Detroit Events and Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend 2017

Events, Festivals, Attractions, and Shows

Labor Day Weekend begins on Friday, September 1 and runs through Monday, September 4 in 2017. Most Detroit local events are crafted to cover the entire weekend, and there is a long list of musical artists set to perform across the Metro Detroit area during this time. To schedule your activities, check out this list of Detroit events and things to do over Labor Day weekend in 2017.

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    Arts, Beats & Eats Festival
    Courtesy of Arts, Beats & Eats

    When: Sept. 1 through 4, 2017 (Labor Day Weekend)
    Where:  Downtown Royal Oak

    The 20th Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort promises its usual celebration, humanitarian efforts and several stages filled with live entertainment, Among the more than 200 live performances are national music acts, local bands and shows for children. The festival includes a juried fine arts show and local restaurants and caterers cooking up great food.

    Festival admission is $3 until 3 p.m. and $5 after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The festival is free to enter until 5 p.m. on Friday.

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    Detroit International Jazz Festival
    Courtesy of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

    When: Labor Day Weekend
    Where: Downtown Detroit

    Although the dates hadn't been confirmed at publication, the 37th Detroit Jazz Festival traditionally is held on Labor Day weekend. Where better to celebrate the art form that is jazz than in downtown Detroit? In 2017, the free event will have continuous entertainment from national and local jazz greats.

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    Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
    Courtesy of Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

    When: Sept. 2 through Sept. 4, 2017 (Labor Day Weekend)
    Where: Downtown Hamtramck

    The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival has been celebrating all things Polish with a Labor Day Parade and Festival for more than 35 years. In 2017, it will feature a yacht race down Joseph Campau, a kielbasa-eating contest, a 5K race, a Polish Day Parade, music, food, carnival rides and two stages of entertainment. The festival has traditionally offered a pierogi-eating contest, pub crawl, and Polish dancers. 

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    Michigan State Fair
    Courtesy of Michigan State Fair, LLC

    When: Aug. 31 through Sept. 4, 2017 
    Where: Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi

    The Michigan State Fair is the second oldest state fair in the nation. It began its long run in 1849 and closed permanently in 2009 after 161 years. It was resurrected on a limited scale in 2013.

    The Michigan State Fair, now sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi over Labor Day Weekend. As in days of old, the fair includes livestock exhibits, circus performers, entertainment tents, a beer garden, and midway.​

    Tickets start at $8 for adult admission to the fair only.  Other ticket options include the circus or rides with an "Ultimate Wristband" option, which includes everything, for $30.

    Free fair admission (not including circus or rides) is available for seniors, veterans, active military, scouts and 4H members on Thursday, Sept. 1.


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  • 05 of 08
    Michigan Renaissance Festival
    Courtesy of Michigan Renaissance Festival

    When: Weekends from late August through September including Labor Day Weekend
    Where: Holly

    At Michigan's Renaissance Festival, you get to eat an enormous turkey leg, let loose a cat call to passing crowds, watch a joust and generally get saucy as you go back in time to the Elizabethan era—more or less —and experience life among the peasantry. Permanent buildings help create the illusion of 16th century England, while jugglers, comedians and sword swallowers set the mood by providing their own unique brand of entertainment. Theme weekends might reflect a slightly different era or culture. 

    Admission prices for 2017 haven't been announced yet, but 2016 tickets were $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for children at the gate, with several reduced price options for college students, seniors, groups and advance purchases.

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    Photo by Steve McNicholas

    When: Throughout Labor Day Weekend
    Where: Detroit-area concert venues

    At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music and comedy concerts. Over Labor Day Weekend. Check out your local schedule for concerts.

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    Kensington Metro Park
    Courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority

    When: Throughout the summer
    Where: Parks throughout the Metro Detroit area

    As might be expected, the Great Lakes State has plenty of swimming and beach opportunities. From small swimming holes to Great Lake beaches, the Metro Detroit area has it all. Your guide to Metro Detroit beaches and parks includes crowd information, boat rental availability, general descriptions and other amenity information.

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    Kensington Metro Park
    Courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority

    When: Throughout the summer
    Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

    If natural ponds and lakes don't provide enough excitement for you this summer, check out the many Detroit-area water parks and slides.