Southeast Michigan Labor Day Events

Ring in the school year and kiss summer goodbye at one of these fab festivals that happen in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties Labor Day weekend 2016.

Labor Day Fun Southeast Michigan Best Of

In just a few more weeks, your kids will be running down the street after a yellow cheese wagon that will take them into the next school year. But before you send your kids off into the world of early mornings, books and busses that is the school year, get in one more summertime celebration. This Labor Day weekend, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties offer tons of festivals, fairs, parades, concerts and carnivals that will really end your summer with a bang. Check out this list of summer kiss-offs and choose one to hit up before the school year kicks back in.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 20-Oct. 2, 2016 (Saturdays-Sundays; plus Sept. 5 and 30)

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, plus Sept. 5 and 30
  • Cost: $22.95/adults, $19.95/college students, $13.95/ages 5-12, $10/dog day pass; $89.95/adult season pass, $49.95/child season pass, $50/dog season pass
  • 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, in addition to the traditional jousting competitions, costumed characters, puppet performances and other events that this fest is known for.

Saline Community Fair

Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2016

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
  • Times: 9 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Monday (rides only)
  • Cost: $7/ages 11-plus, free/ages 10 and under, $18/ride wristband
  • Phone: 734-429-1131

Saturday is the Healthy Kids Fair and Children’s Day! Bring your kiddos for a day full of fun rides, entertainment and healthy activities. They also offer hometown fair events including car and tractor shows, live animals on display, a princess and pirate party (Friday) and more. Law enforcement and military members get discounts on Thursday, and women and seniors get their day on Friday.

Fifth Third Michigan State Fair

Sept. 1-5, 2016

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-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 Michigan tradition has been bringing families together for more than 160 years, and features circus performances under the big top along with family-favorite events like livestock exhibits, vendor booths, live entertainment, a midway full of games and rides, yummy carnival food, shopping, art on display and much more.

Michigan Peach Festival

Sept. 1-5, 2016

  • Address: downtown Romeo, 32 Mile and Van Dyke roads
  • Times: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-close or when people start to clear out Monday
  • Cost: free/general, $25/ride wristbands
  • Phone: 586-752-6543

This five-day annual event is a truly peachy affair. There’s a carnival, live music, parade, car show and so much more.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Sept. 2-5, 2016

  • 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., $5/after 3 p.m. (Saturday-Monday), free/under age 3, fees apply/parking, food tickets and rides
  • Phone: 248-541-7550

As its name suggests, this 19th annual features all of the best art, music and food that southeast Michigan has to offer; plus games, carnival rides a kids’ area and more.

Detroit Jazz Festival

Sept. 2-5, 2016

  • Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit
  • Times: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 855-529-9338

This annual fest spans four days, several city blocks and features hundreds of jazz performers including George Benson, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, Charnee Wade and many others, all filling the streets with sounds that will make you want to swing, daddy-o.

Chicken Run

Sept. 3, 2016

  • Address: Old St. Patrick Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: 1-mile run: $20/in advance, $25/day of; 5K run: $25/in advance, $30/day of; 12K: $30/in advance, $35/day of
  • Phone: 734-662-8141

This new church tradition includes a one-mile, 5K and 12K races, white elephant sale, a live DJ, 50/50 raffle, kids’ activities and more. There’s also a chicken dinner after the race.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Sept. 3-4, 2016

  • Address: Walter & Mary Burke Park, 36300 Front St., New Baltimore
  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 586-725-0291

This annual two-day fine arts and craft show sets up on the banks of Lake St. Clair and features tons of paintings, drawings, sculptures, candles and other artwork on display, plus music and more.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Sept. 3-5, 2016

  • Address: Caniff Street and Joseph Campau Avenue, downtown Hamtramck area
  • Times: noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Monday
  • Costs: free; $5/parking
  • Phone: 313-333-7523

Head down to this 37th annual Hamtown tradition to enjoy a carnival and midway music, a 5k run, an art fair, canoe races and a Polish Day parade.

Labor Day Bridge Walk

Sept. 5, 2016

  • Address: Downtown South Lyon (starting at McHattie Park)
  • Times: 8:30 a.m.
  • Cost: free; pre-registration is appreciated
  • Phone: 248-437-8105

Take a 2.5-mile stroll around downtown South Lyon, or brave the entire 5-mile walking route to the high school and back.

Clarkston Labor Day Parade

Sept. 5, 2016

  • Address: downtown Clarkston area
  • Times: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-561-8523 (ask for Joel)

This 74th annual procession attracts tons of people to the streets with classic cars, floats, local businesses and lots of fun characters. Bring your kids out and get in on the fun.

Franklin’s Art in the Village

Sept. 5, 2016

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

This annual art fair features tons of pottery, glass, jewelry and other artwork by more than 75 artists on display and runs as part of the annual Franklin Labor Day Roundup.

Labor Day Roundup in Downtown Franklin

Sept. 5, 2016

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

This 72nd annual offers a parade (at noon), midway games, inflatables, pony rides, magic and juggling show, a rock climbing wall, a car show and more. You’ll even get to check out the historic Franklin Cider Mill, which will be open during the festival. Plus, meet some dogs that are up for adoption, too.


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