20 Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend

It may be the unofficial end of summer, but there's still plenty of action in metro Detroit


Photograph Courtesy of Michigan State Fair

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre: Featuring stories, duets, poetry, musical performances, and more, the Love and Comedy tour is presented by author, storyteller, and radio personality Garrison Keillor. Sept. 3. $20+. 234 Festival Dr., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

Blake Farms Craft Faire and Fiber Festival: Join local fabric and fiber enthusiasts for a weekend of workshops on spinning, felting, rug-making, and more. And shop for unique, handmade clothing, rugs, blankets, and quilts from local artists. Sept. 2-4. Free. Blake Farms, 17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com

Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo: This peachy festival, founded in 1931, features a 5K run, craft show, and live entertainment. Come out for Country Night on Sept. 2 and Rock Night on Sept. 3. Sept. 1-5. $5+. Downtown Romeo; 586-752-6543; michiganpeachfest.com

Michigan State Fair: Thrill-seekers, food lovers, and shopaholics can find more to love at this year’s state fair, with rides, a beer garden, and vendors. Through Sept. 4. $1.25+. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-6942; michiganstatefairllc.com

Overnight Family Campout: The inaugural event will teach guests how to pitch a tent and build a campfire. Loaner tents can be rented, and s’mores, bottled water, and breakfast will be available. Sept. 2-3. $10 per person. DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit; 844-622-6367; michigan.gov/oac

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show: The United States Navy Blue Angels, the nation’s largest paratroop drop, a WWII battle re-enactment, and aircraft rides will be on-site. Sept. 2-4. $35+, youths 15 and younger are free. Willow Run Airport, 47885 D St., Belleville; 734-483-4030; yankeeairmuseum.org

Deep Purple and Alice Cooper: Known for “Smoke on the Water” and “School’s Out,” respectively, the rock icons are joined by The Edgar Winter Band. Sept. 3. $30+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

Detroit Jazz Fest: Local and touring will musicians take to the stage this weekend. Ten-time Grammy Award winner Wayne Shorter, along with his quartet, is this year’s artist in residence. Sept. 1-4. Free, and VIP passes are available. Several city blocks in downtown Detroit; 313-469-6564; detroitjazzfest.org

U2: The world-famous band from Dublin is on tour for the 30-year anniversary of their album The Joshua Tree. The band, formed in 1976 and known for songs such as “With or Without You” and “Sweetest Day,” will be joined by Grammy-winning artist Beck. Sept. 3. $35+. Ford Field, 2000 Brush St., Detroit; 313-262-2222; fordfield.com

Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats: Royal Oak’s 20th annual festival is back. Take a stroll around downtown Royal Oak, enjoy food and shopping from local vendors, and watch performances on one of nine different stages. Sept. 1-4. $3+. children under 3 are free. Several city blocks in downtown Royal Oak; 248-541-7550; artsbeatseats.com

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival: Featuring a 5K, canoe races, live music, carnival rides, and a parade, Hamtramck’s 38th annual Labor Day Festival is jam-packed with fun activities for the family. Sept. 2-4. Free. Jos Campau Ave., Hamtramck; hamtownfest.com

John Mayer: The singer-songwriter is searching for everything on his World Tour. The singer is known for his many songs including “Gravity” and “Your Body is a Wonderland”. His show will be comprised of full band, solo acoustic, and John Mayer Trio sets of music. Sept. 1. $36+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

First Fridays Ypsilanti's Festival of the Honeybee: Start your Labor Day Weekend in Ypsilanti this Friday at the Festival of the Honeybee. The buzzed-about celebration will feature live art, music, food tastings, and various vendors. Sept. 1. Free. N. Washington St., Ypsilanti; 734-606-9774; firstfridaysypsi.com

Dancing in the Streets: Put on your dancing shoes and head to Ann Arbor for its groovy annual festival. Sample different music and dance styles, and leave with a new set of moves. Sept. 3. Free. Main St. and Washington St., Ann Arbor; aactmad.org

Tanger Outlets Labor Day Sidewalk Sales: Calling all shopaholics. The BIG Labor Day Weekend Sale gives you more bang for your buck this weekend. Sept. 1-4. Tanger Outlets, 1475 N. Burkhart Rd., Howell; 517-545-0500; tangeroutlet.com

Detroit River Sails: Set sail on the Detroit River in the tall ship Appledore IV, and view the Detroit skyline from the water. Sept. 2-4. $30. Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, 130 Atwater St., Detroit; 989-895-5193; baysailbaycity.org

Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Bridge Walk 2017: Take a walk and enjoy nature on the Paint Creek Trail at the 12th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. Choose a two mile round trip or 10K round trip trail. Sept. 4. $5 suggested donation per family. City of Rochester Municipal Park Kiwanis Pavilion, Paint Creek Trail, Rochester; 248-601-9260; paintcreektrail.org

Drop-In Workshop: Travel Journals: DIY lovers, make your very own travel journal at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sept. 3. Free with DIA admission. Education Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

Michigan Renaissance Festival: Sail the high seas this weekend at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. This Labor Day Weekend’s theme is “High Seas Adventure.” Weekends until Oct. 1. $22.95. 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly; 248-634-5552; michrenfest.com

Jim Campilongo Trio: The critically acclaimed trio performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts as a part of its Friday Night Live! Series. Sept. 1. Free with DIA admission. Detroit Institute of Arts, Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

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