Family Events 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. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • August 5, 2016 1 Comment Tweet 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.