Southeast Michigan Labor Day Events

Wind down your family's summer with one of the fab and fun festivals happening in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne or Washtenaw counties Labor Day weekend 2015.

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Before we know it, the 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. On Labor Day weekend in 2015, 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.

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Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 22-Oct. 4, 2015

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends through Oct. 4, plus Sept. 7 and Oct. 2
  • Cost: $21.95/adults, $19.95/students, $12.95/kids ages 5-12
  • Phone: 248-634-5552

The 16th century comes to life, from the scenery to the clothing, at this annual festival. Each weekend features a different theme. Labor Day, find a “High Seas Adventure” in the form of beard and tattoo competitions, a pirate contest and traders port. You’ll also find the traditional jousting competitions and other events that this fest is known for.

Saline Community Fair

Sept. 2-7, 2015

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
  • Times: gates open at 9 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Monday (rides only)
  • Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, free/ages 10 and under, additional fees/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 ages 2-plus 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.) and seniors get in free. On Saturday, check out the Super Stock, Modified and Tractor Pulls at 7 p.m. (costs an additional $5) and performances by the Bob Seger tribute band, Lookin’ Back. On Labor Day, everyone gets in free – and there’s an antique cement slab tractor pull at 10 a.m., while the midway opens at 1 p.m.

Michigan Peach Festival

Sept. 3-7, 2015

  • Address: downtown Romeo, 32 Mile and Van Dyke roads
  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight Monday
  • Cost: free/general, $25/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 24th annual 5K/10K fun run and 5K walk. Friday’s highlights include the Croswell Official Craft Show and Business Expo and a live DJ. Saturday, find a paint and pour and music by Planet of Fun. On Sunday, there’s the Festival of Cars Show, bed races with an outdoors theme and night parade. And Monday promises the annual children’s parade (with a circus theme), Floral Parade and more.

Fifth Third Michigan State Fair

Sept. 4-7, 2015

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday (interior exhibition hall closes at 5 p.m.)
  • Cost: fair only: $8/ages 12-plus, $6/ages 2-11, free/kids under 2, $23/fair and circus or fair and rides, $30/fair, circus and rides, $1.25/individual ride tickets, $5/parking
  • Phone: 248-348-6942

This 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, art on display and much more.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Sept. 4-7, 2015

  • Address: downtown Royal Oak area
  • 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 3 p.m. and $5/after 3 p.m., free/under age 3, fees apply/parking and food tickets
  • Phone: 248-541-7550

The 18th annual festival features all the best art, music and food in the area. Enjoy performances from more than 200 bands on nine 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

Sept. 4-7, 2015

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit
  • Times: 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 855-529-9338

Over four days and several city blocks of downtown Detroit, more than 100 jazz performers take one of the festival’s five stages at this annual event. Catch performances by Tuba Skinny, Ester Rada, Arturo Sandoval and others as they fill the Motor City with sounds that will make you want to swing, daddy-o.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Sept. 5-6, 2015

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-725-0291

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

Sept. 5-6, 2015

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

Enjoy live stage performances, vendors, kids activities and more at this annual Labor Day celebration.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 5-7, 2015

  • Address: downtown Hamtramck area
  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Costs: free; fees/parking
  • Phone: 313-333-7523

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

Art in the Village

Sept. 7, 2015

  • 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 annual festival features 75-plus artists who create work in pottery, glass, jewelry, furniture and more.

Labor Day Roundup in Downtown Franklin

Sept. 7, 2015

  • 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! This annual event, which is marking its 71st year, includes a parade, midway games, petting farm, pony rides, classic car show, bake sale, dogs for adoption, LEGO City, and an appearance from Detroit Tiger’s mascot, PAWS.

Target Family Day at Henry Ford Museum

Sept. 7, 2015

  • 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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