor Day Family Fun

Wind down your family's summer with one of the fab and fun festivals happening in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne or Washtenaw counties this Labor Day weekend

In another week or two, that yellow cheese wagon will come on down the road, marking the official end of summer. But before you head off into a world of early mornings, books and busses, get in one last summertime shindig. This Labor Day weekend, Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties will be packed full of festivals, fairs, carnivals and concerts sure to end your summer with a bang. So check out this roundup of summertime kiss-offs and choose one to hit up before the school year kicks back in.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
  • Times: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-dusk Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 1-6 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

Saturday is Children's Day! Bring your kiddos for a day full of fun rides, entertainment and school-age activities, or head out on Thursday for Preschool day. Kids 2 and up get in for $5 (9 a.m.-2 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, Modified and Tractor Pullers at 7 p.m. (costs additional $5) and performances by the Chicago Honey Bears. On Labor Day, everyone gets in free – and there's an antique cement slab tractor pull at 9 a.m., while the midway opens at 1 p.m.

Michigan Peach Festival

Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: downtown Romeo, 32 Mile and Van Dyke roads
  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, 9 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 23rd annual 5K/10K fun run and 5K walk. Friday highlights include a baby and pet photo contests, plus live band music and the Lions' Las Vegas Games. Bring kids ages 14 and under Saturday for KidFest featuring Rosco the Clown, games, a petting zoo, crafts, relays and more (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). On Sunday, there's a Festival of Cars Show, bed races with a rock 'n' roll theme and night parade. And Monday promises the annual children's parade (with a "the future" theme), Frontier Town Craft Show and more.

Fifth Third Michigan State Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • 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, gate: $30/ultimate
  • Cost, fair only: advance: $6/ages 12-plus, $5/11 and under; gate: $8/ages 12-plus, $6/11 and under
  • Parking: $5
  • Phone: 248-348-6942

A more than 160-year-old Michigan tradition returns, complete with daily Detroit Shrine Circus performances under the big top. Be sure not to miss your fair favorites this year, including livestock exhibits, vendor booths, live entertainment, a craft beer pavilion, carnival treats, midway, shopping, pig races, a Michigan butter cow, art exhibits and plenty more.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: downtown Royal Oak, Main and Troy streets
  • Times: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday
  • 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, fees apply/parking
  • Phone: 248-334-4600

The 17th annual festival features all the best art, music and food in the area. Enjoy performances form more than 200 bands on 10 different stages, peruse the artwork of the highly ranked juried fine art show and sample some of the best cuisine of local, national and international restaurants. Plus, enjoy games, a carnival, a kid zone with a petting zoo and more.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit
  • Times: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 313-447-1248

Over four days and several city block of downtown Detroit, more than 100 jazz performers take one of the festival's five stages at this 35th annual event. Catch performances by Ramsey Lewis, Tom Harrell, Diane Schuur and others as they fill the Motor City with sounds that will make you want to swing, daddy-o.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: downtown Hamtramck, between Caniff and Carpenter streets
  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Costs: free
  • Phone: 313-333-7523

Head down to Hamtown for an art fair, carnival midway rides, music on a couple stages – and, on Labor Day Monday, the Golab-K 5K, Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races and Polish Day Parade.

 

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Aug. 30-31, 2014

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-725-2151

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.

Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival

Aug. 30-31 2014

  • Address: Old St. Patrick Catholic Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-662-8141

Kids activities include a petting zoo, face painting, a rock-climbing wall, hatchet throw and inflatables. Also enjoy live stage performances, a country store, used bookstore, silent raffle and more.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 16-Sept. 28, 2014

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Cost: $21.95/adults, $12.95/kids ages 5-12
  • Phone: 800-601-4848

The 16th century comes to life, from the scenery to the clothing, at this annual festival. Each weekend features a different theme (see the Metro Parent calendar listing for a theme list – this special three-day weekend, it's "High Seas Adventure"); plus, a live armored jousting competition, a children's "realm," live entertainment, including mermaids and puppet shows, and food. Festivalgoers are encouraged to dress up in their medieval best.

Art in the Village

Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Village Green, Franklin Road between 13 and 14 Mile roads, Franklin Village
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-626-2231

Part of the Franklin Labor Day Roundup, this 34th annual festival features 75-plus artists who create work in pottery, glass, jewelry, furniture and more.

Labor Day Roundup in Downtown Franklin

Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: downtown Franklin
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-626-2231

Get a sneak peek of fall: The Franklin Cider Mill will be open! The annual family fun here, which is marking a 70th year, includes a parade, midway games, petting farm, pony rides, classic car show, magician, rock climbing wall, Lego city, Detroit Tigers' Paws, food and more. You can also find a new furry friend, as rescue dogs up for adoption also make an appearance.

Target Family Day at Henry Ford Museum

Sept. 1, 2014

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: free/admission and parking
  • Phone: 313-982-6001

There's no charge to get into this family-fun historic haven today. Kids will enjoy live music, dramatic presentations and make-and-take activities.

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