10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit this Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2)

Celebrate Labor Day at one of many festivals, fairs, and shows
American rock band Counting Crows will bring their 25 Years and Counting Tour to DTE Energy Music Theatre on Sept. 2. // Photograph courtesy of Red Light Management

Michigan State Fair: This Labor Day weekend, celebrate “all things Michigan” with a visit to the self-described No. 1 family event. Learn about the state’s agricultural heritage, see horse shows, milk a cow, and listen to live gospel music or the State Fair Choir, along with other local talented acts. For an added fee, enjoy The Shrine Circus and carnival rides. Aug. 30-Sept. 3. $6+. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-6942; michiganstatefairllc.com

Arts, Beats, and Eats: The 21st annual summer festival returns, with over 200 performances on nine stages, a fine arts show, cuisine from metro Detroit restaurants, and carnival rides and games. Aug. 31-Sept. 3. $3+. Royal Oak; 248-541-7550; artsbeatseats.com

Landmark Main Art Theatre: Enjoy the sci-fi classic The Matrix on the big screen. The film stars Keanu Reeves as the hacker, Neo, and Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus. Through Sept. 1. $7. 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-542-5198; landmarktheatres.com

Counting Crows: Celebrating more than two decades in the music industry, the American rock band is embarking on its 25 Years and Counting tour. Counting Crows has sold more than 20 million albums. Some of their major hits include “Mr. Jones” and “Accidentally in Love.” Sept. 2. $27+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com

Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin: Along with the hard metal and rock bands Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, the show will feature special guests Nothing More and Bad Wolves. Sept. 1. $29.50+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com

Anne-Marie: Prior to opening for Ed Sheeran on Sept. 8, UK pop sensation Anne-Marie performs at St. Andrew’s Hall. The singer-songwriter is known for hits “Friends” and “2002.” Sept. 1. $20+. The Shelter at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; standrewsdetroit.com

Dinosauria: Prehistoric creatures roam the Detroit Zoo. From the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex to the horned Triceratops, there’s plenty of animatronic, life-like dinos to see. Through Sept. 3. $15+. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org

Michigan Renaissance Festival: Travel back to the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival. Wander the grounds, witness a joust, dine on an olde turkey leg, and purchase goods from local artisans. Weekends through Sept. 28 and Labor Day. $23.95+. 12000 Dixie Hwy., Holly; 248-634-5552; michrenfest.com

Detroit Jazz Festival: Musicians, patrons, and fans will take over Hart Plaza for the annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Over 60 performances will take place on multiple stages, as well as during late night sessions. Aug. 31-Sept. 3. No cost. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; 313-469-6564; detroitjazzfest.org

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival: The city’s 39th annual Labor Day Festival returns to Jos. Campau Avenue. The three-day celebration will feature street yacht races, food, live music, and various games and activities. Sept. 1-3. No cost. Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck; hamtownfest.com

Related: Q&A with Anne-Marie

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