6 Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2-5)

Enjoy holiday festivities, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and joint show from Wu-Tang Clan and Nas
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Wu-Tang Clan joins Nas as co-headliners on the "NY State of Mind Tour." // Photo courtesy of 313 Presents

Detroit Jazz Festival

For more than 40 years, this celebrated four-day festival has been bringing the finest local, national, and international jazz musicians to downtown Detroit. This year’s event offers a diverse lineup of artists such as Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Theo Croker and Grammy-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. No cost. Sept. 2-5. Campus Martius and Hart Plaza, Detroit; detroitjazzfest.org

Labor Day Weekend at Monroe Street Midway

Detroit’s Monroe Street Midway will be open and offering free access to its Rollout Detroit roller-skating rink all weekend long. Attendees will enjoy additional Labor Day festivities such as airbrushing, balloon art, face painting, and live entertainment. No cost. Sept. 2-5. Monroe Street Midway, Detroit; deckedoutdetroit.com

The Ape Star

This animated, family-friendly feature from Swedish director and animator Linda Hambäck tells the story of Jonna, a young girl who is adopted by a friendly ape. An adoptee herself, Hambäck drew from her own lived experiences to weave a nuanced tale of love and acceptance. Admission is complimentary with online registration. No cost. Sept. 3. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; dia.org

Wu-Tang Clan and Nas

Hip-hop fans will have a chance to catch performances by two legendary acts in one night when influential collective Wu-Tang Clan and Grammy Award-winning rapper Nas unite for the NY State of Mind tour. The icons will stop at Pine Knob Music Theatre this month, where attendees can expect to hear classics like “C.R.E.A.M.” and “If I Ruled the World.” $29.50+. Sept. 3. Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston; 313presents.com

Distant (Uzak)

This 2002 film by Turkish director and producer Nuri Bilge Ceylan will show for two days at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre. It has won more than 30 awards since its debut, including Grand Prix and Best Actor prizes at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. A melancholic story about family and loneliness, the plot follows a pair of cousins who attempt to bond despite finding themselves at very different places in life. $7.50+. Sept. 3 & 4. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; dia.org

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

This weekend, Hamtramck will host its 42nd annual Labor Day Festival, featuring carnival rides, food trucks, artist and vendor booths, the beloved Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races, and two stages of live entertainment. The eclectic lineup boasts some of metro Detroit’s favorite music acts, as well as Hamtramck’s very own Rod Stewart impersonator, Danny D. It all culminates in Monday’s Labor Day parade, celebrating the city’s 100-plus-year history of diversity. No cost. Sept. 3-5. Joseph Campau, Hamtramck; hamtownfest.com

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