Family Labor Day Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Ring in the school year and kiss summer goodbye at one of these Labor Day events happening in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in 2021.

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 or two Labor Day events to hit up before the school year kicks back in and don’t forget to check our roundup of September festivals to find family fun through the end of the month.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Aug. 21-Oct. 3, 2021

  • Address: Hollygrove Grounds, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturdays-Sundays; plus, Labor Day on Sept. 6 and Festival Friday on Oct. 1)

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 

Sept. 1-6, 2021

  • Address: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline
  • Times: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Bring your kiddos for a day full of fun rides, entertainment and healthy activities; plus car and tractor shows, live animals on display and more.

Michigan State Fair 

Sept.2-6, 2021

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday

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.

Romeo Peach Festival 

Sept. 2-6, 2021 

  • Address: Romeo Lions Field, 269 E. Washington St., Romeo
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday

This annual Macomb County fest has carnival rides, craft shows, peach treats and more.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Sept. 3-6, 2021

This annual event 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. 3-6, 2021

  • Address: Virtual event
  • Times: Varies, check ahead

This annual fest spans four days and will be virtual again this year. It features hundreds of jazz performances, jazz talks and jam sessions. Watch on their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Franklin’s Art in the Village

Sept. 3-6, 2021

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. 3-6, 2021

This annual offers a parade (at noon), art fair, midway games, inflatables, petting zoo, a magician, a car show and more.

New Baltimore Art on the Bay

Sept.4-5, 2021

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. 4-6, 2021

This annual festival is back after a year hiatus. Enjoy a carnival, music, food, wrestling and canoe races.

Labor Day Bridge Walk

Sept. 6-12, 2021

  • Address: Virtual event
  • Times: Varies

Go at your own pace for this annual event that is virtual this year. Fun for all ages. Register online for a free t-shirt.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.

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